Blogging: Five Things I've Learnt


The art of multi-tasking
As a blogger, multi-tasking becomes second nature as I'm usually doing five things at once. Whether its replying to emails whilst typing up a post or taking some photos whilst checking social media and thinking of new content, its pretty much go go go ALL THE TIME. I'm definitely not complaining about it as I enjoy how busy it keeps me but multi-tasking is something I've had to learn how to do and how to do it well. Running a blog, working full time and having a social life can be slightly crazy to say the least!

Hard work pays off
I can say proudly that since starting my blog, I've worked super hard on it! There hasn't been more than a few days go by that I haven't posted and I've always tried to give it my all - whether that's taking the best photos I can, writing in-depth reviews or doing my absolute best to reply to all the tweets/emails I receive, I always try my hardest and often sacrifice a lot of my free time to do so. However, although I sometimes have no free time, its taught me that hard work definitely pays off. I've managed to grow my blog from 0 to almost 15,000 followers and I'm really proud of that because I know its hard work that got me here.

You can't please everybody
This is probably the biggest thing I've learnt from blogging - realising that not everybody will like me and being okay with that. I've learnt not to let silly comments about me get me down and instead let them go over my head. When I first started blogging I was in a really low place with self-confidence issues but blogging has definitely given me a thicker skin and taught me not to take negativity that isn't constructive (you know, the silly 'you're ugly' types on Instagram) with a pinch of salt. I've learnt that if I'm going to put myself out there to be judged by people on the internet, negativity will never be too far away. Its just part and parcel of the internet unfortunately and although it shouldn't be, I like to call these kinds of people 'keyboard warriors' as they're likely the type that would never say their hateful comments to someones face. There will always be people who like to drag others down but just ignore them and keep being the best you can be. After all, success is the best form of revenge ;).

Its okay not to be okay
I've had the opportunity to speak to people from all walks of life through my blog and I've also been able to share my story with those people. I shared my anxiety/bullying stories and although I was super nervous to do so, the comments, emails and tweets I received from readers who have been through something similar made me realise that its okay not to be okay. Before starting my blog I didn't know anyone else who suffered with anxiety and it made me feel very alone and scared that I was 'going crazy'. However, blogging has made me realise that I'm certainly not alone and just being able to write my story down and get things off my chest has helped me get through some hard times.

What I'm passionate about
I was 21 and had just finished my Journalism degree at uni when I started this blog and I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. However, blogging has definitely given me a direction and made me realise that my passions are the beauty industry and writing. I LOVE everything about beauty and writing about it so the fact I now have a place where I can write all about is perfect. I thoroughly enjoy writing, being creative and expressing myself so blogging is a great outlet as it allows me to do just that. It also landed me a job with a fashion company which I'm SO happy about - its the best thing I I can honestly say blogging has changed my life.

What have you learnt by being a blogger? 

Lots of love,

48 comments

  1. i love all of these points and can totally relate with hard work paying off and also feeling like i'm never switched off from thinking about my blog or blog posting. i love your blog!

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  2. Well said! I'm looking forward to a time where I let negativity wash over me. I know it will come in time and I won't let anyones nastiness get to me! I think blogging can really help with that.

    Jenn
    Photo-Jenn-ic

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  3. I’m currently writing the exact same post! I totally agree with you on all of these points!

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  4. Love this point - especially the one about hard work paying off. I've been slacking on my blog recently so really trying hard to get back into it! xx
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. loved this kayleigh! your points were great and I 100% agree with you with the art of multitasking (I say whilst picking out photos for my next post)

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  6. Well done for letting the negativity go! You've work super hard on your blog and it's something you should be proud off.

    www.katiejaneonline.com

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  7. Such a great post, and the bit about it landing you your dream job is so inspiring!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  8. This is spot on, another great post hun and I'm proud of you 15k followers is incredible and totally deserved!
    Liza | Glambeautys Beauty & Fashion Blog | YouTube | Glambambini Family & Lifestyle Blog

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  9. I agree with multitasking, but it's what women do best! :)

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  10. I have to agree blogging has taught me quite a few things as well! I love it, when I have time to stick with it!

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  11. It's great to hear how much positivity you've gained from your blog! Never let the key board warriors get you down. It's so clear how much effort and pride you put into your blog love.

    Jessica. xx
    missjessrosa.blogspot.com

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  12. I love all your points! I've found it's made me better at managing my time and I've learnt a lot too!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  13. Great post Kayleigh. I so agree with you on the multitasking thing. My blog is coming up to a year old and no way near as busy as yours and as popular as yours but it's taken over my life and multitasking has gone to an altogether different level!!! Well done on the job and keep up the good work.
    Steph
    http://www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

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  14. Totally agree with hard work pays off, I often see the rewards from putting in a little extra. Great post!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  15. Great post! So inspiring!

    Missmacbeauty | Missmacbeauty

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  16. Awesome post! You hit it on the head hehe =] xx.

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  18. All very great lessons! Blogging does so many great things for people. It's such a solitary thing - creating your own world, that it teaches you so much about yourself! You should definitely be proud of your accomplishments. You've carved out a great little corner of the internet girl ;)

    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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  19. I love reading posts like this, I feel like I learn a lot!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  20. Love your post. I gain so much with this blogging world. The best is that the feeling that I'm not alone, someone out there are like me or have same passion like me <3

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  21. This was a really helpful post:) i like to think blogging as a hobby because its something which i love doing and really enjoy.

    thebeautyspot-5.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Amazing post. Your blog is really successful and you can tell you've put so much hard work into it!

