23 May 2018

WHAT I'VE LEARNT FROM BLOGGING


If any of you have been following my blog since the start, you may recall a certain blog post I did about what I had learnt in the first four months of blogging. Well, seeing as next week marks the two year birthday of Midnight and Lace, I thought I would do a bit of an update on what I have learnt in the two years since I started blogging.


Okay, so one of the biggest differences since I started blogging, has to be the blogging community. I'm not going to say that the blogging community is worse or has more problems than before, it's just that I probably didn't notice or wasn't even aware that there were these tensions until I became more involved in the community myself. It can be hard to not get caught up in the drama and insane competitiveness of  blogging but it's become something I've got better at. I'm not saying I'm perfect and I'll be the first to admit there have been times where I've been jealous of another blogger or compared my content to someone else, but I am becoming better at not letting it effect me as much. I've been on the receiving end of negative comments on Twitter and it hurts, I'll never forget how it felt to read others talking about how I didn't deserve to win a blogging award. I honestly don't have time for unnecessary drama and competition amongst bloggers and it is one of the only things I don't like about blogging. One of the most important things I've learnt is to rise above it, focus on the positive and just leave all the drama behind.


When I think back to those posts in the first few months of blogging, I cringe! If there is one thing I've really learnt about blogging it is to constantly improve and perfect your craft. Blogging encompasses so many different skills that I have been working super hard to improve since I started - writing, photography, graphic design, social media, pitching to brands... the list goes on and on! The one area I feel like I've improved the most is definitely my photography. I've invested a lot of time and money into improving the quality of my photography on my blog from upgrading my kit, learning all about angles, editing and how to take the best photos. The greatest thing about perfecting your craft is that is a continuous progress that I cannot wait to see where my blogging takes me in the following years to come as I continue to improve and become a better blogger!


With this idea in mind of constantly wanting to improve your craft, something I've had to learn when blogging is that things aren't always going to turn out the way you want them to. You might not get the stats you want, you might be rejected by a brand for a collaboration you wanted, a post you are super proud of might not do as well as you'd hoped it would, you might shoot photos go to edit them and realise you hate all of them! It happens and is a part of the whole journey of having a blog. I am prone to getting too caught up in wanting everything I produce to be perfect and feeling really disappointed in myself if it's not but the one thing I've learnt is it's okay for things to go wrong, it's part of the fun of blogging and getting to learn from everything you do.


I am a completely different person to the blogger that started this blog almost two tears ago. When I first started blogging I was a lifestyle blogger who didn't post pictures of herself online and kinda had no idea of the person she wanted to be. Through blogging I have learnt who I am. Blogging has given me this platform to express myself, my personal style and how I embrace being different. I feel like through creating a blog, I finally found acceptance for who I am and the way I choose to dress. I've made the most incredible friendships and have become so much more confident in myself. Without blogging, I don't know who I'd be because this blog has become such a huge part of my identity and I couldn't be more grateful to everyone who reads my blog and accepts me for who I am!


Blogging has become not only a hobby but a part of who I am as a person. It has helped me to become the person I have always wanted to be and I have learnt so much over the past two years and I hope to continue learning and progressing for years to come as I don't plan to stop blogging any time soon!

Till next time,
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  1. I love reading about peoples blogging journeys and seeing people grow through their blogs! I absolutely love your outfit posts and admire your confidence - I wish I had that confidence. Keep up the fab work!

    Kayla xo
    www.daintydweeb.com

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