I’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!0