What I've Learned from One Year of Blogging

I have had a WordPress account for over 8 years. That’s 7 years of wishing I had a blog and 1 year of actually doing it.

On the 24th January 2019, I finally sat down and pressed ‘Publish’ on the first blog on How to Breathe Deep. This would be the first blog of a year filled with writing, coming up with ideas, doing photoshoots and fully embracing my love of blogging.

It’s taken a long time to get here, in more ways than one, but I can finally say that I have done a whole year of blogging!

I thought it would be fun to celebrate this milestone with some of the things that I have learned from committing to regularly posting on HTBD throughout 2019. Long may it continue!

What have I learned from a year of blogging?

I have more to say than I realise

One of my biggest issues in setting up a blog, and what held me back for years, was the fear.

A fear that I had nothing to say, that I had no interesting contributions to a topic or even any particular drive to talk about anything. However, I now know that isn’t the case!

I have a lot I want to talk about. There’s lots I want to share, and talk with people about. I find inspiration everywhere: from conversations with people, random thoughts I have, things I see when travel or other creative content that I consume.

I’m so glad I have given myself a platform to speak on and that I’ve not shied away from it.

Writing is fun

I think I got it into my head for a long time that writing had to be done seriously. It had to be perfect. But that’s just not true. The only thing that matters when writing is actually starting!

Once I get started on a topic, I can’t stop. I enjoy typing up my thoughts and feelings, and I’ve found my flow and tone on this blog which makes it even more natural, not the chore I thought it would feel like.

Again, I think this was due to the fear that my writing wasn’t good enough – but, hey, it’s my blog so I can decide whether it’s good enough or not – and I’ve decided to back myself this time.

Creativity inspires creativity

By finally looking fear in the face and allowing myself to take on a creative project for fun and with no expectations, I have found that I am way more open to, and excited about, taking on other creative projects.

A fun photoshoot with a new friend? Sure!
Taking creative photos for a business’ blog? Why not?
Sign up for a class I’ve never done before? Yes!
Planning to give a musical instrument a go? Let’s do it!

This blog has encouraged me to do more of the things that would previously have scared me away.

I’m excited to keep going

I never started with any kind of pressure or goal in place for this blog, I just wanted to try and enjoy the process and hopefully stick at it for the rest of the year.

Now I have completed that year, but I’m looking forward to another year of writing and posting in 2020. I can’t wait to dream up new ideas for this blog. I’d like to try doing different things with it now that I’ve realised that it’s a welcome space for me to share things.

What are your blog plans or goals for 2020?

Share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear about what you’re excited to do on your site or what you’d like to achieve throughout the next year. Thank you for reading!


6 Comments

  1. Congratulations. And you have a great blog. You write well, post terrific photos, have something to say, and your blog is just fun to read. Few people can put everything together like you do, so keep it up. My only blog goal is to not let it die completely.

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that and I’m happy to hear you enjoy my blog! I’m a huge fan of your blog and writing style so I certainly hope you keep posting too.

  2. I never would have guessed you’ve only been at this for a year! I love your blog so much! Your photography is beautiful and your posts never fail to have kick ass content. I dig it. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for How to Breathe Deep!! Much love xo β™‘β™‘β™‘

      1. I tagged you in the “dear 15-year-old me tag” πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear what you write if you choose to write it, but no pressure of course β™‘

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