What 6 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

Man it took ages to think of a title. I went through so many variation of 6 months titles.

So, on March 6, I hit publish on my first ever post. It was simply entitledΒ Hi. It was very short and was my intro to the blogging world. I wanted to talk about my recent travels, but felt that an intro should be my very first post. I didn’t expect anything to happen, but the next day I got a notification that someone had liked my post. I was really happy! Then as I kept posting, a few more likes came, and then a follow. I was beyond ecstatic.Β I had no idea that blogging was about to become a huge part of my life.

Since then, I’ve been blogging daily. I post at least twice a day, sometimes three (when I’m feeling crazy). I’ve met so many amazing people around the world, I’ve become invested in the lives of so many of you, and through this blog, I’ve been supported and encouraged in trying lots of new things.

So without further rambling, here’s six things I’ve learned in my past six months of blogging.

It’s addictive

Seriously. Blogging is addictive. It ends up in the back of your mind almost all the time. Not always in a bad way. You think about blogging ideas, about posts you’ve read from others, about how your latest post it doing. If you’re anything like me, it becomes a passion as well as a hobby, and you can’t remember what you did in your spare time before blogging.

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It’s time consuming

Writing posts, reading posts, taking or editing pictures, this all takes a lot of time. I’ve learned to set times up for myself during the day when to do all these. Otherwise I find myself with no extra time for anything else I want to do. I write up most posts for the week during the weekend. I read a bit before work, and set aside an hour after work to read posts. Then I keep working on the unfinished posts.

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You’ll meet so many friends

In the past 6 months, I’ve made so many friends around the world. As someone who only normally has a small pocket of friends, it’s nice to know that I have such a huge community of online friends. Some I now also know on Instagram, Facebook or What’s App. I feel lucky to have met so many amazing people πŸ™‚

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You’ll try new things

In terms of thinking up blog posts, blocks will come up often. Sometimes, to overcome it, it’s led me to try some different and new things. This has led me to baking new things, trying out new makeup/beauty things, sharing more selfies, and basically making me feel more confident in myself and my abilities. To the point where I wanted to invest some money in this endeavour so I could keep expanding my blogging.

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You don’t need a niche

This is something I realized early on and stuck with. Some blogs have a niche and that’s cool, that works for them. For me, I want to talk about whatever I want to talk about. I talk about a whole bunch of stuff, I don’t want to be limited to a certain topic. So I’ll talk about a holiday, then random thoughts on a subject, then share a favourite tv show. This helps in keeping up with my daily schedule as well.

Don’t stress the numbers

This is something I keep learning about. Some days, you get lots of engagement, others you don’t. I used to focus on the posts I was putting out on these days, thinking what got more views, likes, comments. Some days I got lots, other days I had less. I spent too much energy trying to figure it out, trying to work out why this post did so much better that this one. So, I just kept writing what I was enjoying, because I literally couldn’t figure out this magic formula. Daily stats will just do what they want, don’t fixate on them.

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So that’s all I wanted to share. I really can’t remember any other project or hobby affecting my life as much as blogging has. Both in good and maybe not-so-good ways (I am never not on WordPress). But it is such a big part of my life, and most of that is due to you guys. I’m so happy to be a part of this online community and I can’t wait to see where my blog has landed in another 6 months!

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Angela.

33 thoughts on “What 6 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

  1. Nice work on sticking with it for six months! This is my second blog, my last one I was very on and off with but this time I’m way more organised and dedicated. Hope to be there with you at the six month mark in a few months time!

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    1. Thanks! I used to have a blog before thia one years ago but I lost interest after a few posts. WordPress has been amazing however and I’m glad I’ve stuck with it! I wish you luck with your blog too ??

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  2. It has not been 6 months?!?! How Cow that flew by!!
    I still am trying to figure out if you have more hours in the day than I do! Sometimes 3 posts…. Ang your killing me πŸ™‚
    Seeing my icon up there as part of your friend list was so beautiful! Your such an inspiration and so lovely I can’t help but be your biggest cheerleader!! Your a beautiful soul in every way!!
    Heres to the next chapter of your blog!! ?
    I also have to agree with you on the numbers. I’ve started to look at em not analyse them! What are they really when it all boils down to it! There’s no right or wrong way of doing it!

    Thank you for all you’ve shared with us so far!! So proud of you baby girl
    xxxx

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    1. Ahh you’re so sweet Hazel!! And yes where has the time gone?? I cant believe its been 6 months. You are one of my biggest supporters and I love you so much! ?? I’m glad you’re one of my best blogging friends ?

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    1. Haha, I used the collage from my 1000 followers party ?
      Yeah the niche thing bothered me too. But then I met others who didn’t have a niche and I find that way so much more fun! ?

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  3. I need to know your secrets of consistent blogging because you never fail to deliver! And I can’t believe it’s been only six months your blog is so professional and amazing.
    I also love the fact that you have no niche too! It’s nice to read random posts from you and I think it’s the best thing for your blog.
    Congrats!

    Pearl || http://thepearlylife.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much Pearl!
      Haha, i cant stop writing! It’s too much fun and has taken over my life in the best way ?
      No niche has become my niche ? it’s part of why I think I can post everyday, theres so much possibilities for me to talk about ?

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  4. I totally agree that you do more stuff. It sounds bad, but I find myself agreeing to more things because I think, “that could be a good blog post”.. but I have really enjoyed getting out more, doing things I might have said no to because I was feeling lazy. I’ve great memories now because I did something that I thought might be interesting to write up later :/ I’m sure that does say something bad about me but I feel like I’ve benefited from it πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m with you there! But it’s not a bad thing! It opens us up to more experiences and opportunities! Even if it’s cause we think it’ll make a good blog post, it also makes for a good story and memory πŸ˜€

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  5. Congrats on hitting 6 months, Angela! I’m so flattered to find myself among all those amazing people on this collage, let alone being your blogging friend!

    And you know what, I’ve been thinking of merging our blog birthday parties together – imagine how fun would that be haha! ❀ Two cakes are always better than one! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks so much Siyana!! Of course you’d be in there, you’re one of the bloggers I’ve known the longest!
      I think we did start blogging around similar times, didn’t we? You hit six months just over a week ago? We should totally have a combined blog birthday party next year! We could do it at the beginning of March next year πŸ˜€

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  6. 6 months and you’re doing amazing! Blogging is very time assuming, I’m trying to work on scheduling posts more so I’m not so stressed during the week but some days it’s just best if I go with the flow. The year has gone by So quickly! My 1 yr will be at the end of January. I’m at about 200 posts and always find it amazing when bloggers who have only been blogging several months have hundreds out already and post multiple times daily. I posted daily for a while and got burnt out lol but it was a great period of time for my blog and its growth.
    Not having a specific niche makes blogging about everyday life much easier. Great post Angela✨

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    1. Thanks so much Lee! It’s true, blogging does take up a lot of time and occasionally energy. Doing it everyday for me has been both fun and a challenge, but I’m loving it! It’s definitely not for everyone though ? I get burnt out sometimes, but I’ve normally got posts scheduled for at least the next few days so I have time to rest and recover while still daily blogging ?
      Your one year blogiversary isn’t too far now! That’s really awesome ?

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