14/07/2017

My 3-Year Blogiversary: A Few Home Truths

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Can you believe it? I've been blogging for three years now and I'm 344 posts down. I won't lie to you guys, I've fallen out of love with blogging recently. It's so incredibly time-consuming and I've been struggling to balance my blog with work and my other writing gigs.



As soon as I saw that it was coming up to my 3 years celebration, I knew it would motivate me to push on. I'm so incredibly proud of my little space on the internet but there's still so much more I want to do with it.

I have some major life changes coming up very soon and I'm not sure where my blog will fit into it all. I so desperately want to keep posting but the posts may be a little sporadic as I focus on other areas of my life. I can't say too much about what is happening but I promise to keep you all informed!

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Three years is a long time; I've definitely changed as a person in that time and it sounds stupid but I've grown up a lot. Blogging alongside having a job has taught me a lot about responsibility and commitment. My blog may not be the best out there and my photography may not be award-winning but I work hard to produce content that I would want to read myself. In those three years, my posts and photography have improved phenomenally but I'm still aware that there is always progress to be made.

I thought I'd take a little time to reflect on what I've learnt over the past three years of blogging on The English Everygirl:

1. Blog about what you love. I've found that my best work comes when I'm actually excited about a product or a post. I think my writing improves and I don't get distracted as easily when I'm writing about an item or a topic that I love or am interested in.

2. It's not all about the money. I'm not a big blogger; currently because I don't advertise on here, I make no money whatsoever. I have been gifted a few items but only things that will fit around my blog. I'm doing this all for free because I love it!

3. Internet friends can become your best friends. I have two best friends IRL who I don't see as much as I would like too (busy lives and that) but I've found that you can be just as close to those online as you can be with your friends living close by. (Hey Archie's girls!)

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4. If you don't like hard work, don't blog. It takes a lot of effort to blog. You've got the planning, the photography, the writing, the editing, the scheduling, the social media; it's not for the faint-hearted. There are so many misconceptions about the blogging world and most of them are false: blogging takes real graft but it is worth it!

5. It's okay to take a break. Feeling bad for not posting is fine but remember to always put your health and wellbeing first. Most bloggers that I know if they're not full-time are working tonnes of hours in their main jobs and spending their nights working on their blogs. This means that you can burnout if you're not careful! Always put yourself first and everything else can wait!

6. Planning ahead always helps. The more I plan ahead, the less stressed I get. The less stressed I get, the more I end up posting. It's been a while since I sat down and planned my blog posts and schedule out and that's why my posting has been all over the place. In order to post consistently, I have to keep organised!

I'm so proud to call myself a blogger; most people I know don't understand just how hard it is to balance everything. I'm no pro but I think gradually I'm getting better at it! Here's to the next three years and beyond!
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