5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Blogging

5 Things I Wish I’d Known About BloggingI’ve now been blogging for about six months (I know, right) and my whole outlook on life has completely changed because of it.

I’m a better, happier person because of my blog and the blogging community, and I could not be happier with my life at the moment. I’m also absolutely thrilled with my blog and everything about it (to a point)! Seriously, starting up was one of the best things that I have ever done for myself.

However, there are a few things that I wish I’d paused to think about before I started up n&b. Little niggly things that now make me look back and shiver a little, and then move on with my life.

1. Blogging is all you’ll think about, 24/7.

I started my blogging life with a crappy little tumblr (lol) that took up about an hour a day, just scrolling through posts and maybe writing a few words myself. Nothing massive or in any way stressful.

Damn, how different blogging properly is. Everything I do is done with ‘could I blog about this’ in mind. Everything. Sometimes I don’t go places where I know the lighting will be bad. Sometimes I stay in on sunny days because blog photos. We’ve all bought something that we didn’t really need, purely to write something that no one will read. I go to sleep thinking about my blog stats for the day and wake up ready to smash out another idea. Blogging is 24/7 and its fabulous.

2. Your friends will either love you or hate you.

So this one has surprised me a little: most people are actually quite cool about the whole blog thing and hardly any of my friends have been weird about it. Occasionally I get the odd comment but on the whole people have been pretty chill.

When I started blogging I was desperate to keep it a secret from the people I knew in real life. Seriously, I still don’t have a Facebook page for n&b and I’m still a little scared. But, when I did share it around, the reaction I got was completely unexpected. People actually seem to like it! Some have even approached me and asked for help starting their own. I absolutely love that blogging has become a bit less secretive and such an ‘okay’ thing to do!

(Still get the odd friend from school unfollow my instagram though so…)

3. Your tastes will very slowly evolve and change.

In the last since months I have changed quite a few things about myself – not because I feel I have to, but because blogging has made me want to! My fashion tastes have changed, my decor tastes have changed, even my tv and film tastes have changed. I own double the amount of makeup than before AND know how to use it all. I buy fresh flowers every week and eat healthy, nourishing foods. This summer I went to Bali for two weeks.

Would I have done any of these things had I not started a blog? Nah. Not at all. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my tastes and can safely say that I love it!

4. Everything costs something.

Blogging can be so expensive. Themes and self hosting, props and camera equipment. There seems to be no end to the list of things I ‘need’ to keep my blog up to standard. I cannot tell you how much money I’ve spend because I’ve not quite liked something about something, or because I wanted to post about something and couldn’t. It’s not worth thinking about. Ugghhh.

On the other hand, over the last month or so I haven’t spent much on my blog. Maybe a few bob on some advertising, and I use fresh flowers for photos now so there’s that, but really I haven’t spent real money in a while. It comes in waves. One day you ‘need’ that new expensive theme, the next you blog about being thrifty.

5. You don’t have to blog about beauty.

This one took me absolutely aaaages to realise. Seriously far too long. I started blogging about beauty a lot because that’s whats everyone was doing and I thought that was what blogging was. My problem was that I was awful at beauty and had to work really hard to train myself and then write blog posts like I knew everything about it. It was boring to write, and probably boring to read.

Don’t get me wrong, I love following beauty blogs and really admire beauty bloggers for their dedication and passion. I wish I had that passion for something but, alas, I don’t. I am not a beauty blogger and you don’t have to be either – people will follow you whether you post about lipstick or not!

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  • Georgina says:

    Loved reading this as I have been blogging for 6 months too and can relate to so many of these! I definitely agree that everything costs something although in a way I guess I’m just spending money on blogging instead of other stuff, before I probably would have been bored so bought loads of stuff from Topshop, but now when I’m bored I’ll do some blog stuff instead xx

    Georgina | Rent or Chanel?

