I’ve made it – I’ve successfully stuck to blogging for one whole month! I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone and I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping it up. I’m far from a fully-fledged, full-time blogger but I’ve learnt a lot over the past four weeks.
When I first started Colour Me Copper, I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever. I had no goals in mind, other than to write write write, and had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I was relatively new to all things blogging but knew I wanted to be a part of it. I manage a lot of content in my full time job and write lots of copy for a huge variety of clients but it wasn’t getting my creative juices flowing enough. I’ve always loved to write; one of my earliest memories is being sent on a creative poetry course at the age of 9 (it was actually on my 9th birthday that I went) and writing a poem all about frogs. I was so proud of it. Since then, I’ve always loved to put pen to paper, or in this case, fingertips to MacBook Pro.
I started blogging like an excited puppy; desperate to play with everything I could, hungry for more all the time and craving attention. But I learnt quite quickly that these things take time and I’ve had to be very patient. I wanted to get my blogs read immediately but naturally, as a brand new blogger, people don’t know about me yet so I’ve perhaps not had quite the speedy results I had first hoped. But I’ve also learnt that that’s OK. It’s OK for my stuff to not be seen by millions because I’m doing this for myself, not other people. If other people like what I write, that’s a bonus.
I’ve also learnt that blogging can be a pricey hobby, especially if you have a slight obsession with hair, skin and beauty products. I’m desperate to try out new things all the time but have to remind myself that I’m not made of money. Instead, I’ve come up with lots of ideas for October that involve products I already have stashed away as well as some more lifestyle posts. I’ve read lots of great ‘blogging on a budget’ pieces and have come to terms with the fact that I don’t have to be shopping for new things all the time.
Having said that, I have invested in some decorative pieces to make my photos that bit more interesting. I popped along to Hobbycraft and stocked up on sequins, flowers, beads and more pretty things to put in the background of my shots and it’s an inexpensive way of making my snaps look more professional and eye-catching.
The most important lesson I’ve learnt since I joined the blogging community is that it’s exactly that; a community. There are so many of us out there and it’s easy to forget sometimes that as much as we love reading other peoples blogs, there are people out there who love reading ours too. I’ve been overwhelmed with the lovely comments on my posts or those who have found and followed me on Twitter and Instagram. Those I’ve ‘met’ are so lovely and encouraging. So don’t forget to share the blogger love where you can.
I can’t wait to see what the next month of blogging will hold. Here’s a few resolutions I want to keep:
- Get my own domain (high up there in importance)
- Blog at least 3 times a week
- Follow more bloggers and engage with their content
- Experiment with texture and colour in my photos
- Set up a Hootsuite account to schedule tweets for my blogs
What are your top blogging tips? Let me know in the comments below! xo