6 Things I've Learnt In My First Year Of Blogging: My Blogs 1st Birthday!

I am so happy to be writing this post right now. A year ago today I launched my blog. I cant believe it! That time has gone really fast. In some ways it feels like Ive been blogging forever but at the same time I feel like I only started this blog a couple of weeks ago.

Time to be all soppy and emotional now. I have gone through some really bad but some incredible things this year. It has been hard but my blog has been my escape in a so many ways. There have been multiple occasions where Ive wanted to just delete it all together but I could never do that. My blog is now my little baby...haha! Its kept me occupied when I was trapped in my room when I was poorly. You can read more about whats been going on with my health here and here.  Its also motivated me to start writing again which is something I haven't done properly since I finished my A-Levels almost 3 years ago. And its been a place to document some really fun times Ive done in 2016. One of my favourite things to do is look back at my travel diaries even though there is only 2 so far. I cant wait to do more in 2017!

Enough of my blabbering on and on to what you've probably been waiting for, the 6 main things Ive learnt in my first year of blogging. 

Write about what you want to write about. 
A lot of bloggers talk about how you need to find your niche when you start blogging and that is brilliant for some people but it didn't work for me. I spend so long at the beginning of my blog worrying about what niche I would fit into. I describe my blog as a beauty & lifestyle blog and Ive written about mental health, my chronic illness, makeup favourites, movies and skincare. Its quite a broad spectrum of things really and I was always scared about writing things other than beauty because I thought I would be doing something wrong which is silly really. You should always write what you want and what makes you happy. Of course doing tag posts is super fun, Ive done my fair few but you don't need to do a post if you feel like you should because other bloggers are doing it.

Its hard work.
Before I started my blog I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park and thats a reason why I hadn't started one sooner. But I didn't realise just how much work goes behind running a blog. It would sometimes take me hours on end to just write up one post and thats without doing photos etc. I wish I had been more prepared with how much time blogging would take up. I don't know how people with children and full time jobs do it!

Dont compare yourself to other bloggers.
Its easy to look at other bigger bloggers and think 'I wish my blog was as good as theirs' or 'I wish my flatlays were as good as theirs' and thats something I find myself thinking a lot. But at the end of the day you are not them, you are you. Make your blog you and the only thing you should be doing is trying to improve yourself so don't compare your blog to others because everyone is different. The only thing I try to compare my posts to is my old ones and I always try to make my new posts better.

It takes time to figure it out.
It doesn't only take a lot of time to write posts and take photos it also takes a while to figure out how to blog and what works best for you as a blogger. I started my blog thinking I would mainly do beauty posts with a bit of lifestyle thrown in hence the name 'beautylifebecca' but I've actually discovered that I love lifestyle and travel posts a little bit more than beauty. I still obviously do beauty posts because I love it but what Im saying is its ok to change your mind about what you want to blog about.

Its worth buying a theme if you don't know how to do it yourself. 
I am not very tech-savy. I can barely work my camera properly let alone design my own blog theme. There are some incredible people out there who are tech-savy and have made some amazing themes that they sell. And I would say 100% go for it if you need to. You can buy an amazing theme on Etsy for under £20 and there are literally thousands of different kinds to pick from and there is no shame in that. In fact I don't really know that many bloggers who create their own theme.

 I wish I started my blog sooner.
The last thing Ive learnt and kinda regret in a way is not starting my blog sooner. I am an OG blog reader, I religiously followed Dulce Candy, Anna Saccone and Zoella! I have read and followed blogs for years and years now and I always wished I could have my own one but being a very shy and far from confident teenager I would never have dreamed of actually doing it. But even if you are nervous about it you don't need to reveal your identity if you don't want to. So if you are thinking of starting a blog just go for it.

If you already have a blog what are some things you learnt in your first year?

I just want to say thank you so much if you take the time out of your day to follow or read my blog or even just click on one of my blog posts. It makes me so happy! :) I never expected to have such good feedback on my blog and Ive discovered so many new amazing blogs and bloggers so from the very bottom of my heart thank you so much.

Lots of love, Rebecca.






  1. I agree with you on not comparing yourself to other bloggers. I used to do that quite a lot and it made me feel awful. I'm proud of my blog now and I have stopped comparing since then x


    1. Its easy to compare your blog to others. Thats great, Im proud of my blog too xx

  2. Blogging is deifnitely hard work more then most can imagine its not easy especially when you have a full time job.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. It is hard. I couldnt imagine blogging with a full time job. x

  3. Congratulations! These are all great lessons. Blogging is definitely a lot more work than most people think! Good for you for getting through your first year!

    xo, Liz

    1. Thank you so much Liz :) Its a lot harder than you would think it is. xx

  4. These are reasonable and amazing tips. Congrats on the blog's first anniversairy!

    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  5. Happy Blogiversary! I know what you mean about your blog being an escape - mine is for me too! xx


    1. Thank you :) its so easy to get lost blogging. X

  6. Hey Rebecca,
    You have made so much progress for only blogging for a year ! This was a real eye opener in terms of blogging being an outlet , thanks for sharing 💖