I’ve been blogging for 7 months now, and I’m proud to say that I’ve consistently posted for 7 months. When I began my blog I didn’t really know what I was doing. I would just string a few sentences together and snap a photo and post it. How wrong was I? Blogging definitely isn’t that simple.
Over the past 7 months, I feel like I’ve gained so many skills. If it wasn’t for this blog I wouldn’t have this skill base. I think it’s crazy how something I love doing has managed to provide me with so much. I get so much enjoyment out of my blog, and it feels rewarding knowing I’m improving myself as I go.
So what have I learnt?
Photography – Now I’ll be honest, I did study photography at college but that was years ago. I had honestly forgotten just about everything I learnt. I’ve now fallen back in love with my DSLR camera and I’m enjoying improving my photography skills. When I compare my latest photos to some of the older ones; there’s a huge improvement!
Self-promotion – This was definitely a scary one at first! I used to write posts, but I was too scared to promote them on twitter as I didn’t want people to think I was being big headed. Over the last 7 months, I’ve learnt that people are only going to read my posts if I promote them. I’ve learnt all about scheduling promotional tweets and the best times to do it to drive traffic to my blog.
SEO – Well sort of, it still confuses me quite a lot haha! But I definitely know a lot more than I used to. Before I started my blog I had never even heard of SEO but now I’m learning to use it to improve my posts.
Organisation – To be fair I’ve always been an organised person, but blogging has definitely improved my organisational skills. I use my bullet journal and notebook to plan everything out and make sure I get everything done on my blog that needs doing.
Networking – I absolutely love chatting with other bloggers. I love reading blog posts that people have written and commenting on what they’ve said. I also really enjoy joining in with Twitter chats and I find this networking to be fab for growing my audience.
Writing – Writing is something I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with. I LOVE writing, but I’ve never been that great at it. Creating my blog has definitely improved my writing skills. Now I’m no JK Rowling, but I’m proud of how much my writing has improved.
Creativity – Not so much something I’ve learnt, more something I’ve fallen back in love with. I have a degree in Graphic Arts but since graduating I stopped doing anything creative and got a boring office job. My blog has allowed me to start being creative again and I feel like my skills are constantly developing. I honestly feel so much happier now I’m being creative again.
What skills have you learnt from blogging?