Oh blogging, you wonderful beast. You have been my favourite hobby I have ever had. You have provided me with both highs and lows, and you have helped me to develop a genuine career in digital marketing that I sincerely doubt I would have without you. On top of this, you have provided me with true achievements that I can be proud of.
That’s why when Liam made the suggestion that I write a blog post about my blogging achievements, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only did I jump (well, I didn’t *actually* physically jump…), I also got out the camera and decided to jabber about it for my Youtube channel. I’ll pop the video at the end of this post, but for those of you who prefer a cheeky read rather than a cheeky watch, here are my four proudest blogging achievements that popped into my head when planning the video.
Finding My Voice
In a vast sea of bloggers and a far vaster sea of content, finding my voice hasn’t always been easy. I initially set out to create content that I thought readers would like most – keeping the tone fairly matter of fact, slightly conversational but generally a bit….dry. Rewind the 3 or so years I’ve been writing here on this lil ol’ blog, and I’d say I’ve definitely come a long way in honing my voice and injecting some personality into my posts.
The bloggers I appreciate and admire the most (e.g. blogger queen Hannah Gale), have so much personality in their posts and they really seem to bare their soul in what they do. That’s what I aim to be one day. But for now, I am super proud of being able to make headway in deciding the tone of my blog so that I not only enjoy writing it, but people enjoy reading it too.
Shoutout to the awesome peeps who regularly comment here by the way – you keep the faith that I am doing a half-decent job!
Growing my Twitter following
OMG GUYS. Almost 3,000 of you beautiful people follow me on Twitter. Watch out, Zoella! I kid. but seriously, I am so chuffed with how my Twitter following has grown. Not so I can be like OOOH METRICS AREN’T I GREAT! But because there are lots of lovely folk to talk to that (on the whole) are at least slightly interested in what I have to say.
Yes, it’s not all about the numbers but I cannot help but be proud of growing something from nothing and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Being happy with the look
One of the greatest blogging achievements for any blogger has got to be being happy with how your blog looks. Superficial, maybe, but if your blog is a reflection of you and your “brand”, the aesthetic has got to play a part.
Props to Pipdig for the design of my blog, but also now I’m with WordPress, I can customise the appearance much more and make it mine.
Branching out into video
OK, so this one is early days and has been…sporadic at best. When I first started uploading videos to Youtube, I didn’t enjoy it at all. I wasn’t happy with the content, and I found it all a bit tedious. Whilst I don’t love it enough to live that VLOGGING E’RYDAY life, I am now at a point where I am happy with the quality of videos. I want to make a conscious effort to keep at it, so fingers crossed it works out.
It’s never easy putting yourself out there – particularly on a platform like Youtube where trolls spend their time, but the hard work of planning, filming and editing does pay off. I know I still have a lot of work to do to improve, but it’s a start!
If you fancy watching me blabber on about my blogging achievements a bit more, check out the video below. Oh, and subscribe to my channel if you want to see more videos, too…