My Honest Experience of Blogging ft. Liebster Award 2!

I’ve wanted to do this post for quite a while but thought it wouldn’t be valid as I’ve only been blogging for nine months now. But I’m posting this because I want too so here we go.

I’d wanted to start a blog for so long before I actually did. I felt like nobody would want to read it, I mean my opinion and thoughts aren’t anything special? But in January, after I sat a mock exam that went really well I was filled with confidence and rushed home to start it. I didn’t really know what I was doing to be honest. I enjoyed it though and that was all that mattered to me.

I didn’t advertise my blog too much at the beginning, mainly out of embarrassment. I was still trying to find my feet in terms of what I was doing and adjusting to having a blog. I wouldn’t have called myself a blogger at that point, just a person with a blog who was trying their best. This was how I started off promoting my blog on Instagram, at this point it was purely a personal account.

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I tried so hard to make my blog look good. I hadn’t figured out how to put text onto a photo so used Microsoft Powerpoint to make a thumbnail/featured image for a blog post, which looks awful and makes me want to laugh and run away all at once.

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Looking back my posts weren’t amazing, they’re okay and I can enjoy looking back and reflecting on how far I’ve come. At the time I thought they were amazing, I was filled with pride every time I’d publish one. I didn’t even know stats were a thing at this point, I was quite naive about the fact that people actually read my posts although know when I do look at those stats few people did. I never even knew people could follow my blog.

I took a break from blogging in April, I didn’t upload a single post. I couldn’t think of any ideas, I felt a bit lost as I didn’t have a niche and was just bored of what I was writing. I lost sight of what I wanted for my blog. I thought about ending it during April, letting it fade out and hoping that people would forget about it.

But in May when my exam season kicked in I remembered why I started and got back on track. It was a nice release from the stress, I started to enjoy blogging again and I have never looked back. I couldn’t imagine life without it now. Blogging was such a great release from college, especially during those stressful periods.

In June just before my exams ended I decided I wanted more from my blog so I needed to put more into it. I started to plan my posts/ideas, schedule them and work really hard. I was so excited about kind of relaunching my blog and I threw myself into it. I changed my whole Twitter account as I’d never even tweeted about my blog, my account was a dried up McFly fan account.

So in July I uploaded some posts that I was really proud of and my hard work was reflected in the stats. I was so happy with my blog and excited about the future of it. I started to think of things in terms of my blog (which is the norm for me now), I’d look at homeware bits and think how nice they’d look in a blog photo, I’d think about how much I love a product and start planning a post including it. My mindset was slowly starting to change and become more revolved around blogging.

I like to think the turning point for my blog was when I finally figured out to put text onto photos! Wooo! If you’re interested I use the apps Phonto and Little Moments to do this. My posts felt so more professional with the changed thumbnail.

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August was an insane month for my blog. My views for the month of August was more than the views for the other months added together. I started getting feedback and praise, I got my first few PR packages and products to review. That’s when I put the word ‘blogger’ in my social media bios and started to refer myself to it. I worked hard in August, I put out some really big posts that I worked so hard on and I got a lot of posts out. I’ll always be proud of what I achieved in August.

I have my posts planned for the rest of September now and I look forward to everyday of being a blogger. I’m nowhere near the blogger I was in January and I’m blooming proud of that.

I start a new chapter of my life next week as I start my first year of university. I am so excited to start and also looking forward to seeing how studying affects my blog. It’s been fun pretending I’m a full time blogger this summer but I’m so ready to be a student and a hands on blogger. I’m going to put as much effort as I can into my blog, I don’t ever want it to dry up again.

I have really bad moments though, probably like a lot of bloggers. I look at other blogs where their writing is is engaging, their photos are incredible and I just wonder if mine is anything like theirs? Then I remember no it’s not because mine is MY blog not theirs. I sometimes question my ideas and posts, I wonder if anyone will even bother with the next one but I just tell myself that I blog for me not anybody else. This quote is what I bear in mind whenever I doubt myself, I am my own competition, I blog to do better than myself.

