One Year of Blogging | What I’ve Learnt

One Year of Blogging | What I’ve Learnt

It’s The Auburn Agenda’s first birthday! I absolutely cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by and how far my blog has come. When I first started my blog last January, I figured this would be a fun way to get more into writing and to share my love of makeup and fashion with the world – little did I know this whole blogging thing would become a full-blown obsession.

Although I started blogging in January, it wasn’t until August that I found the time to focus all of my energy into both my blog and social media – I learnt so much in this period of time and also watched my blog grow way more than I could have imagined. My blog has also just had a makeover (perfect timing, I know), which is one of the best ways to celebrate it being a year old and I absolutely love how it looks!

As it’s my blog’s birthday, I thought I’d do a special post today about everything I’ve learnt from my first year of blogging! Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone who is looking to start blogging or hoping to grow their blog, as there are so many things that I know now that I wish I knew before I started blogging. Here’s what I’ve learnt!

 

  • Social media is your best friend. I didn’t begin using my social media for anything other than promoting posts until around July/August, which was a huge mistake on my part. It’s all well and good promoting your newest blog posts on social media, but if you have barely any followers/don’t engage with any of your followers you most probably won’t grab anyone’s attention. Social media is a giant part of blogging, it’s so important to stay consistent with it in order to engage your followers and improve your growth. For example, I now post daily on Instagram, which gives me a solid growth in followers and makes my followers aware to expect a post from me at some point every day. This then makes it way easier to advertise my newest blog posts, because I have an engaged following. There are also lots of accounts on Twitter that retweet your tweets about your blog post, so you can reach a wider audience! Some of my favourites are @GRLPOWRCHAT, @Bloggeration_ and @UKBlogRT. I also recommend using hashtags on all social medias to get more attention to your posts, things like #bblogger if you’re a beauty blogger, #fblogger if you’re a fashion blogger, #ukblogger if you’re from the U.K. etc., you get the picture.
  • Engage with other bloggers. This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give, and something that took me a while to learn. At first, it can seem a little scary to talk to a blogger with thousands of followers, but trust me everyone is so lovely and are so happy to help and give advice! I learnt that the best way to get to know other bloggers was through blogger chats that take place on Twitter – they often have themed questions that are super fun and often really helpful too, plus you meet loads of bloggers and can share your links along the way! I personally love the GRLPOWRCHAT and The Girl Gang chats, but there are so many that you can find. I actually found a great list of all Blogger Chats that are on Twitter (courtesy of the lovely Francesca), so you can pick and choose!

  • Quality over quantity. Although it is important to a certain extent to keep relatively consistent with blog posts (so your readers know when to check back for a new one), if you don’t love or aren’t proud of what you’re writing or you have total writer’s block, don’t post – it’s as simple as that. Your readers would definitely appreciate a better quality post, even if they’ve had to wait for it, rather than a post that has been rushed in order to keep to a schedule. This definitely took a long time for me to figure out, but now if I’m not in the right mindset to write something I’ll be proud of, I’ll wait a day or two until I feel inspired.
  • Be patient. We’ve all at some point in our lives compared ourselves to others, and it’s even easier to do it as a blogger. With social media, you always see these super popular bloggers who take amazing photographs and have hundreds of comments on every one of their posts, and we tend to question why our blog isn’t that impressive or that successful. Whenever I start to feel like this, I always visit a successful blogger/YouTuber’s Instagram and scroll all the way to the bottom of their feed – I guarantee their photos look just like every other blogger who’s just starting out, and it really helps me put things into perspective. It’s so easy to want instant gratification for your hard work, but life unfortunately doesn’t work that way, and we all have to remember to have a little patience (thanks, Take That) and know that with practice and time, our blogs will grow and we’ll be able to look back and marvel at how far we’ve come.
  • Believe in yourself. What I’ve found with blogging is that one month you’ll be receiving loads of feedback for your posts and getting emailed about all these incredible opportunities, and then the next couple months will be totally dry and you’ll wonder what you’ve done wrong. Of course blogging is not all about receiving free products, I mean that is definitely a perk but it really doesn’t come easy, so if you’re starting a blog just for freebies, you might as well quit now. I can’t emphasise enough how much hard work goes into blogging – it really is a full time job. When you aren’t writing posts, you’re taking/editing pictures, planning blog posts, or trying to keep up with social media – if you think having a blog is easy, you’re hugely mistaken. However, the positive feedback is such a great reward that it’s absolutely worth it, and although there may be days when you think that nobody cares about what you post, just take a step back and remember why you love doing it and how brilliant you are.

So those are the main things I’ve learnt whilst blogging. I can’t believe how far my little blog has come, and I can’t wait to watch it continue to grow – I have big plans for the future!

I hope you enjoyed this post (and maybe even found it helpful!), let me know in the comments some of the things you’ve learnt from blogging. See you next time,

A x

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42 Comments

  1. Terri January 11, 2017 / 8:03 PM

    Thanks for posting the times for twitter chats! deffo gonna get involved in some. Ps love your blog theme.

