Five Years!


Today is my five-year anniversary of starting this blog! That's right, FIVE YEARS! That makes me a dinosaur on the internet!

I want to take a minute to thank each and every one of you for continuing to read my blog! You guys are awesome and the reason why I continue doing what I do! Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. 

Now, for the sake of celebrating a milestone, here are Five Things I've Learned from Five Years of Blogging: 

The blogging community is really supportive

I've joined a few bloggers networks as of late and they are the kindest, most supportive group of people I've ever met. The thing that scared me about blogging when I first started was that a bunch of people will say mean things to me. That honestly hasn't happened to me (though I'm sure it does happen to people in general) but the blogging community will always have your back. 

Investing in the right tools makes a big difference

When I first started my blog, I had a point and shoot camera and posted on blogger's domain. Now, I have my own domain a DSLR camera with a tripod, external LED light, Adobe Lightroom, and some gorgeous presets. I don't think you necessarily need to spend a ton of money on everything but you should know what to invest in. It takes time (it took me years to get to my current equipment setup) and I know that my equipment will change in the future too. But take your time and things will fall into place. You can see a huge difference in my first OOTD and my recent ones

Having a life outside of the blog is important too

I am always so late on the blogging world news. Some blogger will have a big scandal and I won't find out about it until months after the fact! I think that's okay - I like not being a part of the drama. I think that having a full time job while blogging on the side helps me not take this too seriously (not to mention it keeps me sane!). I don't think I ever want to do this full time because it's just not for me, if I ever were to do so for some reason, I think I would hold onto my hobbies even more then. 

Not everyone will like you... and that's okay

I had an ah-ha moment in my early twenties when some of my friends and I were discussing the attractiveness of  Channing Tatum. All of my friends thought he was gorgeous except me - he just didn't do it for me. Sure, he is a good looking man but, just not my type. It hit me then that if a famously attractive man like Channing Tatum can't be everyone's cup of tea, I couldn't possibly be attractive to everyone either. And that's okay - it doesn't make them a bad person for not liking me, and it doesn't take away from the qualities I have that other people do like. 

It's okay to say "no"

I can be a bit of a yes man because I hate disappointing people. I quickly learned that blogging will make you say "no" a LOT. I turned down a lot of paid opportunities because either I didn't have the time for it or it didn't fit with my brand and I knew it wouldn't be a good fit for what my readers want to see from me. And that's okay - I am only one person with a hobby blog. I'm not superwoman! Saying "no" is just as important as saying "yes."

14 comments

  1. Happy Five Years!!! :) I can relate to so many of your points. I personally would never want to blog full-time either. (One of my goals is eventually to make a full time salary on my blog- but I'd never give up my career!) Here's to many more happy years on your blog!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  2. Happy five-year anniversary! It's when you realise how long you've been blogging that it stands out how much you love it. It's rare to keep a hobby for that long unless it's a passion, so it's amazing that you keep loving it and learning from it!

    Julia x
    Last Post: On Long-Distance Relationships | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/lifestyle-on-long-distance-relationships.html

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  3. Congrats on your blogiversary!! The last two are so important and definitely tough.

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  4. Congrats on 5 years! So exciting. These are such great lessons too.

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  5. Congrats on 5 years! I just finished my first, and saying "no" has definitely been tough, but ultimately what's best for me + my blog. Love the rest of your lessons!

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  6. love these!! congrats on making it 5 years! i totally agree with not focusing on just having a life with blogging :)

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  7. Happy five-year blogging anniversary! That is amazing that you have done it this long. Blogging is not for the feet of heart and I am impressed with your perseverance.

    April | https://thebluehydrangeas.com

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  8. Congrats on five years!! whoohoo!!

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  9. Happy blogaversary! :) I had a giggle at seeing the different photos - as many of mine still look like your early ones, even though I've been blogging longer! Maybe one day I'll get a better setup, but right now snapping pics quickly on the way out the door is how I do it, especially while the boys are so little! :)

    Hope you're having a good start to your week. I'm busy, but not as much as last week, so that's nice! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  10. Dear Deborah, we're blogging nearly the same time and I'm so happy you are still in the blogger world as I really like you and your blog! What you learned during your blogger-years is equal to my experience :) Thanks a lot for sharing and keep up the good work!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  11. I've had to work on being too much of a 'Yes Man' as well. It really is crucial to say no!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  12. congrats on 5 years of blogging - that's a true accomplishment! I think you're so right about investing in the right materials. currently over here wondering what photo editing software I need to get for my pix. x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

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  13. Congrats on five years! I'm happy to see that someone else isn't necessarily interested in being a full-time blogger, but enjoys just putting out great content when they can. Keep it up! :)

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  14. Congratulations! That's so exciting! I can totally relate to having a life outside of blogging. I used to work really in-depth in the industry, and have found I love working on my blog more when I'm not in the midst of it!

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