1 Year and 12 Blogging Lessons

12 blogging lessons which will be useful for every blogger. Blogging lessons and blogging tips will help you to improve your blog.

Life is a school, you learn a new lesson everyday which helps you broaden your mind, that’s why you should never stop learning! It is also important to learn from the mistakes, well that’s one of the good ways of learning! You don’t really make the same mistake twice, do you? It doesn’t matter whether you are new to blogging or you’ve been blogging for awhile, there will always be some blogging lessons you learn, which helps you to improve the way you see and do things. 

Blogging has taught me a lot and I am still learning new things to improve myself. It is from technology to writing skill and also with interacting with other people. It has been a year since I’ve started blogging and these are many blogging lessons I’ve learnt so far. Sharing is caring, so let’s start with the blogging lessons…

12 Blogging Lessons

People won’t always be nice to you

Let’s be honest here, there will always be people who won’t be happy with your success and they will wish you to fail. Like how it is in real life, in the blogging world too, not everyone will be nice to you. You just have to learn how to deal with these people and the best thing you can do is ignore them instead of making yourself miserable. There might be people sending you harassing emails/messages, however, don’t follow their way. Even if someone is being rude to you, either ignore them or just answer them kindly. It is impossible to please everyone, unfortunately this is how life is…

You won’t always feel motivated

You can’t force motivation, it just doesn’t work. There will be times you will be fully motivated and some other times where you will have zero motivation. You should know that things like that happens, you just have to learn to deal with it. You should just take time off and do the things that give you motivation. For instance, how about going for a walk? Motivation comes and goes, it is best to do the most of the work when you are fully motivated. Also, try to overcome this situation, you can still get creative even if you don’t feel 100%.

You might see yourself as a failure

When things don’t turn out as how you want them to be, you might think the worst. Seeing yourself as a failure will probably be one of them. Just look at the successful people, most of them didn’t become successful after their first attempt. For instance, the founders of Pinterest tried a few other things before, their attempts ended up being failure, but did they stop trying? Of course not… Now, Pinterest is one of the most visited websites which has millions of visitors everyday! So never stop trying and every failure must teach you a lesson!

Blogging is love

Blogging takes time and you wouldn’t spend your hours on it if it wasn’t something you love doing, right? We spend our free times on the things we love doing, so if you are a blogger then you know what I mean. If blogging is something you love then keep doing what you love. There might be times where you feel like giving up, but why give up something you love?

Numbers don’t define you

Numbers… It is one of the things that puts us down or gets us motivated, but why do we let the numbers define us? If blogging is something you love doing, unless it is your full-time job, then why do you let your numbers affect you? There are so many people on Instagram/Twitter who just follow you to unfollow, what is the point of it? I seriously can’t seem to understand those people, if anyone can then please enlighten me! Also, people asking for follow for follow, seriously what’s the point of it? Either you have one or thousands of followers or views, don’t let it affect you and don’t let it define you! High numbers might be what you want, but know that with a little hard work, there’s nothing you can’t achieve!

It is ok to take time off

You might be going through a hard time or you have so much to do, then it is ok to take time off. There were times where I was away for weeks, it was because of the stress and so much to do, it wasn’t something I wanted, but then it had to happen. See it as a break, you take a break when you have enough of something. Instead of forcing yourself and making yourself exhausted, just take your time and give yourself some time off.

Don’t force yourself

When you are not feeling motivated, the worst thing you’d do for the blog is to post for the sake of posting… Just don’t do it! Don’t post something just to have something posted, people will know it and will you feel good about it? There were times where I forced myself to write posts, it just didn’t work and the posts I wrote were bad… So the lesson was learnt! Instead of posting something you are not happy with, take this time to come up with something good!

You don’t need to post what others do – be unique

Write what you are passionate about, don’t just write to please the crowd! It might be an easier option to do what others do, but standing alone is the hardest. There’s a quote that I really like “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.”, inspiring, isn’t it? I am sure I am not the only one who is seeing that, well I hope not! When you check around, you will see that there are so many similar or exactly same posts, why do people do that? Blogging is writing what you love writing about, it shouldn’t be about just copying what others write. If you can’t come up with your own content, it is best not to write anything. In order to stand out in the crowd, it is important to be unique.

People will copy you

There will always be people who copy others. If someone copies you then it must be a sign that you are doing a good job, right? People copy successful people! If someone copies you then don’t be upset with these people, but see it as a positive thing, it shows that you done a good job.

