Last Sunday (14th May) I attended a bloggers brunch with a mixture of 50 Northern Irish bloggers and PRs, organised by Cathy Martin from CMPR. The day consisted of networking, eating and giving a one-minute chat about our blogs and how and why we got started etc. It was a great morning getting to put social media names to faces and see some of those that I hadn’t met or seen online before! I think everyone left feeling inspired by everyone’s stories and tips for blogging! Thank you Cathy for a great morning and thank you to The Permit Room (soon to be known as The Beringer) for the lovely food and service!
Whilst everyone was giving their chat, I was thinking desperately about what I was going to say etc. when it dawned on me that I hadn’t actually told you all why I started blogging, so I thought I had better get to it!
Why I started Blogging…
My first proper blog post was in August 2016, I had been posting to my Facebook page about 2 weeks before that. I had recently finished my degree that I had been doing for 5 years part-time whilst working in our restaurant. As you can imagine it was pretty full on, so when I finished my degree I found that I had some free time and was finding it hard to occupy myself! I had gone from working 50+ hours per week and college 2 nights per week along with assignments to then only have work. I wanted to fill my new spare time with something that is productive and worth while. I had always liked the idea of blogging, I always thought it would be nice to write online and let people read it and I also thought how hard can it be… So I decided I would start blogging!
At the start I didn’t really know what I was doing and to be honest I am still figuring it all out but I’m loving it! It is amazing how your blog becomes part of your life, I am always thinking of content, pictures and telling you all about my experiences! I knew from the start I wanted to write about fashion, travel and what I experienced in life so I went from there. So far I have shared everything from travel tips, outfit posts, general life experiences and my bargain finds!
One thing I have found is that it is not easy! It takes time, effort and forward thinking to have a blog. You also need to love what you are writing about and you also need to be able to put aside some time each week to work on writing! If I am not writing for my blog I am posting to my Facebook and Instagram pages, taking pictures for blog posts or general social media pictures. Sometimes it can be quite time consuming, which I didn’t find out until I started blogging and putting a lot more effort into my posts – it doesn’t bother me as I enjoy all the work behind the posts.
Over the last 6/7 months I have done a lot of researching into blogging and I have been watching how successful bloggers run their blogs and taking tips from them. Each time I find some useful information or tips I implement them in my blog such as:
Consistent publishing of posts
People like pictures
Finding your tone
I have a lot I would like to do with my blog with the remainder of the year so if you would like to see what then stay tuned 😉
So there we have it… I started blogging because I had some spare time and wanted to be productive in that time. I felt I had something to give the world and I enjoy writing even if it can be poor sometimes (I’m working on it) :S If you would like to start a blog then go for it! I believe you should put 100% into whatever you do and if you do then all your hard work will eventually pay off!
Let me know if you have recently started a blog or if you would like to start a blog. I would love to hear from you.
I hope you all have a lovely week and make the most of it 🙂
As always thank you for reading