13 August 2013

A Bit More Personal



Like most Sunday's I usually participate in the #lbloggers chat on twitter and on Sunday it was all about types of posts and blogs we enjoyed. Halfway through the chat people started chatting about some very interesting lifestyle / personal posts. I quickly realised that not once have I opened up or had a little ramble on this blog of mine , so after little debating I have decided that I will make it my business to open up a bit more and have a more personal side to my little blog. Today I have decided I want to talk about  blogging and more personally my blogging story and the early struggles I faced with blogging. Whether you've had a blog for a month or four years every single one of us has a blogging story from how you started to inspiration that created your most popular posts. I started my blog last May at random, it was never something I inspired to do ( to be honest I didn't even though there was a blogging world ) so now your all thinking how did it start then ? Well I wanted to learn how to do a top knot bun and the top video was by Leanne Woodfull, I watched the video whilst trying to master the bun which wasn't that successful. The rest of that evening involved me stuck on the computer for three or four hours watching literally all of Leanne's video's.

 On one particular video I came across the description box this contained Leanne's links to her other social media sites but one that intrigued me the most was her blog link, I clicked on that link and that's how it all started. Within weeks  I had set up my own blogger account and was preparing myself for the world of blogging. My blog like many others took a while to gain readership and followers, I think at this stage I got a bit down about my blog I wasn't educated about blogging  I hadn't been a blog follower previous to me launching my own blog so I didn't know the ins and outs of blogging. It was by chance and interest that started by blog and I really was in the dark about social media, good content and simple and clean layouts ( my first blog design consisted of every colour on the planet ! ) Other blogs that had started around the same time as me were growing every day and I still hadn't managed to gather ten followers. I know that followers isn't everything about blogging but name me one blogger that would still be blogging if they were only writing to themselves! Imagine all the effort you put into your posts and photography and not a single person interacting or saying how much they enjoyed their post and I think at the start of blogging that was the one thing that really got me down. I would often compare my blog to others thinking that their blog was so much better than mine.

To be blunt I was jealous of their interactions and positive feedback on their blog but looking back I was being very unrealistic, would you believe that I was comparing my blog with bloggers that had been doing their blog for three / four years and I had being doing it for a couple of months. I think all new bloggers should be aware of this when they start blogging , I have seen so many bloggers quit blogging because their blog hasn't  grown as fast as they would have hoped but I strongly believe that blogging is a process and can take up to a year or longer to get the feel to blogging. Many bloggers often say that if you ever think that you want to give up blogging you should stop but I would disagree. I'm sure like many in my early days of blogging I did sometimes think that I should stop and close down my blogger account. I would tell myself should I continue or I 've had two page views today this blogging thing isn't for me. I think these thoughts are natural when your not doing as good as you would have liked but here I am a year and three months later my blog has grown, it is by no means the biggest blog and is still smaller than fellow bloggers that started the same time as me but it doesn't bother me any more because my goals in blogging have changed. I am now happy with my blog but  naturally I still want to change and improve certain aspects of my blog and that's normal. One thing I've learnt about my blog is it's become a place that my readers can come and read honest product reviews , enjoy my photography ( which I love doing ) and relate to normal issues.

 I read and cherish any comments / feedback I receive and I hope in the future my blog will grow and Fashion and Beauty Tribes will be a place where people can go and enjoy it's content ,photo's , worries and issues that every single one of us can relate too. That's now what I want my blog to become not for it to have thousands of followers that don't actually read or enjoy my blog!
I hope you enjoyed this slightly longer , more personal post and if you reached the end then well done that was a long read!
 

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  1. My blog was a bit slow at getting readership too, but once it starts, it goes at a quite steady pace from there! It's a good job you kept blogging - love reading your posts (:

    The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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    1. Thank you I have found that too once you have been blogging for about a year your readership grows steadily

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  2. It's funny how we get started :) I started mine after falling in love with A Beautiful Mess and wanting an online scrap book :)

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  3. I used to get down about not many people seeing my blog too! My blog still isn't popular but I think the more you promote it on other social networking sites, the more it helps you to gain readers! :) Happy blogging! :) xxx

    Taylor Lou-xo | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I think most bloggers go through this at the start social media really does help gaining readership

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  4. I really like this post :) there's blogs that started around the same time as me that have three or four times the followers but I still believe your readership will grow if you have great content, just takes time! I really liked this post :) xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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    1. That is so true good things come to people who wait

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  5. Great post! It's always nice to read about how someone got into blogging! It's great to see more of the person behind the blog too :-)

    Katy x
    Gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree sometimes its a nice change from the usual things that pop up on my blog

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  6. Aww I'm so glad you kept going - I think we all get down about those things at times, I've been blogging just under a year and it's taken me until about 6 weeks ago to get any real kind of progress (I finally hit 100 followers and have suddenly shot right past it!). Anyhoo I think it's great to have more personal posts too, I really love to see a small part of the person behind the blog :D thank you xxx

    hollyamberrio.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  7. This is such a lovely post! I quite like longer, more personal posts every now and again. :)

    i've just started following you on bloglovin'!

    life-of-libby.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  9. Thank you for such an inspiring post :) It will keep me going and give me the drive to carry on xx
    http://minniebeautifulbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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