Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Blogging // 6 Month Anniversary & What I've Learnt

It only registered with me today that i have been blogging at Pieces Of Kate for 6 months now and it's an incredible feeling. The blog i had when i was in my teens was a world apart from the one i have today, the differences between them are pretty remarkable. Back then i would treat my blog like an online diary and talk about all sorts of crap that a teenager would typically come out with but now, 11 years later, i am blogging as an adult and it's so different.

So what have i learnt about blogging this time round? Well...

Blogging is extremely popular - When i had my original blog, there was very little press about it. You wouldn't read about it in magazines and it wasn't something that was brought up in conversation. But these days, blogging is a common hobby and in some cases a career path. I couldn't believe how many people blog around the world, owning their little piece of the internet to talk about subjects that they want to talk about.

It opens up alot of opportunities - Blogging to me is a way to talk about subjects that i take an interest in yet others might not but i was surprised to see that the topics of some of my blog posts were not only popular with other bloggers but with brands/companies. I didn't even consider the possibility that well known brands would look at my little Blog and ask me to review their products for them. Even being invited to blog live from a fashion show and be invited to make up launches is an overwhelming feeling. 

Friendships can be made - This has to be one of the best things i have learnt. I'm fortunate enough to have made some great friends through blogging and alot of them live close by. I'm 28 this year and alot of my school friends and people i have grown up with have moved away or i don't see them very often now we all have families and work commitments but knowing that i have made a group of new friends and that we all share the same hobby is such a good feeling. I wish i could name everyone but you all know who you are.

There is so much support out there - This ties in with making friends but it stems out to my family aswell. My boyfriend Carl was supportive of my blog from day one and has encouraged me everyday to keep at it. My mum loves the idea and my daughter thinks it's 'cool'! No matter what i post, how i'm feeling or what is going on in my life, i have support from every direction.

There is a dark side to blogging - 99% of the time, the blogging world is a happy chilled out place but there is that 1% that has to ruin it for others. On Twitter specifically, i have encountered a few bloggers who can get very defensive and accuse others of 'stealing their ideas'. Considering how many blogs there are out there, you can't be expected to come up with an idea that hasn't 1. Already been done or 2. Someone will copy afterwards. Blogging is not a competition, it's a fun hobby and it should stay that way. 

Numbers become the be all and end all - I have seen so many people say 'I am 5 away from 500 on Bloglovin' or 'Ooo i'm nearly at 1000 followers on Twitter, help me get more' and i think it's wrong. I see it all the time and i wonder why it is so important to have so many followers to your blog or Twitter. Ok so you get alot of traffic this way but to me that's not what's important. Many people see it as such a competitive industry and i can't understand why it has to be seen that way. 

These are the main things i have learnt over the last 6 months and compared to how it was when i was a 16 year old blogger, it's a very different world. 

I'd like to thank all of you for helping me get where i am today with all the support and encouragement. It's been a great 6 months and i can't wait for the rest.



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