So much has changed in the 5 years this site has been active. Back in 2015 WordPress was so much different, and the whole blogging world was seen as so much different too. AAlotlot has changed with the internet & so many other things surrounding blogging. Even my writing style and my blog content has changed so much since then.
In todays post I want to share the changes I have made to my blog, and even the changes in the equipment I use to run my blog, in the last 5 years.
WHAT I USED IN 2015
If you don’t already know this blog has been running since 2015. Originally my site was called diadem of beauty and I posted mainly about beauty, hair and makeup. I blogged for a year and then didn’t return until July 2020 this year and did a complete re-brand.
For blog writing in 2015, I used a laptop to write down post ideas and to write the posts themselves. I typically used wordpress to write posts but I remember using Microsoft word on occasion to write them too. I would write on my laptop on my bed which was probably not the best for my posture. I always wrote my blog posts so fast and would write & upload on the same day. Which is crazy because I would never have the time to do that today.
I didn’t have much of a schedule back then, I’d post as and when I wanted to. And looking back thats probably why I didn’t get many views or interactions. I wasn’t consistent enough.
For feature images I only used Canva. It was my go to for sure! I love how much creative freedom it gives you with your images. I also used to take my own blog images back then, granted they were not the best but I did it anyway.
WHAT I USE IN 2020
I feel like in 2020 I really stepped my blogging game up. Its actually crazy to look back and think about the tools I used for my blog in 2015 compared to now. What I used in 2015 really suited me and my blog at the time & I think its important that we grow in time. And naturally when we grow, the tools we use grow too. Which is why its so crazy to see how much different my set up is now.
For writing blog posts now, I use a computer, an ipad and a phone. I write from my bed, my office or anywhere really. When I think of a blog idea i write it down in my drafts to come back to later. I have found it so helpful having an ipad to write my posts on. I sit down all day at a desk for work so sitting there after work and writing posts really isn’t my idea of fun!
Consistency is for sure one of the big changes I have made since 2015, going from posting as and when I wanted to 5-6 times a week has made such a great impact on my views and follower numbers. Even down to the time i post, I make sure its the same everyday! Consistency really is key!
For feature images I no longer use Canva, but I do use it for other things when I find I need to make a collage or something like that. Majority of my feature images are from Unsplash. They provide copyright and royalty free stock images which you are free to use on your websites. Occasionally if i’m doing a sponsorship with a brand I will take my own images, or if its a post about me i’ll use pictures of me but any others are stock images. I’m really glad I made this switch as it has helped keep consistency in my blog & helped it to look more professional.
How long have you been blogging for? Have you noticed any changes in your blogging setup or writing style over the months or years?
Thanks so much for reading, it’s so good to look back sometimes to put things into perspective. I’m sure years from now I’ll do the same thing and be amazed at how much has changed!