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5 things I’ve learnt from blogging #FridayReflections

This October, it’ll be nine years since I started blogging. In this time, I’ve had three blogs — two I merged and then, rebranded it several years later to form this one. During this time, my writing has changed and so has the blogosphere in general. I’ve attended some conferences, met some bloggers in person and learnt a whole lot more than when I first started.

Here are just 5 things I’ve learnt from blogging:

It’s okay to be niche-less

I didn’t learn this gem from any of the conferences I went to. In fact, after my one and only Problogger conference, I freaked out at being niche-less. Everyone seemed to have a niche. All the money from blogging was in  niche areas. Apparently, if you were like me and blogged personal posts and didn’t have kids, well, you were a lost cause. However, over time, I’ve let go of the need to find a niche. There’s way too much I love in life and even though I was tongue-in-cheek about ‘life’ being my niche, I’m okay calling myself a personal blogger.

Use photos in your posts

If you scroll back to my early days, you’ll notice there are no photos in the posts whatsoever. It makes for pretty drab reading especially considering my writing wasn’t as fantastic as it is now ahem. Seriously though, without pictures, somehow the appeal is lost. I don’t believe in putting too many pics unless it’s a travel or a food post but at least one feature image is good. Some day, I’ll have time to sift through my 1000 posts in the archives and add pictures. Some day.

Community is everything

I’ll be the first to confess that I’ve been slack in responding to comments on my blog. I hate how busy life has gotten in the past two years and consequently, I’ve not replied to a lot of comments. I try and make up by visiting the bloggers who have commented on mine and leaving a comment on theirs but I know it’s not the same thing. It’s important to have a conversation via the posts because otherwise, people are certainly not going to read!

You can actually make friends through blogging

People scoff at ‘internet’ friends and think we bloggers live in some kind of fairytale when we talk about our friends from the online world. The fact is, there are a few bloggers I would truly consider friends. While they may not pop over for coffee or hang out with me often for dinner, I have reached out to them in my darkest times. I am part of a few Facebook groups where I interact with bloggers from Australia and India and while I’ve not met any of them, I have talked about my highs and lows and have had some lovely bloggers occasionally message me on Whatsapp or Facebook and the like to check in on me. I’ve had another blogger ring me earlier this year when I was struggling with my mental health.

Not everyone can be a Mrs Woog or a Fat Mum Slim

Two of Australia’s {and the world’s?} most famous bloggers are Chantelle and Mrs Woog. I follow both of them for different reasons and have long since realised I will never ever get to where they are with respect to blogging. For one thing, I’m not as funny as Mrs Woog. And the other, I am not as talented with photography as Chantelle. I gave up on earning money consistently from the blog and it eased a lot of pressure. I do make some money but it’s like a bonus for me. And you know what? Since accepting that, I no longer put pressure on myself re stats and analytics and the like.

So there you go! 5 wise learnings which I’m sure you could use too.

How long have you been blogging for? Learnt any lessons?

Do share! 

Living my Imperfect Life

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away.

Write Tribe and yours truly give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up every Friday. The link will be open till the Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

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Prompts for this week:
1. Things you’ve learnt since you started blogging
2. What’s your most favourite word and why?
3. Write a day-in-the-life post and make it specific to what you do either at work/school/home
4. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper) – Use this quote in your post or to inspire your post
5. Picture Prompt

We will announce our featured writer shortly. If you want to be in the running for our featured writer next week, just write a post on one of the prompts and link up below. Please visit and comment on other blogs. I will read your posts in two weeks as I’m in between houses at the moment and life is chaotic! 

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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15 Comments

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    Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    October 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I totally agree with the second one.. I made that same mistake before, but now I’ve got hold of some stock photos and use them generously in blog posts! It has made such a big difference!

    Another thing I’ve learnt from blogging is that not every paragraph written is publishing-worthy, nor is every paragraph published cringe-worthy. Confusing, yes. But it sums up a lot of pre and post publishing worries that bloggers have 🙂
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    Lata Sunil
    October 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Sanch, I agree with the last one. When I see some successful blogs, I feel a bit disheartened. But over time I realised it is not a race. Everyone has there plus and minus points. Besides, I want to follow it as a hobby. If I make money, that’s a bonus. It helped a lot. I was beginning to feel blogging is a chore otherwise. I don’t want to be there.

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    October 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I have actually not hard of those blogs is that bad??? I think I live in my own little universe sometimes away with the fairies. I love what you ahed learnt, like you I don’t have a particular area of blogging, somedays I write about mum stuff, then I will write a travel post, or an inspirational post, do a Vlog or just ramble as I do lol. Love your blog always xx
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    dew cool
    October 8, 2016 at 3:46 am

    agreed with all your points i makes lots of friends through blogging 🙂 will definitly link up my post

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    What Have You Learned From Blogging? #FridayReflections - Write Tribe
    October 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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    Ness
    October 8, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I prefer personal blogs with no particular niche to be honest. I like to get to know the writer and their thoughts about various stuff, not just one topic. I agree with all your points. I’m terrible with using images. I’m not a good photographer! You’re right, not everyone can be Mrs Woog or whomever and I think it’s better that way. We need lots of different blogs and voices instead of everyone being the same.
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    Deepa
    October 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I agree with all the points here..perfect list 🙂

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    Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    October 9, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Love this! I definitely have given up on the niche thing. I enjoy being a personal blogger! And I was the same way about pictures! I’m working on going back and updating some of my old posts and adding pictures. I thought my 500 plus was a lot to go through! I can’t imagine 1000!
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    Shalini
    October 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I was nervous in the beginning when I wrote about anything and everything under the sun. I was worried that my blog was niche-less. But over the years, I understand that it is the best thing that happened to my lil’ space. 🙂
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    Suzy
    October 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I agree pictures speak a thousand words and do make the blog interesting. Will have to check out those blogs. Loved the picture prompt this week – seemed to fire my imagination instantly.
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    Reema D'souza
    October 10, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Great lessons I must say! Especially the ones about using pictures and the importance of a community.
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    Dianne
    October 30, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Hi Sanch,
    I have been reading your blog for awhile now, I came across it from The Annoyed Thyroid and The Ultimate Rabbit Hole. great lessons you have learned and shared.
    I love reading personal blogs and love your blog. Oh and I also follow Fat Mum Slim, I love her blog and how real and down to earth she is. I don’t know Mrs Woog
    Sometimes with the well known or famous bloggers, it becomes like just another editorial to sell a product.

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      Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      October 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment Dianne! I do love personal blogs too as you feel like you get to know the person 🙂

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    Claire
    December 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I’m really glad to have found your blog. As much as I want to blog for money, I can’t think of any niche nor I have some thing that I am really expert about. So I blog for the people I love when I die they have something to read and make them feel Im still alive. Lol!
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    Claire
    December 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    PS I don’t have children too 🙂
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