Monday, January 25, 2016

One Year On - What Have I Learnt?

It's officially one whole year since I started this blog, I can't believe it! Although I am by no means a big blogger, I have definitely seen this blog go from strength to strength. My blog has been a big part of my life over the past year and I am SO glad that I took that plunge on a boring January evening to start it. Today, I thought it would share with you some of the things that I have learnt about blogging over the past year. Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing what's next in store for my little piece of interwebs.



Pictures. Matter.

I'm a complete sucker for this. I am much more likely to click on a post if the picture is pretty. The downside to this is that I have to make sure my pictures are at least an eight on the pretty scale. I enjoy taking pictures but it can be a bit of a faff, who has the time to find the perfect angle! All that being said, no one can ever take away my photography skills now and hey, it's getting me to be more creative.

Twitter is Bae

For some obscure, unknown reason, it took me a while to get my blog on twitter. Once I did, I found my stats went up and I interacted much more with people. As much as I love Instagram (and I am slightly obsessed with it...), people are much more likely to click on a link from a tweet than going onto my Instagram page to click the link. Twitter is much more to the point and I can schedule tweets. Easy. Twitter chats are also so much fun, I love trying to be hilarious when answering the questions, and of course I have found loads of other bloggers through them.

Blogger Beans are the Best

If you're a blogger, you already know the score. The blogging community is so lovely, everyone is so positive and funny. I love me some blogger bantz. I have found everyone to be super supportive and I've found so many great blogs/bloggers through it. Most recently, the best example of this positive support group is the #TheGirlGang phenomenon. Even though it is all online, nothing beats being part of something positive and empowering. 

Personality

On top of improving my writing skills a tenfold, I've also (or I like to think I have) managed to learn how to add my personality into my writing. The blog can be a bit of escapism for me, so it's nice to actually be myself in something I am writing. As much as I enjoy my degree, I highly doubt that it would be acceptable to refer to something as "zangy" in my essay, whereas it is totes cool on here. 

BLOGGING IS NOT EASY

Ok so it's not THAT difficult but it is so time consuming! This post alone has taken me around twenty minutes to write (say waaaaaaaaaaa!). I will have to take some photos as well, then edit them, then add all the little SEO things, schedule tweets for this post and share them on all of my other social media as well. To the people who blog daily, I SALUTE you. You are the real heroes. It is a real commitment, but it is so so worth it. There is nothing more satisfying than pressing that "Publish" button. 

Buying Too Much

You'd think that I was made of money, the way I spend it. It is not healthy. I have at least 100 lipsticks, a majority of them being MAC. On top of that, I buy random stuff to make the background of my pictures look nicer. What normal person collects fake false petals? No one, that's who. Just bloggers. 


Although there are a million other things I could ramble on about, but I won't bore you. I will go and write some more blog posts instead so I can you bore you with them instead. 

Thank you to all of my readers, regular, intermittent or first time readers, you all rock. 

Love, Gweni xxxx
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