Things I’ve learned from 6 months of blogging

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April marks my 6 month anniversary of blogging – 6 months since I first started typing out my thoughts and putting them out there for people to see. What started as a pretty private diary of things I was up to, and my musings on life, has become my own space where I’m proud to put myself out there and where I’ve managed to connect with so many other like minded people. I love blogging!

I feel I’ve learned a lot over the past 6 months and it’s been amazing to see how my blog has developed over the months – hopefully the next 6 months will bring me more things to learn!

 

01. If you don’t promote yourself, no-one else is going to do it for you

When I first started my blog, I thought I didn’t particularly care if no-one read it. It was quite freeing to be able to write without worrying about anyone reading it. And that continued for a while. But once you start to get a few comments coming in, a few interactions on twitter, your feelings start to change and it starts to feel great that other people are reading your stuff, and that it’s resonating with them too!

For a long time I was embarrassed to tweet my blog posts, let alone join a Linky, but here I am 6 months in, tweeting all the time, and linking up my posts with various different Linkys. It’s given me a confidence in myself that I don’t think I’ve had before – I’ve had jobs where I’ve had to push myself forward for things, but my blog is so personal to me, that it really feels like I’m putting ‘me’ out there, and that’s been really good for me at a time when I felt like I’d lost of a bit of my identity in the midst of motherhood.

 

02. Blogging is cathartic

I’m one of those people who tend to overthink everything, and getting my thoughts out on paper and in order is a really effective way of helping me to make sense of my thoughts (not always the easiest thing!). I can often find that something is bothering me, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, and often when I sit down to write I find that I’m able to identify the issue and work through it by writing down my thoughts. I’m quite a self-reflective and introverted person in general, so this was something of a revelation to me as I hadn’t appreciated the beneficial effects that writing can have.

 

03. Blogging is a creative outlet

Although I’ve always considered myself to be a creative person, my career has taken me down a less creative route. I trained as an opera singer but found myself working in the world of admin and finance as a Personal Assistant, and blogging allows me some of the creativity that I feel is often missing in a job where you work to very defined tasks that are not particularly creative. On my blog I can write about whatever I want to – I decide the content, I edit, and I decide how it looks. I’m slowly getting more into photography too, which I’ve always loved, but found very technical and difficult to understand – I’m really enjoying seeing my photos improve!

 

04. The parenting blogging community is fab

At first I was quite intimidated by how seriously the parenting blogging community seems to take things – rankings, scoring, running your blog as a business – but I’ve also been so surprised by how supportive most people are of other bloggers.

I’ve also been surprised at the support that has come from very different bloggers to myself – I guess I consider myself to be a fairly serious blog writer and I’m definitely not funny! But I’ve been really chuffed to find that bloggers who I find really funny have also enjoyed my posts – perhaps it’s not that surprising as I enjoy theirs! There’s room for everyone in the blogging world.

 

05. You don’t have to have a niche

For a long time I read that it was so important to have a niche, and without one your blog won’t be successful. I don’t really subscribe to the notion of ‘finding your niche’ – it’s the ability to write about life in general that appeals to me, to be able to encompass all of your passions and interests. I enjoy the total freedom that a personal blog gives you and although perhaps my blog is slower to develop a following than others which are more focussed, I know that this is the right thing for me.

 

06. Blogging has motivated me to enjoy life

I’m quite a motivated person, but I do find that I can get a bit ground down by things and find myself in a bit of a life rut. Reflecting through my writing has made me more grateful for all the wonderful things I have in life and it’s motivated me to get out there and do things – to explore my local area more, to make more trips further afield, and to enjoy my family.

 

07. People will unfollow you all the time – it’s not personal!

I’ve always struggled with people liking me, but writing my blog has made me realise that not everyone will like you. That people will unfollow your social media accounts all the time – mostly it’s nothing to do with anything you’ve written and more to do with the fact you’ve not followed them back, but sometimes it might be, and that’s ok! The world (and the internet) is big enough for us all!

 

I’ve loved all the things that blogging has brought me over the last 6 months – it’s given me a voice and a confidence that I’ve never had before. Here’s to the next 6 months and all it holds in store!

