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7 Things I’ve Learnt Since I Started Blogging

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So the other week saw in my 2 year blog birthday and despite not quite believing how quickly those two years have gone, it also got me thinking about how much has changed and how much I’ve learnt in these two short (but incredible) years since Jenny in Neverland was born into the blogosphere. So here are some things I’ve learnt since I’ve started blogging.

1) You will be jealous of other blogs and bloggers.

Over the two years, I’ve changed themes, altered my blog, made graphics then scrapped those graphics and changed my style of writing and blogging. But there will always be blogs that I will envy till I’m blue in the face for a number of reasons. Blogging isn’t a competition but I don’t think the pang of jealously every now and again for a prettier blog or that blogger who bagged that review copy you really wanted will ever go but that’s okay! As long as jealousy doesn’t fuel your blogging life then it’s all gravy baby.

2) It takes up more time that I originally anticipated.

I wasn’t as serious about my blog when I first started to what I am now; however, never in a million years did I expect it would take up as much time as it does. From reading to writing posts to making graphics and taking photos and juggling everything with every day life. Thankfully I’ve managed to bind blogging in to fit in with my life which is something that took a lot of time and will probably continue to change as my life changes (I wrote a blog post about How Much Work Goes Into Reviewing which ties in with this point).

3) You will not gain hundreds of followers over-night.

It’s very easy to be naïve about this, especially with the likes of Zoella and other famous bloggers and YouTubers in the spotlight 24/7. However, after realising that there are hundreds of other book bloggers out there, 99% of which had been blogging for much longer than I had, I stopped fretting so much. Now instead of trying to compete with everyone else, I try and compete with myself and make my blog the best it can possibly be in terms of quality in order to gain genuine followers who enjoy my blog.

4) You will not get along with everyone you meet.

The blogging community, like school and work, is full to the brim of different types of people and just like in every day life, you will not get along with all of them. But that’s okay and it’s not crucial you do. Over the two years I’ve realised this because despite having the love of books in common, there’s much much more to a person than their book tastes and their “much more” part might clash with yours.

5) You have to put your life first.

Blogging is hard work for many and for me, last year, it became too much and I was forced to go on a 6 month blogging break because I was just overwhelmed with the pressure of it all. Despite how much you love your blog, you need to put you and your life first in order to have a healthy mix. Your blog will still be there waiting for you when you get back.

6) You have to give some to get some.

The blogging world won’t come you to, you have to go to it. Or that’s what I’ve found anyway. I’ve learnt that you need to put yourself out there, really put yourself out there and follow that blog or leave that comment or email that publisher in order to gain opportunities and followers and friends you never thought you’d get. I’ve never had a problem asking for things, I figure if you don’t ask you don’t get and this applies to blogging too!

7) Passion is noticeable.

At a certain point in my blogging life, I was all about quantity. I wanted a post up every day and ended up writing rubbish for the sake of having a post go up on time. My heart wasn’t in it at all and it dragged me down and I honestly think my readers could tell. Lately, I’ve been much more about quality – not posting as much to spend more time on the posts I do write, taking more time over my posts and reviews and taking photos. Over the course of the two years, I’ve realised that readers know when you put your heart into something – it’s palpable.

Two years, on the grand scheme of things, is a very short space of time. Although it feels like I’ve been blogging forever, I know I’ve only scratched the surface and despite having come a long way from when I started, I definitely have a lot more to learn and expect I will learn over the next two years, four years or 6 years of blogging.

If you’re a blogger, what have you learnt since you started? Do any of these apply to you? I’d love to hear your answers!

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

73 Comments

  1. I started to blog few years ago then realized it’s not so good as I wish, deleted it and one month ago I started to blog again! You right quality goes first and also interacting with others is important 👌😊

    1. I bet it wasn’t as bad as you thought! But yes you’re right quality first 😌

      1. Probably not but now I am more consistent 😊

  2. Reading through this I found myself thinking – “relatable.. relatable.. relatable.. relatable..” and so on. Great post and I cannot agree any more with the fact it takes up more time than you first thought. Sometimes I feel like I’m working a full time job outside my actual full time job lol

  3. This is just the thing that I needed to read at the moment since I just started blogging.. Thank you so much..

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  5. Great post! I just started blogging last month so still very new to all this, but it does take time! I write my post fairly quickly (once I’ve decided what I want to write about), but the graphics, pics, editing, etc take so much more longer than I anticipate!

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  7. I agree with all these statements! (Even though I haven’t been blogging quite as long as you – I’m going on a year this October). I have definitely already started to notice everything you just talked about. I find it so hard to not want to change my theme or style every time I see a cool one on a different blog. I have to constantly remind myself that maybe people feel the same way when they come across my blog. Anyway, great post!

    1. I’m the same, I’m CONSTANTLY jealous of other people’s blog themes and cute graphics! But you’re absolutely right, there will definitely be people that feel that way about your blog and you have to remember that 🙂 Thank you! xo

  8. Hi,
    I’m Janice from Reflections. Good post! Some of these made me laugh. My husband said I don’t keep any of them in mind. Nice meeting you. You got so many comments! I’m happy for you.
    Janice

  9. Just got round to reading this post and you made some very interesting points; especially the point about not getting along with everybody. When I first started my book blogging (just under a year a go) another blogger became very sycophantic very quickly. She tweeted that she was reading a book that I had already read and I tweeted that I hoped that she enjoyed it and to keep some tissues handy because it is a doozy and oh man she went postal and then removed me as a friend. I realised at that point that it was the sort of drama I didn’t need and maybe her reaction was for the best.

    Anyway, just wanted to say good post 🙂 x

    1. Hi Lisa! Ugh, I’m sorry about what happened with that blogger but there are DEFINITELY people like that in the community and I’ve had VERY similar experiences with a blogger in my time with my blog too. Who has followed, unfollowed, followed, unfollowed and just been a general nightmare but you just gotta ignore them and focus on the good people and opportunities 🙂 There are MANY more lovely people in the blogging community than nasty ones! Thank you for reading, so glad you liked it! <3 xxx

      1. Exactly, that is what this girl did. Apparently she is known for it. I felt like screaming “I left high school 15 years ago. I’m too old for this boohockey!” Although apparently not old enough to stop using the word “boohockey” 🙂 hope you are having a lovely bank holiday weekend! x x

      2. I am 99% sure we’re talking about the same person haha! And if that’s the case you really needn’t worry – she’s done this to SO many people! Boohockey is an awesome word haha! You too 🙂 xx

      3. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. Ah well as the great Taylor Swift sang – Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate x x

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  11. Great post and I believe you nailed it! People have to look at Social Media Platforms as a distribution outlet and research the strength and weaknesses of each. I personally believe FB is a great place to share with people you know, but if people are not engaged with you or your content most people won’t see it in their feed. My suggestion is to join communities of interest and build a new following.

  12. I love your honesty, and I completely agree with all the points you made. My blog is still pretty new at only a few months old, but already I’ve noticed and dealt with many of the things you mentioned. Great post, and happy belated bloggiversary!

    1. Thank you so much – no point being anything other than honest!

  13. Terry Tyler says:

    All I can say is that I wish I had been as mature as this at 22!!!

    1. Hahahahah! Mature? Me?

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