Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Things I've Learnt Since I Began Blogging

I just wanted to start off this post by explaining why I have been a little bit MIA over the last week or so. I'm not sure how many of you are aware, but I'm in Year 10 at school, which means that I'm currently going through the process of my GCSE's. I'm not actually sitting them until next year, and so I'm not as busy as I will be then, but sometimes things do get a bit overwhelming, particularly as you work your way through into the upper years of the school. I've only recently come back from the Christmas break, and I had parents evening yesterday, so I've been working on improving my attitude to some lessons, and making sure that I have been revising for the exams that I have just had (I actually just had one today as you're reading this!). I have actually been really motivated to blog ever since I got my new layout, but I honestly just haven't been feeling it over the past few days, as I've been quite busy, and the time I have had off, I've been wanting to rest.
I'm going to try my best to start blogging more consistently again, but these things are bound to happen sometimes, and that's just part of being a regular human being!

Anyway, let's get on with the whole purpose of the post now..

1. Blog about the things that you are passionate about.
2. Don't always force yourself to stick to a certain schedule.
3. Everyone has their own niche - that's just what makes your blog more unique.
4. As hard as it is, don't compare yourself to other bloggers - ever.
5. Don't ever try to force yourself to write a post. If it doesn't come naturally, leave it!
6. Make sure that your personality shines through in as many of your posts as possible.

I just wanted to do a short blog post today to help myself get back into it. I know I've only missed 2 posts throughout my weekly schedule, and as I say, you shouldn't force yourself to stick to a certain schedule, but knowing that I have school work, a social life, and all of those other commitments as well, I do feel better knowing that I plan out my blog posts down to a T, so that I can schedule them, and ensure that they go up on time. Blogging is, and always will be a huge passion of mine, and I will never not want to take photographs, or write up posts, or think of ideas. To me, it isn't all about the followers, or the number of views, or comments. To me, it's about how many lives I have impacted, or how many people I have helped, and made smile through just one post. Of course, it's really nice, and rewarding to know that people are so interested in my blog, and it's lovely to know that people are constantly keeping their eyes out to see when I post next, but it really isn't just about the numbers to me. I won't just sit, and write a blog post for the sake of it. It takes me at least a couple of hours, if not days, or weeks to plan a blog post. Sometimes, like today's, I do just sit down a couple of days, or nights before to write, if I feel like I want to, but I don't necessarily know what to write about. I do have a huge variety of ideas that I want to get working on, but I hope that you do appreciate how much time goes into every post. I can assure you that I do, and always will try my best. Thank you to each, and everyone of you for sticking by me. It really does mean a lot.

Lots of love,

Jade x


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