One day amidst the warm winter sun that poured in through the window I decided to start a blog. I’m not sure exactly why I decided to do it because I never really thought of myself as a writer (still don’t) but somehow it felt right. After a year of doing nothing else but love and care for my children’s every need I felt the needed to do something for myself. I needed a challenge. So why not start a blog? I can just create content in my own time and post it when I feel like it and really who cares if no one reads it? It’s just for fun.
Turns out I want people to read my posts, I want people to engage with me through my blog, I want people’s feedback and most importantly I want people to come back because they enjoy reading it.
Blogging has been a rollercoaster of learning, discovery, self growth and an overflow of emotions that can go from pure excitement to feeling completely disheartened in a heart beat.
The purpose of this post is not to focus on all the technical things that I have discovered (the list is never ending and ever growing) but rather I want to focus on some more personal discoveries that I made during my short time as a blogger – if I can even call myself that. Feels strange writing it down and saying it out loud!
I’m still very new to this world of blogging but there are a few things that I have discovered since starting White Camellias and for which I am very grateful.
Since I started blogging I discovered…
A love for photography
I am not a professional photographer and I never wanted to be, however since I started blogging I have also started taking more photographs and the more photographs I took the more in love I became with photography. I love photographing my children, my city, my outfits and anything else that inspires me. My camera and my phone have become my best friends and I can be seen with one around my neck and the other in hand most days. I’m also very flattered by how kind and complementary people are about my photographs. Since I started blogging I have had my photographs featured in photography linkys, Instagram communities and been approached by brands about using my photographs. I was also awarded the #tribalchat photography award (thank you ladies). This has really boosted my confidence and encouraged me to start my own Instagram community #WorldOfLittles which has been accepted really well and welcomes new members every day.
Now this is one of the best parts about starting my blog. If I didn’t have a blog I would definitely not be surfing the waves of social media and it was precisely when I first joined twitter that I stumbled upon people chatting under the hashtag #tribalchat. What’s a girl to do when she spots something fun? That’s right, join in. So I did and met the most amazing and supportive group of people. We chat day and night, no question is ever too dumb, we celebrate each others achievements and give each other advice. I consider them my true friends and one day I hope to meet them in person. Now, if you would like to find out more about our #tribe you must head over to Katie’s blog aka Mummy in a Tutu. She is the person behind this amazing #tribe and if it wasn’t for her vision, kindness and support this #tribe would surely not exist.
Trust my gut
In the past, the only times I’ve regretted a decision I’ve made have been because I didn’t listen to what my gut was telling me. Having a blog and a social media presence means that you’re exposing yourself, willingly, to the thoughts and opinions of other people on a regular basis. Most of the time that is a wonderful thing. But sometimes it’s not. Those are the times when you have to cling to the fact that you know something is true/right/accurate for you.
Blogging is hard work and sucks up all of my spare time, which is all I have to give at the moment as my children take centre stage in my life and still need mummy’s undivided attention when they are with me. When I started I thought I could just write something, hit publish and wait for people to find it and read it. I WAS SO WRONG! That is not at all how blogging works. You hit publish and them the real work begins. You share on social media, you join linkys, you read and comment on other bloggers posts, you reply to comments on your posts and make sure you are active on all social media channels. It is a full time job.
Time away from my computer and phone is absolutely necessary
As I said before there is always something to do once you become a blogger. If it’s not writing and publishing your content then its answering emails, submitting content to other blogs and publications, reading, commenting, social media, etc, etc. But life is not lived online and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and trust me they are probably a little bit fed up of my phone beeping every 5 seconds or me taking pictures and writing notes constantly. I love it but time off is also important to recharge, gain perspective and mainly just enjoy life as it happens.
What has your blogging journey been like? What things do you love and which do you hate? How has blogging change you?
Drop me a comment below. I would love to read your experience.