It is hard to believe that it has been two years since I launched THE CHICETTE. When I started this blog, I thought I had an idea of what to expect. However, I’ve realized since I had no clue what was really going to come. I wrote a post last year on what I learned during my first year of blogging, and while all of that remains true it is incredible how much more I’ve learned since then.
Dedication & Determination
I touched on this last year but this is something that has become even more important in the last year. The world of blogging is incredibly competitive. There as so many other people out there trying to do the same thing as you and it can be hard to stay motivated. For me, what keeps me focused is knowing why I have this blog and what drives me. I have this blog because it is something I’m passionate about. I wake up every day thinking, how can I make this blog better? It is a creative outlet and it pushes me to continue to learn and explore. Even on days when I’m not posting, I still spend time each day learning. Whether it is reading blog posts or books about how to improve my writing or photography, listening to a podcast about blogging, scrolling through Instagram in order to get inspiration, taking photos and working on my editing skills, or brainstorming ideas for new posts. I try to dedicate a little time each day to this blog.
This is something over the last year that I’ve dedicated a lot more time to. For the first year I had this blog, I really didn’t have a social media presence. I hadn’t even created an Instagram for this blog until last May. Over the last 6 months, I’ve really started to dedicate more time to my Instagram. It has been a way for me to continue to improve my photography, share more photos of my everyday life, connect with tons of new people, and find lots of new inspiration. I realized that social media is an extension of your blog. Looking back on it, I wish I had focused on it from the beginning.
In addition to Instagram, I’ve read over and over again how important Pinterest is in building a wider audience. While I’ve had a Pinterest for this blog for a while, I’ve not been actively using it. I’ve decided to start engaging more on this platform to not only expand my audience but also to find new inspiration.
In my first year of blogging, a lot of the things I learned were tactical: lighting & photography, planning, SEOs…the list goes on. While I’ve continued to learn in those areas as well, this year was more about discovering my own personal style. From my personal photography style, to my writing style, to what types of photographs draw me in, to what inspires me on and daily basis, the list goes on and on. While I still feel like these things are constantly evolving, I’m much more honed into observing. I’ve also learned how important it is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. This is the best way to learn, grow, and come up with fresh ideas.
Here is to another year of blogging! I can’t wait to see where both this blog and I am a year from now.