Determination is key – it is time consuming

Keep in mind that growing your community, followers, readers will take time. When you check your favourite people, you can understand how much time it took for them to come that far, unless you find a way to get popular overnight. Google won’t find your blog straight away, you should know that you need traffic to drive traffic. Sad but that’s how things work! Just have patience and keep your had work. Determination and consistent work will guide you to success.

Being consistent is important

Like how it is in everything in life, consistency is the key in the blogging world too. When you are consistent, people will recognise you. Being consistent about posting and engaging people will pay off. Yes, it is again time consuming, but then that’s how things are.

Social media is important

Social media is one of the things some of us tend to forget about. In the 21st century, it is hard to survive without it and it is a good way of driving traffic to your blog. From my experience, when you are consistent on the social media, can be anything from Twitter to Pinterest, you will see the outcome. Add people, interact with them and just have fun, having fun is the important bit!

12 blogging lessons which will be useful for every blogger. Blogging lessons and blogging tips will help you to improve your blog.

There are more blogging lessons I’ve learnt, but these 12 blogging lessons are the ones that are on top of the list. I know I can’t please everyone and I can’t expect everyone to appreciate what I do, so I don’t let it affect me.

Is there any blogging lessons you learnt that made you change things? What would you like to improve about your blog?

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  • These are brilliant lessions! I have learnt so much blogging! I 100% agree with numbers, they don’t mean anything! I always worried in the beginning but I don’t anymore!

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    • Thank you so much! Being worried makes things worse so I try not to care much about the numbers x

  • Erin Russell

    I had my first case of someone being unhappy with my achievement the other day, it felt horrid, I had worked so hard to be noticed, and to hear someone be nasty about it wasn’t nice! But I agree with the social media aspect, the post is only half the work!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • You will just have to ignore those people! There will always be some people who will not be happy about your achievement and trying to bring people down is the best things they could ever do!

  • Congrats on one year of blogging! x


  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Great blog lessons!
    For me is very hard to deal with this people who wish me to fail. But like you said, this is how life is. xx


    • I try to ignore those people, all they do is bring me down so I will not let this happen 🙂 xx

  • These great lessons 🙂

    xo, Liz

  • Great tips, and I had no idea you were only blogging for a year, amazing! My blog is too small to attract much negativity, but I definitely relate to not forcing yourself to blog, not focusing on numbers, etc. good advice all! xo

    • Negativity is everywhere! Whenever someone contacts me, I try to be nice all the time even though they sound kinda nasty. Like being accused of “buying comments”, I didn’t know that something like that exists 🙂 x

  • Very helpful tips, thank you for creating this post ^^ x


  • Love it and awesome post and congrats on your Year 1 xx

    Check my latest post too, if you get a minute xx

  • It’s always a good thing to take some time to unplug, I do it regularly, and most of my readers already know that. Life is about learning and true, everyone is not always nice to you. Nice personal post! 🙂 /Madison

    • I know that not everyone will be nice and tbh I didn’t think there would be so much negativity in the blogging world, why can’t we all get along 🙂

  • Blogging has its perks but definitely lots of downside too. I don’t understand why people have to copy others, readers these days are smart and they can feel if the blogger is being fake. I think one of the most important thing to remember is to be yourself and let your readers know the real you.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I never thought there would be so many downsides of blogging, before I started blogging, I saw it as a shiny little world but now since I’m in it, I can see all the flaws. I really don’t understand those people who copy others, what’s the point of having your own blog then is you won’t be able to come up with a post, right?

  • The whole follow and unfollow thing drives me insane! I think its a away of gaining follows but who has time to do that?! I definitely think being consistent is so important too xx


    • It drives me crazy! Funny thing is people with over 10k followers do that a lot, I wonder what they achieve with it when it is all fake? Like “hey look at me, I am so popular and you’re a loser” f that… 🙂 x

  • Don´t take the numbers so seriously is the most important lesson I learned. And yes, blogging is love. Pain, tears and determination.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Numbers don’t define you, that’s what I am telling myself. After taking a long time off now and then, it is kinda hard to get back to blogging and it is kinda annoying.

      • Settle back in slowly, you have a complete new life to adjust to now.

