It’s my 6th blogging anniversary today and I can’t quite believe that I’ve been blogging for that long. I still remember when I first started blogging. Things were quite different then. For one, there were nowhere near as many bloggers around as today. And also, blogging was very much a hobby back then. There weren’t as many paid opportunities around and overall, it was more about creating a community than anything else. That doesn’t mean that everything is doom and gloom now, though.
I’m incredibly grateful that blogging allows me to work from home. That means I can take Amy to kindergarten and pick her up at 2 PM every single day or stay home with her when she’s unwell without having to worry about my job. Getting there took time, though, so I thought I’d share 6 things that I’ve learned in 6 years of blogging:
You get out of it what you put in
I often see new bloggers in Facebook groups who’ve started their blog a couple of weeks ago and are wondering why on earth PR companies or SEOs aren’t running their doors in. Quite frankly, it’s because it takes time and effort to build your blog to a standard that attracts attention from not only readers but also companies that are willing to work with you. They want to see a consistently high standard, a certain social following, authority and, of course, readership. All this doesn’t come within a couple of weeks of blogging. So work hard, create good content and get involved in the community. It will be worth it in the end!
The blogging community is pretty amazing
Having seen what the blogging community can do over the course of six years, still, leaves me speechless. I’ve seen hundreds of people get together to raise massive amounts of money for charity and I’ve seen small groups help out when a fellow blogger needed help (be it financial or manpower) or simply a shoulder to cry on. I think it’s amazing that people, many of whom only see each other once or twice a year, feel a bond strong enough to want to help make other lives better by going out of their way to offer support.
Blogging creates friendships for life
Blogging creates friendships and I know for sure that I’ve made friends for life through my little old blog. Friends that I might not see a lot but friends who I know are always on the other side of my laptop screen. They’ve been there for my when I separated from Amy’s dad and had to adapt to life as a single mum. They’ve been there when I had to pack up my life in boxes and start again in a country that was my home but that Amy only knew from visits. And they’re always there for a laugh and gossip, of course. They wouldn’t be my buddies otherwise!
Blogging requires dedication
I know of so many people who’ve started blogging because they were after ‘free stuff’. Well, dear people, most of them have disappeared just as quickly as they’ve turned up because review items are certainly not ‘free’. Many people might think it takes no effort at all to run a blog but don’t be fooled. There’s so much work going on behind the scenes.
There’s the brainstorming, the writing. There’s taking pictures, styling pictures, editing and keeping up with the latest trends and developments. You have to get used to new social networks all the time and teach yourself skills like photo and video editing as well as simple coding and design. And, of course, as all self-employed people, you have to motivate yourself to create something completely new every single day.
Blogging gives your skills that lead to jobs outside of blogging
Through blogging, I have gained and developed skills that are sought after by companies in various industries. This has led to a number of different freelance gigs over the past couple of years. I’ve worked as a community and social media manager for a couple of nursery brands and now a global printing company. I’ve translated websites for a range of clients as well as a travel guide, presentations or publications. And the most exciting part was working as the Media Deputy for the European Diving Championships in 2015.
Blogging offers you the most amazing opportunities
Blogging is not only a fab hobby or a great way to get your voice out there. It also offers you amazing opportunities. No matter if it’s trying brand new products and writing about them before they hit the market, blogger events, holidays or once in a lifetime opportunities like interviewing celebrities blogging is pretty special and you get to do things that your best probably would never even dream of. I’m incredibly grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had over the past 6 years and all the companies who have chosen to work with me. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 years bring.
What have you learned through blogging? Have you made a best friend, learned a new skill or been on a holiday you’ll never forget? I’d love to know, so please leave me a comment below.