5 Things I’ve Learnt From Blogging

This post is in collaboration with Elle from ellesunpopularopinions. If that blog name doesn’t draw you in and make you want to follow her blog then I don’t know what will! We connected through blogging and started talking and decided to collaborate and write two posts together- check out our first one by clicking here. I’m so happy to finally post this because we actually wrote this a while back but unfortunately Elle was having trouble with her WiFi and could not blog. But now that the problem is fixed please go over to her awesome blog and support her- you can do so by clicking here.
I think blogging is such a great outlet for so many people and blogging sort of gives you a platform which is a blank slate and you get to make your blog into whatever you want. It also provides you with one of the best communities I have seen on the Internet. Unlike other platforms, WordPress/blogging allows you to truly express yourself and engage with people that you can have genuine conversations with in a positive manner. 
Elle and I also felt like blogging has taught us so much. Although I have been blogging for longer than she has we both realised that we had picked up on a lot of similar things about blogging. That’s why we decided to write about the lessons we have learnt from blogging: The first five are mine and the last five are hers. 

You Can Find Friends Everywhere

With blogging you are not limited to people in just your city/state.country. One of the best parts about blogging is that you get to connect with people all over the world and it doesn’t limit you to connecting with people from just one area. What that helped me learn was that no matter where you go you will always find someone you can connect and engage with. You just need to be open and step out of your comfort zone a little bit. 

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Blogging is a lot more difficult than people think it is. People always assume that things that people do on the Internet are for some reason easier than things that are done in real life but that is really not true. Firstly, just getting the hang of blogging and how it works takes a lot of effort for anyone who isn’t really tech savvy and finding something to write about every day/week/month can be very difficult as well. Growing your audience is another difficulty that you face especially at the beginning. And just like with everything on the Internet you of course are going to run into some hater as well. But what blogging taught me that really works as a lesson about blogging and about life too is that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Working hard to learn about blogging and to come up with things to write about helps you grow, better your writing, sharpen your skills and more. And receiving hate makes you realise just how unimportant other people’s opinions are. It teaches you to keep doing you without caring about pleasing others. 

Numbers Don’t Matter

Another thing that blogging and spending years growing my blog has taught me is that numbers really don’t matter as much as people often seem to think they do. If you want to become an influencer/make money blogging then yes numbers do matter to an extent. However, for me personally I’ve realised that as honoured as I am to have the followers I do have what I cherish most are the comments and interactions I have with other bloggers. 

You Know Nothing

This is a lesson I learnt from going through all of your amazing blogs over the last few years. Much like Jon Snow, I really know nothing. After going through other blogs I have learnt so many things about so many topics. I have learnt about everything from music to history to astronomy to sociology to lessons about life. When I say about everything I mean everything. It was an awesome wake up call for the little teenage know-it-all I used to be and I love that I was able to learn so much more than I ever imagined possible.  

Life Is A Two Way Street

If there is one thing I really picked up on with blogging it’s that life is a two way street. You get back what you put out there. No one is going to care about your existence and be there for you if you don’t care about them. Most things are a two way street. If you want something from someone you need to be out there getting something for them too. 

It Isn’t Always Rainbows and Butterflies

Remember the time when you’re so excited to hit that keyboard with all your thoughts? Yeah, I miss that too. And don’t get me wrong, I am ALWAYS excited–as a very clingy and happy anxious person– to connect with my blogger friends, with Pooja, and read other blogs that I like and hit those keys too. But sometimes, it just doesn’t work. Whether you’re feeling down, having a writer’s block, sometimes it takes quite an effort to continue blogging. And I really admire those people who managed to stay in this platform for so many years. This isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, and you know what? That’s okay.
Blogging isn’t just writing something that comes out of your mind naturally anyway. Sometimes, you need to get inspired. You need to stay motivated. And for other people, that’s hard to maintain. People get tired, get busy, but if a few years from now, you (you who’s reading this) and I are still here teaching each other with the things we write about, I’d say we both did well and we deserve it.

