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5 Things I Learnt After One Year of Blogging

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!




  1. April 5, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I have always loved your blog and I do even more now 🙂 Here’s to an even more amazing year x

  2. April 5, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Happy 1 Year! I’m about three years in (over the span of two blogs as I started again in Oct ’16) and couldn’t agree more. Thanks for sharing, it was a lovely coffee break read today 🙂

  3. April 5, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Y over got every right to be proud of your corner of the internet. Well done for sticking with it and long may it continue 🙂

  4. April 5, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Ahh happy blogiversary my lovely, and thank you so much for the mention. I cant believe you’ve only been going a year, you have achieved so much! Can’t wait to meet you at BlogOn!!! xxxxx

  5. April 5, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve only been on the circuit for a year, look at all you’ve achieved! Some definite truths in this, and I’d love to think there’s loads of room for us all

  6. April 11, 2017 / 6:04 am

    There is space for everyone!! I love the blogging community. #DreamTeam

  7. April 11, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Happy one year blogiversary! You should really be proud of what you have achieved in a year. And you’re right – there is space for all of us. My blog isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s okay – I just focus on writing the kind of content that I would want to read. #DreamTeam

  8. April 11, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Hi, happy 1st birthday to your blog. Your comments are very true and the summary at the end is perfect there is space for everyone #dreamteam

  9. April 11, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I really enjoy reading your posts. You have a lovely writing style.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  10. April 11, 2017 / 7:31 am

    They say that few blogs make it to a year… congratulations!! Good thing the internet is a big playground!

  11. Nige
    April 11, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Well done on your first year it’s a tough game blogging great advice to a new blogger thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  12. April 11, 2017 / 7:46 am

    Great words of encouragement, especially for us new bloggers. Remembering to blog for the right reasons is so important. I write when the words literally have to flow or I’ll pop! It’s very therapeutic. #dreamteam

  13. April 11, 2017 / 7:52 am

    It is nice to see that I have not been thinking the same things alone. Great words to know things do improve. 🙂 x


  14. April 11, 2017 / 8:18 am

    A whole year, go you! I honk you’re doing a great job, and it really is amazing how blogging works for your sense of self confidence isn’t it?!#DreamTeam

  15. April 11, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Yes yes yes, all useful and relevant to this newbie! #dreamteam

  16. April 11, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Lovely post – congrats on the blogging milestone! I’ve just reached the 1 month mark so a little while to go for me! 🙂 #DreamTeam

  17. April 11, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Well done on a year of blogging – although I find it hard to believe that you’ve only been around for a year, it feels like I’ve been reading your blog for way longer than that! I’ve been a fan of yours for so long, and these tips are so true. Here’s to many more happy years of blogging! #DreamTeam

  18. April 11, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    As a complete novice blogger still getting to grips with it all this post is great – thanks for the tips!

    Here’s to many more years! #DreamTeam

  19. Congratulations – making it to a year is tough. I love reading your blog and following your Insta though so I’m hoping there will be many more years to follow this. Some great tips too! #DreamTeam

  20. April 11, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    It’s so true that there really is space for us all. my ‘normal’ job is writing the beauty blog for Pixiwoo.com which has a huge following so am automatically in the firing line for everything from my opinions to spelling. It took me a few years to get used to it but now it’s almost comical to me when people are rude. I try and put myself in their shoes, it’s easy for them to misinterpret what I’m trying to say. You seem like such a sweet lady and we really enjoy your blog so keep up the good work. #Dreamteam

  21. April 11, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Congrats on your blog-birthday! You’ve done so well and must be so proud of what you have achieved.

  22. April 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    O yes it is addictive! you have so many wins after that one year:) I hope I will learn something from that post:)

  23. April 11, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Happy anniversary and thanks for writing this post! It’s actually excellent advice that truly strikes a chord on the self doubt, the fear of criticism
    and finding your own voice in a seemingly crowded place. I started my blog in 2015 but left it to grow weeds for a long time before getting back on the horse 2 months ago. It’s hard work especially when you work a full time job and then parent a 3 year-old. I scribble post ideas and actual posts on the tube, on the bus if I get a seat or cheekily at work like right now (shhh) if I get a moment without a pair of eyes on me :). But I persist because I have found it really therapeutic and a great way to discover other bloggers such as yourself and take in their experiences as well. It truly enriches you as a parent and as a person. 🙂 Here’s to your wonderful achievement! #dreamteam

  24. April 11, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Such a spot on post! Happy 1 year hun #dreamteam

  25. April 11, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    WoW! I cannot believe you have only been doing this for one year! Kudos, congrats and Mazel Tov to you and that beautiful babe of yours! I love your blog and your posts. You have a lot to be proud of Bridge! xoxo <3

  26. April 11, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    #dreamteam firstly, many happy returns and secondly GO GIRL! i completely agree that there is plenty of internet for all and that its hugely addictive. I can’t imagine life without my little blog of quotes and memories – i can’t wait to toast you for you 100th 🙂

  27. April 11, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Yep…so addictive. I had no idea when I started less than a year ago!

