A Reflection; How My Blog Has Changed

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As it was my blog's 1st birthday not long ago, I thought I'd do a reflection on how my blog has changed over the past year. There have been times when my blog has challenged me, made me want to give up and just feel useless, but it's all been so worth it. I'm finally starting to be happy with how my blog is looking and what my content is like. The main things that have changed are:

Photography and Editing;
This is a massive thing for me. As with most people, my photography has improved massively since I started my blog. I've started to learn how to actually edit my photos properly, and not just change something here and there and hope it looks okay. I feel that I've learnt a lot over the past year just by reading other people's tips on photos and editing. I taught myself that I don't need a flashy camera to take good quality photos, technique is key. Sometimes my photo quality can vary, due to the lack on natural lighting which I absolutely hate, so my next plan is to hopefully buy some studio lights and an actual camera, instead of using my phone.

Content;
Just after starting my blog, it hit me that I actually had no idea what to post. I had no idea what to write about, that I would enjoy and so would others. I had a few posts planned at the start but after that my mind went completely blank. It took my about 6 months to actually start posting properly and more regularly on my blog. Although I feel like I wasted 6 months, I'm glad I wasn't posting content of a rubbish quality that no one would want to read. I want to focus my blog on mainly beauty, with hints of lifestyle and eventually some fashion posts if I can pluck up the courage to do outfit posts. I love to write reviews on products, but I wanted to mix it up with some series, and just other general posts. I created my High End Lusts series, which I loved! I want to start a Top 5 series this year maybe, or a My Collection based one, like PorcelainBeautyx has!


Layout;
When I first started my blog I had no idea about html or graphic design at all really. I'd installed a theme on my Tumblr before and that's about as far as I went, so at the start my blog layout was pretty basic and to the best of my abilities. I always knew that I would never have time to learn enough html to design my own layout, and wanted someone to do it for me so that it was absolutely perfect and I wasn't going to lose my blog for days because I'd done something wrong. Serena from Pretty Wild Things designed my blog for me. I'm so much happier with my layout now, it's so simple and clean looking. I also now have a proper banner and a blog button, which I love as it's so easy to link to my blog. I'm not saying that I'll never change my layout again, because I can get bored easily, but I'm pretty happy right now.

Posting Regularly and Schedules;
As I said, when I started my blog I didn't actually know what to post, when to post and how to fit it all in really. I really struggled with trying to get things posted at the start. After reading many people's tips on blogging regularly and how to keep posts flowing I learnt a few things. Keep a notebook of blog ideas on you at all times, you never know when you'll get an idea and want to jot some notes down. Take blog photographs in blocks, even if you don't end up posting about all the things you've photographed, at least you've got them there. This helped me cut down time a lot as if I was in a blogging mood I had photos there and ready to go, and you can't always rely on the lighting to be good when you want to post. That is literally the burden of my life. Lighting. I now aim to post every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Although this doesn't always happen, I do try, I'm only human. If you post everyday I literally bow down at your feet please teach me your ways.

Have you recently hit a blogging milestone or birthday?

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  1. It's lovely to see how your photography has changed, and how brilliant it looks in just a year! I've only been blogging 4 months, so any more tips you can throw my way would be brilliant :) Congrats on your first year chick x

    Always, Alice x

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    1. I was amazed to see the change! I'm awful at giving tips, but just don't give up on your blog, you'll get to where you want to be eventually and it'll all be worth it! Photography in natural lighting is the best idea too! Thankyou Alice, good luck on the rest of your year x

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  2. You have really come on leaps and bounds your photography looks beautiful now and the posts are always mastered :) xx




    Blonde Of Carbs

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  3. Your photography is gorgeous and I can totally relate to the lack of natural lighting. I can't wait for spring/summer so I can start taking my photos outside again :)

    Well done on coming so far with your blog! x

    www.theclumsybeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Thankyou! I'm aiming to buy some soft boxes because I never have time in the day, and just hate relying on natural lighting. Thankyou Rebecca! x

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  4. great post! my blog just turned one, when I think about my old posts I'm like 'what the heck was I thinking about, why would you say that, those photos are terrible' but hey, it's okay, because we all develop some skills with time xx

