31 Things My First Year Of Blogging Has Taught Me

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First *proper* year of blogging. All my fortnight-long failed attempts between 2010 and 2013 don’t count, not in my brain anyway.

Here’s what I’ve learnt…

1. You’ll be like WHAT EVEN IS BLOGLOVIN, NAH NOT FOR ME. The next week you’ll be checking it every 3 minutes like it’s Instagram or summin and getting heart palpatations when it won’t refresh properly. True story.

2. Bloggers photoshop their selfies. Uh huh. That’s why they don’t have those wrinkles under their eyes that everyone, even bloody newborn babies have. And once you find out how to do it yourself (that pesky retouch button in iPhoto) it becomes increasingly hard to be like FUCK IT I’M JOINING THE DAMN CLUB.

3. There will always be about 7584567437 people who you deem to be more succesful than you. You’ve just got to learn to stop letting blogging be a competition and enjoy the ride.

4. People bloody love Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, MAC lipsticks and Essie nail polish.

5. There is nothing that melts your heart quite as much as when someone comments on something of yours and uses ‘goals’. Relationship goals. Blogger goals. Outfit goals. Life goals.

6. Every single day comes with new opportunities. No, but seriously – emails are never as exciting until you’re a blogger and then you’re having a breakdown over shit WIFI because you just need to see what’s in your inbox, not how many likes you got on Insta.

7. And it’s really bloody hard not to talk about yourself ALL the time because there’s so much newness and excitement going on in your life. It’s hard to not become a self-obsessed success story.

8. The only people who really understand your life are fellow bloggers, so you’ll find yourself nervously scanning coffee shops for the faces of people you DM’d on Twitter to hang out with following months of retweeting and social media chats. You guys.

9. When you work from home it’s really hard to remember whether you’ve brushed your teeth. And wait, when was the last time you left the house? Have you even spoken out loud today? Does your voice still work?

10. The bloggerspehere is over saturated with product reviews, healthy recipes and outfit of the days – and it feels stupidly liberating when you think of something a bit fresher and new to post that you haven’t seen elsewhere.

11. PRs still want coverage in print more than they want coverage on your blog. Unless you’re Zoella or Tanya Burr and then you’re probs alright. Why? Because most of the people who own the companies they’re promoting don’t even know what the word blog means. Awkward.

12. Women in their twenties really want to feel like they’re not alone, because for some unknown reason, we all seem to think we are. Silly us.

13. PHOTOS. PHOTOS. ALL THE PHOTOS. Your witty, intelligant, ground-breaking words mean nothing without a strong image to hold the post. And what do bloggers do to make their images even more fucking fanastic? They lighten them to within an inch of their lives.

14. Everyone suffers from low moods and the guilt that comes from suffering from low moods even when everything is right. It’s just nobody talks about it.

15. People can be absolute fucking cunts on the internet just because they can. You’ve got to be the person who sees them being a cunt and then posts a photo of you drinking prosecco or getting a manicure because FUCK THEM, you’re brilliant.

16. Taking your blog self-hosted and dealing with things like widgets and HTML is an absolute minefield that will make you cry.

17. People will get obsessed with you, and not just in the cute fan-girling way.

18. You will get a shit load of request for helps with dissertations. You will subsequently feel guilty that you can’t reply to them all.

19. PRs are more interested in skilled photography and social media followers than page views when it comes to working with bloggers. I have no idea if it’s the same for adveritising, but probs. So stop getting bogged down in the numbers and learn to make everything look glossy and professional.

20. Everyone has an opinion on you. The only opinions that matter? Your best friends and family, because when they tell you you’re being a dick or have done something wrong, you’re being a dick and have done something wrong. And everyone else? Fuck them.

21. Companies will email you daily and ask you to write a post about their new product or campaign. Maybe they’ll tell you you’ve been chosen as part of a ‘select group of bloggers’ and that they’ll share your post across their social media channels. It’ll make you want to punch yourself in the face repeatedly. No.

22. Othertimes they’ll ask if you’ll build a ‘content partnership’ with them and link to their site in a post. All for free. This translates as: PLEASE HELP US IMPROVE OUR GOOGLE SEARCH RANKINGS. Fuck off.

23. Essentially, people will ask you to promote companies you’ve never heard of for free All. The. Fucking. Time. Erm guys, I’m trying to make a living here.

24. There is no greater feeling in the world than being your own boss and editor. There’s no-one to shoot down any of your ideas. You get to experiment. You get to devise your own sleep-pattern. You get to have FUN and be creative.

