After about 2 years of blogging I’m finally ready to put together this post of everything I’ve learnt along the way. Bloggers don’t get enough credit for what we do & let me tell you, this thing is no walk in the park. However, I’m still as in love with it today as I was back on day 1.
So I thought I’d compile a list of everything I’ve learnt, what blogging has taught me and have a little reflection over the past 2 years of ByHarrison.com… which for those long time readers, you’ll know it when it was byharrison.blogspot.com.
// What I’ve Learnt About Myself \\
So let’s start off by tooting my own horn. 2 things come to mind when I think about what I’ve learnt about myself. Firstly, I’m more creative than I ever thought. When I started this, I thought I would struggle for ideas and what to write. But as time went on and I got more into it, I’ve soon discovered how creative I can be with both my writing and my photographs. To consistently come up with enough ideas to fill 3 days worth of uploads… it takes some creativity!
Secondly, I’m pretty freakin’ organised. Working a full time job, socialising with friends, running a blog & actually having a life… yep, us bloggers spin a lot of plates. Which is why it’s so important to remain organised, manage your time efficiently which in turn, ensures the blogging ship sails smoothly.
// Social Media \\
Blogging and social media seem to run hand in hand. You need social media to bring attending to the blog, you connect with other bloggers via social media and social media, brings along quite a few opportunities. However, throughout my blogging lifetime, I’ve soon discovered how ruthless and soul destroying it can be. The follow/unfollow thing, constantly comparing yourself to others, thinking you’re not good enough and constantly being judged. Social media, although a great tool, is pretty darn ruthless.
Blog post coming soon on the highs and lows of social media…
// Other Bloggers \\
So far I’m yet to meet a horrible blogger. The whole community is so supportive, so nice and so caring. Especially over the past few months, I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to events with other bloggers. Meeting & socialising with people in the same field as you, is so refreshing. The community is pretty epic!
// The Reality \\
I went into blogging with a complete open mind & as a hobby… and it still is. But the reality of blogging soon sets in. It’s a lot harder than it looks, a lot more work goes into it than you might think and having it as a one man show, can sometimes be pretty tough. You’re the face of it, you’re the cameraman, the director, the producer and the editor. Everything is down to YOU!
But equally, it’s so rewarding. It’s the one and only thing I’ve ever stuck at for longer than a week, I love using it as a platform to express my creativity and for me, I would be lost without my blog.
If you’re going to enter into the blogging world, than my advice to you would be ‘stay true to yourself’. It’s very easy to get caught up in the trends, what’s cool and putting out content because you think it might be what people will like. But stick in your lane, find your niche and do it for yourself.
Honestly, it’s the best hobby I’ve ever had!
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