As of yesterday, OsbieBeauty is officially one year old (Yayyyy!)! If I could share a big piece of birthday cake with you all, I would! You are one of the main reasons why I have created OsbieBeauty. To see where my little baby blog started, and how it’s grown and changed over the past year is very exciting and humbling at the same time. I still remember where I was when I decided to write my first post ever, which was a review of Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. It’s been such a joy to see what started as a simple WordPress.com blog morph and blossom into much more over the last 365 days. Blogging has become such a big part of my life, I’ve learned a lot about social media dos and don’ts. I have learned the magic formula to apply for affiliate programs, and edit my own HTML code (this one was a real pain!) and my English has improved tremendously (if you don’t know it yet my first language is French). But more than that, I have found mentors, and inspiring GIRLBOSS who have become some of my best friends. Today I want to share with you all the fun (and not so fun) stuff that I have learned in my first year of blogging.
1. Blogging successfully takes time. One big misconception that I had was that Blogging was going to be a real pice of cake and that I would achieve international success in a couple of months (boy was I wrong!). Rome wasn’t built in one day, neither will your blog nor your readership. Building up a blog requires online networking (interacting with others on social media, reading and commenting on other blogs). It requires blogging regularly (at least once a week), and your post need to be long enough (but not too long) and have at least one photo or graphic. Graphics need to be created. Photos need to be taken and edited. Those things takes time to do and unless you have a good planning schedule and know how to organized your time you’re going to have a hard time.
2. Believe in yourself. If Blogging is really what you want to do, like Shia Labeouf says “DO IT, just DO IT”! Nobody is going to hold you by the hand and show you what to do and how to do it. Trust in yourself and what you know, if you’re passionate about something, take the initiative to study it further and learn to get better. But the important thing to remember, and that is worth for pretty much everything you do in life, be yourself and take what you do seriously, always. No one else will until you do.
3. You can’t be everybody’s cup of tea. I have realized this one quickly when I first started blogging. I have received tremendous support from people I never would’ve expected, like really successful bloggers that I have been looking up to for years. But unfortunately, I have received a bit of hate to, regarding my look, my skin colour, my nose, my point of view, etc…I guess it is part of the game when you decide to put yourself out there and express thoughts your and opinions to the world. Never take what internet trolls say to you too seriously, people who are mean and hurtful are only reflecting how they feel about themselves. And it is sooooo easy to bash someone on the internet. Learn how to deal with haters.
4.Think outside of the box. I really hate all the blogging advices that insists you must figure out your niche before ever starting a blog. Allow yourself to experiment and try different things! Allow yourself to fail and learn form it. Blog about what you know, what you love, what is driving you. Write about your interests and your inspirations.
5. Write when you’re inspired. Whenever you feel inspired take advantage of it immediately. Keep a note book with you and write all your ideas down because a day may come when you lose inspiration or feel like you don’t have much to say. And on those days it’s perfectly fine not to post if you have nothing prepared. But if you happen to write when you feel inspired then you’ll always have a back-up post ready to go! Oh! And please don’t stress yourself. Blogging shouldn’t feel like a chore it is supposed to be fun!! If you ever find yourself stuck with writer’s block I have a list of 50 blog post ideas for all bloggers and another more specific to beauty bloggers that might help you.
I hope what I’ve learned so far can be helpful to those of you that might be new to blogging (and even to blogging veteran). I feel extremely blessed to have you guys who follow and support me in every step of the way… I just don’t have any right words to express how grateful I am to have you all in my life. Are you new to blogging? What are you expectations?
Love, Helene Xx