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If you are a regular blog reader or a big social media user you’ll probably have come across posts with titles along the lines of….
WOW! How I Made £5000 in my first Month of Blogging!!
I Gave up My Horrible Job and Now Make $200k pa blogging – Here’s How You Can Too!!
Chanel begged me to review their SS Collection – and keep it!!
Well, not this Lil Ol’ Blogger. No siree. I am bucking those particular bloggy trends.
Me – well, I’ve been blogging for exactly one year – that’s 55 really rather random posts – and unlike tons of successful bloggers, vloggers and shloggers (ok I made that last one up) my income from blogging has been exactly £0 (that’s $0 if you’re in the States).
Nothing. Nada. Big Fat Zero.
AND…I’ve probably spent the cost of a very nice city break setting up and developing my blog.
AND… if I’d used the time I spent developing my blog on my real job I’d have earned a good few quid.
So does that mean I should have I’m A Bloggy Twat tattoed across my forehead?
Truth is I love blogging – it’s my (over-used word alert) PASSION. Some people can’t get enough of baking cupcakes, others spend their weekend dismantling and…ermmmm remantling cars, and some folks take up Day Drinking.
Me, well I regularly spout forth unsolicited thoughts and opinions to anyone who’ll listen – on everything from Who the Hell are The Kardashians? to Why all the best Ideas in Life Come at 3.17am – Precisely
But before you guys at the back start organising a Whip Round for me (ok if you insist, Paypal works for me) I’ve loved every minute of blogging and learned so much that at times my brain hurts.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned during one year of blogging
I remembered that I love writing
…and have done ever since, at the age of six, when I first put pencil to paper and composed this little ditty, entitled Snow, which, I think, clearly highlights my potential…
Snow is Cold
Snow is Nice
Snow brings Showers
Snow Brings Ice
Bloggers are amazing
…and supportive and generous and go out of their way to help each other, apart from the horrible ones, who I’ve heard about, but thankfully not encountered. They are jealous and take credit for other people’s hard work and push you in the playground.
Be Gone Nasty Bloggers.
I Love Feedback
For fear of sounding like a Miss Universe contestant I love when I get comments on my posts (thank you) saying I’ve made someone smile or laugh or choke on their coffee and gone into a convulsive coughing fit and had to be a hit really hard on the back before they pass out
Some bloggers make an actual living at blogging.
And it’s not just young, gorgeous, pouty ones called Zoella or Something Hadid. Some bloggers are experts in website design, setting up a blog or using social media, and provide consultancy, training, and support. Other bloggers monetize (that’s a thing) their blog by featuring advertising or selling items that they mention on their blog, while some get paid to write featured posts. Hats off to them all.
I have an opinion on almost everything.
Sometimes it’s scary how many opinions I hold. I even have opinions on things I hardly know anything about – like Hershey Bars and The Offside Rule.
Technological Thingamabobs give me a frontal lobe headache
…and makes me whine-y and Cheeky to Call Centre Staff
I am prone to moaning.
My go-to starting point for most blog posts is to grump about something. I try and limit moan-y posts to one a month.
Even when I have nothing to write about something always comes up
Sometimes Blogging makes me do things I’d probably otherwise not do
I know the difference between a Plugin and a Widget.
Just don’t ask at the moment, but honestly, I do know the answer.
Google is a Bloggers Best Friend.
She knows everything. What’s the difference between a Widget and a Plugin? Did Anne of Cleves smell? What the best way to organize your sock drawer?
Unboxing is a thing.
It’s where a young person (or someone older, who should know better) makes a video of him/herself unboxing (yes, that’s taking something out of a box) a product. It could be a new Louis Vuitton handbag or a new Mac computer, (which I guess can be useful if they show you how to get it started), but there are also people who have made videos of them unboxing a lipstick. And they take 10 minutes over it. Yes, seriously. Google it.
It’s got me thinking about launching an Unpacking Series – where I make a video of me unpacking my Sainsbury’s shopping saying –
These are Eggs – said while holding one up to the camera.
This is Milk – then pouring some into a glass.
What d’ya think?
Blogging has made me much more social media savvy
…which is not so easy when you’re over 14¾. I can now Tweet and Facebook and Stumble and create a darn fine Pinterest Pin. Although Instagram and I are not talking at the moment.
I have no colour sense.
When I am making up Pinterest Pins or choosing colours for branding I think that the most ridiculous combination of colours will go together. I’ve started leaving Post It Notes around my home with Red and Green Should Never Be Seen on them.
Having a niche is good
…like beauty, fashion, food. Since I know nothing about any of those I opted for Midlife, not realising it’s a big thing. There are tons of midlife woman (and men) all over the world who are funny and sassy and stylish and doing interesting things and I’ve connected quite a few and am delighted to part of that particular tribe.
There are tons of amazing free stuff available online
…copyright free images, GIFs, Headline Analyser (where you can test if a headline is any good), YouTube How To Do Anything Videos, Bitly (link shortener) and the wonderful Canva (for social media graphics). Oh and Colour Selection sites that help you not match red and green.
SEO means Search Engine Optimisation.
I’ll tell you what that is at the end of Year 2.
So, my friends, thank you for reading and commenting and supporting me during my first year of blogging. I have some Bloggy Goals for Year 2 including Stop Moaning, Never Mention Corns Again and Figure Out What The Hell SEO Is. At the moment money still isn’t the point of blogging for me, but having said that, you have no idea how thrilled I’ll be if I make so much as £1 along the way. I expect I’ll write a blog post about it.
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