Happy Blogiversary; What I Have Learnt in One Year of Blogging.

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It’s been a long road
I never felt like this moment was never going to happen; I made the vow to get through one year of blogging. It has not been an easy journey and there have been many times when I have wanted to stop but I am so glad that I finally got to this milestone of my blog being one year old. If I was to give advice to any new blogger it would definitely be to set yourself the challenge to blog for a whole year as I feel you get a complete picture on whether it’s right for you.

I have learnt a lot
I thought with this post that I would share all the things I’ve learnt over this year of blogging not only about blogging self but what I’ve learnt about myself in the process. I feel like this past year has been a journey of self-discovery and my blog has played a major role in that. I started my blog with no experience of blogging as something to fill the void created by boredom. I was at the point where I had learnt a good deal about makeup and had the desire to share my knowledge with others. This was in the hope of showing, that with practice and knowledge, anyone can slay with their makeup. The main reason I started this blog was to help others and banish some of the elitism that can surround the beauty community and often put people off from participating.
Through writing here in my own small patch of the internet I have realised that I have much to offer; a strong voice who believes that all people are equal and should feel comfortable to share their ‘true self’ without fear of judgement. I have also learnt that I have strong opinions when it comes to our society and I have strong views on the rise of consumerism. I have also learnt to manage my time in a more productive way and discovered that I am capable, even at thirty-seven years old, to learn new skills and knowledge.

Confidence booster
Writing this blog has also given me confidence in my own abilities, it has encouraged me to voice my opinion and speak my mind in my own sassy manner. This blog has unleashed a ‘writing monster’ upon the world. I wrote a full play soon after starting my blog which was a massive achievement. I wrote it because our school needed something to do for the years production and after catching the writing bug, I volunteered myself. I can say with pride that I have written something of merit which provided the pupils I teach a means to show their own creative talent as actors.
My blog has also helped my well being and given me a better perspective on things within my life and the world surrounding me. I often joke that blogging is my own form of therapy that helps me navigate my own chaotic, overthinking brain and help me be an ‘adult’ without going crazy. It is often hard to keep up with how quick my brain can go into overload but somehow blogging has helped with that.

Expressing myself
Blogging has also given me a creative outlet that has let me express myself in ways that I feel I have not been able to before then. It may be insignificant that I am talking about makeup but I have found that blogging about beauty and lifestyle has made me think about society in general. Creating and maintaining Life With Mrs T has forced me to plan my time in an effective manner; fitting it in with my family and with a full-time job. Blogging has helped me realise that I am in control of my life and I can make a difference through my actions.
What advice do I have
Blogging is a lot more than just writing
When I say this, I am well aware that writing is the main facet of blogging, but I did not realise that how many other things I had to factor in as well. The actual writing part is only a small percent of the work I do on my blog; from sourcing and taking my own photos, networking with other bloggers and on social media to proofing my work. The work that goes on behind the scenes is nothing like I expected and it takes an immense amount of motivation and commitment to keep things going. Due to the amount of commitment needed, there have been many times I have thought about ending the blog but I am proud that I have kept blogging throughout the year.

Be prepared to learn
It is safe to say that YouTube has been my friend this year and I have had to learn a great deal. I started a year ago knowing nothing and I have had to learn along the way. Through my journey I have learnt many new things; photo composition, lighting and editing, SEO, social media networking and promotion, algorithms as well as improving my actual writing. I have recently discovered Udemy who have many free courses where you can learn about many different aspects of blogging.
Planning and research is essential
Good planning is such an integral component of blogging. At first, I would just write whatever I felt like with no plan of what I was doing. I learned that if I planned my content and what I wanted to say it made it easier to write and gave me a structure. When I plan I think of appropriate sections or points I want to make and then write according to that. Sometimes as I am writing, my perspective will change and therefore the sections are altered. It is also important to plan for things like photos, link building and the use of keywords to draw people to your content.
I also believe that research on your topic is essential, with knowledge there is power. I feel that if you research your topic from every angle then you can get a balanced picture. When I say research I do not necessarily mean searching Wikipedia, although I do often check the internet for facts and history. Research can come from friends or fellow bloggers, I am always looking through Facebook makeup groups to see various opinions and viewpoints on beauty as well as sourcing opinions from my friends.

Schedule stuff
I would recommend deciding on a posting schedule and sticking to it as consistency is a good trait to have in a blog. If you post in an inconsistent manner you run the risk of people forgetting about your blog. I post on a Wednesday and Sunday at present. At one point I could only post once a week but I made sure I posted every Sunday to keep consistency. If you are thinking of starting a blog maybe try writing some posts in advance so that, should life get in the way, you can still be posting in a consistent fashion. I write currently a month in advance and this has helped maintain my consistent posting without being onerous.
Social media is another important tool for a blogger to use. The majority of my blogging time is spent promoting my content and getting people to visit my blog. I have found that scheduling apps such as Hootsuite brilliant; they help me schedule my posts all in one sitting which is much more productive.
Proofreading
This is an absolute must in my opinion and something that is often missed by newer bloggers. When I first started I had a few friends that would message me and alert me to errors in my writing. Everyone makes mistakes and they can be numerous if you write at a breakneck speed like I do. I also find that when I am reading articles or blogs that, if it has many errors or is not clear, then I tend to not finish reading it. You would not expect a book or newspaper to be littered with mistakes so I only see it as logical that blogs follow the same expectations, after all, it is a published piece of writing.
I find it hard to proofread by just reading over what I have written as I tend to miss things if I do that. The solution to this I have found is to use various proofreading sites in order to proof my work. At present, I use Grammarly and Edit Minion but I have also used Hemingway as well. I use them all for different reasons and I feel like they have helped my writing style greatly.
The future of Mrs T
So, what does the future hold for Life With Mrs T? The answer to that is unclear; I hope to keep going as long as I am enjoying what I am doing. However long I blog for, whether it is for ten more months or ten more years; I will be proud of what I have achieved. Blogging has inspired me, encouraged me and helped me become a better version of myself and I hope it has helped others along its journey.
What posts would you like to see me write for Life With Mrs T; I would love to hear what you think, are there any topics you would like me to write about next?
Ciao for now beauties xx