25. People over 35 have absolutely no idea what you do. They’ll ask questions like: ‘So, this website of yours? Are you hoping it’ll make you money at some point in the future?’ Erm, OK.

26. Some bloggers will schedule the same posts to go out on Twitter every two hours for a month. You’ll wonder if you’re seriously the only one who’s noticed. You’ll also wonder if maybe you should back the fuck away from Twitter for more than 10 minutes at a time.

27. You will become addicted to skincare. And skin oils. And toners. And face acids. And serums. Blame Caroline Hirons mostly.

28. iMovie and making YouTube videos is fucking hard, but everyone’s doing it. It’s where the money is, apparently.

29. Blogging is moving so quickly that you’ll have absolutely no idea what you’ll be doing next week let alone next year.

30. There is a whole generation just below me who have never bought a magazine in their life, let alone visited a magazine’s website. They only read blogs and watch YouTube videos and that’s absolutely fricking insane for the future of content.

31. Your blog can easily become one of the most important things in your life. It can generate so much happiness and excitement and buzz, but it can also create so much negativity and self-loathing. You absolutely HAVE to learn how to switch off and step away, otherwise it has the ability to destroy you.

 

 

  • Awesome post, Hannah 🙂 I often read your posts, even if I don’t always comment, you’re a great inspiration to me! You make me laugh and you’re totally relatable, and I think that’s important. I was just wondering where you get your blog stickers from, they’re really cool! Take care x

    AmandaSays

  • Jess

    I’m not even a blogger and 1, 4 and 27 are hilariously true. Keep up the good work! You make me smile with every post.

  • Charlie

    Loved this!

    Especially 16 when going self-hosted meant I lost all of my old posts because I suck at the internet.

    charliehearts.com

    • hannahgale9

      The internet is really fucking hard when you’re not just reading it. I wish someone had warned me. Wah.

  • Number 10!!!

    Seriously, there is a lack of originality sometimes which is frustrating!

    Also do you Vlog?! Because I definitely want to see this.

  • I love this – no. 20 in particular. Also, the Liz Earle cleanse and polish? So true.

  • Absolutely loved this post, can definitely relate to some of them. When I see an entirely original post my heart almost skips a beat – it’s amazing and nice to see the extra thought to come up with that idea. Love reading your blog and your writing style, just makes me want to read more haha.

    Kristy | http://www.thevioletblonde.com

  • Such an amazing post!! Saving it. My blog is such a big part of my life, it has taught me so much!

    Jenna | jennaloves3.blogspot.co.uk

  • All of this. Couldn’t be more true.

  • Luda

    hey, don’t bash the over 35s – some of us are addddicted to reading blogs ;-p

    I only recently discovered your blog and lost hours reading back through the archives. Keep up the amazing woek – you’re truly a breath of fresh (hilarious) air x

    • keyt

      “35” = I don’t think it means what you think it means.

      36 going on 37 very soon. I am obsessed with blogs and have created loads of my own over the years I just never told anyone or shared them because I knew I would offend or people I knew would assume I was talking about them and no amount of evidence would convince them otherwise so I just used them to exercise my demons and rant when I didn’t/don’t have a human to rant to (which is frequent here as I do not speak the language well and no one’s life in the UK synchronises with mine to Skype and then it just feels awkward I dont like being seen on a screen lol) in a pub somewhere over a glass of wine or a cocktail.
      Usually I am obsessed with always reading one particular blog but reading a couple of your articles I know when I get home I’ll be stalking the archives.

  • In love with this post and I really love the way you write (throwing in the occasional F word, here and there – my kinda girl!)

    With love,
    Hayley x

    http://thelifestylemenu.co.uk/

  • 26 made me laugh, I often have that thought…

    But hey, I’m over 35 and I know understand blogging 😉

  • I did NOT know that iPhoto had a retouching option. *praises baby jesus and all who sail in him* my selfie game is heading to a whole new level. Not that it was really on any level to begin with.
    Great post – made me laugh and I’m very glad that there’s other people out there who feel the same way I do about blogging, even the down days. Sometimes I worry it’s just me. xo

    LJLV | UK Personal Style

  • I love this! I am new to blogging and I already feel a few of these. Great post Hannah.

  • I love reading your posts which are similar to this. Your writing style always puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh! I’ve only been blogging a few months and its amazing how much success you’ve already had in a year… keep up the good work, and all the funny relatable posts too please.

