A few days back, to our surprise, we were reminded by WordPress that our little blog is three years old this month!! As two people who usually struggle to stick with things, we’re surprised, but so happy and proud that we’ve both managed to keep it up for three whole years! For us, blogging is an escape from reality; a place to share all of our thoughts and feelings. And while we may not be able to post as regularly as we did back then, we’re still in love with this little hobby and we hope we can continue doing it for as long as possible. Over the past three years, blogging has taught us a few things about ourselves and life in general and we thought we’d use today to talk about the things we’ve learned.
Always do what you love
If we hadn’t have listened to ourselves we would have never made this blog. It was something we really wanted to do but we put it off for so long by thinking about what people would think of us and whether we were good enough. We’ve learnt that you should always just do what you love, no matter what and don’t ever let anything stop you or get in the way of something you’re passionate about (wow, how deep).
(Try to) stop caring what people think
For the first two years of our blogging journey we really cared what people thought about our blog. We would hide it from people we know and would never want people to find out due to the fear of being judged. We still don’t really share our blog outside of the blogging community but we just care a lot less if it gets seen. Why should we care what people think and let it stop us? This also applies to everyday life. We’re constantly battling with thoughts about if people are judging our personalities, our fashion and even our hair, but recently we’ve decided to try really hard to just be ourselves and not care what people think. We feel blogging has really helped us with how we feel about ourselves as we know there’s such a supportive blogging community behind us. We still have a long way to go in terms of this but if it wasn’t for blogging we would still be incredibly self conscious individuals.
It’s okay to have a break
Blogging can be tough. When you are so passionate about something, all you want to do is carry on and get better but sometimes things can get in the way. One of the main things we have learnt from the past 3 years is that it’s okay to take a break, it doesn’t make you any less passionate. It can be difficult for us, especially as there are two of us trying to create content together. Sometimes, every day life gets in the way and you have other commitments that take priority and you shouldn’t feel guilty at all. Sometimes taking a break can be a good thing as you can refresh and come back with new ideas which could bring a whole new audience to your blog!
Fashion is whatever you want it to be
A few years ago we thought that we’d never be able to write fashion posts because we don’t think of ourselves as ‘trendy’ or ‘fashionable’. However, since having our blog we’ve slowly started to realise that there isn’t a definition for ‘fashionable’. In fact, fashion is whatever you want it to be! If you want to wear mis-matched patterns or bright coloured trousers, you do you! Reading other blogs has taught us this and now we’re no longer as afraid to wear something that is considered to be a little bit out there.
Just be yourself
The blogging community has really opened up our eyes, everybody is so diverse and has their own unique writing style, fashion style etc. There’s also lots of positivity and everybody, in our experience, uplifts each other and it just makes us realise we don’t need to act or look a certain way to feel like we belong. We think it’s important to just be yourself and if people don’t like you for you? Well then that’s their loss!
Just have fun
The main reason we started our blog was to get an escape from reality and to have fun! From this we’ve learnt that we shouldn’t take some things too seriously. Blogging in particular is a fun thing for us but we often let it take over and if you do this things start to feel like a chore rather than a hobby. If you don’t feel like writing a post, don’t force yourself! For us, blogging feels like it should be an enjoyable experience so if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, what’s the point in doing it? This applies to everything really. Don’t stress yourself out about things that aren’t majorly important and just have fun!
If you have been debating whether to start up a blog or not, we’d definitely recommend it! Having our little space on the internet has enabled us to create and document lots of memories as well as allowed us to come out of our shells a lot more! What has blogging taught you?