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Blogger Regrets

May 25, 2016

Blogger Regrets

May 25, 2016
Posting five days a week as well as working 9-5.30 Monday – Friday get definitely get tiring, but this is the first time in a few months that I have been lacking post inspiration. I’ve had a really really really long day at work and my head is running wild with the long to do lists I now have, as all I can do is picture the amount of lists I have covering my desk waiting for me tomorrow morning.
At times like this I turn to the one place I know will be guaranteed to give me inspiration and ideas, Twitter! So, I asked Twitter to give me a blog post title, any title at all, and I’ll write that blog post. The title I got came from the lovely, and newly renamed, @OnceUponASophie – so thank you so much.
The title I was given (as you can probably already see) was ‘Blogger Regrets’.
 
1. Starting off as solely a beauty blogger
If you didn’t read my blog when I first started you probably won’t know that I only used to blog about beauty, and beauty only. As much as I love makeup, skincare and all things beauty related, it’s really not as huge of an aspect of my life to dedicate a whole blog too, and I wish I hadn’t tried to do that when I first started out.
I feel like my blog is more true to myself now, especially in this last year. And guess what? Only 4 or 5 of my 100+ posts this year have been about beauty. I guess I didn’t know that lifestyle bloggers existed until I started putting myself out on Twitter and I can honestly say that I am so glad that I now feel comfortable being myself.
2. Not starting sooner
 
Before starting University I used to always talk about wanting to start a blog, I even set one up before moving to London but I was too scared to post anything. Months went by and as I started planning my trip of a lifetime I toyed with the idea of starting again so I could share my adventure with the world. Nerves stopped me, but the thought never went away. 
 
I had a blog while I was in my third year of University that pretty much acted as a portfolio for  me when I was applying to graduate marketing positions in London, and as much as I loved blogging it really wasn’t for me. I felt like it was forced so I ended up giving up after the year mark.
Almost 18 months later (on New Years Day) I made the resolution that I was going to start a blog and stick to it. Here I am almost 18 months later and I can’t believe how far my blog has come. I can’t help but think that if I had started in 2011 when I first moved to University that I’d be so much further ahead than I am now.
3. Lying in some of my first ever reviews
 
I was so excited when I started to receive my first PR samples that I think the excitement clouded my judgement with a few of the products and made me give not so honest reviews. In fact, I had a severe allergic reaction to a face mask where my face ended up blowing up complete and freezing, so I couldn’t remove it at all. What did my review say? I loved it and would definitely be buying it again.
Since then I’ve now gone through and deleted all the posts that I don’t think were 100% truthful, as to be honest I am quite ashamed I started off that way.
 
4. Not having confidence in my blog when I first started
 
When I started my blog I was far too scared to post it on Facebook, or even tell anyone that I did had one. At the start of the year I started getting more confident and posting it on Facebook and I am so happy that I did. I have (non blogging) friends asking me how it’s going, telling me they love my blog and it’s a huge confidence boost!
5. Thinking everyone was ‘the competition’
I have to admit when I first started blogging, other bloggers scared me. A lot. I thought everyone was a complete threat and as long as they were blogging too, I’d never make it. I think this meant I was quite reluctant to make friends until I realised that bloggers are awesome and I should try and make friends with EVERYONE.
Now, I spend all day every day talking to bloggers who I know consider to be my closest friends. If I had this mindset from the start I can’t even begin to imagine how many more blogger friends I would have.
What blogging regrets do you have?
Kirsty Leanne
xoxo
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  • Bethan May 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I totally agree with some of these! I wish I had started before hand but I found it hard to do when I didn't want the people around me to know I was doing it. Now some people in my life know about it, but I still don't post it to Facebook or tell everyone because I still feel a bit nervous on how they will react and say.
    Great post! Xx
    http://www.itsbethansblog.com

  • Samantha P May 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Do you know what? I think you shouldn't regret any of these because they let you grow and it's kind of like "you live and you learn," you know? 🙂

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-realities-of-getting-job-post.html

  • aimee cottle May 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    What a great idea for a post! And I agree with Samantha P – you shouldn't regret these things. These experiences formed the blogger you are now – and there's nothing wrong with that! 🙂 I have so many regrets – thinking a badly shot, badly lit, grainy phone photo was acceptable for a blog post being just one of the many! Haha. x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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