    • Imii Mace says:

      Yay thank you! That’s definitely true – I spend way less on doing mindless things so I guess it works out equal! Blogging is the biggest boredom buster of all! xx

  • Cherie says:

    Ooh nice one Imii! I remember when I first started reading your blog and it was roundabout when you’re about to jet off to Bali and I thought, hey I like how she’s blogging about traveling, life and but also the odd bits of beauty 🙂 proves to show you don’t need to stick to one topic to keep people from coming back! Hahah I usually freak people out when I talk about my blog to my friends and they always make fun of me as the ‘faaamous’ blogger but hey that’s some cool street cred I’m willing to accept 😉

    Cherie / sinonym

    • Imii Mace says:

      Ah man I miss Bali so much – might do a cheeky Bali post this week haha! I love eclectic blogs the most, I think. So much to get stuck into reading and I’m super nosy 😛 Also YES we’re hella famous 😉 xx

  • Patti Blue says:

    Such a lovely post! I’ve been blogging for nearly two months now and I really can relate to some points! Especially the one about keeping blogging “a secret”. I think the only real life person I told about my blog is my sister! That’s so strange but I feel so hesitant in telling it more people yet!
    I also totally agree, blogging doesn’t have to be about beauty. I like following beauty blogs but I honestly enjoy the mixed or purely lifestyle ones more!
    Patti http://www.shiftingtales.blogspot.com

    • Imii Mace says:

      Thank you (: I completely empathise with you about only telling your sister. For a while Ollie was the only one who knew and I wanted it to stay that way for ever haha! I’ve found that people are surprising though and most are really cool about it! xx

  • B Shannon says:

    Aw love this!! And I totally agree about the last one, you don’t have to be a beauty blogger. I realised there are many blogs about beauty, but with me I want to make my blog different and have incorporated travel within it, food, books, and I will be doing posts about film, tv, home decor, fashion, as well as beauty. It’s lovely to see blogs that incorporate different topics, and topics they’re really passionate about and have a great interest in. I won’t make my whole blog about beauty, because that’s not where my main interests are!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  • I notice I am much happier blogging as well! I’m always thinking of ways to improve and it keeps me busy which is great. You have a lovely blog, keep up the good work!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • Kim Petersen says:

    I loved to read what you’ve learned! The blogging community is so great and it is amazing how much you learn when you start a blog. Great Post! XO -Kim
    http://www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

  • Martha Jane says:

    Numbers 1 and 4 completely! Although I’ve actually found my friends on Facebook have been SO unsupportive of both my blog and my YouTube unfortunately 🙁 I don’t know if it’s jealousy or they just hate it or what but it’s really disheartening x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

    • Imii Mace says:

      That’s the worst, I’m sorry to hear that! There’s something so nasty about facebook so I’m going to stay away from there as long as possible. I’m sorry that your fb friends were so unsupportive 🙁 They’re definitely just jealous xx

  • Samantha Pinkie says:

    Lovely post! It’s so true about blogging been 24/7, my brains a constant buzz of thinking blog related thoughts, but I love it. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

  • Aimee Julia says:

    Totally relate to so many of these. Especially about spending lots of money on things for the blog, and thinking about blogging 24/7. It’s never off my mind, and I often buy things thinking “this will make a great post or photo for the blog!” x

    • Imii Mace says:

      Exactly! I’ve bought so much rubbish purely for the blog post – but I admit that it has calmed down a lot now. I’ve become a lot more confident in my abilities and photos and so I’ve found less need for buying content and props etc. It’s all a matter of confidence! xx

  • Sare says:

    What a great post! I completely adore the blogging and the blogging community. I just love that I have my own little space that I can write things down and get them out of my head!
    As for sharing with people in my personal life, probably about 3 people know! I am so scared to tell everyone and part of me loves that I have a little life away from everyone too! xx

    • Imii Mace says:

      That’s what I love about blogging too! I like that you like keeping it a secret – I love the idea of having my own little private space. Most of my friends know completely by accident so I guess I can’t hide anymore! xx

      • Sare says:

        Yeah, I know what you mean. Those that know have found out by accident because I’ve slipped it in without thinking! Maybe one day I’ll share it, but for now it’s all for me and my blogging friends! <3

  • Sarah Minnerly says:

    This is so helpful! I just started blogging in May so I am fairly new to it as well!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah

    http://www.lipstickandlimes.com

  • Georgina Grogan says:

    Such a great post! I’ve been going over 2 years now and I can’t even begin to think about the things i wish I knew before I got into this all haha :’) xx

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