Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Reflecting on 1 Year of Blogging

Last Summer, whilst on holiday in Cyprus, I decided I was going to take the plunge and start my own blog. I had read blogs and followed various bloggers for years and always wanted to start my own, but I didn't have the confidence to just go for it. I am so glad I now have my own little space on the  internet, where I can post whatever I want.

I have had my blog for a whole year now, which has gone SO fast! I have had so many experiences, met so many new people and learnt a lot within the year, so I wanted to take some time to reflect on it.

Self Confidence
I have always struggled with my self confidence, and I was actually really scared to start my blog and put myself out there, simply because I was worried about what people would say and think. I've come to realised I should only worry about what people I actually care about think of me, and the others are irrelevant.
In terms of being confident in myself, I am still working on this. Blogging has made me have to be more confident and take photos a lot more, but I can't say I have fully overcome my insecurities. There is a pressure to look perfect and "instagrammable" all the time when you're a blogger and it's just not realistic. It is so important to remember that what you see on Instagram, is a filtered version of real life.

I have found it really difficult to post regularly, mainly because I have either been at university and working, then working full time over the Summer. I have so many ideas for blog posts and keep a huge list with me that I am constantly adding to, but it takes a lot of motivation and time to take the photos and write the actual posts. I am happy with how many posts I am getting up, although I would like to be more consistent, maybe posting once every week without fail on a specific day.

Comparing Myself
It's SO hard not to compare yourself to others, I see the amazing things other people are doing and how gorgeous their content is, and I do look back at myself and sometimes feel a little disheartened. But, it's important not to compare your chapter 3, to someone who has been doing this for years and is on their chapter 40.

I have been overwhelmed by the support I've received from people around me. To have one person comment on one of my posts to tell me they enjoyed it, really does make my day. It also makes me so happy when people tell me they have been inspired by what I have done and send me a message to say that, so thank you to anyone who has done this, it means more than you'll ever know. Also a huge thank you to my amazing friends, family and boyfriend who are always sharing my latest post and taking the time to read and interact with what I'm up to.

Social Media Breaks
In the society we live in, pretty much everyone is on social media. It's hard not to get drawn into it all and spend hours on end just scrolling your life away. Although having a blog and wanting to do the career I want to do, does mean I have to spend a lot of time on social media, i'm trying to limit the amount of time I do spend on it. It's just unhealthy. I want to be in the moment, taking in all my surroundings and making memories, not being sat on my phone. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed sometimes and feel like I NEED to post a new Instagram photo or tweet something, but if you put that pressure on yourself, it just makes you unhappy. So now, I post when I want to post something, and if I'm absent on social media for 3 days, that's okay.

I have been so lucky to have had opportunities with working with brands since I started my blog. I was definitely not expecting to as I thought brands only worked with bloggers who had thousands of followers etc. The excitement when I get a new email from a brand who wants to work with little old me, will never fade or become any less special! It's really interesting to see this side of the industry in which I want to work too, and I can't wait to see what new opportunities the next year will bring.

Not only has blogging opened up opportunities for me, it's also allowed me to meet new people. The "Blogosphere" is so friendly, everyone supports each other and everyone wants to see each other do well. It's so lovely when you see the same names liking your posts, commenting on things and just generally following what you're doing.

Moving Forward
As I move into my final year at university, I don't know how much time I'm going to have to post on my blog, but I'm hoping to carry on as normal. I have been really enjoying writing more personal/advice posts and of course, I still love the fashion and beauty side of it all. I am excited to see what the next year has to offer, I'm both excited and petrified of the thought of getting a real life adult job this time next year and i'll be sure to keep my blog readers updated on my journey.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post!
What have you learnt this year so far?

Becci x

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