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This week marks my sixth year of blogging. Six whole years of uploading content on a weekly basis, thinking of new ideas, maintaining my social channels and heading to events and I wouldn't change a thing. I still love blogging as much, if not more than the day I started even though the industry has rapidly changed over those years. I never used to stick at things when I was younger - I started ballet and gave up within a few weeks, had guitar lessons for a year and then got bored and attempted Italian lessons for a month. Blogging is the first thing in my life that I took an interest to and never gave up and I don't intend on giving it up anytime soon.
When I first started blogging it wasn't as mainstream as it is today. I would tell people that I was a blogger and they had no understanding of what a blogger actually is. These days blogging is all over the magazines and the TV. For those looking to start a blog, blogging can be a minefield to get into and it can be quite confusing. Today I thought I would share with you a few things that I have learnt during my six years.
Quality over quantity
As a newbie blogger it is easy to get carried away with writing lots of posts and not focusing on the quality of what is being written. There's a rush to get content out so you look established. I've found through my professional career in PR and through blogging that quality is always better than quantity and it is better to have three engaging posts a week rather than seven which are poorly written and do not inspire the reader.
It's okay not to immediately have a niche
Sometimes you have to dip your hands into several pots to discover what is right for you and it is the same with blogging. Over the last six years I have experimented with my writing styles and delved into many different topics before I found where my passion lies, which is travel and lifestyle.
It's okay to have a break
Unless you rely solely on blogging for your income, it's okay to have a little break once in awhile. Having a break can help you think about content ideas without rushing into them and can give you the energy boost that you need to write quality posts. I used to panic about having a week off blogging, but now I see it as a chance to think about the direction of my blog without needing to immediately having to write my thoughts down.
Don't compare yourself to others
I used to spend hours reading other peoples blogs and comparing myself to them and instead of feeling inspired, it made me feel pretty awful. Bloggers need to remember that we are all unique, we all have different interests and we need to remember that our blog isn't rubbish because it looks different or sounds different, it is just that we have a slightly different take on life to the other blogger.
Love what you do
Finally, love what you do. I wouldn't have lasted six years if I didn't love writing. It takes up a large part of my life, but I wouldn't change it for the world. Blogging has enabled me to experience so many different things that I wouldn't have had the opportunity do otherwise and I'm really grateful.
What have you learnt from blogging?