32 Comments Add yours

  1. I am AWFUL for proofreading. It’s one thing if it’s a story I’m submitting, or an essay, or anything of that nature. But when it comes to the blog, or anything that I consider more ‘casual’, I just don’t want to go back over the thoughts I already spilled. I’ve thought about writing it, walking away from it for an hour then coming back to it so it’s not like looking at something on repeat, but then I just forget to do it and it never gets posted (I think I have about 30 drafts that have been untouched for ages!).
    It’s exciting reaching a year of blogging. It’s a leg that shows you can do it, that you can stick to something. Good job! 🙂

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      This is why I use as many proof reading apps as possible as I hate doing it. The play I wrote is still littered with mistakes and I need to go through it because I hope to sell it as a resource. I planned to go back over old posts in order to improve them but that relies on me having time to do it. I need a clone or a personal assistant. 😂😂

      1. What’s your favorite proofreading app? Do you pay for any?
        I’m alright with editing my novel and the like, because by the time I’ve gotten to the end, the beginning feels so long ago that I can look at it with fresher eyes. Longer stuff is fine, it’s just the short 1000-3000 word things. 🙂
        Could always form an online proofreading group! lol

        1. lifewithmrst says:

          That sounds like an amazing idea for a group. I use grammarly free version, edit minion and Hemingway at the moment. I find it easier to proof other people’s stuff than my own, being a teacher it is instinct.

          1. I’d imagine it would be! I think the reason it’s difficult to edit our own stuff is because we’re too close to it, too invested in it. We know where the train of thought is going so our brains just fix things.
            I’ve not heard of edit minion. I’ll look into that. I worked somewhere that had grammarly and I remember not liking it (though I don’t remember why). I’ve been meaning to look into Hemingway as well. I’ll check them out 🙂

          2. lifewithmrst says:

            I think there are loads of others, I need to investigate more. I think you can sometimes over edit your stuff and a bit of yourself is lost, that is my worry.

          3. Absolutely! I think that’s why it’s key to have a critique group. I’ve been trying to find one around me but there are shockingly few, unless I want to travel near 45 minutes to it. My novel I’m trying to get just right, I knew the key parts I needed to edit and revise, and as I went through it, i found a way of expanding it another 15k words, only to decide recently that I should get rid of that expansion altogether and keep it as it was with the initial parts o had planned to revise. It’s tough knowing what to do and what not to do!

  2. Congratulations and happy 1st blogging birthday! Unseen Beauty was 1 in January and I think it’s good to look back and see what you’ve learned, how blogging has changed you, or the way you get your ideas out there! I hope the next year will be a good one for you 🙂

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you and I hope you also have a great year with your blog too

  3. Siyana says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Blogging is such an exciting journey and gives you a lot for just a year!

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      It really is amazing, thanks for stopping by

  4. Congratulations girl and Happy Blogoversary!

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you so much

  5. Britney says:

    Happy blogiversary! I’ve got 3 and a half months until my one year mark of creating my current blog. The time has been going by so fast.

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      In some way or has felt like a decade and in others it has gone quick

  6. Congrats on your 1 year anni! I agree with you that it is an accomplishment and a great creative outlet!
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    xox, Miss Pettigrew Review

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you for stopping by

  7. Joleen Pete says:

    Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary! Sounds like you had an exciting and informative year! Here’s to many more!

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you and I certainly hope for more

  8. neeckiey says:

    Congratulations….this is an achievement…. 😊😊 Good luck for your future… 🎉🎉

  9. neeckiey says:

    Congratulations….this is an achievement…. 😊😊 Good luck for your future…

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you for stopping by

  10. Logan says:

    Awe! I love reflection blog posts. Blogging for ONE year is such a good goal! I wish I would have told myself that at the beginning. 🙂

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you I think that having a goal helps you get through the tough times

  11. Happy anniversary. You must have been through a lot. Great work. You almost gave up on yourself but today you are still strong. Kudos to you. Times without number i almost gave up too but saw positive feedbacks on how my blog has been impactful. That kept me going. Thanks.
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    1. lifewithmrst says:

      I am so glad that I did not give up I feel so much wiser for the experience

      1. Good to know

  12. cherilyndoes says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I just passed my first year, as well, and it has certainly been an experience! I love your blogging tips and what you’ve learned. Amazing the perspective we gain just from this platform.
    I am glad you decided to blog. 🙂 Congratulations on your first year, and I look forward to your inspiring words for many more years! <3

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Thank you and congratulations on reaching a year too. I love your blog as well, here is to many more years of wisdom and writing xx

      1. cherilyndoes says:

        Thank YOU! I’m raising my coffee cup to that! 🙂

  13. Congrats on 1 year!! I just came up on my 1 year in February. I was surprised how much I enjoyed blogging! I definitely need to start scheduling my blog posts and social media!

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      I feel like blogging allows you to unload so much for your brain, it has a calming effect.

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