  28. April 12, 2017 / 4:42 am

    Congrats on your year blogging. It is fun, but sometimes I find it scary to put so much of myself out there. I have managed to meet some of the nicest people around the planet though! #dreamteam

  29. April 12, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Happy Bloganniversary! Blogging is totally addictive and fun. When it becomes a chore that’s when you worry x #DreamTeam x

  30. April 12, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I love these, especially the last two, what a fresh perspective, really appreciate truthful bloggers! (: #Dreamteam

  31. April 12, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    You should be so proud, you’ve done amazing Happy Blog Birthday! #Dreamteam

  32. April 12, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Congrats on your first year! Funnily enough I “found” you on Instagram first and then realised you were a blogger too! I just loved all your pictures! I’ve been blogging intermittently for about 4 months now and you are right….it does take time. This, for me, is also intermittent so my blog stats have been going up and down plus I find some days I’m over flowing with ideas and others I would prefer to be outside in my garden or I’m taxiing my kids about! Happy blogging….I’ve really been enjoying reading your blog and finding a “voice” behind all the cute pictures!

  33. April 12, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    A real positive read – thank you. I think it’s really easy with social media to think that some other people have these perfect lives, but we don’t know what goes on behind the camera! #DreamTeam

  34. April 12, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Yay congrats! I love your blog. It’s so nice to be a part of this wonderful group of people! (And thanks again for choosing my post this week!) #DreamTeam

  35. April 12, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary! I have learnt to be persistent and consistent over my first year of blogging and am also a little bit adicted to the stats! I read Laura’s post too and it is so true. I just filmed my first video today and took so long making sure the room around me looked so perfect. If people saw the mess behind the camera and that, due to lack of tripod, my camera was balanced on a pile of 20 dvds! Shh don’t tell anyone!!

  36. April 13, 2017 / 12:40 am

    Congratulations! We literally just started our blog this year and are just getting to grips with it all. Discovered you via this week’s #DreamTeam and so glad I did – the encouragement we need (Hubby & I co-author ours). Thanks lovely!

  37. April 13, 2017 / 2:04 am

    Congrats on 1 year of blogging. I too am getting close to my first year mark. I also just started getting into instagram as well.

  38. April 13, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I still can’t believe that you’ve only been blogging for a year Bridget! I honestly thought you’d been at this for years? You’ve been such a fab part of my bloglife this last year and I can’t wait to see where your next year takes you! Congratulations and happy bloggy birthday xx

  39. April 13, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Knowing bloggers like yourself still have self-doubt is invaluable! I have started to get the little voice that says ‘you’re wasting your time, just give up’, but I know that if I listen to it, I’ll only regret it! You can’t get anywhere if you give up so you might as well try, right? #dreamteam

  40. April 13, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Great post. I feel like you’ve been around for years. I love what you have achieved this past year and reading your blog posts. You have made some wise blogging learnings, so here’s to the next chapter eh? Yvadney x #DreamTeam

  41. April 13, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Your so right it does take time and patience!
    Great post!

  42. April 13, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! You’ve achieved so much in the past year, I always love reading your blog #dreamteam

  43. April 13, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary! I honestly thought you’d been doing it longer! and I agree that it is super addictive… nearly 10.30 on a non-school night and I’m blogging haha! #dreamteam

  44. April 14, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for one year! Happy Blogiversary. #DreamTeam

  45. April 14, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    What a lovely, encouraging post! Happy birthday! I’m still very new to this blogging game but I already see how it can be addictive… #dreamteam

  46. April 15, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Wow well done on reaching a year! You’ve done amazingly well in that space of time and I always love reading your posts #dreamteam

  47. April 17, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Returning from #dreamteam (sorry it’s late – manic week!), thanks again lovely. xxx

  48. April 17, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Yeah!! Happy blog-birthday 🙂 i agree – there is definitely space for all of us bloggers. x #DreamTeam

  49. April 17, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Well done on reaching your first blog birthday. You have achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. My first year is coming up towards the end of this month or next so I’ll be celebrating not too far behind you #dreamteam

  50. April 23, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Ah what lovely lessons to share – I loved Laura’s post too! I definitely agree there is room enough for all the bloggers on the internet – well said! #blogcrush xx

  51. April 25, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Congratulations on your 1 yr blogiversary! You should be so proud of everything that you’ve accomplished. I think milestones like this are a great time to sit back and reflect on how far you’ve come. Your blog is fab (you know I’m a big fan!) and so are you! #blogcrush

  52. April 26, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! Here’s to next year and new blog related adventures 🙂

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