Other People May Not Support You

Who here has very supportive family and friends because of their blog? That’s great! You’re lucky that you have those people who understand your passion, but an unpopular opinion about blogging is that people tend to think that blogging isn’t anything serious. Sometimes your friends and families won’t support you because they think that what you’re doing is just a hobby, something to kill your time.
I have some family members who do that too. But heck, do they stop us from writing? If they think that what we’re doing is just tattletale, then they’re missing their chance to learn something from us. You have to remember this, whatever you write about, I’m sure there’s always something that people learn from it. So keep writing!

Our Words Are Powerful

I’ve read so many blogs on WordPress since I started blogging and everyday I still get astounded by how people write and what they write about. It’s true, blogging helps you express your thoughts, like you’ve never told anyone else before. Here, we see how people really think and share their thoughts to their readers. I’m not much of a talkative person, just when I’m around friends, but even my friends haven’t really known how my thoughts go around. This is what we all contribute to WordPress. We each have power over our words and we share them to others.

No One Really Reads Content But Blogging Taught Me To Do So

I remember talking to my sister asking why she doesn’t even click on my blog to read some of my posts and she says, “I’m not much of a reader”. And I totally get it. Some people love to read, and others don’t. I understand that nowadays, people really don’t read much content. They browse through Facebook for pretty pictures, for memes, but when they see some long posts, they scroll right away. And yes, it’s because sometimes, well, it’s just too long! But blogging made me realize that an effort to take time reading gives you something worth knowing.
Blogging didn’t just teach me to improve my writing. It also taught me to read and acknowledge what other people have to say. You have seen maybe dozens of posts about mental health and how to manage it but when you see a post about it again, you click it anyway! Because you know that there might be something you still haven’t known about mental health. And you look forward to learning from it.

If You Love What You’re Doing It Makes You Happy

This is probably the most valuable learning that I got from blogging. It’s true that if you really love what you’re doing, you wouldn’t be stressed about it, you wouldn’t wake up and think, “Aww, man I’m going to blog again!”. Nope. Honestly,  I love what I’m doing. I even took around 50 classes just so I can share a lot about what I write about. Would you believe that I was all excited for it too? I can’t even go to school without saying, “Aww, man. It’s Monday again!” Half kidding, I love school too, but do you get what I’m saying?
If you love what you’re doing, no one can stop you from doing it. This is what passion feels like. Even if you get tired, you take a break. You’ll just end up missing it. And when you come back, it feels good. Blogging made me feel good. This is just one of the few things I can safely say I’m really passionate about. And I hope you feel the same way too.
Thank you so much for reading this post- we loved writing it so we really hope you enjoy reading it! I want to thank Elle for really helping to make this collaboration a reality and for being such an awesome person to work with. 
Let us know in the comments what you’ve learnt from blogging and how it’s helped you in your life. 
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Facebook: facebook.com//Unpopularblogs0429 
Twitter:  twitter.com/Unpopularblogs 
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/unpopularopinions_/


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Bloggers Support Bloggers

Thank You

I want to thank Jirah Merizz for not only tagging me but for also creating this wonderful challenge! As bloggers who are all part of this wonderful WordPress community I think it is so important for us to support one another and to life each other up and things like this really help bloggers out. 

I did not want to tag Jirah as I assumed she may not want to do this again so I did not add her to the list of bloggers below but I still want to say that her blog always inspires me and that her blog is definitely one that I love at the moment! She is such a lovely person and has one of the prettiest blogs ever. I also truly enjoy talking to her and I truly appreciate how kind she always is whenever we talk! If you don’t already follow her blog please take a moment to check it out by clicking here. 

Rules:

  1. Thank the one who has tagged you for this challenge and give a link to their blogsite so others could see.
  2. Add any of the official photos in your blog post.
  3. List at least 5 bloggers you love and want to appreciate at this very moment.
  4. Give a short description about the blog you listed and some of the reasons why you love the blogger, or literally anything you want to say.
  5. Tag at least 5-10 bloggers to do the challenge.
  6. Put the official hashtag, #BloggersSupportBloggers in the Tags section of your post so whenever a blogger is looking for new blogs to read, it will be easier to find.

Tiani Angela

Tiani is definitely one of my favourite bloggers at the moment! Her blog is about her experiences and often includes topics about being a mum, mental health, lifestyle and so much more. What I really admire about her is how she is so strong even though she has been through a lot in her life and how she is such a wonderful and supportive person to talk to. I am so glad I was able to find meet her thanks to the magic of blogging and that we have been able to become friends!

