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3 Months Blogging: What I've learnt so far...

26 May 2014
I started my blog in Feburary as a little hobby on the sideline of my studies. It's been stressful and disheartening at times, but very rewarding and entertaining at other times. I've learnt a lot already, so I thought I'd share a few things that I've discovered so far, and a few things that I think it's important to remember when starting out, but also when blogging in general.

1. You don't need to take your camera everywhere

I realise that this is the complete opposite to most bloggers tips, and I do agree that not taking your camera everywhere can result in some really, really annoying missed moments. However, there are many times when I've been out for dinner, or out for the day with friends and family and it just hasn't felt right to bring my camera along. Sometimes it's important to just enjoy the moment and the atmosphere rather than feel like you need to blog about it, and rather than getting stressed by the fact that you're not blogging about it. 

2. Don't expect followers overnight

I feel like this is a given, and I did know it already but I still got my hopes up after every post for a sudden wave of miraculous followers. It doesn't happen, and why should it matter anyway? Sure, it makes me really (really) happy to see that I have readers who enjoy what I say, but it's so important not to feel disheartened, or feel like your blog is inferior to anyone else's purely for the followers. 

3. Don't let the blogging world blur your own reality

This one is particularly important with all the 'Youtube Culture' discussion going around right now. It's so easy to be envious of those blogs that are constantly showcasing amazing holidays, amazing clothes, how happy they've been lately etc, especially if you're going through a rough patch in your own life. What's important to remember though is to look at these blogs as highlighting those things that make us happy, rather than emphasising the bad. Everyone has their ups and downs, and although a lot of blogs do also mention the negatives, a lot don't and that doesn't in any way mean that your life is any worse than theirs. 

4. Don't expect to make blogging friends immediately

One of the best things I'd heard about blogging was the people you meet. This is true, but before going into blogging I had very high expectations that weren't exactly fufilled. I thought that everyone would reply to the comments I made on their blogs (genuine, interested in their blogs comments), and I thought that I would find blogging friends just like that. I still feel like I'm intruding on some blogs when I comment, and I still have moments when I convince myself that everyone has their blogging friends already and nobody wants anymore, but I'm definitely learning not to take things personally. 

5. A mediocre camera is NOT the end of the world

I'm really happy with my little Panasonic Lumix. It's tiny so fits into every on of my bags, it's easy to use and it was a heck of a lot cheaper than a big camera. I am constantly jealous of the amazing photos those with DSLR's are able to capture, and one day I hope to own one myself but it's just not feasible and I need to accept that. I've had a lot of comments saying how lovely my photos are so thank you to everyone who says that, it means a lot and contains my jealousy! 

6. Notebooks are great

Notebooks are adorable, little, and very practical. They allow you individuality and I actually find that they help with inspiration as well when you have a particularly 'you' notebook. Plus, they don't hurt your eyes as much as a laptop screen does.

6. Great blogs take time

I'm a digital perfectionist. Anything I put online has to be near to perfect in my eyes, and yet I'm never fully happy with any of my posts. But, you know, it takes time to find your voice... after all, Rome wasn't built in a day, was it?

7. Paying someone to re-design your blog is not a cop-out

I love designing, and I love fixing up my blog. But however many times I try to align everything perfectly, choose the right fonts and the right colour scheme, I never get exactly what I'd imagined, and it never looks as professional as I'd like. I am not a designer, and although I'm pretty happy with my overall design right now (minus a few bits here and there), it is definitely not the professional layout that I've envisaged. I'm going to try to stay away from paid services for a little while longer, but if this blog ever goes anywhere, I've finally decided that it does not make me a failure if I let a professional take charge.

Feel free to share your experiences of blogging in the comments; do you ever feel disheartened when you blog? And how do you make sure you stay positive? This post was a bit more opinionated and chatty than usual, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

8 comments on "3 Months Blogging: What I've learnt so far..."
  1. This was perfect. I couldn't have said it any better myself, and I agree with all of those steps.

    I actually go out often and not take my camera with me. I feel like I don't need to take my camera everywhere with me, as you said so yourself, and I am happy I don't. I feel pressured otherwise.

    Point 2 is important, in my opinion. As a beginner blogger, I was constantly worried about not having enough followers, but now that I feel confident with my blogging, I feel like having a lot of followers isn't important. What matters is that you have pleased a person, then you should be pleased with yourself.

    As for point 7 I absolutely agree 100%. I "designed" my blog myself, and I am more than content with it. I feel like you don't need a fancy blog, just as long as your content is readable and enjoyable then you've got it covered. I mean, it's nice to have a pretty blog appealing for the reader's eyes, but you don't need it to be fancy, nor do you need to pay for someone to design your blog.

    I could go on and on, but I shouldn't. Haha, thanks for sharing Imogen! I enjoyed this post a lot.

    1. Exactly, the moment you feel pressured to do something because of blogging, (especially if it's only a hobby) is the moment that you should really decide what is more important. And yeah the idea is to look at your blog and think yes, that is how I want to write, and that is what I want to write. Followers are a (great) bonus! Your last point is very true, I mean I will definitely consider a professional if this ever became a job, but for now it's an investment that's unnecessary!

      Thanks for reading and commenting back, it's great to see what others think :) Thanks!

  2. I have a Panasonic Lumix too, they're great little cameras. I actually think that being a lifestyle blogger a large camera could be a bit unpractical. It'd be a bit embarrassing whipping it out in a restaurant and would be heavy to take on a day trip.

    I definitely agree that sometimes it feels a bit wrong to be blogging when out with friends. I had this problem at the weekend when I stayed with my friends in Bristol. I just used my iPhone to take a few snaps and will use them in a post instead :)

    Chloe x

    1. They are! Haha we all have them in our family now apart from my sister who has a DSLR (not fair.) I definitely agree with that, although in some places it's less embarrassing because you look like you're really into photography if you have a whopping great camera, and so people aren't bothered! Exactly, not everyone is a camera person, and not everyone feels comfortable with the internet. Smartphones are a wonder aren't they? They're so subtle and expected that no one cares when you bring one out!

  3. I love this post! I've had my blog for about a year and a half now and it can feel disheartening to see other much younger blogs with hundreds and thousands of followers but you're right, it really doesn't matter and the readers I do have are all great! I also totally agree about blogger friends haha - I feel like I have a few but it def takes time!


    1. Thanks! Exactly :) Haha mine is still new I guess!

  4. Such a great post, Imogen!
    I truly agree with you! Especially in the taking photos all the time!:) In the very first few weeks I was so addicted to take my camera everywhere and even when we went to have a breakfast with my boyfriend or for a drink with my friends, I was so busy with taking pics! And of course if you don't take pics you have the feeling that you did something wrong, because you didn't catch the opportunity to blog about it!:) haha
    Szandra x

  5. I love this post and the beautiful pictures of the Quay!! Points 5,6 and 7 couldn't be more true. I love 5 though. Notebooks for the win. You can NEVER have too many!! Although they promote a state of organized chaos (for me, anyway) they are so useful - they are like little portable life vents for venting out all angry, stress, frustration and creativity. We are so similar! And as fun as it is to take your camera out, point no.1 is so true! But I have never really thought about it before...I mean, there are the wordy memories, and there are the photo memories...if we want a magical mix of both then I guess that sometimes the camera may just need to stay put!! I'm going away for a couple of weeks now but I look forward to catching up with you when I get back Imogen! xo Tash


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