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What I’ve Learnt From Two Years of Blogging

13/06/2018

When people ask me how long I’ve been blogging for, it still surprises me when I say two years. It only feels like last week that I was stood in my kitchen, about the leave for uni and decided that I was going to start my own blog. 

No planning, no pre-written posts, I just decided to wing it and it was honestly the best decision I’ve ever made! 

I’ve made some of my best friends through blogging and have found a lovely, supportive community that I can turn to whenever I need help. Even though I’ve never met most of them (and in all fairness, probably never will), they celebrate every one of my achievements with me; somethings that people who know me in real life sometimes don’t even do. 

When Chris had his car accident, I was overwhelmed with the number of messages from people asking what had happened, if he was okay, how I was doing and if there was anything they could do to help. 

Or when I’ve gone quiet on twitter and not posted anything for a few days, I’ll get people dropping me a message asking if I’m okay, because they’ve realised that when I don’t tweet much I’m usually having a bad time with my mental health.

It’s the little things like that that mean the most to me!

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I could probably write a whole dissertation on what I’ve learnt about blogging, but I think that would be too long even for my rambling posts. Although if thats something you’re interested in reading and want me to write, let me know in the comments as I’m more than happy to; I’ll just need to stock up on teabags and biscuits first. 

In the meantime, these are the four main things that I’ve learnt over the past two years- things that I wish I’d known when I first started my blog…

Don’t try to fit in

Honestly this is something that I wish I’d learnt sooner; don’t feel that you have to do what everyone else is doing. When I first started my blog, I felt that I had to do the type of posts that everyone else was, even though I didn’t really want to. It was a mix between fear that I wouldn’t get any views if I didn’t write those kind of posts (amusingly I got almost no views on them anyway!) and fear of doing something different and being laughed at.

I even felt that I had to take the typical blogger style of photos, things like flat lays on white backgrounds which really aren’t my style. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll probably even remember when they looked like that! 

Luckily I decided at the start of this year that I was going to change the way I take and edit my blog photos, into the style that I use now. I’ve been embracing my own creativity and style and I love the result; my confidence is really growing and I feel that’s starting to reflect in my content.

Don’t force yourself to write 

Personally I would never had a blogging schedule, it’s just not for me. I tried it out a few months ago as I’d seen so many people say that you needed one to be successful, but honestly it was too much stress. 

It forces you to create content when you aren’t in the right mental place to write it, or write something just for the sake of hitting a deadline. Personally I could tell the difference between content is made to fit with this schedule, and content that I’d written because I wanted to! 

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True my stats did improve, but I think that was more because I’d started to schedule promotional tweets and had a pin or two take off on Pinterest, rather than because I was using a schedule. 

The important thing is to write what you want, when you want and don’t feel guilty if you haven’t posted all week- use it as an opportunity to promote your older content that newer followers might not have read before! 

Unfollowing people is a good thing

A controversial point I know, but I absolutely love having a social media clear out. It’s easy to feel pressured into following people back just because they follow you, even if you don’t particularly want to. 

This is something I did when I first started my blog, but it meant that I ended up missing lots of content from the people I spoke to regularly. So at the beginning of this year I decided enough was enough and had a huge clear out on all my social media channels. 

It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! 

I now see content that I’m actually interested in engaging with and it’s made me start to enjoy going on social media again. 

There’s nothing wrong with unfollowing people if their content isn’t what you want to see anymore; just as long as you aren’t playing the follow/unfollow game! 

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Don’t be scared to write short posts

This is something I’m still struggling to do myself; for some reason I really struggle to write short posts! I feel like there needs to be a deep, in depth reason for the post but that’s not the case at all. 

Like now; I’ve made my point and could easily end this paragraph here, but I won’t because my brain seems to think it looks too short! 

I’m not sure where I’ve picked up this habit, but it’s one I’m trying to get rid of.

