So I’ve managed 2 months of consistent blogging, and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve hit a wall. In all honesty, I’m kicking myself for not predicting this and for not having a backup of posts that I can reel out like nobodies business in this situation. When I first decided that I was going to have a real try at this blogging debacle, I had 3 weeks worth of posts already written, a load of photos taken of my sorry self, prancing around outside my garage and a brand new blog theme all set up and raring to go.
Cut to two months later, I have 4 notebook pages full of unwritten blog ‘ideas’, no pre-written posts and a whole load of photos of myself that make my stomach curl looking at. (No shade on my boyfriend, the photographer, he’s the best and puts up with me constantly bugging him to take photos).
So I thought to get my arse in gear, I’d put together a short list of things that I’ve learnt in these short 2 months. Things that I’m now realising I wish I’d had known from the start. I hope this helps any of you thinking of starting a blog (which you absolutely should, don’t let my little sob story put you off).
- Too Much Thinking – Okay, so I seem to spend more time scouring Pinterest and Bloglovin for inspiration and ideas and not enough time actually writing posts and using those ideas. I’m writing this at 10:40 on Sunday evening. I vow never to do this again. I never again wish to know the stress of trying to write a legible blog post while half asleep and watching Homeland.
Comparing – With social media being such a huge part of blogging and indeed day-to-day life, it is so so easy to get buried in self doubt and FOMO. I need to learn when to realise my comparisons are unrealistic. I mean, not everyone can do everything and often what’s most important is just keeping to what makes you happy.
Not Planning Ahead – Man, if I’d been just put aside a few more hours in the month to start on a few swanky blog posts instead of making sure my workspace was instagrammable then perhaps I wouldn’t be stuck in this rut.. Damn photogenic coffee.
Treating My Blog As A Hobby – What I really need, to keep myself grounded and focused is a routine that I have to stick to. Whilst writing is my hobby, I’m going to start treating my blog as more of a business. Keeping to a posting schedule will make sure I can’t deviate and skip weeks.
- Trying To Be Perfect – This is the most important lesson I’ve learnt. No one is perfect, no blog is perfect, and no one really expects you to be. I’d be lying if I didn’t have a little meltdown because the more I looked at these photos, the more I hated the way I looked in them but at the end of the day; I’m lucky enough just to have a boyfriend who doesn’t laugh at me standing on a bridge, posing while loads of students walk past and who buys me shoes for Valentines Day.
SHOP THE POST
JUMPER – NEW LOOK
JEANS – RIVER ISLAND
SHOES – ASOS