Wednesday, 18 October 2017

5 Things I've Learnt Since Blogging

Since I began blogging back in April 2015, my life really has changed forever. I don't mean that in a cliché way at all, but I wouldn't be the person that I am today had I not made the decision to start writing here on Simply Jadey.
I've never dedicated a post to all the things that blogging has taught me, but believe me, there are many, so I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share some of them with you!
1. I've learnt that some of the very best people in the world can be at opposite ends of the country to you. The majority of my closest friends, or people that I talk to online are those who have impacted my life in the most special way. I text them religiously, and I even occasionally call, or FaceTime them, which just blows my mind to be able to do that! I feel blessed to be able to turn to them in times of need, or even if one of us just fancies a chit-chat, and I can't wait to meet all of them someday.
2. I've also learnt that it's possible to have a passion, which literally combines all of your other passions together. I've always been into reading, writing, photography, and social media, so blogging really is the best thing I could possibly be doing. It's my favourite hobby, and I'm so lucky that I have people who support me throughout it all.
3. Blogging is a very time-consuming hobby that requires a lot of hard work, though. People who aren't aware of what goes on behind-the-scenes often just assume that we take a couple of photos here, and there, and then spend about half an hour writing each post, but it's so much more than that. Hours, and hours, even days, go into planning, preparing, photographing, writing up, and promoting each post - and that isn't even the half of it. It takes a lot of effort, commitment, and dedication, but if you have a genuine passion for it, you will persevere, and then begin to see results that make it all worthwhile.
4. Do it because you want to do it, and allow yourself to become a little selfish. It's great to get feedback, and comments from other people, whether they're readers, or other content creators, but don't become consumed by what they think, and say. You blog, because you have the passion, and the drive to do so. You may well get hate, or criticism, but just let it go in one ear, and out the other. For every 1 person who passes negativity onto you, there will be 10 who go out of their way to send you all the love, and positive vibes.
5. Don't be afraid to get yourself out there. Self-promotion is definitely not a bad thing, you know. Don't get me wrong, sometimes you can overdo it slightly, but showing off a little every now and then is totally okay! We all do it. If you don't promote yourself, and show people what you're made of, how are they supposed to know your fabulous blog even exists?! Get involved in Twitter chats, use the infamous hashtags, and carry on slaying!
So, those are just a few of the things that blogging has taught me so far! Of course, I could sit here all day, talking you through many more, but I may do another part to this in the future if it's something you would be interested in seeing.
What things have you learnt since you started blogging? How long have you been doing it?
Lots of love always,


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