  • This post is so true! I can relate to a lot of your blogging lessons. Luckily, I’ve never come across a bad person or received mean/harassing emails – that is awful. I would add, it takes a fair amount of courage to be a blogger! Not everybody could expose themselves, stick to a schedule (I’m actually not doing that very well at the moment haha), and spend so much of their time doing all blog-related things. Blogging can be hard, but it is a lot of love, of achievement and hard work! 😀

    Julia x
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    • I was actually good at sticking to schedule when I first started the blogging but then things happened and when there’s so much going on, I just couldn’t do it. Now I am trying to get back to it and I have so much to catch up and to be honest, it is not easy!
      Blogging is hard and it requires so much time and determination! x

  • Congrats on your 1 year mark of blogging. I have been blogging for about 4 months. I can already relate to some of your takeaways, like the importance of social media, taking a break when things get super busy (or stressful) and being consistent. Great post and I enjoyed reading it. Hope you have a great day.
    – Elise XO

    • Thank you so much 🙂 Well taking time is important, stressing out and putting yourself under so much pressure won’t bring you anything good but more stress.
      I hope you have an amazing week x

  • Yes, to all those points which I have learnt as well, although still not so easy to remember those lessons every single day 🙂 A little break from blogging is absolutely essential for me, if I don’t get one every few months I start feeling like I’m forcing myself to blog. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • After taking so much break, it is really hard to get back to it. I am still struggling and also trying to adapt to the new life is kinda hard 🙂 x


    Thank you for sharing this beauty, such great information

    Filipa xxx
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  • Sophia Lernould

    Great tips, everything you said is very true! xo, Sophia from sistersandglitters.com

  • Samileen

    Wow congrats on one year. You have truely come a long way. Great tips, agree with you on being consistent and being unique.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  • thisgirlloveschic

    loved reading this!! very relatable

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

  • I’m nodding in agreement at the follow/unfollow thing – seriously what is the point?! I find it so funny! Some great lessons here that I think we can all relate to xx

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    • It is so annoying isn’t it? It is all for looking popular, but in my eyes they are nothing but losers! x

  • Monochrome Roses

    Thank you so much for this post, there are such helpful points 🙂 and of course congrats on one year lovely x


  • Awesome post!! Very helpful! Congrats on 1 year! <3

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  • Great post Ela, I agree with all of your points! The two that stand out most to me though, is being unique and determined. I think that if these are focused on, then anything is possible. I love how care free and self confident you come across in this post too. It’s the best way to be, as like you basically said – pleasing everyone is impossible.xx

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    • Thank you so much, sweetheart! Being unique and determined is important, that’s how you show people that you are actually working on your goals rather than just being a copy of someone else! xx

  • Hi Ela! congratulation on your first year, I also have been blogging for just over one year now but I haven’t find the “courage” yet to celebrate it :p I have still so much to improve (consistency is my biggest problem! ) you are right about setting the right goals and be committed to yourself and what you love! (but thats easier said then done I guess :p) Its is curious how every single point you pointed out has been something I have encountered or struggled with! it is a nice reminder I am not alone in this huge bloggers sphere 😉

    congrats on your beautiful blog! 😉
    Have a great Friday!

    ♥ Josune @ Your Beauty Script


    • Hi Josune! Thank you so much and also congratulations to you too. I was consistent before, but after having so much to do I went for weeks without posting and now I am trying to get back to the routine and it is not easy :/ Many of us come across the same issues, we should come up with a solution to that 😉

      Have an amazing week! x

  • Cara E

    Happy blog birthday lovely! I loved reading this, there’s so much truth in what you’ve written x

  • Happy One Year Blog Birthday! I wish I knew these things two years ago when I started, because I didn’t. I didn’t at all. People will copy you, people will hurt you but you will go on. If only I knew that…Congrats once again Ela <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • Thank you so much! I really didn’t think blogging world was that harsh and I thought everyone would be nice to each other, I was so damn wrong! Now I try to ignore all the negativity and so what makes me happy! xx

  • poldo napitupulu

    Love your post
    Very inspiring


  • Rajwant Kaur Singh

    Happy blog-birthday! What an incredible achievement
    Thanks for sharing such great tips, it is really hard when you’re not motivated to stick at it, but you’re absolutely right… when inspiration strikes you should run with it!

    Look forward to seeing where your blog goes next

    What Raj Wants

    • Thank you so much!

      It is impossible to feel motivated and be inspired all the time, but then we shouldn’t just let it affect us 🙂

  • Happy blog birthday! Excellent post! I’m still new to blogging and learning new things all the time. It definitely is a lot of work!


    • Thank you! Blogging is constant learning and being happy with what you do, so never stop trying 🙂

  • Happy blog birthday! Thank you for sharing such an honest post, love it!

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  • Great lessons that I can definitely take on board!!!
    Kathy x

  • The Sunday Mode

    I agree with so much of this and I definitely have learnt a lot in the last year of blogging as well. I think it’s so important to love your blog and the process because honestly in the end if you don’t love blogging then why even do it, you know?

