I have put my party outfit on, because it is time for a little celebration. My blog is three months old today and I could not be happier. Lizzyfied is still a puppy in the world of blogs, but I have already learned so much about blogging, writing, and photography. Let’s start with the most important thing. I LOVE my blog. I finally have a creative outlet, where I can curate my thoughts, recipes, photos, and experiences. It is my little space on the internet that has brought me so much joy in the last couple of months that only wish I had started my blog sooner. I can see myself doing this with a lot of passion for years to come. That being said, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing the last few months. There are definitely a few aspects of blogging that I enjoy less. Some aspects I downright despise. So today, I’m sharing all of the highlights and struggles I encountered in my first few months of blogging.
I already mentioned that I love the creative aspect of my blog. Creating the content on my blog is definitely my favourite part of blogging. Writing has always been a massive hobby of mine (as I shared in my ‘why I started blogging’ post). So getting to write more frequently is definitely the highlight of my blogging experience. I also enjoy researching different topics that are close to my heart, such as nutrition, sustainability, and slow traveling. I enjoyed going to school a lot growing up, so I am happy I get to research topics and write ‘essays’ again.
Interacting with other bloggers and being able to comment on each other’s blogs is also a wonderful aspect of blogging. I love reading thoughtful comments on my blog. Equally, I love being able to write thoughtful comments on my favourite blogs, knowing that in time the bloggers will recognize my name in their sea of comments. So far, all of my fellow bloggers have been incredibly kind and supportive and that truly warms my heart. I have also started getting a few emails from my readers, which is still surreal to me. All this positive feedback creates more drive in me to keep blogging.
One thing I am not great at but would love to improve in is taking pictures. All pictures on my blog are taken by me (or my boyfriend), except the image on this article about my favourite yoga channels on YouTube. So far I am not too happy about all the images on my blog. I understand the importance of great images, so this is something I will spend more time on to improve. Particularly my food photography could do with a boost. And I would love to learn how to make flat-lays. They look so beautiful on other people’s blogs, but I have yet to take a flat-lay image that is near good enough to be published on the internet.
Alright, now on the least fun aspects of my blogging experience. I quickly learned I do not like focusing on increasing my readership. Keeping my social media updated, learning about Pinterest marketing and tweeting updates is just not my thing. In general, I have a very mixed relationship with social media. It gives me anxiety and takes the fun out of blogging for me. I know I could grow my blog a lot quicker if I were more active on social media platforms (or started using some altogether). Heck, I work in digital marketing, so I know all the tricks to growing websites quickly. But blogging is my hobby, not my job. So I have decided to take out the ‘professional’ aspect completely out of my blog and just focus on creating posts and interacting with my readers. I don’t have a blog Pinterest or Twitter account. I rarely update my blog Instagram. That makes blogging so worth-while to me, as it takes out the aspects I enjoy least and allows me to focus on what I enjoy most.
Overall, my initial experience has been so wonderful. I honestly feel like I have finally found a hobby that is fulfilling to me and that I can stick to for years to come. Here is to many more months in the blogosphere!