I can’t quite believe that Olivia Lucie Blake has turned one and its my one year blogging anniversary. Coming back to blogging after having almost 4 years away from this site, I had no idea what I was coming back to. If you are unsure of my blogging journey story, my blog was originally called Diadem of Beauty. With my main goal of wanting to share about beauty and hair products for all different races and hair types. I blogged on this topic for about a year. I didn’t see much growth in that year, as I was so inconsistent and realised that I had created such a small niche in my content. Slowly realising that I had lost my passion, the posts were few and far between and thats when I gave up.
Flashback to 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic, I decided to log into my WordPress account and see what was going on in the blogging world. Right as I did that, it’s like I found my passion again. I saw the views and likes I used to get, and realised that actually my little hair and beauty blog didn’t do that bad. Being at home and not able to go out really left me with this burning desire to have a new hobby. And I decided that blogging would be it!
I changed my blog name to what you see today, and Olivia Lucie Blake was born.
WHAT A YEAR OF BLOGGING HAS TAUGHT ME
As its my one year blogging anniversary. I thought I would reflect back on the last 12 months and share some of the lessons I have learnt. And believe me, there are alot!
KEEP GOING, EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP
There have been many occasions where I wanted to throw in the towel from blogging. And I am sure so many other bloggers experience this. I wasn’t seeing growth – or I was too impatient to wait! I wasn’t getting the attention and love for my writing that I wanted either. And really it came down to being impatient and wanting things in my own timing. And of course, we know life doesn’t work like that.
I have had many conversations with bloggers about this, and it can be really hard to not let it get to you. One of the most important things I have learnt is not letting numbers get in the way of enjoying writing. Don’t even worry about it. Remember why you started a blog. You started because you had something to say, and wanted to share it with the world. Not because you wanted to get rich or famous.
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BEING CONSISTENT IS IMPORTANT
If you have been a follower of mine for some time, you will know how I always tell my readers about consistency. I put my blog growth down to the fact that I posted alot in the beginning of my journey. Almost everyday I posted a new blog post. I stuck to a schedule. And this is why I am always telling my audience to do the same. I remember reading advice from another blogger when I first started, which told me exactly the same. Posting more and often, brings more followers and readers. And it really does.
If everyday is not achievable for you, just making sure that you are posting regularly is good too. Getting your work and name out there into the blogging world will help your blog to grow.
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MAKE BLOGGING FRIENDS NOT BLOGGING ENEMIES
One thing I learnt very quickly is that in this community you are not to step on anybodies toes. Stay in your lane and do what you have to do, without it affecting anybody else. I have spoken about this before, but I remember coming into blogging thinking I needed to be just like everybody else. I needed to use their styles and be like them to get somewhere, and of course that is not the case.
Don’t ever copy or imitate anybody else. You will slowly lose respect in this community if you are found out to be someone who copies other people. Not to mention it’s against the law too. There are unwritten rules that we all must follow.
Blogging friends will become your support. They will be the people you will go to for help and support. You need good, honest and reliable blogging friends by your side.
A special mention is needed here for some of the most amazing people who have been with me since the beginning of my journey. Thank you to Growing With Spawn, Mind Beauty Simplicity and Delicate and Brutal. I have made genuine connections with these ladies and I am so thankful to have them in my life.
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SUCCESS WON’T COME QUICKLY, BUT IT IS ACHIEVABLE
As I reflect on my one year blogging anniversary, I have to remind myself and all of you that being successful at anything won’t happen overnight. Overnight success is very rare. Most of us have to work hard for years and years until we reach the level of success we want to achieve. Sometimes we don’t even achieve it.
What I have learnt is to be comfortable in the stage I am at. Whether it’s blogging or in my personal life. Alot of the time we get what we desire when it’s not in our own time. Trust the process friends.
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When is your blogging anniversary? What lessons has blogging taught you?
I can’t quite believe it’s been a year since I restarted this blog. It feels like yesterday that I logged back into WordPress and started all over. Thank you for the continued support and love you show me and my website. I am truly so grateful.