21 Things I Have Learned From One Year of Blogging

1. Remember why you started 2. Focus on what matters 3. Write for yourself 4. But bear your readers in mind 5. Do not make presumption...



1. Remember why you started
2. Focus on what matters
3. Write for yourself
4. But bear your readers in mind
5. Do not make presumptions about what people will find interesting
6. It can become a chore (if you let it)
7. So remember it is OK to take a break
8. Your blog is your space
9. Be proud of it
10. and only write content to be proud of
11. Do not follow the crowd
12. It is better to be different and stand out
13. Monetize your talent, not your blog
14. Develop your own style
15. Be good at one thing
16. and then grow
17. Share the love unreservedly
18. Ignore the numbers (yours and everyone else's)
19. Do not be tempted to pass opinions off as advice
20. Do not be tempted to judge yourself against others
21. You will meet amazing people and some of those people will become your best friends

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  1. Thanks for this! I just started my blog and this will help keep me grounded


    www.thevelvetrow.blogspot.com

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  2. Your pictures and writing sets you a mile apart from everyone else! among my favorites to read and follow! I am sure for a lot of people too! :-)

    The best neutral palette.. Ever! Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss - Review | TheConscienceFund

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  3. Ah, you posted this at the perfect time! After taking a few months away from my blog, I'm in the process of switching over to a new space and taking on a different approach than I had before.

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  4. Abby Evans5/31/2014

    This is such a great post I love 3 and 4!

    http://youarebeaut.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love this, I think it's so important to stay humble and follow your own path in this community

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  6. Lauren S5/31/2014

    This is amazing, i love this post thank you ! I will look at this when i need reminding of why i started or am over-working

    Lauren x

    Please nominate my blog for Best Lifestyle Blog and Newcomer here !

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. This was great to read, thank you for sharing. I've been blogging for 4+ years and I still forget some of these things from time to time, haha. I'm really enjoying your blog, glad I found it on Bloglovin'! :)

    xoxo Mandy
    Mandy Leigh Blog

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  8. This is a great post, thank you! I have been blogging for just two months and sometimes doubt myself but if put all doubts out of my head I remember why I am doing it - because I really enjoy it!

    http://www.laurelloves.com

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  9. World of Wanderlust5/31/2014

    Great post - straight to the point and so true - all of them!

    http://www.worldofwanderlust.com

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  10. Kimberley5/31/2014

    Congrats on one year of blogging. Great post!

    Kimberley | Kimberley's Beauty Blog

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  11. Such a lovely post, you've made so many important points that so many bloggers (including myself) sometimes forget! I especially like 18 - 20! xo

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  12. Adela J.5/31/2014

    This is a really nice blog post, they are also very good advices :)

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  13. Rebecca5/31/2014

    #17 - so true! congrats on one year!
    Rebecca @ trbcca.com

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  14. I think this is a post we all should print off and stick on our wall :)

    I'm forever judging myself against others, not just in regards to blogging as I find it can be anything in life. At the moment I'm finding it quite difficult to make my blog stand out from the rest, I need a brain storming session.

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  15. lisa robb5/31/2014

    So true :)
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  16. Amber Hunter6/01/2014

    I love this post. I just finished a year of blogging myself and need to remind myself of quite a few of these points from time to time. Isn't it crazy to think you've been blogging for a year already? To me it's still a little surreal.
    Amber | Lovely Notions

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  17. Thanks for this! I've only had my blog for about 6 months, so reading this quick tip gives me an idea of what I should be directing myself to!

    Regards,

    Miss Eliza WonDerland
    www.misselizawonderland.com

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  18. This list is perfect - I've been blogging for nearly half my life, and I still forget these things sometimes!

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  19. Sam Bugeja6/01/2014

    Not sure if my comment posted?.. Anyway...


    I have to say this list is really inspiring - I've only just started out blogging and it's really interesting to see what you have learnt in a year!


    Really love that you say to focus on one thing, I'm really passionate about a lot of "stuff" and like the idea of focusing on one - This list certainly answered a few questions I had on blogging.


    If you get a chance check out my blog www.beautifie.com then I'd love to hear your thoughts.


    Thanks,
    Sam xo

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  20. Re: #15, it reminds me of a Ryan Adams quote I really love: "Focus on one thing. Make that one thing really good." I think it's great to remember, esp. these days when it's so tempting to multi-task!

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  21. So so true!


    Gemma
    www.fadedwindmills.com

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  22. All of this is beyond accurate; I really need to remember 6 and 7. As much as I love blogging I do get burnt out every so often and then force myself into writing a post. Taking a break is something I should really do whenever that happens.

    www.raisethewaves.blogspot.com

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  23. Tarte Tanya6/02/2014

    Ignoring numbers is a great tip.
    While my blog isn't as popular as others.
    Sadly I think sometimes I get caught up in the numbers game.
    Great tips and great advice.
    TarteTanya

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  24. It's easy to do.. but blogging isn't about numbers. I would rather have 5 VERY active readers who contribute, share, and comment regularly than 10,000 who rarely interact with me - it's all relative :))

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  25. Definitely take breaks - it's good for you :))

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  26. Multi-tasking doesn't work; I definitely think people try to do and BE too many things all at once.

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  27. Super glad you found this post useful and thank you for reading :))

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  28. I think it's easy for everyone to forget :))

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  29. Glad you found it useful! :))

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  30. YES. It's gone so fast.. but at the same time feels like I have been doing it for WAAAAY longer!

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  31. I think we all do it to some degree.. and comparison isn't always bad, so long as we don't get hung up on it. It's ok to want to be better at whatever it is we do, as long as we don't try to compare ourselves to people who have been doing it for much longer.. :))

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  32. Glad you liked the post :))

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  33. Thank you so much! It's been so much fun :))

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  34. Super glad you enjoyed reading the post :))

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  35. Only do things you really enjoy doing :))

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  36. Super pleased you're enjoying the blog :))

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  37. Definitely - I think it's something a lot of people forget :))

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  38. I'm excited to see what you do next! :)) Recently I started thinking more about my blog and how I want it to develop.. I've made a few decisions and am much happier with where things are going now.

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  39. Such a wonderful comment - thank you so much!

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  40. glad you found it useful :))

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  41. Thanks very much for your reply, means a lot!


    Hope you had a lovely weekend :)

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  42. Love your list + definitely agree about your point on developing your own style + doing things differently to stand out - great advice!

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  43. I haven't been doing this for a year yet, but I liked everything you listed :)

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  44. The numbers are nothing, interaction is everything -- it's about sharing yourself with others, whether they choose to return the favor is up to them.

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  45. Aww this is a lovely post!!

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