349. Happy 2nd Blog Birthday | 10 Things I've Learned About Blogging

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Can you believe that my blog turned a whopping two years old today? Because i can't, i guess its true what they say time really does fly when your having fun. I just want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone that follows my blog whether its by GFC or Bloglovin', I'm so grateful to everyone and i appreciate all the support and lovely comments I've been left over the past to years and i look forward to blogging for many more. Seeing as I've been here for a little while i thought I'd share with you 10 things I've learned about blogging.

1. The Community is Amazing...
I've mentioned this so many times but the community that surrounds blogging is amazing, for a subject that could result in so much hate and bitchiness it's amazing how supportive everyone is to each other. I love how interactive it is and i honestly think that the community is one of the reasons i continue to blog.

2. Their are so Many Opportunities...
If you'd have told me when i first started blogging that i would have been invited to a Benefit Launch or receive some of the wonderful things i have done, i would never have believed you. Blogging really opens up the door to so many opportunities - it makes me really proud of my blog when people contact me in regards of my blog, it makes me feel like I'm doing alright and like its appreciated and i love that.

3. I Find Myself Surrounded by Lists...
It's quite ridiculous how many lists i found myself with when it comes to blogging - i have lists of post ideas, list that has a schedule of when to post,  lists of post i want to draft and when i want them publishing, lists of photos i need to take and i also have lists that might aid a post (i.e. a fotd post, ill make a list of the make-up) it's insane how many lists i find.

4. You Can't Please Everyone...
It's so easy to fret about whether everyone will like what you post but I've come to accept that not everyone is going to love it - you will never be able to please every single person so if you want to post something, just do it.

5. People Always Get My Name Wrong...
People get my name mixed up all the time - i understand that 'youralmostalice' may mislead you into thinking I'm called Alice but i sign off every post with my name and it says it in my side bar and on my about me page. I don't to come across as rude but its so annoying sometimes because i hate having to correct people and it irritates me sometimes because it just suggests to me that the people have actually read my blog properly.

6. It's Very Time Consuming...
I spend so much time on my blog; whether its dedicating a few hours to taking photos, spending an evening drafting up posts or even planning what posts to do - it takes up so much of your time. Even if I'm not dealing with my own blog, I'm reading other peoples it's surprising how much time it consumes.

7. You'll Want Everything...
If you read as many blogs as i usually do, you'll end up with wishlists as long as our arm. I only need to read one or two reviews of a product to convince myself i need it in my life, its ridiculous.

8. Your Bank Balance Suffers...
This is a continuation of the last one - these wishlist you make and all these products you find yourself wanting, they bully your bank balance and make it suffer.

9. You Don't Use New Products Until They've Been Photographed...
I have a little box in my drawer that homes brand new products waiting to be photographed - it's torture as i really just want to try them all but i just can't bring myself to do it until they've all had their photos taken and it takes me even longer to be able fit little photo sessions in as work takes alot of my mornings and by the time I'm home its miserable so i usually have to wait til Sunday!

10. It's so Rewarding and Definitely One of the Best Decisions I Ever Made...
I will hold my hand up and say there have been days when i feel like giving up (especially during this 365 challenge, roll on the end) or when I've felt so uninspired but with blogging the good seriously outweighs the bad, it's so rewarding - whether it be the opportunities that come along with it or all the amazing support and response you get from the readers and i can honestly say that starting my blog is one of the best decisions i ever made and I'm so proud of it.

Happy 2nd Blog Birthday, youralmostalice - i look forward to celebrating many more!

Natalie xx

10 comments:

  1. Happy birthday blog! I have been blogging just over 2 years now too and loved reading what you have learnt over the 2 years, great post and very very true!

    Em

    www.emsmixedbag.com

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  2. Happy Blog Birthday! I loved this post, so true the community is amazing, and not using products before photographing them...yup that's us ;)

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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    1. Haha, its funny how bloggers have their little ways isnt it?
      Natalie xx

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  3. I love posts like this, I have no idea why....

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    1. Me too, i find them so interesting to read :)
      Natalie xx

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  4. Happy Blog Birthday Natalieee :D I also have drawers of stuff waiting to be photographed - so annoying as I want to use my new things straight away! Grr! Lovely post :) xx

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    1. Thanks Beth :)
      Oh, same its so frustrating but i like to try and keep them in the best condition possible for photographin haha
      Natalie xx

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  5. Happy Blog Birthday Natalie!

    Was going through your blog as I love your posts. I've only been blogging 2 months and already a few of your points, I found myself nodding my head to in agreement! I took have an old glossybox sitting on my desk of proudcts to take pictures of and test haha!

    Lucie // Fatbeautyx // My latest post ( Cocoa Brown 1hr Tan Mousse* Review ) // Vote for me in the #UKBA14

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    1. Aw thank you!
      Im sure you'll find yourself doing the other things too as time goes on :)
      Natalie xx

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