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I completely agree with every single one of these - especially the fact that hard work pays off! I find it so irritating when non-bloggers think that blogging is a walk in the park, when in fact so much work goes into it!! X
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

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  24. I agree with everyone of these. I normally have my ipad,phone and notepad out when doing a blogging task! Blogging has made me focus on what im passionate about! Ive loved your blog for years, and love watching you do well and grow.

    Starla Says
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  25. Fab post Kayleigh - Your blog is one of my favourites! I love your photos and write ups and its clear you put so much time and effort into your blog!
    For me, blogging has become my new hobby and I love it, no matter if its for fun or part of your job I love reading blogs by people who really put there all into each post!

    You have an amazing number of followers, you should be proud! Well Done :)

    LondonBeautyxx

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  26. Love all these points!

    ill say Patience is definitely another to have, especially for new bloggers like myself, especially when your trying to get yourself out there and gain followers and create a supportive network.

    I would be so grateful and appreciative to have as much success as you have .

    Lovely post

    Yas
    x

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  27. Love it! I never thought blogging would become so special to me, but it has.

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  28. This is amazing and truly inspiring. It's honest to say that to do well in the blogger world you have to work your butt off! Literally it's all planning, prepping, scheduling... and in the end, if we have wrong intensions, we are not going to get anywhere. For example, an acquaintance of mine started a blog, then stopped and now is considering starting again and she enjoyed getting the free stuff and money from advertising. As soon as she told me that, I was disappointed. Blogging is done because one has a passion for it - not because of the free stuff. So I said straight to her, if blogging itself is not a passion - don't bother.

    It's lovely to be part of a community that can have so much love and great friendships can form. I am so glad I have started blogging, too - it's such a lovely thing to be a part of! <3
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 

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  29. I really enjoy all your blogging tips posts! They're always really spot on :)

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  30. Wow, I really love reading your blog. Even though I don't comment on every post, I read them so I'm always with you and I will stay :) Keep this in mind and as you say don't care about haters comments.
    Greetings from Poland xx

    http://minimalistyczny.blogspot.com/

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  31. You're a much better and more conscientious blogger than I am. Kudos on your multi-tasking, hard work and passion. I have some passion about my blog subjects. I don't think I deal as well as some other people do with having been bullied, or being not okay when people hate on me for being different. What I have learnt by being a blogger is that for the most part fashionista Fbloggers are sweet people and most of the comments they leave on my blog are sweet. I just have to find a way to get over feeling hurt if I get blocked on Twitter or false-flagged on YouTube. I need to get over it and can learn from you.

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  32. Fantastic post Kayleigh, truly inspiring! I admire you for not letting the negativity get to you and I agree the best revenge to those people is success too ;) It's great to hear how much it has helped you in different aspects :)

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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  33. Amazing post! Really interesting to read :)

    http://www.skinnybelle.com

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  34. Great post, everything is so true

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
    xoxo

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  35. Awesome to hear blogging has changed you and that you found you passion so early in life. Keep up the confidence !;)

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  36. I totally agree that hard work pays off, and as I've said before, it's very clear how much you put into Couture Girl, so your success is well deserved. : ) This post has just reminded me - someone once wrote on a picture of mine on Instagram 'This is Couture Girl and you are really ugly!'. (Obs I knew it wasn't you!). Lmao. Xxx

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  37. I love this post, your blog has become one of my favorite.

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  38. I love your blog, your posts are always great to read. I can't exactly relate to these things because my blog hasn't exactly taken off yet but, I can't wait till it does. I agree that I love how my blog occupies my time and keeps me busy because its something I truely enjoy. Congrats on all your success!

    briannaly.blogspot.com

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  39. Ahh this is such a lovely post! I definitely agree with all your points and I think blogging has also really helped me to build character as a person :)

    she dreams
    xx

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  40. Absolutely love reading your blog! It's completely inspired me to start my own. !
    Www.thebeautybiblex.blogspot.com

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  41. Really lovely post. Def. agree with all your points here and it is so lovely to see your hard work pay off!

    rae of love from berlin

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  42. Thank you for this, it helped so much :)

    Need to get back in the groove of blogging, i really love your writing style and hope to establish my own that is just as good!!

    http://thegirl-09.blogspot.co.uk

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  43. I have learnt from my blog that even if you try very hard not everything comes to you! I work so hard on my blog and I recently have lost followers it breaks my heart to know they don't want to read my blog anymore! But the way you put it makes me see the bright side and helps me see that even if no-one reads my blog it's benefiting me! Thank you xxx

    Humphreysworld

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  44. I have been working hard on my blog for months and months and i thought no one was reading it and i am trying everything to get my blog out there and noticed and finally the other day i received 1 email from a girl asking for advise on a certain place and if one person is reading it from another country then hopefully things will get better!

    Danielle xx
    http://ayeardown-under.blogspot.com.au

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  45. Hey :) to be honest I started a blog just a few hours ago and I haven't realized how long I have worked on it until I was finished...and maybe I can't understand what you're talking about, yet, but I really hope I'll make some of your expieriences... This 'articel' was a big influence in the choice if I should make my own blog and now It's something I'm really excited for
    xx Lea

    http://lilolea.blogspot.co.at/

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  46. Thanks for the really helpful advice. I have just started my blog and there is so much to learn!
    Kate xx
    www.katekateloubeauty.co.uk

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  47. So beautiful post...I love the way you writing...I wish future bring even more great things in your way ^_^

    BubblyBeauty

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