I should have probably written this last month for a 6 month update,but i didn’t get round to writing down what i wanted to include nor did i take any specific photos.Better late than never though,right?!
I’ve been running my blog for just over 7 months now and whilst i’m an avid reader of blogs,i never imagined having my own.I’m glad i made the decision and although it hasn’t reached its full potential yet,i’m in no doubt it will.I’ve learnt a hell of a lot,things that i’d previously never even thought of,for example;
Lighting – From a reader’s perspective lighting isn’t something you think about!Seeing beautifully lit photos inserted in the right places was something i’d become accustomed to seeing.It didn’t cross my mind that the photographer had probably taken 20 different shots from 10 different angles by a small window or even with the help of soft box lighting during the darker months.
It is not easy and when you’re not that creative,it can be a hard,time-consuming process.Trying to get the perfect shot,with the right props and the right lighting is hard,for me anyway.I don’t have a fancy camera yet but i make do with my iPhone and try my best.
Budget – Well established bloggers won’t relate to this much but for us small bloggers,creating a budget for your blog is essential.I know there will be people who say,you don’t need to go out and buy the latest products or visit Bora Bora to have a great blog and they’re right,you don’t.You can get away with never having to spend a penny if you create content that doesn’t produce reviews or opinions on products.I do however like to keep up with the latest beauty releases,who doesn’t?This is why having a budget is essential,especially if you don’t have any PR relationships.Buying props isn’t cheap,buying new releases isn’t cheap and flying across the world so you can review the latest destinations,certainly isn’t cheap.Therefore setting a budget of say £50 or less a month is useful,it stops you eating into your student loan or whatever little income you get each month.
Community – If you think blogging is all about publishing posts and promoting them,without having some kind of social media presence,is naive.Whilst we all know life can get extremely chaotic,it always pays to reach out to others.
I love the friends i have made through blogging,especially the friends i’ve made on twitter.I can’t express how grateful i am for the ladies who talk to me on there and support me. I’ve seen first hand how bitchy girls can be when they don’t meet the level of others,everyone is different and i know the people i interact with are good and kind.All the chats and comment groups (the genuine ones) are truly amazing.I’ve gained knowledge and confidence from groups like @TheGirlGang,the people in the group have been a blessing for me.Talking openly about mental health and body confidence is a breath of fresh air.So many are afraid to open up (myself included) about our mental health issues,in fear of being judge by those who are less understanding.I also find the hashtags in the community extremely useful for finding other blogs,i’ve discovered some amazing fashion and travel bloggers,who are so down to earth and lovely.It means a lot to have a community you feel yourself in.
It’s not all nice,i know that but that’s why the mute button and comment moderation were invented.
So after 7 months my thoughts on my blog are still positive,it’s my little corner where i can write whatever i want.I have so many ideas that i hope i will achieve in the new year.New theme,new style of posts and best of all a camera!
I’m so appreciative of everyone who takes the time to read,comment and share my posts.It overwhelms me with how positive the majority of people are.Thank you!