    Lots of love, Chloe X | http://www.asliceoftruths.blogspot.co.uk

  • Moving to self-hosted is a frigging nightmare but so rewarding! You’re just reminded me to get my bloglovin sorted, so thanks! Just waiting for people to start loving my blog now… haha 🙂

  • Have to agree with most blogs consisting of product reviews. This is great when I want to buy something new and want to see what others think of it, but there are only a few blogs like this that I actually read. I only keep coming back to people who post about interesting things. But the reason I check your site daily Hannah is that you don’t pretend your life is as Pinterest perfect as it appears and I really appreciate that. I follow other lifestyle bloggers who have lives so glamorous its completely unobtainable and that gets depressing after a while. I enjoy the healthy honesty of your blog.
    x
    ps. not that your life doesn’t appear glamorous from the outside though!

  • love this!
    Number one is soo true!

  • This is so down to earth and real in looking at the life of a blogger. Very insightful, I am glad you post this, thank you!!

  • Blogger goal x

  • Such an honest post! Keep going girl (Y)!

    kathrynscupcakes.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  • I absolutely loved this. I love your use of foul language… which feels like a weird thing to say. It can feel like no one has a personality at times when I’m searching through peoples blogs, and the content is really great for people most of the time, but it can begin to lack that touch of individuality. You have a lot of character and it shows. 🙂

  • This post made me laugh lots and had my head nodding so much it’s dizzy! And I NEVER knew there was a retouch button in iPhoto HELLO!

  • Awesome post!

  • CREASING SO HARD! I love how you take tedious topics and make them a real laugh-fest to read about – you put the humour into blogging, one expletive-superlative at a time! I envy your transparency and audacity. I just HAD to share this post with my readers in my weekly link roundup – http://www.poshbrokebored.com/2015/03/weekly-link-roundup.html – because we weary bloggers need more laughs to keep us going. Thanks for the LOLs, have a lovely weekend! x

    Jasiminne | http://www.poshbrokebored.com | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Haha I wrote a similar (but much sillier) post on a similar topic today (hint: lots of banana bread)
    Would love for you to take a look

    The perks of being a hipster- 16 things all bloggers know!

  • Rebecca Ellis

    I have been blogging since Jan, and even I recognize some of these points haha x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

  • I recognize a lot of these points and I’ve only just started blogging. It was nice seeing the other points I have yet to encounter but will in a years time.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  • Isy Sinclair

    Thank you so much for this post. It gives me hope for starting my own blog this year. These are all the things I’ve always thought about as a long-time blog watcher! Thanks for the sharing things in such a relatable and funny way! I love your writing! #FirstYearBloggerGoals

  • This list is spot on, particularly number 12. I found that even when my blog was only being read by my friends, the posts that they were most likely to share were the kind that make you go ‘Thank goodness someone else wrote this down because I thought it was just me!’

    Really enjoying your blog, Hannah.

  • Ugh, I’m on the Bloglovin’ kick right now. #crazysaturdaynight #goals 🙂 <3

    ExploresMore.com

    Also, I have these moments where I catch people staring at me (yay Paris Metro), and always have that second of panic because I think they might recognize me (makeup-less and in the ultimate I just spent 15 Euros on cleaning supplies while hungover mood)

  • Chloe

    Well Done you on your blog!!
    Without fail you make me laugh with your lists!!
    Keep up all your hardwork!! xx

  • I’ve been blogging for four(ish) years and all of these points are 100% true! Ha. I’m constantly comparing myself to other bloggers and their themes…until I realise that they’ve dropped a tonne of money on self-hosting and customised themes. I don’t know why, but I feel a lot better after realising that. Haha. #9 has pretty much been my life this weekend.

  • These post is fab! As is your blog, which is now one of my go to places when I want to hear from a real person and not some blog/vlog clone never seems to have an original thought in their life. Your posts are so down-to-earth – It’s really refreshing. And you swear! I know that’s a very random point, but I swear like a sailor and am constantly having to censor my posts as I worry people won’t like it – but it’s very nice to find someone who doesn’t sound like a Disney commercial! Keep up the good work, lady….

  • Haha, I read this post last week and thought ‘no one has asked if I want to make money from my blog yet- the older people in my life seem to understand.’ I immediately thought of no. 25 when my grandma asked ‘How do you hope to make any money from this website, when you’re spending money on it already?’ Oh life. Old people do not understand. At all. This list just became even more relateable :’)

    Emma

  • This post makes me oh so happy! I’m in my first MONTH of blogging and reading through all this puts me at ease. You definitely sound like me and all the many voices in my head and that’s an instant comfort. I’ll definitely start stalking you like, right now. Thanks for the inspiration!


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