I’ve been blogging for close to 4 years now, which still amazes me every single day. During my time inhabiting this part of the Internet, I’ve learnt a few things so I thought I’d share them today.
Blogging will make you way more confident than you ever imagined you could be.
I was a shy 12 year old when I started my blog and I barely had the confidence to look people in the eye. Now, and this is also down to getting older but also through blogging, I can stand in front of large audiences and speak with the knowledge that the words coming out of my mouth won’t be utter rubbish. I love speaking at events so much – I’ve even said before that it’s the best drug a person can ever get. Although some nerves are inevitable, the buzz you get afterwards is worth it and the events I’ve spoken at will always be amongst some of my favourite memories.
Honesty is the driving force.
Be honest in everything you write. If you lie about reading a book or if you say you loved a book when you really disliked it, people will be able to tell. When you’re honest, you’ve got nothing to hide and people will appreciate that. Honesty is key!
If you want to do something that won’t take much time, blogging isn’t for you.
Blogging is SO time-consuming, but it doesn’t look it! It’s not just about sitting down and writing 500 words within ten minutes; you have to write the post, proofread it, tweet about it, Instagram the photos, etc. I never imagined it could take up so much time, but it’s definitely time that is spent well. My blog is like a baby that I’ve made and nurtured into a child!
People will find it weird, but people who hate on it aren’t worth your time.
When people first found out about my blog and YouTube channel, I felt very weird about it. I never expected that people would find out about it when I made it; it was something I made for me and only me. Eventually, though, people began to talk about it and, at first, I didn’t know how to feel about it. Now I’m very open about the fact that I blog and make YouTube videos. There’s nothing to be ashamed of because I’m doing something I love doing!
When you put yourself out there, accept any attention you may get, whether positive or negative.
Since making my feminism videos, they’ve attracted some negative attention from trolls who hate on every video on the subject they can find. That just shows the importance of talking about such a topic, though, because a voice that is trying to be silenced needs to be heard.
I’ve known of people who have complained about people talking about them online when they have created content. Be prepared for criticism on your content and if you don’t like it, you don’t need to listen to it. In the same sense, listen and learn from positive feedback that you’re given. It is all useful!
Nafisah Atcha22 October, 2015 at 7:18 am
Totally agree with all of these points. Great Post xxx
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Denise @ The Bibliolater22 October, 2015 at 6:10 pm
I definitely agree with all of these points! Blogging takes up so much of my time, but I enjoy it so much that I totally don’t mind. I’ve often done it instead of school work! A few people have been a bit disdainful about my blog, but I’m proud of it, so I’ve just learnt to ignore them.
I think blogging has also helped me to try new things – I’m definitely more open now about genres I wouldn’t have tried before. Great post, Lucy! ♥
~Denise @ The Bibliolater
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Teenbookreviewer22 October, 2015 at 8:48 pm
Brilliant post, Lucy! I agree with it all, definitely. I haven’t been blogging for nearly as long, but I still understand it all. Thanks for a great post!
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Let's Get Beyond Tolerance23 October, 2015 at 1:42 am
These are all really great things you’ve learned by blogging. It is quite time-consuming; probably way more than people think if they have done it before. It’s worth it though – if it’s not, it might not be the right thing for you. You can participate in the blog world without having a blog too. Don’t feel like you need one to take part in commenting and discussing, etc.
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Jessica @ Strung Out On Books24 October, 2015 at 8:14 pm
I never realized blogging would be so time consuming when I started out. I’ve disappeared from the internet quite a few times because of time restraints, but I’m finally acknowledging that my time is valuable and that I need to prioritize in order to do what I love without becoming overwhelmed with responsibilities. I also agree that blogging has made me a bit more confident. I’m still nowhere near comfortable with public speaking, but I feel like it has helped a little with being a bit more comfortable with communicating in general. Great post!
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Miss Dystopia19 November, 2015 at 7:32 pm
This is so true! Delve into Dystopia has been running for about 2 years now, but has onto just started to grow in the last year. We love blogging, but are finding it hard to progress with engaging readers as our niche is quite small – not everyone likes to read dystopia! Any advice would be amazing – you are quite a role model when it comes to book blogging!