I have been blogging for as long as I can remember, and since starting CharmedCharlee I can honestly say the experience has been full of surprises and new and amazing opportunities I would have never thought were possible. Since starting my blog it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and don't see myself calling it quits anytime soon. So I wanted to do something a little different and share with you some of the things that blogging has taught me over the years.
Blogging can be hard - As fun and rewarding as blogging is, behind the scenes it can take a lot of work from writing blog posts to perfecting photos to creating a list of ideas all these things take time, easily losing my Sunday morning to blog photos and my nights to commenting on other blogs and writing blog posts. But you know what I wouldn't change it at all as it's something I love to do.
It's a learning process - There's always going to be a time where you feel unhappy with your writing, photography or even the layout - I know from personal experience. But with that unhappiness comes the chance to learn from it and learn new skills, if I'm feeling down about my blog I always like to look back to the beginning and see where I've come from and how much I've changed or try and learn new things such as photography skills that will help me further my blog.
Organisation is key - I wish I could say that I can just take photos or write a post on a whim for blog posts, but truthfully I have to create a list of blog post ideas and work from that, normally choosing the posts that appeal to me the most that week. When it comes to winter, you definitely need to get your butt into gear and have a plan as there's only like an hour of good light so you need to make the most of it.
A passion for photography - Not only did I discover my love for writing through my blog, but I also discovered a love for photography and props. I'm happy that I not only picked up an SLR but I learnt to get off auto modes and experiment with manual. My room is starting to look more like a crafts or home section of The Range or Wilko's with the amount of items I have picked up for blog props, but to be honest that's what makes my photo's mine, I love a good prop!
Writers block is normal and that's ok - We've all been there, we've opened up a blank post and struggle to get our thoughts down in a blog post. As annoying and frustrating as this can be when trying to get new content out there it's natural and you know what - take a break! If you're struggling to write don't bother trying to, it's as simple as that, you won't feel happy with content that you have forced and by simply taking a break you can find your blogging mojo once more and you'll find that once you're ready your content will start flowing once more.
Don't be afraid to try something new - Change can be scary, but also opens up more doors especially when it comes to blogging. There's no right and wrong way to blog, and just because no one has done it before doesn't mean it's a good idea, you'll never know if you don't try it. Same thing applies to makeup, if I didn't try red lipstick I'd have never found out that I love the shade and it really suits me.
The blogging community is amazing - Blogging has introduced me to the amazing community, mainly through the #bbloggers chat but without it I'd have never been introduced to some of the most amazing people many whom I now consider good friends. The community despite its few set backs is one of the most amazing I've ever been a part of, the way people are willing to help each other and the support they show one another is just lovely! Over the past year I've had the chance to meet a real lovely close group of friends and that is all through the joys of blogging, these girls have been by me through thick and thin and don't know where I'd be without them - you know who you are!
Social media can be your best friend - I'm a big advocate of social media and I find that various channels can really help with the promotion of your blog. Two of my favourite channels include Twitter and Instagram, but they are not only great for helping with your blog but social media acts as a great way to meet others and to find new inspiration.
Be yourself and have confidence - Blogging is a saturated market, let's be honest so being original can be hard as any ideas you have more than likely have been done before. But you know what you don't have to original, just be yourself and that's what your readers will love to see and it injects some personality into your blog and that will really come across in your writing or photography. Be confident in your blogging skills also, because I find having a little confidence can go a long way and it can help continue to create good, readable content.
Have fun - Last but not least, have fun! Blogging may be a job for some, but for the majority of us it's a hobby and what's the point in having a hobby that you don't enjoy? Whether it's sharing your latest haul or a feature your proud of, write about what you love and most importantly have fun!
I'd love to know what blogging has taught you!