A few weeks ago, I got an update from WordPress telling me that I had been blogging for a year. Woooo go me, 365 days later and Bridie By The Sea is still live and kicking. It’s my (other) baby and I’ve loved growing my blog over the past year. I started writing this to remember all the little moments of our life and I’m so glad I did; I have a memory like a sieve and it’s wonderful to have a place to look through the past year.
As many bloggers will tell you, this is an extremely addictive business and that’s exactly what happened to me. I got sucked in to growing my stats and social accounts and trying to write about topics that were genuinely engaging but meant something to me too. I sort of suspected that I would get completely obsessed with it, as I’m a bit of an all or nothing girl but over the past year, I’ve learned a few things about this blogging life.
Self-doubt doesn’t go away
I’m just going to start with the blogger truth bomb. In my first few months, I had major self doubt at whether I was on the right track at all. I assumed that over time, this feeling of self-doubt would just magically disappear – but it didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t something I feel all the time but it does creep back and slowly, I am learning on how to replace those negative thoughts with more positive ones. I do also get the imposter syndrome from time to time and have to keep reminding myself that I have to be proud of what I’ve achieved!
It takes time
We’ve all heard this one before and know that monetising your blog takes time as your blog grows. But what I’ve realised is that every single aspect of blogging takes time and you have to be patient and not be too hard on yourself. For me, finding my style of writing was something that seemed to take forever. But I’m glad I kept writing and doing my thing and something seemed to click into place after a while.
There will be people who disagree, and that’s okay
I’m always really touched when people comment on my blogs but one of the things I found hard was when people disagree with my content. I would immediately get my back up and I think when you’re putting yourself out there, it’s hard not to take things personally. But it’s okay for people to disagree (a completely separate thing to when vile people troll your blogs) and I always think writing that opens discussion, whether in agreement or not, is usually a good thing.
Everyone else’s blogging/personal life is not all it seems
My wonderful friend Laura of Five Little Doves wrote a beautiful post on this recently and it really got me thinking. Particularly as recently I’ve become addicted to Instagram, it’s so easy to believe that everyone has these porcelain white, tidy-homed lives. I sometimes look at other feeds and wonder why their house isn’t covered end to end with Vtech plastic. But the reality is that a lot of us just clear a little space to make the photo work, to show our best bits. I often think blogging is the same, others don’t see the late nights, the writer’s block, the self-doubt – it’s always good to remind ourselves that it’s not 100% real life sometimes.
There’s space on the internet for all of us
I really believe there is.
So here’s to another year of blogging and sharing our moments with you all. Just wanted to say thank you for all your likes, comments and support in general. You guys are so lovely, until next time!