Hi Lovelies, it is an exciting week. It is my blog’s 6-month anniversary! Can you believe it has been a whole 6 months since Being-Chloe began? I started blogging as a distraction from life. I wanted something to throw myself into whilst also developing my creative side and to share my passion with the world. I never expected to be here 6 months later, with thousands of you reading my blog every single month. This post is dedicated to you guys! I want to take the time to thank each and everyone one of you who reads a post, leaves a comment or follows me on social media. It is you guys who keep my blog alive and give me the motivation to grow this blog into something amazing! I feel I have learned so many things since I started my blog, but here are a few skills and life lessons I now have thanks to ‘Being-Chloe’.
A schedule isn’t that important
So this one I go back and forth with. I can definitely understand why some people stick to a schedule, whether that be posting a certain number of times or on specific days. When I started blogging I posted twice a week, every week. There are some benefits to posting to a specific timetable. For example, your regular readers will expect a post, it can help with time management and naturally, the more you post, the more views you get. I did enjoy posting twice a week but around 2 months ago it started to get tricky. I struggled to find the time to write posts, take and edit photos as well as promotion. My work started to leak into my personal life and I found myself getting stressed at not sticking to a timetable. And that’s crazy! Realistically, no one really noticed that they were getting fewer posts and my views haven’t really suffered. I now post whenever I feel like. I still try to be quite regular and get a least four posts a month, but I now know it doesn’t matter if I can’t schedule a post on time. Now I am focusing on quality over quantity, and I am so much happier. So yes, a schedule is great, it gives structure and can help your blog, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t post when promised.
Social Media is your friend… and enemy
Pretty much every single blogger out there has social media and it is great! I have Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and I love all three (some more than others). Social media is great to meet fellow bloggers, promote your work and for people to learn more about you and your personality! I think Twitter is my favourite social media as it really is an interactive social platform. This is where I get the most engagement and speak to so many of you lot on a daily basis! It’s much more free and creative than other platforms and is a great tool to get more comments etc on your blog. It is also my fastest growing social media platform with 2500+ followers and I love being able to share my life with you guys! Instagram, on the other hand, I have a love-hate relationship with. I love the platform, it is so creative, bright and colourful but for growing my blog I don’t think it is that great. We are all aware of what a nightmare it is to get followers on Insta, with people only interested in numbers. The new algorithm means that less people get to see and interact with your posts and the lack of engagement can be frustrating. I recently decided to get away from the stereotypical blogger gram. That’s right, I got rid of the theme. Argh it was scary and now my feed looks strange, but I don’t care! I’m now going to post the photos I love! Pinterest is also one of my favourites! I actually get over 1 million monthly Pinterest views… how CRAZY is that!? It still blows my mind that so man people are looking at my pins and it provides the main source of traffic for my blog.
So yes, social media is a great platform for blog promotion, but sometimes it can all get a bit too much! I try not to get too bogged down on following anymore, and more on interaction! I have nearly given up on Insta so many times, but I am hoping with my new ideology of posting whatever the f*** I want, I will start to love it again!
You will develop so many skills
This is the one I was most surprised about it! Since starting to blog, I feel I have learned so many new skills and techniques that will help me in other aspects of my life. I am now much more organised, and I even shared a post with you guys on how to keep your blog on track. This has helped with my time management both for the blog and at work! I am also so much better with computers! I used to think I was okay with computers but now I realise there is so much to learn! Going Self-hosted with Siteground (Post on that here) really helped me to understand the ins and outs of actually having a website of your own. I never really knew how much work went into building and designing websites and pages, but it is a lot harder than most people think! I know that all the hard work that went into designing Being-Chloe will help me both at Uni and in my career. I hope that I can get more and more creative as I continue to blog. Speaking of creativity, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but my photography has improved significantly! Below you can see my first ever photo taken on my blog, to one of my more recent ones. They are still not perfect, but definitely better than back in January. I always say that people underestimate bloggers. We are CEO’s, website designers, marketers, photographers, writers and more! If you are thinking of starting a blog and haven’t yet, just do it (Quote: Shia Labeouf). You will learn so much and become a much more well-rounded individual with more confidence like moi!
Not many people understand blogging
I kept my blog secret for the first few months when I started. Mainly because I wasn’t ready for it to be shared with the people I am close with. I thought they wouldn’t really get blogging and would see it is a waste of time. I was partly right with this. When I first told my mum she was a bit confused as to why I would bother wasting my time writing on the internet. She thought I was trying to be the next Zoella. She didn’t realise that I was purely doing it for me, and to develop a hobby that I love. I am not trying to get millions of followers or views, I just wanted to share my passion. She understands now, and will even point out blog props when we’re shopping. But occasionally she will ask me if I will get freebies or money. There is always a stereotype that bloggers are only doing what they do for free stuff or sponsored posts. I am sure some people are like that, but for me, I simply want people to read my posts. Whether that is one person, or thousands I’d be happy. Don’t get me wrong, getting the occasional affiliate sale or product sent is great, but as a new blogger, it is rare anyway! To this day, lots of people don’t know about my blog, but as I grow, I am more willing to let the secret slip!
Don’t compare yourself to others
So this is true for blogging and real life. But I will say I am guilty of comparing myself to other bloggers. This can be good as it makes me want to strive to improve BeingChloe and to make it the best it can possibly be. This can be quite damaging. I sometimes find myself comparing my blog to more established bloggers, the ones with thousands and thousands of followers. Whilst this is okay, it does make me feel down about my own progress sometimes. And that is absolutely crazy. We have all got to remember that we are on our own individual journeys. It can take a blogger 1 month to reach a thousand bloggers, another it could take a year! That is fine! I always have to remind myself that I am a new blogger, still learning the ropes, and how I want my blog to be. It makes absolutely no sense to compare BeingChloe to a 4-year-old, more developed blog! My blog has progressed so much in the past 6 months and I am so proud. From this day, I will no longer compare my milestones to others, and focus on my own goals.
So that is what I have learned in my first 6 months of blogging. I am super proud of how far my blog has come and I am so excited for the future of Being Chloe. Thankyou to each and everyone of you who has followed me on this journey, whether that was from day one or last week. I can’t wait to see how my blog looks in 6 months time, and I hope you will all still be here to see it.
What have you learned from blogging? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,