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Six Months of Blogging and What I’ve Learned So Far

On the 25th of February, I published my first ever post on my old blog – Brush and Needle. I’m not encouraging you to read it, as I’m not very proud of it, but I still keep it for sentimental purposes πŸ˜€Β  Since then, many things changed – including me getting my own domain!!

Apart from that, here are some stats:

  • 71 posts
  • 943 followers
  • quite a lot of views and likes πŸ˜€

There are a few things that I’ve learned for 6 months:

1. The blogging community is super supportive!

I’ve never ever expected to get so much support and lovely comments! I always thought that blogging is something distant, that you do it secretly on your own, and strangers just laugh at you when they hear the word ‘blogger’.

To my surprise, that’s not the case – at all!! Everybody here is super nice, I’ve never got a single negative comment and even (most of) my friends are happy that I’ve finally found a hobby that I love doing.

2. You somehow get to work with brands!

I’ve always thought that you need thousands of daily views to get noticed and again to my surprise – that’s not the case!

I pitched my first idea to a brand when I was a little over 150 followers and I’m so grateful that they said yes!! Since then I got a tiny confidence boost and although some companies say no, there are still plenty of lovely people on the other side of the computer who would happily work with you!

By the way, would you like to see some more on that topic?

3. You should never compare yourself with other bloggers.

Okay, this one is a bit controversial. You should never compare yourself with Becky, who started blogging two weeks after you, but now has 120 followers more than you.

Instead of being jealous or miserable, you should always think of what can you do to become a better blogger or even a person. Should you write more personal posts, should you learn how to get higher quality photos, should you engage more with your readers… you know, stuff like that. When you write posts that are meaningful to you, numbers will come with no effort at all.

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Ahh it’s still unbelievable how quickly those 6 months passed! I’m so happy that I found blogging as my creative outlet and I’m definitely going to keep doing it. But at the same time, I’m still a bit too shy to share my blog on my personal Facebook page and I’m alsoΒ  conscious when I’m writing my posts (what would somebody think of me when they read it) buuuuut argh, I don’t know. I guess you should just keep doing what you love!

What did you learn from your blogging journey and what are your goals for the future?

Thank you for always being here,

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33 Comments

  • Reply Tabi Bee

    Awh I love your blog SO SO much Siyana (honestly you don’t understand it’s amazinggg) πŸ˜‰ and I can’t wait to see what another year brings! Also you’re so close to 1000 followers like whaaat you’re doing great girl!! xxx

    August 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Aww you are one of the reasons why I love blogging so much! Thank you, Tabi ❀️

      August 25, 2017 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply lauzieslifestyle

    I still won’t publish or show my blog to anyone on my personal Facebook either! Even though I am really proud of it and confident in my work, it is almost too personal to show. I agree with all your points. Especially how nice the community is. xx

    August 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      We don’t want our babies to face the ugliness of facebook 😩 πŸ’‹

      August 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Britney

    Great post. I don’t share my blog on Facebook either because I don’t know if I want people I know in real life reading it, in case I want to write something personal.

    August 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! I have a few friends that I know are reading my blog, and they are more than enough πŸ˜€

      August 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Gluecksgeist

    Happy 6 months anniversary!! So happy you decided to start your blog because it is so amazing!! Xxx

    August 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Aww thank you so much, lovely! xx

      August 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Mrs.S LDN

    Wow congratulations!! Well done!!!
    I would love to hear more about working with brands for sure!! πŸ˜˜πŸ™ŒπŸ˜

    August 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Aw thank you! I will write a post then! Working with brands is super exciting and definitely not as scary as I though! xx

      August 25, 2017 at 5:36 pm
      • Reply Mrs.S LDN

        Really looking forward to this post now πŸ™‚
        Any tips or ideas is always welcome by me!! xxxx

        August 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Jo Smith

    You are absolutely killing it! 900 followers in only 6 months? Good for you. I had no idea what I was doing after my first 6 months of blogging lol.

    August 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Bayance

    I noticed these too. But not really the brand one πŸ˜‚ You should make a blog about that. And you’re so close to 1k !!!

    August 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Yaas I’m super excited 😊 and will definitely write a post about the brand stuff 😚

      August 26, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply lifewithmrst

    You are doing amazing to be at this point after only 6 months. I have been blogging 5 months and I am finding it so hard not to compare myself to others, my blog is like a third child to me and it is precious.

    August 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! And don’t give up, I’m sure there are many people who appreciate your blog 😚

      August 26, 2017 at 9:57 am
  • Reply lifeofangela

    Congrats on 6 months of blogging! Your blog is amazing Siyana πŸ˜€ You put so much work into your posts and it shows! I’m with you on how incredible this community is, it’s so positive πŸ˜€

    August 25, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Aw thank you Angela, your words mean a lot for me!! I love you blog as well and I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to discover so many amazing people like yourself 😚

      August 26, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Keri Elaine

    Congrats on 6 months! It is amazing how many interesting, kind and supportive bloggers there are out there. It’s nice to make this world feel a little bit smaller. I think a brand post would be very interesting!

    Keri Elaine

    August 26, 2017 at 12:32 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! A post will be coming soon then 😚

      August 26, 2017 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Dippy-Dotty Girl

    Such a wise learning curve. I am especially there with you on the last point πŸ™‚ xx

    August 26, 2017 at 5:47 am
    • Reply Siyana

      I very much appreciate your support! 😚

      August 26, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply hudapervez

    Congrats girl! You’ve come so far in just 6 months. I totally agree with the whole comparing yourself to other bloggers thing and it definitely took me a while to train myself to not do that and instead get inspired by them. Also, would love to see a blog on tips or advice with working with brands, I am super confused in that area 😩
    Anyways, great job xx

    August 26, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Bea Freitas

    I would love to see more on the brands topic! PLEASE DO ONE! If you have time of course! Great post!

    August 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Bea, I surely will! 🍹

      August 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Gem

    I’ve just found your blog so can’t admit to being a long-time fan, but from what I’ve seen so far you seem so nice and positive. Love your blog and thanks for the motivation to kick mine’s ass into shape!

    August 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Oh that’s so nice of you to say! Thank you for stopping by and I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog 😊❀️

      August 31, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Reply claremmbeauty

    I’ve only just started blogging, but this is such an encouragement to keep going! Thank you so much! .X.

    September 1, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Cresta's Confessions

    This is so inspirational !! Congrats on your success so far! πŸ’‹

    September 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, lovely 😊 🌸

      September 4, 2017 at 11:27 am
  • Reply BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com

    Hello, A true pleasure to meet you. I look forward to reading more about you, and what you have to say. πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Hello and thank you for stopping by! Your kind words really mean a lot to me ☺️

      September 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply lifeisaseasyas

    Congratulations and well done, I completely agree with those tips x

    January 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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