*before I start. Photos are not my own – I have used the free photos WordPress provides to create this blog post
It’s been a whole year since I started up mybigfatgreeklifestyle! Although I’d love to shake the name at some point, I still love it.
I never really thought blogging was a thing, I started my blog up to share with friends/family though mainly for myself. Now having almost 4,000 followers on Twitter was not something I’d ever expect!
So here we are, what I’ve learned in a year:
Blogging has made me some excellent friends/acquaintances and familiar faces!
I didn’t realise there was a whole universe of people like me out there (especially on twitter!)
Part of a community.
It’s so nice to have support and interaction from a whole bunch of people doing the same thing. I never really fit in anywhere at school but it’s like there’s a little Internet based Town where people just help others and build each other up – more of that please!
Blogging is HARD.
I originally started writing my blog because I have a lot of funny/embarrassing stories to share however the story is there but the writing doesn’t always flow and therefore I’ve changed my writing style a little. Keeping up to a schedule is almost impossible, I now just blog when the creative juices flow (which is about once in a blue moon).
Never give up.
Sometimes you can be writing something and think
‘this is just the biggest pale of toss I’ve ever seen’
We’ve all done it, just leave it and come back to it! – the idea is there but the words sometimes take a little longer to arrive. Draft it and come back!
Write what YOU want to write.
If it’s a little controversial, so what? It’s your blog, write what interests you. Start a debate! You never know what positive change you’re about to start.
If you want to tell everyone you sneezed and farted at the same time today, do it!
Be original (so impossible at times).
It’s a really difficult one and we’ve all written posts with a similar title but the contents can be so different. We all view things a different way in life so someone will still learn from your posts even if the subject had been written about before!
Don’t be disheartened or threatened by other bloggers.
It’s so easy to see big-time bloggers and think ‘I will never be that’
But most people have worked day and night to be that person. We cannot expect to have this sort of recognition over-night. Some of us don’t always want that either! If you’re happy tootling along then don’t compare.
Alternatively, on occasion there can be the rude/insensitive/creepy blogger etc. Block, ignore and deal with it in the way that helps you. Speak to others as most of us have been in this position before and will gladly help!
Go self-hosted if it suits you.
I am yet to pay for a domain or go self-hosted as I already have too much I need to pay for and not enough income to support it. I know the price isn’t high however I’m not looking to make my blog into a career. I am however teaching myself photography and at some point I will possibly make a separate blog dedicated to my photos in which then I will probably go self-hosted!
Do it when it suits you, not because everyone else is doing it!
Don’t fuss about the blog style for too long.
I have spent entire days trying to fix my blog up and honestly I just walk away feeling stressed. Certain technology I can understand in an instant – WordPress blog layouts is not one of those things.
As long as it’s accessible and clear to read then this is the main thing!
Give and take.
I’ve seen many people in the last year say ‘why is nobody following my blog?’
I mean if I was Beyonce and I made a blog and nobody was following it, I’d probably ask that question too. However us normies have to work for it! Talk to people, read their blogs, share their work and the favours may be returned. We should never expect to be loved instantly, trust and recognition take a long time to build.
A little add-on from the above section. Support others! Not just for your own gain. It’s nice to read others blogs because you’re genuinely interested in what someone has to say.
This is a really inspiring thing to do. Ask people random questions, enjoy the answers. Everyone’s view is different and it’s nice to get an idea of what other people think. You never know, it could lead to an interesting blog post.
Be ready for criticism.
Not everybody likes what you say, that’s fine. If we were all the same then blogging wouldn’t exist. How you handle criticism is what really shows.
Find a routine that suits YOU.
If you blog twice a week on the same days then GOOD FOR YOU. Being organised and dedicated is fantastic however we’re not all built in that way. If you want to blog once a week, fine! If you want to blog sporadically then also fine!
Don’t spend all your time making sure the grammar is perfect.
the post should have your personality flowing through it.
If you write like an essay, it becomes monotonous. By all means check after but write what enters your head at the time! Bring your personality into it. Bring fun and interest and keep it original. I for one will not care if an apostrophe is missed, I just want to read your post!
And lastly – it’s a hobby! Have fun, don’t stress so much and you’ll never stop enjoying it!