What I have learned in 6 months of blogging

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!

I completely destroyed my Insta theme with this photo… I don’t care! Check it out!

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!

First ever post

One of my more recent photos

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,

Chlo x

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  1. June 12, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I have been blogging for a year and a half and the pointers totally resonated with me, the most important thing that I ever accomplish is able to express my thoughts and just seeing the compliments that I am getting from my blog. Of course earning from my blog would be nice, but I try not to focus on it or else my enthusiasm in blogging would fade because of pressure of “having to catch up” with other thought leaders. That is not me. Great post!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      I love that! I love working so hard on a post, and people loving it! I am exactly the same, I blog as a hobby and earn very little if anything but I don’t want to force anything! Thankyou so much lovely 🙂 x

  2. June 12, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    I especially love your last two points! A lot of people definitely have no idea how much work goes into maintaing and promoting a blog! And as bloggers we need to be careful not to get a case of comparison-itis. It’s the thief of joy and only holds us back! Thanks for sharing ♡

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Thankyou so much for reading! I know its natural for us to compare ourselves to others but we should never judge our page 1 on somebody else’s page 1000 x

  3. June 12, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I can agree with so much of this especially social media being a friend and enemy. It can get hard at times

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      It really can! It is so hard to switch off I feel! I think i need a social media detox x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Thankyou for reading x

  4. June 13, 2018 / 8:18 am

    You have developed your blog a lot in last six month. Congrats on your blog’s 6-month anniversary!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Thankyou very much lovely 🙂 x

  5. June 13, 2018 / 11:33 am

    I completely agree with the ‘developing new skills’ point – I think in the year that I’ve been blogging, my writing and my photography skills have changed so much that my first post is almost unrecognisable.. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      I’m so glad you agree! Congrats on learning so many skills 🙂 x

  6. June 13, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    This is SUCH a good post, and something that everyone should read as they’re going into blogging, in my opinion. I think one thing for anyone considering blogging or who has been doing it for a while should keep in mind is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all concept. Some things work for some people and different things work for others. The individuality of it is what makes our own endeavors so special!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Exactly! The fact that we’re all unique makes blogging so interesting! x

  7. June 14, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Congrats on your six month-aversary! You look like you’ve come so far 🙂 you should be so proud and I love some of the things you’ve learnt. Definitely some of the things I’ve learnt too!

    Sophie | https://sophieschoice.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Aww thankyou so much lovely 🙂 Blogging has helped me learn so many new skills, I love it! x

  8. June 14, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    What an awesome experience! I am only 3 months in and I am already starting to feel and realize some of the things you mentioned here. I totally agree with not NEEDING a schedule, I work full time so my blog is something that I do in my free time, but I try not to pressure myself too much (but that has been hard since I love it so much)! So happy you decided to throw away your IG theme, that is tough to do! Its funny that not many people understand blogging…third month in and my grandma just found out that I have an actual website! She didn’t quite understand what a blog was lol. Thanks for sharing your experience, keep it up!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 7:28 am

      It is very hard to juggle full time work and a blog, I’m doing it myself, but it became much more enjoyable when I decided to post whenever I fancied it, it felt much less forced and less stressful! Haha it was so tough, you’ve no idea haha! Aww that’s so cute, it does feel strange that we actually own a website haha! Thankyou for reading lovely, good luck blogging! x

  9. June 21, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Congratulations for reaching 6 months. Yes, I too learn a lot even I just had my blog for 1 month. When I started, I compare myself to others a lot. Especially, someone who experienced in blogging, I scared I’m not going to reach my goals. But now after stop myself from thinking too much like wanting a fast result I feel so much better.
    I used to want to stick to schedule too, but it gives me a lot of stress for not be able to post properly, now when I think I want to share something new, I just write and share without minding the day that I set last time. Thanks for posting!! Love it!!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      It is so hard to not compare but it is only natural I guess! It is silly to compare your day one to someone else’s 10000, we all have our own path! Yay another no schedule member, I’m glad! Happy blogging! x

  10. June 21, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Not comparing yourself is one of the biggest lessons learned for me!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      It’s so tricky, and I think everyone is guilty of it! x

  11. jess
    June 21, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    My blog is about 7 months old now and I have come a long way from my first posts! I’ve learned so much too! I’ve actually been taking the time to go back and update my older posts that have those embarrassing newbie pictures lol!
    Great post & congrats!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Yay we’re at similar points! I’m keeping my embarrassing ones for now as it shows how far I’ve come haha! I don’t want to go back rn because they are embarrassing haha! x

  12. June 21, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    I’ve learned to just always remain truthful when blogging, no matter how tempting it may be to bend the truth a little. Haha!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      That’s a great point! It can be hard, but it is so much better to be honest to yourself and blog! x

  13. June 21, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I agree with all of these, especially learning new skills. I’m always surprised at how much I have picked up. I’ve also been blogging for about 6 months.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      Yay snap! It is incredible isn’t it? x

  14. June 22, 2018 / 7:12 am

    I’ve been blogging for a little over and a year and a half, and once I set myself a schedule I was AMAZING at sticking to it. Then I started uni and had to cut down on my posts, and I realised that no one cared about my schedule 😂 Now I just post whenever I can, and people still read them. Quality is more important than quantity anyway ☺️

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      When I first started I was great too, but it felt so forced! Now I try to post whenever the mood strikes me! 100% quality is better than quantity x

  15. June 22, 2018 / 7:43 am

    I’ve just started my blog and I’ve made it available for public view but I’ve distanced my face and name from it because I’m nervous about sharing it with people that know me. I dunno. I hope to find the courage to shout from the mountains one day but for now I’m content letting it be for me.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Yes, mine isn’t that personal yet but maybe it will be in the future! I hope you can shout about it soon lovely! x

  16. June 23, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I blog in the travel niche and I agree that it’s so important not to compare yourself to others. I could kick myself for not starting blogging when I first started traveling (a decade ago!) or I could make the most of my experience getting started in the field now!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Haha don’t we all wish we’d started sooner! I’m going interrailing in one months time and I can’t wait to put some travel posts on here! x

  17. August 25, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    This is all such great advice, and things I definitely need to keep in mind when I get discouraged. I’ve tried to stick to a schedule, but when life happens, I feel stressed when that schedule doesn’t always work out. Also, I am trying to not compare myself to others with my blog. I have to remind myself that everybody is in a different place and it’s ok if it takes longer than somebody else to gain the same success. Thanks for sharing!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 7:17 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it lovely! My schedule has completely gone out the window and I hardly post at all but I’m hoping in a few weeks I’ll have more time to dedicate to my blog! But I’m completely okay with that! X

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