    I’ve also learnt that you can’t force motivation or inspiration either, it comes in waves like you said!


    • It is all about loving what you do and putting as much as effort you can to make it how you want it to be. You can’t just expect it to be successful without putting an effort to it.
      You can’t force motivation and inspiration and when you come to a point that you’re no longer creative, then it is time to take a step back and let your head rest.

  • I love the lessons, I would say I also learned the same ones.

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  • Happy blogiversary, Ela! I loved this!
    I completely agree that as human beings we should never stop learning.
    And you definitely can’t force motivation and creativity. It’s crazy how some days I’m 100% motivated and inspired and other days I feel like I’m the least inspired person in the world!

    • Thank you so much, Carol!
      I am the same, somedays I feel like the least motivated person and I don’t even want to leave the bed 🙂

  • I love this post and I love these tips. I read through all of them where, usually, I skim tip posts until I find the one that truly applies to me. In this case I was intrigued by all of your insight after a year of work and I found myself relating to most everything that you said. I think it’s important, when you’re running a blog, to try to remember why you started it in the first place. It’s easy to get unmotivated when posting feels like work because, well, quality posts aren’t easy to create. I think this is a wonderful post and I think that readers who are veteran bloggers, and newcomers too, can get something out of it. Thanks for sharing.


    • Thank you so much and I am so happy to hear that you read through it all. It is easy to get demotivated, but it is on our hands to change that and try to make things better.

  • This is the best post I have read in a long time. I have experienced most of the things you have mentioned. There are days when I don’t feel like blogging and days when I wonder what I am doing with my blog. But on other days I know all this is just because I love blogging and rambling and nothing else matters. And before I forget happy 1 year. I am almost at the 1 year mark myself, I have exactly a month to go and that has motivated me to get out of the slump and start rambling 🙂

    • Thank you so much and I am so happy to hear that 🙂 Some days I am the most motivated person ever and other days I don’t even feel like turning on the laptop. If you love doing something then you should just carry on doing that and in this case I love blogging and it helps me take my mind of things 🙂

  • Taking time off is important, I agree. I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned during my blogging adventure. And to have fun with it, at all times! Congrats on your first year! x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • Thank you so much! Taking time is important to clear your mind off and it helps you to get motivated too 🙂 x

  • Fantastic post Ela and I agree with all of these points! It’s so important when it comes to blogging to love what you do, write when passionate and never feel pressured.

    It’s important to enjoy your blog as it’s your own personal spot on the internet 🙂

    I see many bloggers feeling so bad about not posting all the time, when in all honesty they don’t need too because as we all know blogging for most is actually a hobby, and like all hobbies we can’t partake in them all the time.

    When it comes to blogging it’s quality not quantity, reach for realistic goals and be happy with what you produce every time 🙂

    Lovely post.

    Hope you’re well.

    Laura xo

    • Thank you so much!

      Blogging is fun and it is so important to love what you do. When you love what you’re doing then things get easier and you are more likely to be motivated and come up with good content without pressuring yourself.

      Unless you do it full-time, you shouldn’t be afraid of taking time off. When you are doing it full-time then it is understandable, you need to be consistent to make money so you just can’t take time off whenever you want.

      Quality over quantity, definitely agree with that!

      I wish you an amazing week and I hope you’re doing good! x

  • Becky Hughff

    This is such a great post! And I definitely agree! I love blogging but sometimes after a busy week at work it’s definitely not at the top of my list so it’s good to take break but similarly when I’m motivated I like to create loads of content!


    • Thank you so much! Agree that after a long busy day, blogging is the last thing I could ever think of but it helps me take my mind of things.

  • Minette Tomas

    Love the “Numbers don’t define you” section and your favourite quote 😍

  • Bernadette

    I agree with all of these! Especially consistency, it’s why i’ve pre written so many blog posts so if i do get busy or feel unmotivated my readers won’t see me just disappear off the screen.


    • Consistency is the key, it makes your readers come back for more!

  • Aisha

    This post is really really beautiful and true !! 🙂 I’m agree with all the points on the list. I have a blog since january 2014 and I’ve learnt so many things. It’s a beautiful journey xx


    • There are so much to learn in the blogging world 🙂 x

  • Sofia Silva

    Everything is true but if we like to blog and if we are proud of our work we must always continue. Congratulations for your blog!
    If you want, please visit the mine, I guess you will like it 🙂
    With love, Sofia Silva ♥


    • We should be proud of the content we bring up, readers will know how much effort you put on it!