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Blogging can be so stressful sometimes. It feels like I’m juggling sometimes but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The stress makes it all worthwhile. Here’s a post from each of the months that I’ve been blogging that I’d love you to read-

January- Journaling…

February- My Desk…

March- Inspiration

April- (another from last month) Confidence

May- Unwinding

June- What a Week!

July- Staple Hair Products

August- Makeup Collection 2017

September- 18th Birthday Haul!!

I wouldn’t change my blogging experience, I’ve loved every minute and look forward to the next.

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Anyway, I was lucky enough to have been nominated AGAIN for the Liebster Award!! I’m very lucky and so thankful. I was nominated by the lovely Lucy from It’s Lucy’s Life, her blog is linked here and you should 100% check her out, her blog is amazing! I’m now going to answer the 11 questions that she set-

  • What sort of things do you blog about?

Beauty and lifestyle mainly but I do like to chuck in a few random posts every now and again.

  •  How long have you been blogging?

Nine months.

  • What are your aspirations for the future?

In terms of my blog, I’d like to see myself doing what I am now, working hard and being happy with my content.

  •  Who is the most important person to you?

My Mum and Dad, I can’t pick one!

  • What is your favourite joke?

I think I’ve said this before- ‘What did one snowman say to the other?’ ‘Can you smell carrots?’

  • Which blogs are you loving at the moment?

I’m loving Everything EdenCovet Luxe, Ashleigh Writes and The Rose Glow. They’re all so amazing, I always read their blogs and love them so go and give them some love!

  • What is your favourite animal?

Goats, the gifs of goats make me so happy.

  • What is your biggest fear?

I have so many, a lot are quite serious ones like being carjacked and kidnapped but in terms of small fears I’m scared of spiders and anything that flies.

  • Do you collect anything?

So many things! Books, vinyl records, typewriters, old cameras..

  •  Have you ever broken a bone?

I broke my finger once.

  • Riddle to solve: I act like a cat, I look like a cat, Yet I am not a cat. What am I?

I have no clue, I’m so rubbish at riddles sorry!

I’m setting the same questions that I set in my last Liebster Award post (which you can read here).

Here’s the 11 questions I’m going to set-

  1. What’s your staple piece in your wardrobe?
  2. If you could have a tattoo tomorrow, what would you get?
  3. What was the last book you read?
  4. What’s the best thing about blogging?
  5. What’s the worst thing about blogging?
  6. What have you learnt so far this year?
  7. What’s your favourite scent of candle?
  8. What’s a TV series that you highly recommend?
  9. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
  10. Do you have any pets? If not what would you want?
  11. If you could change anything about your blog what would it be?

Here’s the rules if you choose to do the post:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

I would like to nominate-

Laura from The Parent Poet 

Emily from Emily’s Adventures

Milly from Only Mil x

Thank you ever so much for reading about my blogging experience so far, if you’re reading this you’ve played a part in my journey so far so thank you. I’ve loved writing this post and reflecting on how far I’ve come, I can’t imagine my life without my blog now.

My social medias:

Twitter: @molliewesthead

Instagram: @molliewesthead

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/MollieWestheadx/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/28406199-mollie-westhead

7 Comments

  1. This is awesome! Sometimes the best decisions we make are the ones that didn’t involve too much thought and going back and forth (at least for me). I started my blog on a whim too, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Well done you for keeping it going for 9 months, here’s to many more years to come! x

    https://beautyexpertamateur.wordpress.com/

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  2. This is so reassuring! I’ve only just started a blog two weeks ago and I relate to a lot of what you said about comparing yourself to others. So great that you’re doing well!
    Good luck with starting university, I actually wrote my first proper blog post about tips and advice before you start which you may find handy! You’ll have a fab time ✨ thanks for the great post!

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