Welcome back for another lifestyle post 🙂
In August I celebrated my 4 year blogging anniversary, and I’ve been thinking about how far I’ve come as a reader, writer, and blogger since I first started this blog. While it’s only recently that I’ve been working on this blog as a semi-full time hobby (while I job hunt), I’ve actually had this blog since 2016.
So I thought today I’d take a trip down memory lane, and talk a bit about how I got involved in blogging- and some of my favourite things about blogging!
I’d love to hear all your blogging stories! Comment below how many years you’ve been blogging- and your favourite experiences during that time- I’d love to hear from you 🙂
I started my blog back in 2016. If I remember rightly, I had just finished my GCSEs and it was the summer before Sixth Form. I was always an avid reader, but that summer I’d read a lot of books that I was desperate to talk about! And for me, a blog was a way to express my thoughts about those books.
I remember sitting on a bench in the park and penning my first review on my phone. I didn’t tell anyone about it, and it was nerve-wracking. But to my amazement I received some likes and comments- and since then the positive feedback and support I receive never fails to shock me!
After this first post I started adding the occasional review, article, or listicle. I participated in a lot of tags in those early days, and that’s where a lot of my engagement came from. WordPress was a great way to procrastinate school work but still feel productive, and I enjoyed carrying on with my blog through Sixth Form.
When I started University, my blog started to slow down a little. Managing course deadlines and extracurricular activities is hard- and I take my hat off to anyone who produces regular, high-quality content while studying and attending University. I continued to post often, but my promotion and engagement was much lower and my blog definitely took a back seat.
However, during the summer holidays my blog would flourish. I remember the summer after my first year in particular I blogged my heart out, using it as a way to escape but also realising it was something I really enjoyed building up and promoting on social media.
When I look back at my stats, term time is considerably lower and then there’s a sudden spike in June, July, and August. I guess that definitely goes to show that the more work you put in, the more you have to show for it!
Now that I’m finished with University, my blog has flourished even more. I have the time for committed, regular engagement on social media- as well as producing regular content (that people seem to be enjoying).
I’ve come a long way since I started my blog when I was 17. I now post more lifestyle posts and I also enjoy regularly reviewing series’ and films. However, I make sure to always review the books I’m reading- I can’t abandon those book blogger roots, and the book blogging community has always been unbelievably supportive!
Since finishing University, this blog has become more to me than simply a hobby. I’ve realised it’s something I might want to incorporate in a career in the future, and it’s been nice to take steps to monetise my site in the past few months- with more steps to come in the future I hope!
I know that whatever comes in the future I’m going to continue blogging. It may experience more changes as I grow as a blogger, and it may experience dips when big life events take priority. But it’s so much fun, and nothing can stop me!
Thanks for reading my story! My blog has certainly changed a lot since I first started it, but it’s nice to know I’ve also kept some things as a constant. I love posting more personal lifestyle pieces, but it’s great to also publish entertainment reviews.
What’s your blogging story? How long have you been blogging for? Do you find the blogging community supportive and welcoming?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x
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