Saturday, 30 January 2016

5 Things I've Learned in 2 Years

I've had my own little corner of the internet for two years now, which to me is crazy! I love blogging and what I have achieved from it, but there are definitely some things I have learned in the last two years!

1 - Make Friends.
This may sound strange, but without the friends I have made through blogging I wouldn't be anywhere near as happy, wouldn't get half of the opportunities I do, and definitely wouldn't laugh as much as I do. Having local bloggers helps, but there's also those bloggers who I have met online, and will talk to frequently, but that I have never met and probably never will. Don't listen to what some say, the blogging community is fab.

2 - Be You
There is nothing worse than seeing the same post clearly copied from another blogger. We've all been there, and it's not fair. We all take inspiration from each other, that's inevitable, that no one is completely original, but there is a line that you just don't cross. You have a voice, and your readers want to hear it!

3 - It's Not A Competition
There is enough room on the internet for us all, so don't compare yourself to your peers. Yes it's difficult, but instead of wondering why they're getting more recognition than you, focus on yourself, on your progression, and daily improvements. You should never define or rate yourself in comparison to others, because they're different, and their readers are too. Concentrate on yourself and your time will come.

4 - Get Social
This is something I have only recently started doing myself, social media is an amazing opportunity to gain new readers, and get free promotion for your blog! Join networks, local ones such as Sotonbloggers, and global ones such as GirlGang, tag in the company you are talking about, when using scheduled tweets etc I at times can see up to a triple increase in daily views. Don't miss out.

5 - Up Your Photography Game
Looking back at my first ever blog post I cringe, but I would never delete it because it's there to show me just how far I've come. For me, it is an equal balance between quality of words vs picture quality when reading a post, if it's littered with mistakes, no matter how good that picture is, it's likely I'll  be gone, but I know that a lot of people focus mainly on the picture. That's what gets the attention, and makes people want to read on, and also come back again. I'm no photographer, but with a good background, and good lighting - or flash - you'll see your pictures improve, look at others, ask for tips, and you'll get there! Everyone starts somewhere, remember that.


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