    Terri x
    http://www.territalks.co.uk

  2. Alix January 11, 2017 / 8:04 PM

    Thanks for all the tips, I started blogging in October and have realised a lot of it is social media and interaction with people!
    Happy 1st Birthday! X

  3. Corinne & Kirsty January 11, 2017 / 8:05 PM

    Happy blog birthday then! Our blog is turning one in February. True that last year went really quick. We had kind of the same process as you ahah. Our first six months were really flat and we were not consistent, then we started to really social media and improve quality. xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

    • The Auburn Agenda January 12, 2017 / 1:27 PM

      Thank you! Social media works wonders haha! Happy blog birthday for February! Xx

  4. Melissa January 11, 2017 / 8:06 PM

    This was a hepful post! Some great tips! X

    Love, Melissa x
    Lovemelissax.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Jordan January 11, 2017 / 8:08 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. This is really helpful to new bloggers, aka me. I really love reading advice posts and tips from others since I am so new. I have the tendency to look at my blog and stats and feel like no one but my family is reading, but I know that is not the case and it takes time.

    XOXO
    Jordan
    Sweetsandmascara.com

    • The Auburn Agenda January 12, 2017 / 1:36 PM

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! Absolutely, in time you’ll be able to look back and be proud of how far you’ve come! X

  6. bryony January 11, 2017 / 8:08 PM

    just before i read your post i was looking for when twitter blogger chats were so this has been really helpful, thank you x

  7. Jess January 11, 2017 / 8:10 PM

    Loved the post! Thank you for including the twitter chats! I’m a new blogger and August will be my 1yr anniversary. Its been interesting for sure! I’m always learning something new.

  8. Georgia January 11, 2017 / 8:11 PM

    Love your theme! And Happy 1st Birthday to your blog! You seen to have accomplished so much! Great post to read x

    • The Auburn Agenda January 12, 2017 / 1:34 PM

      Aw thank you so much, I definitely still have a long way to go though! X

  9. bryony January 11, 2017 / 8:12 PM

    i totally agree with everything you’ve written in the be patient paragraph too. I’ve been feeling like that quite a bit but you’ve got to start somewhere and if you love what you’re writing then things should improve over time

  10. Rachel January 11, 2017 / 8:13 PM

    Happy 1 year of blogging!! 🎉 ! I really enjoyed this post, I am a very new blogger – my blog is not even a week old yet haha. I found this a very helpful read! Thanks! 🙂

  11. Rosie January 11, 2017 / 8:15 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday! I’d never think you’re only a year old you seem so established!! I love that you’ve turned your birthday post into one to help others! Defo interacting with other bloggers is my fave thing and it really works!

  12. Ellie January 11, 2017 / 8:20 PM

    Wow, it’s recently been a year since I switched my blog to WordPress and I completely agree with this! Since I started using social media for my blog more and engaging with other bloggers my blog has got so much better! xx

  13. sami January 11, 2017 / 8:21 PM

    Happy birthday to your blog haha! This is such a lovely post, really enjoyed reading this! x

  14. Della January 11, 2017 / 8:28 PM

    I loved all this advice! Happy birthday to your blog xx

  15. Zoe Jackson January 11, 2017 / 8:32 PM

    Happy Birthday to your blog 🙂 yayay love the photo also, I think you covered all of getting a handle on blogging. Great post.

  16. Zara Anne January 11, 2017 / 8:38 PM

    Happy Birthday to your blog! It’s great so far!

  17. Dalal January 11, 2017 / 8:48 PM

    Blogging has forced me to up my social media game, I never knew how important Twitter was until my blog happened. Patience is also such a big one, lots of us expect hundreds of page views and instant fame over night but blogging is a looong process. These are all super good lessons though!
    Dalal
    monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

  18. Two Book Minimum January 11, 2017 / 8:50 PM

    Thanks so much for posting these! Happy blog birthday!

  19. Morgan Miller January 11, 2017 / 8:53 PM

    Happy Blog B’day! Love your site name by the way <3
    Morgan

  20. Eleanor Pritchard January 11, 2017 / 9:01 PM

    Happy blog bday! I’ve just printed out the blogger chats, it’s such a useful sheet! Social media is definitely your best friend when blogging 🙂 x

    eleanorclaudie.com

  21. Chloë Prince January 21, 2017 / 7:03 PM

    Once I’d gotten over the puppies wearing party hats (oh my gosh! – composure), I read through this and found myself nodding sagely – I feel that you’ve got it down to a t. For me, writing what you love and loving what you write is the essence. Congratulations on your 1st year, you’re doing fantastically! I’m right at the beginning and it’s wonderful.

    Chloë | http://www.shenoted.co.uk | 🐝

    • The Auburn Agenda January 23, 2017 / 9:41 AM

      Haha, thank you so much! I’m so glad you agree, and I love that you’re enjoying it!

  22. Natalie January 23, 2017 / 12:03 PM

    I cannot thank you enough for this post. I only started my blog last week and since then I’ve been searching the internet for a post exactly like this. Especially the twitter chats list. I’ve tweeted a few bloggers and haven’t really had a great reply from them so this kinda put me off some of them but i guess i’ve got to give it a chance. However once again thank you for this post. 🙂

    Natalie x
    http://www.natalieejane.com

    • The Auburn Agenda January 26, 2017 / 12:58 PM

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! And if you ever have any questions you can always come to me! X

  23. Rin March 15, 2017 / 3:58 PM

    Thanks so much for this! Lots of really great advice!

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