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10 Things I’ve Learned in One Year of Blogging

On November 7th, my blog turned one.

I honestly can’t believe it’s been a year. When I started this, I had no idea I would keep this up for so long (because I’ve previously tried and failed). But low and behold, here we are! A year later and I am still going strong. I have to say that I love doing this, and it’s been such a wonderful creative outlet for me. Plus, I have a really busy schedule and a really stressful university workload, so this has been a way for me to let off steam and do something different. I have told you before how blogging has changed my reading and I’ve also shared my blogging tips with you, so you can check those out as well. In this post, however, I am gonna share with you things that blogging has taught me in the past year.

1. Blogging Is Super Fun

I never knew how much fun I would have just writing posts, or coming up with ideas for the blog. It’s a really artsy and creative process and it’s a great way for you to put out your thoughts into the world.

2. Blogging Is Also Super Stressful

When you’re midway through the semester, you have a bunch of exams, projects, research and presentations to do for school, you have a life and obligations, it’s super stressful to stay on point and stay on top of your blogging. It’s an effort that you have to make, and you have to learn to balance out the blog and your life. And it’s super stressful.

3. Stats Don’t Matter

When I first started blogging, I was obsessed with the views I got and how much traffic my blog was accumulating. I kept checking and thinking – will I ever be satisfied with these? The truth is that you probably won’t. A year later, my blog is a lot more successful than it was at first, but it’s a lot less successful when compared to bloggers who have been doing it for the same amount of time as I have. But that’s not the point. My stats keep growing and the blog keeps expanding and that’s enough.

4. The Interactions Do Matter

When it comes to blogging, what kept me going is the fact that people wanted to interact. When you get no feedback, it’s hard to keep going. So I’ve learned to appreciate so much the comments and feedback I get. People want to discuss books and they have opinions and it’s been so lovely to be able to take part in these conversations. I can honestly say that each and every of your comments makes my day completely. So thank you.

5. People Really Like Books

I am constantly amazed at the sheer size of the book blogging community. There’s so many people talking books online and it’s honestly so wonderful to see.

6. Social Media Galore

Since I started the blog, I’ve also opened up a Bookstagram account and a Twitter and honestly it’s so much fun. I love talking books and life on Twitter, and I also love taking book photography. The blog has led to me finding even more stuff I love doing.

7. I’ve Learned to Review Books Properly

I am much more critical but also much more mindful in the way I review books. I put a lot more thought into the way I consume books, into the way I read them and contemplate them. Blogging has made my reading that much richer.

8. You Need to Stand Firmly Behind Your Opinions

It’s the Internet, everyone has an opinion and almost everything is controversial. If you like a book, people will tell you you’re wrong, and if you don’t, other people will tell you you’re wrong. I’ve learned not to be swayed by the masses and I’ve learned to stand firmly behind the things I think and I am not afraid to speak up.

9. There Are Better Bloggers Out There, But That’s Not a Problem

I kept thinking how many people were better than me at this. I have seen how successful and creative they are and thought that I can never be that successful or that creative. But that’s the point. I have learned to appreciate the things I can offer, and it seems that other people have as well.

10. Finally, I have learned to be really appreciative of other people. Thank you for following and reading this blog, thank you for your thoughts and comments and for being the thing that keeps this blog alive. 

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29 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned in One Year of Blogging

  1. Interaction is key indeed and something that I did not expect to love so much! I will post my one year in about a month now and I will probably say some of the things you stated above as they are all true!

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  2. I got rid of my like button in hopes of getting more comments but somehow people are still able to like my posts. Interaction and having conversations is a part of blogging that I feel some people just don’t get.

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  3. I agree! Blogging is A LOT of fun but managing a blog is super stressful! I wish someone had told me that beforehand 😂 I still find it difficult to find the time to always visit other people’s blogs and comment on a daily basis because university is very stressful pretty much ALL of the time, but I’m trying my best! Wonderful post and happy anniversary! ❤

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  4. Happy bloggiversary! 🎉
    Yess I was so amazed by how many people loved reading too! I imagined it to be either nonexistent or a very small community. It was so great to see I was wrong! And I used to look at stats like that too but now I don’t worry about it 🙂

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  5. I absolutely loved this post. All of it is SO true. You kind of just walk into book blogging not realizing just how much there is to it. I certainly didn’t expect all of the stress and I remember earlier in the year with exams, papers, and other things worrying about that blog tour post I had to write. XD And I do agree about the book community. I kind of thought that there wasn’t that many people that fangirled/fanboyed about books as much as I did, but entering into this community has shown me just how many people love it. Congrats, congrats, congrats on your 1 year (how is only been one year because I feel like you’re such a pro at this????), and here’s to so many more!! ❤

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    1. Oh god, when exams and papers pile up, everything seems to go up in flames 😂Yes so many wonderful people! Thank you SO SO MUCH, you’re too kind (I am totally not a pro and just wing it most of the times)! 💖

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  6. OMG CONGRATS ON 1 YEAR!! THAT’S AMAZINGGGGG!!!!
    I think that in the first year you really learn a lot (I know I did!) and yes!!! I’ve become so much more social and I appreciate so many more things now (not that I was a stone cold ant before) and feel that I’ve actually grown loads as a person and stand by my opinions more.
    Again, CONGRATULATIONS ON A YEAR OF BLOGGING!!!

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  7. As someone who is new to book blogging, it’s super encouraging to read these. It’s nice to hear that other people think stats don’t matter – I feel like I should try to get more people to my blog seeing as I’m new, but I write posts because it’s fun and I enjoy it, not necessarily to get lots of people to read them. I’m hoping to get on instagram soon too, but it feels quite intimidating! I have no idea what I’m doing!
    Thank you so much for sharing these! This has really encouraged me. Also, congratulations on 1 year! ❤

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    1. I am so glad these were encouraging for you, that was the whole point, thank you so much! And trust me, I used to fret over stats so much – it’s no good. Oh and Instagram also has a learning curve, but it’s a lot of fun! And thaaank you again! 😊

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  8. Great post! I can totally relate. 😀 I almost gave up on mine because I just felt lazy and thought that probably only a few people will read it so what’s the point. But I also realized that it’s not really about the stats and that I just like writing reviews for every book I read so that I can look back on it and remember how I felt. And it’s good to have them all in one place. 😀

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