Hello, my beauty’s. Conquering the world in heels is one today!!! I know I can’t quite believe it that a year ago today on the spur of the moment I created this blog not really knowing what I was doing or what I was gonna post or even if I was gonna keep it up. Little did I know that when I published my first post February Favourites a year ago today, I’d catch the blogging bug and be still posting content a year later.

I wanna say thank you to all you guys who read and follow my blog cause without you guys I probably wouldn’t be here still hitting publish on content. I’m grateful to every single one of you who takes time out to read and view my page.

What I’ve learned in my First Year of blogging?

  1. It’s not as Simple as just taking a few photos and writing some words.

Theirs this misconception that blogging is super easy, and that it’s as simple as taking a few photos and writing words to accompany said photos. But I was wrong the hours spent taking said photos just to get the right layout, natural light and the time spent editing them. I’m lazy and don’t really edit my pictures 🙈. Then the hours spent writing said post. I’m one of those I have loads of ideas at bedtime, come next day to write it down, the mind goes blank. So I stop and start a post umpteen times. When you’ve finally written your post I then have to proofread it numerous times before I hit publish then sometimes even after I spot mistakes. It’s harder to check your own work. Then the time spent being social and promoting your posts on social media accounts.

2. Social media is your best friend

Before I started blogging I only really used facebook. I had an Instagram account but rarely posted. Twitter used to scare me I didn’t know how to tweet and communicate with others. Fast forward a year later, I now post regularly on both platforms. I understand how hashtags work and even what the word algorithm means. I partake in twitter chats and have started interacting with others. The most important thing I’ve learnt about blogging is that you have to actually be social on all platforms and interact with others. I struggled with this one the most as I’m quite a shy person and have been called anti-social in the past. In the last few months, I’ve been taking time out to show love to others, if I enjoyed reading a post I’ll tell them and retweet their post. If I like a post on Instagram I’ll like it and comment. Showing appreciation for others work goes a long way in the blogging community.

3. The blogging community

When I first started blogging I was scared of the other bloggers and was shocked at the blogging drama and the damn right bitchiness of some. I’ve distanced myself away from the drama and have discovered some lovely people who are supportive. One thing I will say about the blogging community is that even though it can be full of childish drama, If someone comes for us (hotel gate cough cough) and underestimates what we do we do all stick together. I was proud to be part of the blogging community after that incident.

4. You have to be patient.

It takes time to build a following on all social media platforms and to be noticed by brands. So don’t get disheartened if after a few weeks your not getting the views, followers, and PR requests. In time it will gradually happen ( I hope fingers crossed).

5. Career-wise and Discovering Self.

The most important thing on the list, is probably what blogging has taught me about my self. It’s helped me finally discover what I want to do career-wise. I’d love to work in fashion and be a stylist. It’s also helped me gain confidence to share my self on the internet. It’s also helped me to discover what my own personal style is and what looks good and doesn’t its like my own personal style diary.

The Future of My Blog.

In the next year, I want to develop my blogging skills especially photography and my writing style. I also want to establish a proper blogging schedule and actually stick to it. I also plan to go self – hosted and hopefully work with brands.

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle 💋

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