I have officially been blogging for one entire year. It seems like I’ve been doing it forever, maybe because I wanted to for so long, but also because so so much has happened in the past year.
In just a year I managed to do so much and I blogged a lot of it so I thought it might be fun to walk you through what I’ve done in the past year.
Big Life Events
I went to my grad formal
I went to:
I tried to create themes for weekly posts or monthly posts and would often get bored and give up. But there were two ideas I’ve had that have really stuck and I’ve really enjoyed. The first are gift guides. I did some of these for christmas which you can check out here (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and for Valentines (here). I’ll definitely be doing them again as they’re a lot of work but I love it.
The other series I’ve been keeping up with is the best longform of the month. This has worked out really well for me because it’s something I’m very passionate about and I love sharing the pieces I come across and having people reach out to me to share articles they loved. There’s also friends of mine who will reach out and ask for a sneak peak of what’s coming up, and I’ll never tell. Just keep waiting for that monthly summary.
I also have learned a lot about blogging. My blog has changed massively, I switched platforms, switched looks and figured out a lot more about the right way to do this. The thing is, I don’t think there’s one right way to blog. I started this because I wanted to talk about things I love and am passionate about. I wanted to share those interests with people outside of just my friends and family.
My blog has given my a platform to share my interests and I’m incredibly pleased with that. So no there’s no one thing you have to blog about or how you have to say those things. But there are ways to get more people to read your blog and cleaner ways to present yourself.
My biggest struggle when blogging has definitely been consistency. I have been trying to keep up with five days a week, and that’s the format I like to do but sometimes I slip. I know that I should be more consistent but hey there are always at least three posts from me a week. So I’ll just keep saying I blog five days a week and we’ll hope for the best.
Blogging gives me an outlet to write and be happy. So I only want to do it if it’s making me happy. If I’m feeling down or not really into it that day then there’s no point for me. This isn’t my job and I never ever want it to be, so there’s no point in it when I’m not thrilled to write a post or excited about what I’m writing about.
Most Read Posts
Then there are the posts that all of you have loved the most. My most read post of all time (before I switched platforms and lost count) was definitely ridiculous dating advice. I haven’t quite figured out how to capture the magic of that post again but I’m tossing around a few ideas.
Since I’ve switch platforms my most read posts have been my current favourite bloggers, my anxiety post, and beauty tips from a Sephora employee. Which tell me that people want to know more about blogging (not really a shocker there, but I won’t ever be a blogger who writes about blogging), me (I’m not sure yet how to be open and vulnerable while also maintaining some privacy, but isn’t that what every blogger wants), and interviews from experts (which I’ve got lots more coming).
Thank you for everyone who has supported my over the past year, it’s been a big year filled with lots of new and exciting things. But also thank you for everyone who has supported my blog in any way. To all of the people who read me, comment, have been interviewed for my blog and especially to my lovely partner who subjects himself to being in posts and takes thousands of photos for me. I love you all.