8 Things I've Learned In 8 Years Of Blogging.

At the start of June, my blog turned 8. Eight?! That just seems crazy to me, absolute madness!

In previous birthday posts, I've just recapped on the past few years. I thought I'd do something a little different and list of a few things I've learnt in my 8 years of blogging. There are many things I could tell you but these are just some that I can think of off the top of my head.

1 - Quality > Quantity
Be that both in posts and in visitors. Lot's of hits are great but what you want to aim for is keeping those visitors coming back. The same goes for posting, it's better to make a few good quality posts a week. Rather than forcing yourself to post every day but having content that is subpar in comparison. There are numerous blogs I follow that used to post daily but have reduced to every few days, purely down to the fact that their posts are such good quality and the effort really shines through.

2 - Comments Don't Matter
When I first started blogging comments were at an all time high but things shift and interaction seemed to take a dip. Everyone was feeling it but I let it get to me too much so I ended up turning them off completely. I haven't looked back since. I've found plenty of interaction from my posts via Instagram and Twitter which is always nice.

3 - Write What You Love, Love What You Write
Whatever subject you write about, make it your passion. If your heart's not in what you're writing, it really shows. If it's not something you want to write about, don't force it. What you love will come naturally and not feel in the slightest bit forced. Spend time checking that you're truly happy with what you've written before hitting that publish button.

4 - Research
No matter your niche, there's nothing worse than reading a poorly researched post. The internet is right at the end of your fingertips, utilise it! Not sure what the ingredients in your face mask help with? Google. Looking for an ingredient replacement that you can't get in your country? Google. The more information you can provide the better.

5 - More Is More
Photos really make a post. You can have all the info at your fingertips but it won't work without a good set of photos. Get them from every angle, snap every detail and if you're reviewing a makeup product, swatches, please! I've read far too many posts in which I've been scrolling through only to find not a single swatch photo. It just puts me off reading posts from that author as a whole.

6 - Not Everyone 'Gets' It
I still feel awkward having to explain to people what I do with my spare time. There is a lot of people who don't seem to understand it and since it's my baby I'm rather protective of it.

7 - Comparision Is The Thief Of Joy
It's difficult not to see blogging as a contest but it really isn't. It doesn't matter how many followers they have. How many PR samples they get. How many likes they get. None of that matters. What you're doing and what everyone else is doing are two very different things. I know first hand how

8 - Stay True To Yourself
Things have shifted over the years and people have changed to fit with the times. I've always promised to stay to true to myself and the brand I've created. Whatever I'm doing, as long as I love it, is right by me.


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