Do you blog? I’d love to know your favourite things about blogging are!

 

 

Mummuddlingthrough
52 Comments
  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    April 20, 2016

    Happy 6 months! I love blogging and so pleased that I took the courage to start it, I can relate to this so much. I too worry about people liking me in life and I think that is stopping me from putting myself out there more in the blogging community, I really need to work on this! Your blog is fab and you should be proud of everything you have achieved in 6 months x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 20, 2016

      Thanks Laura, it’s lovely to get comments like this from other people who’s blogs I love too! I think that’s the nice thing about the internet, that it’s that bit more anonymous, so you can be a bit braver, and then that bravery starts to rub off into your ‘actual’ life as well! Go for it!!

  • Louise George
    April 20, 2016

    Happy half-blog birthday! So glad that you enjoy blogging so much and that it has given you that creative outlet – I always enjoy reading your posts and love the variety of things that you blog about. The blogging community is one of my favourite things about blogging too 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  • Island Living 365
    April 20, 2016

    Happy 6th months lovely! And YES to all of the above. Although of the niche bit (I have a post on this coming up) I am secretly in awe of the lovelies who have a niche, like being very funny. In some ways I wish I had a niche but then again I like being able to blog about anything and everything 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 20, 2016

      Thanks so much Emma! Yes, I too wish I was funny! But I’m definitely not remotely funny, so I’m not even going to attempt to be 🙂

  • Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    April 20, 2016

    I love your blog hun, as you know! I agree with every point you’ve written here and it’s so true, blogging is such a positive outlet! Keep it up chick – great blog xx #BloggerClubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 20, 2016

      Ah, thanks so much for such a lovely comment! Really enjoying your 30 Day Challenge at the moment – I’m a bit in awe!

  • justsayingmum
    April 20, 2016

    Katy, I’ve tried to follow your blog but can’t see where – am I missing something?

  • Squished blueberries
    April 20, 2016

    All great points and I can relate to all of them. I think your blog is fab and I’m so glad you started it, I think it really comes accross how much you love writing it x

  • Rachel Bustin
    April 20, 2016

    Well done on 6 months of blogging! I love the layout of your blog it’s very clean and fresh. My favourite things about blogging is just writing what I feel. I love to jot down notes on my phone while we are out and about and then make a post later on. It’s like a journal for me, especially now as my baby girl was born 10 weeks ago so now I write about baby wipes, baby clothes as well as everything else! Its only since I have been on maternity leave that I have the time to put more effort into my blog. Before I used to work full time and blog a couple of times a week. Now inbetween nappy changes I tweet, write and comment on other blogs xx

    #BloggerClubUk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 20, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by Rachel! Jotting down notes is key for me too – if I don’t, I can’t remember for the life of me what that great blog idea was! Congratulations on managing to do this with a 10 week old – I’m in awe!

  • Mess and Merlot
    April 20, 2016

    Hi Katy- happy half birthday! I’ve been blogging since January and agree with all your points above. I’ve never experienced anything quite like the blogging community- so welcoming and supportive! I also love having a creative outlet after years in an office job it feels very cathartic to be able to write about anything and everything (who needs a niche??) 🙂 You’ve done so much work in 6months, you blog is FAB -good work!! 😉 #BloggerclubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 20, 2016

      Thanks so much! I love how so many people feel exactly the same things about blogging – it’s such a positive force! Everyone should blog!

  • Natalie
    April 20, 2016

    Happy half birthday 🙂 I really relate to this post, blogging has brought more confidence, creativity and motivation to my life and the blogging community are fab!
    #BloggerClubUK

  • Eat.Love.Live
    April 20, 2016

    This was such a lovely post to read and I agree with every single point. Happy 6 month blogiversary! I’m glad you’re enjoying it x #bloggerclubuk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 20, 2016

      Thanks so much – the 6 months has flown by – I swear I only started it up last month but the dates say not apparently!

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    April 20, 2016

    Well done lovely – you have a brilliant little space. After 6 months I still struggle with the self promotion but I guess it is just one step as a time. Looking forward to reading more from you xxx

  • Joanna Bowery
    April 20, 2016

    Happy half year anniversary. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been an on-off blogger for a few years now, but your post has really inspired me to get back in and post a bit more regularly.

  • Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    April 20, 2016

    Happy 6 month anniversary! I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and I love it, it helps keep my brain ticking and it’s something that I can do as me and not as “Mummy” #bloggerclubuk

  • Whinge Whinge Wine
    April 21, 2016

    An opera singer eh?! Bet there aren’t many opera singers cum mums cum bloggers out there. If you *did* need a niche I daresay you have that covered.

    Thanks for sharing. Great tips x #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      I guess thinking about it, that is quite niche! I bet there’s someone out there doing it though – might have a google!

  • Elsie Pop
    April 21, 2016

    Happy half birthday! Blogging is great fun, and you should be chuffed with your progress so far! I’m chuffed because I have a non-craft blog to frequent! xx

  • Right Royal Mother
    April 21, 2016

    Congratulations on blogging for 6 months! I read somewhere that only 10% of bloggers make it to this milestone so massive pat on the back for you! I can relate to practically all of these points. Love your blog; I hope you continue for months – and years – to come! #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 21, 2016

      Wow, that’s a surprising statistic! And one that makes me feel quite proud of myself! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and for your lovely comment!

  • One Messy Mama
    April 21, 2016

    I have only been blogging for 3 months now. I enjoy every minute! Thank you for this insightful information and for sharing with us! Happy 6 months! #coolmumclub

  • mumworkrepeat
    April 21, 2016

    Congrats on your 6 month anniversary, I think I’m about on my 6 week anniversary now! Still getting to grips with it all and finding the time to write things up but hey, I’m enjoying it 🙂 #coolmumclub

  • Babies, biscuits and booze
    April 21, 2016

    Congratulations! You seem like you’ve been blogging longer as your posts are so well written and your site looks fab! I totally agree about writing being cathartic and being overwhelmed by how supportive everybody is! I also don’t think a niche is necessary, surely the beauty of blogging is the freedom?! #coolmumclub

  • mummuddlingthrough
    April 22, 2016

    I remember writing my ‘6 months post’ not long ago, and now I’m approaching my blog-birthday. Blogging is definitely a fun experience, with so many skills to learn along the way. I can’t believe yours is only 6 months old!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I think my blog’s like a baby – I can and can’t believe it’s 6 months, all at the same time!

  • Laura @Little Ladies Big World
    April 22, 2016

    Happy Half birthday. I’m a newbie too and I just love it. I try and remember why I started when I worry about people reading or social media, it’s for me and my Little Ladies – but if other people enjoy it then is a bonus! Xx

  • Cydney
    April 22, 2016

    Can really relate to this post, blogging has opened me up to so many opportunities and i LOVE being part of the blogging community <3

    Cydney x
    #brilliantblogposts

  • Mother Hermit
    April 22, 2016

    Really enjoyed reading this post as I can totally relate to it. I’m really new to blogging but I’m now totally addicted to it and love the support from fellow bloggers! xx
    #BloggerClubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      So lovely to get comments from so many new bloggers on this! Can’t wait to read your 6 month post – it’ll come round in no time!

  • RachelSwirl
    April 22, 2016

    I started blogging in February (so 3 months for me now) and already I am hooked! I really enjoyed reading this post as I completely relate to it 🙂
    Blogging has actually really brought me out of myself and even inspired me to purchase a Macbook! lol
    #coolmumclub

  • MudpieFridays
    April 24, 2016

    Congratulations on reaching 6 months, I honestly thought you had been writing for longer! I can definitely echo all of these learns. I use to get really upset about the social media one in particular but have come to realise just that. Hope you continue to enjoy it and I look forward to reading your one year up date!! Thank you so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again this week x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      April 28, 2016

      Thanks Claire – sometimes it does seem longer and then other times it feels like I’m still very much a newbie! It’s lovely to hear that more experienced bloggers still feel the same about lots of these – I can’t wait to write the one year update!

  • Becky Pink
    April 25, 2016

    A really lovely post, thanks for sharing on #coolmumclub x

  • Kristine @ MumRevised
    May 16, 2016

    Sound like you are doing everything right. Keep up the good work.
    I found you on Prabs’ #BlogStars

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