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46 responses to “What I’ve Learnt From Two Years of Blogging”

  1. ruthinrevolt says:

    I love this and, being new to blogging, these are lessons I’m glad to take on board to help me on my journey. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 x

  2. stilljill blog says:

    So refreshing to see your advice that a blogging schedule isn’t necessary. I’ve only been blogging a couple of months and while I’m blogging pretty regularly (a couple of times a week) I’ve been struggling to stick to a really strict schedule as seems to be recommended by most. I think it comes back to your other point about not forcing yourself to write. Thanks for sharing, Jill (stilljill.com) x

  3. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome Jill! Honestly I don’t think that it’s necessary; yes maybe it works for some people but blogging isn’t a one size fits all industry, so it’s best to experiment and see what works best for you ☺️ x

  4. MJ says:

    Girl I know exactly how you feel. I not too long ago came upon my two year Blogversary and I’m still in awe. One of the biggest things is to be yourself and not try hard to fit in. Instead stand out. I love that you mentioned that. It’s so easy to start comparing, but what I’ve learned is that you just have to do what makes you happy.

  5. Jasmin says:

    Yes, yes and yes! Happy anniversary, by the way. One of the things I’ve learned during my years of blogging is that one can’t please everyone – just do what you want to do, there are always people who’ll love what you create. (And the other way around, but those people can be left unnoted ;))

  6. Jade Marie says:

    Congratulations on your blogaversary ☺️ yeah you definitely need to do what works for you, it’s took me a while to realise that but I’m so much happier now I have 🙌🏼

  7. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! 😁 you definitely can’t please everyone, but I’ve been spending too much time trying to recently…time to fix that little mistake 😉

  8. I adore what you’ve said in this blog post babe and can relate to you so much. This is a really well-written post and congratulations on making it to two years of blogging 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

  9. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! 😘✨ x

  10. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome Ruth! 🙂 I defiantly wish I’d done these sooner, I think I would have been a lot more happier and confident with my blog than I am now x

  11. abbiejadewanders says:

    Love this post, it is great to read your insights as I am still soooo new to blogging!

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

  12. I’m still fairly new to blogging so these tips are great. I don’t have a schedule either, I just post when I feel like it x

  13. Bexa says:

    Congratulations on two years of blogging Jade! That’s an awesome achievement. It’s great that you have developed your own style and seen your confidence grow. I really love your photography. Keep up the great work girl and thank you for sharing your tips! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  14. I agree withy our post so much, writing really does open your mind up so much. I have found it interesting the different paths that blogging has lead to. I love that each new post brings something new and they let us all learn different things. Love Iga Berry, http://www.igaberry.com

  15. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you ☺️ good luck with your blogging journey! ☺️

  16. Jade Marie says:

    I honestly think it’s the best way, maybe having one makes you grow quicker but I think it takes all of the fun out of blogging- especially if it’s mostly just a hobby x

  17. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Bexa! ☺️ I can’t imagine not blogging these days, it’s such a big part of my life 🙌🏼 and thank you ☺️🖤 xx

  18. Jade Marie says:

    Yes that’s very true, blogging can open up so many unexpected doors ☺️

  19. Beka says:

    Lovely post! I think it’s all about finding a routine for yourself and what works for you when it comes to blogging. I think that does take awhile to figure out for yourself, though – I started my blog in March, and now I’m into my 4th month of blogging, I feel like I’m just beginning to find what I’m comfortable with and what works for me? I think trying out everything people recommend and narrowing it down/tweaking it to what is for you is a good step to take when you first try out blogging.

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

  20. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad you’ve been able to find out what works for you a lot sooner than I did! ☺️ I definitely think trying things out and seeing if they work for you or not is a great thing to do.

  21. These are such great points, especially the one about not fitting in! Nobody wants to read the same blog post over and over and over again on different blogs do they? I think embracing ourselves and NOT sticking to any blogging mold is what makes certain bloggers stand out so much 🙂 xxx

  22. Jade Marie says:

    Definitely! 😊 being unique is what makes certain people stand out and I love finding bloggers that don’t fit in and do things their own way 😊 xxx

  23. lifeasabii says:

    I’ve only been blogging for a month so this was super helpful, thanks! I’ve planned quite a few of my posts, but maybe I’ll end up winging them eventually, too xx

  24. Heather says:

    Yes! One thing I’ve learnt from my year of blogging is never force out content just to stick to a schedule. And yes about not fitting in, if everyone was the same the blogging world would be too boring! Congratulations on 2 years!

