While it’s only been four weeks, I feel like I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time. Let’s start with my favourite:
I just love the blogging community – I never want to leave! I feel like I’ve made so many amazing, likeminded friends via social media lately, and have felt really welcomed into the community.
I’ve put a lot of time and effort into chatting to others of twitter, supporting people’s blogs, and generally just trying to find my feet in the blogosphere. I’ve found blogger chats on Twitter really useful, and also can’t believe how supportive some of the Blogger RT accounts have been (my faves are @BloggersTribe and @CBeeChat).
I think Rosie’s Life will be sticking around for a long, long time, and that’s mostly down to the fact that I finally feel like I fit in somewhere, and I would miss the community if I left!
There’s far too many judgemental people in the world, and I’m more than happy to have them out of my life. So when a few people that I know in real life unfollowed me on social media, made snarky comments about my blog, or were just unsupportive of what I’m doing, I’ve been glad to see them go. Good riddance!
When I’m not writing posts, proof reading them, taking photos, editing photos, scheduling tweets or on social media, I’m thinking about blogging. I swear it’s on my mind 24/7 at the minute. I’m sure that will die down as I get less excited about my little blog, but at the moment, it’s very time consuming! I take my hat off to all the amazing bloggers out there that balance blogging with full time work or education. It’s bloody hard work!
WordPress is a pain in the arse
Along with needing to purchase my own domain (who else can’t stand the .wordpress.com?), I also need to buy the perfect theme. The free themes on WordPress definitely don’t float my boat. All i want is a plain, white, clean looking theme that shows off my photographs, and I just can’t find the perfect one anywhere! I think Blogger definitely appears to have a better variety of themes, however other than the design, WordPress has been great to use. It’s really simple and easy, and the scheduling tool is a lifesaver.
The WordPress app is also great, as I recently purchased an iPad Pro and am trying to use it mainly for blogging via the app.
Ask for help
As well as being the friendliest people ever, the blogging community is really good at advice giving. I thought that I might not get much support being a new blogger, as maybe I wouldn’t be taken seriously without a huge following, but other bloggers have helped me out so much if I’ve had any queries or issues along the way. I’ve found that having a few bloggers that I’m close to is great, as I’ve been able to DM then for help, advice and support over the past month (you know who you are, and sorry if you’re sick of me already!).
Pretending that you’re not posing, but actually you’re posing really hard, is hard. Standing on a windy beach, flashing my bum at passersby, was not as glamorous as the photos make it look. Neither was standing in a rainy street, slightly tipsy, being chatted to by guys that stunk of weed. But hey ho, the photos turned out great!
If anything, trying to take candid photos has reminded me that what we see on social media needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Everything looks far better through a camera lens!
Have faith in myself
I’ve realised that I’m not too bad at blogging! Although I feel like I’m just faking it ’til I make it, my followers and views have gone up, my writing, photography and editing skills have improved, and I’m using my spare time to be productive now rather than binge watching Gossip Girl and 90210 (just kidding, I still do that).
I often put myself down and think I’m a bit rubbish, but the blogging community doesn’t let you do that. Everyone is so friendly and supportive that you rarely have time to feel negative about blogging. While I know everyday won’t be all sunshine and rainbows, I now feel like I’ve got a huge group of people to pick me up if I’m feeling down.
Happy one month birthday to my little poppy seed.