    Rose
    http://www.lepetitrianon.co.uk/

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    1. Thankyou Rose! That's exactly what I do, but it's nice to see how far we've come! x

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  5. I'm having the biggest problem with lighting too! At least I'm not alone. Congratulations on hitting your one year birthday though! I think you're doing so well and keep up the good work!

    rebekahkoontzsite.com // US Lifestyle Blog

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    1. So many people have that problem! Thankyou Rebekah x

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  6. I have the exact same issues with lighting! Messes up everything! Love this post and congrats on one year!
    Kirsty X
    kirstyhwright

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    1. It's awful, completely ruins my blog schedule most of the time! Thankyou Kirsty x

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  7. I remember you old blog layout. I was literally just thinking 'how do people manage to post everyday?', I struggle to post 3 times a week sometimes! xxx

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    1. Ahh that was a while ago now! I'm so much happier with it now, I wish I had a photo of my old layout still though! I have exactly the same thoughts as you, I try and post 3 or 4 times a week but usually fail x

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  8. Wonderful post :) I just started my blog this month, so it's great to see how a blog may progress throughout a year! x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. Thankyou Rebecca! Good luck with your blog, it's always nice to look back and see your progress x

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  9. This is such a fabulous post, I love seeing how your photography has progressed some of mine in the beginning when I look back is embarrassing hehe. I've always thought the same when people post everyday I'm like how do you have the time haha

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thankyou Charlee! I loved looking back, it made me realise how far I've come, people that post everday completely shock me! x

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  10. I can definitely relate to all of these! We just started our blog last summer and it's exciting to see how much it has changed since then. I hope this year our photography and HTML skills will improve even more!

    http://mollyandstacie.com

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    1. I loved looking back so much! Good luck to improving your photography and HTML skills! x

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  11. I love this post! I think its great to look back and see how your blog has changed over time and how you as an artist and content creator has changed as well! My one year anniversary for my blog is coming up and I'm trying to think of unique things to do to celebrate and this is a great idea!

    Check out my blog?
    Krystal @ Little Beauty Bug | Bloglovin'

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    1. I really enjoyed doing it, you really see how far you've come and how your blog has grow! I love these posts so much, so I really wanted to do one after my 1st blog birthday! x

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  12. This palette looks amazing, and such a great blog post! Your writing is brilliant and fluid, it really draws you in to the post :)

    I may have to have a little purchase in Urban Decay ;)

    http://shannonkims.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Its important to remember where you started, Im just starting out and I know one day I'll look back and think 'wow'. Be happy for all that you have achieved and all that you will in the next coming year :) Happy one year! xx

    http://dressedandunpolished.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. It's great that you've reflected over time :)

    http://theperksofmeg.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Congrats on the recent blogiversary! I had one on January 1st as well! Isn't it great to look back at all you've done and see how far you've come? So proud of you and I don't even know you haha xx
    untitled&unfinished

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  16. Your blog is gorgeous I look forward to following your posts :) x

    Bebhinn + A Judge Less Life
    ajudgelesslife.blogspot.ie

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  17. I love posts like these, I think it's so interesting to see how a blog/blogger changes over time. I think what's so interesting about blogging is that every step of the way is a learning process, like you said with photography you have to do your research! Your blog is lovely and professional looking though so congrats!



    Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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  18. Great post loving hearing how things have changed 4 u ! as a newbie this is really inspiring I love your blog..lighting is a huge problem for me too our house seems dark nearly all the time! So frustrating!

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  19. Interesting post from one of my favourite bloggers. Happy blogiversary - thanks for sharing x

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  20. Wow, this is such a huge amount of improvements in just a year! Your blog is looking great!
    I think I'm going to start reading more blogs on photography, mine has improved slightly, but it could definitely be a lot better!
    Happy 1 year to your blog too! ☺️

    Bowie-xx
    Disastersofatwentysomething.wordpress.com

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  21. It's crazy to see how blog photography changes over the space of a year - even over 3-4 months I can tell mine has gone from quite frankly horrendous to acceptable! Hoping I can progress to your level in the months to come! :) Love the layout of your blog too, so simple but it keeps it fresh and crisp.

    Charli x // www.highstreetbeautyjunkie.com

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