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Breaking the New Blogger Barrier

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 My blog was originally created a good 2 or 3 years ago, and it was originally called Elxza (some weird play on my name, god knows how it came about). Whilst I always loved actually blogging, I was finding it really difficult to get into a routine and be consistent with it, I was treating it more like just something I'd update every now and again. I just did it as and when I felt like it. I also had a huge problem trying to figure out exactly what it was I wanted my blog to be about, and to this day I'm still not sure I've figured it out.

I wanted my blog to look perfect, and for me the aesthetics to my blog is very important. I want it all to look beautiful and professional, and I felt that if my photos weren't perfect and my blog theme wasn't stunning then no one would want to read my blog, and being unhappy with my blog's appearance made me unmotivated to want to post anything, because I simply wasn't proud of it.

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I was trying to become consistent with my posts, and I set the goal of a post a day (tip: don't do this) and this quickly turned out to be a bad idea. My content was, to put it simply, shit. I was putting pressure on myself to just churn anything out there and then sit and refresh the pageview count. I was doing everything wrong.

I have stopped and started so many times with this blog that it began to feel like it just wasn't going to happen, but regardless I kept on coming back. I read other peoples blogs regularly and marvel at how perfect their blogs are, and I forget that everyone started out like me and their blogs were probably a bit crap at the beginning too, but they improved because they stuck with it, and I feel that is the key to being a successful blogger.

Recently I've been putting as much effort as I can into my blog. I've spent hours taking photos that I love and I've actually sat down and planned my posts. I've made sure to get involved in twitter chats, and I've absolutely loved meeting fellow bloggers and getting involved. It is the first time I've really felt like my blog could actually mean something and be something I'm proud of. I have huge respect for all bloggers, because it really is hard at first to build something you're truly happy with.

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I've only been properly blogging a few weeks now, so although my blog is a few years old, I do consider it to be a new blog. I'm really excited to see my blog grow into something I can be really proud of. I guess my biggest advice to new bloggers is to just keep going with it, anyone starting out in anything will not be as perfect as the much older ones who have been doing it for years are. You just need to keep going and you will learn as you go. I'm still learning this myself, but I know I'll get there!

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  1. I'd went through exactly the same with my blog, so you're definitely not alone! Lovely post, Eleanor. x

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    1. Thank you! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one :) x

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  2. This is a beautiful post. I do think it's a process, you just have to start and learn as you're going along.

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    1. Absolutely! If you really want something you have to work for it!

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  3. I've been through exactly the same thing! I've had my blog for 4 years but it was on and off and I wasn't really consistent. But now I'm back on the grind as well. I agree, you just need to keep going and you will learn more about the process on the way :)

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    1. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one! :) x

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  4. This is very true! I did the one post a day thing for a couple months in the beginning because I read somewhere that you should try bring out a lot of content in the beginning, so audiences can see a filled blog. But it got on my nerves, plus I wasn't even adding graphics then. After that I tapered down to alternate days and now 2-3 times a week, and it's working out well enough. Sometimes, I still have a hard time finding time to blog, and therefore I try to blog as much as I can when I do find time and schedule it for later. The schedule button has quickly become my best friend 😅

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    1. I think you just need to find what works best for you! I definitely need to use the schedule button more :)

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