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

  25. These are such great pointers — especially the sentiment about not forcing yourself to write. I find it so much easier to write when inspiration strikes — sometimes that is all in one sitting and sometimes that is a bit at a time.

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  26. Naomi says:

    I wish I’d read this when I first started, I definitely tried to do the whole white background flatlay thing and eventually ended up reverting so many posts to drafts because it just wasn’t me!
    Also having a good ol’ social media cleanse is great, you want your feed to inspire you! xx Naomi

  27. Woohoo congrats on two years girl!! That is a bloody achievement. I totally agree with all of these points although sometimes I find forcing myself to write can push me through a writers block so it can actually be helpful for me personally to have a schedule sometimes! I love having my own personal style of photos and editing too – especially with how much I feel people are liking my content and photography recently too. It’s so nice to let your individuality shine through and seeing it pay off!
    Alice Xx

  28. Jade Marie says:

    Having posts planned is great, please don’t get me wrong there- I just meant that you shouldn’t feel you NEED to have a schedule ☺️ xx

  29. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely ☺️ exactly! Individuality is what makes the blogging community so interesting ☺️

  30. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad so many people agree with that point- I have days where I’m not inspired to write and then others where I write 4 posts in a day!x

  31. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt pressure to do my photography that way! I hated a lot of my posts and didn’t promote them properly because I didn’t like the photos 😔 xx

  32. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely!! I can’t believe I’ve made it to this point! 🙊 that’s a really good point, it can be super helpful for some people to push through writers block ☺️ it doesn’t help me personally as I just end up stresses and demotivated but I’m glad it works so well for you ☺️ and your photos are absolutely gorgeous!! 😍 I have serious envy going on right now!xx

  33. Robyn says:

    Yay on your blog turning two! I love this post and agree with everything you said! Learning to just be me and not try to fit in was the best thing I could have done for my blog and its so important to be authentic!

    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  34. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! ☺️ I honestly wish I’d learnt this sooner, but it’s been so beneficial to both my blog and my mental health to embrace my own style! Your content is amazing, I love how you do your own thing and own your own style so effortlessly!

  35. I COMPLETELY agree with the part about not forcing yourself to write and stick to a schedule, I used to do it and it was SO much stress for something that was meant to be fun!

  36. Jade Marie says:

    Exactly, it’s meant to be fun and things like that can really demotivate you and make you want to give up!

  37. This is such a great post! I can relate to your point about short posts. Sometimes I feel bad about doing it, but then I remind myself that quality is more important than quantity!

  38. Ellyn Rebecca says:

    Congratulations on two years of blogging. I think those are really great and sound tips, especially in the weird limbo that so many bloggers find themselves in at the moment.

    Ellyn xx | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  39. Marta says:

    Very inspirational post. Thank you for sharing this. Great tips that all bloggers can use. And congrats on two yeras.

  40. Jade Marie says:

    That’s definitely true! I’d rather read a short post full of useful information than a long on that never really gets to the point 🤔

  41. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! ☺️ xx

  42. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much, I’m glad you found it useful ☺️

  43. Lala Kerry says:

    Thank you so much for reminding me. I sometimes having a hard time in writing especially I’m not able to write longer paragraph. But I’m glad to read this!! I should take it easy now, and don’t force myself too much 😀

  44. Jade Marie says:

    Definitely don’t force yourself, just write what comes to mind and you’ll be surprised at what you end up with 😁

  45. Nayla says:

    Love this post and it has really helped me to just be myself and not follow what everybody else is doing as I am very new to the blogging world. Thank you for your insights.

  46. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome 🙂 being yourself is always the best thing to be, although it’s very hard!

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Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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