Introvertnextdoor

Ada has such an amazing blog- I have really been obsessed with her posts lately! She is such a sweet person and I always enjoy talking to her. She posts about a number of things including books, photography, music, lifestyle and more. As you guys know I love music so I always enjoy her posts about music and I also think she’s a really good photographer so I love seeing the photos she puts up on her blog. 

Tallblondetales

Tia is a fellow Harry Potter fan, Disney fan and is a really good baker- honestly there is no way you won’t love her blog! I think she is such a sweet person, always fun to talk to and she has really fun post ideas which I always love because it’s hard coming up with new ideas ever week. Her blog includes posts about books, lifestyle, her experiences and much more. 

Ericotrips

As you guys know I love all things travel so I absolutely adore Emmanuel’s blog! He has a really great blog about travel where he writes about his local travels and occasionally interviews other travel bloggers as well. He also has a number of other posts such as awards posts that you will really enjoy. We have followed each others blogs for a while now and it is always a pleasure talking to him! 

Kittyjadeblog

Catherine and I go way back! We have followed each others blogs for years now and it has been so awesome to watch her blog grow and evolve over the years to what it is today. One thing I truly admire about her is that she takes the time to talk about things that are going on in the world and speak up about the issues that we are currently facing. She really inspires me and a lot of other people I’m sure to be the best we can be. Spreading awareness is so important. Her blog has a number of posts about books, cooking, time management, journaling, current issues and so much more. 

Olivia Lucie Blake

Olivia recently redid her blog and I am loving it! Her blog is honestly so pretty it is seriously #goals! She has posts about mental health, lifestyle design, makeup, body image and so much more. We also recently collaborated and it was so much fun because she is such a fun and open person to work with. You can check out our collab by clicking here. 

The Parmigiana Whisperer

As a history major who loves all things food this blog may actually be custom made for me! I say this because this blog has the most delicious looking food/recipes with a history of the food and how it was created. Every time I read one of the posts I’m literally drooling like Homer Simpson on my laptop lol! If you’re a foodie and like history this is all your dreams come true in one blog. 

Themomshiediaries

This is one of those blogs that often really makes you think. Janis is such a lovely person to talk to and I always enjoy reading her take on things! Since the blog is a multi-niche blog it has posts about life, tags, awards, her life experiences and so much more. 

My Random Ramblings

Shweta and I also go way back! Over the last few months she has started blogging regularly again and it has honestly been such a treat! She is such a creative person and her short stories actually inspired me to start writing short stories of my own. Her blog has short stories, six word stories and even some “random ramblings” that I always enjoy!

The Newbury Girl 

As you may or may not know I love makeup/beauty/skincare and this blog is my go to for that stuff. I love her honest and very detailed reviews and I love that she reviews a lot of indie brands and a lot of sustainable, clean, cruelty-free and vegan brands as well because as much as I love makeup/beauty products I love the environment too and if I can get products that are more environmentally friendly I most definitely will. She also has such a cute blog I just adore it! She took some time off blogging but I am so glad she’s back now.  

My Nominees

For my ten nominees I want to nominate the ten bloggers I mentioned above because they truly deserve it! However, there are so many bloggers I love and I feel like if I was to mention all of them this post would never end. That’s why I also want to nominate YOU! I think this is such a great way to support fellow bloggers and I would love to see as many people do this challenge as possible because we could all use some positive energy right now and it’s always a good thing to support one another and lift each other up. So please consider yourself tagged and try out this challenge on your blog as well!


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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award #6

Thank you!

I want to thank wordsonkeys for nominating me for this award. They have a really great blog about writing, reviews, music and so much more. Be sure to check out their blog by clicking here. 

Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog/

Questions

Why do you blog?

It’s the perfect outlet for me. 

What things are you interested in besides your blog niche?

History, archaeology, astronomy. 

Which of your posts has been the most popular? Reflect on this… why, do you think? Do you agree? Is it really your best work or is it just what seems like would appeal to readers (in your opinion)?

My most popular blog posts are usually my advice posts. I can see why they are popular especially for newer bloggers because I try to offer advice in a simple way that even people who aren’t great with technology can understand. I do that because it was quite difficult for me when I first started out and I had a hard time understanding a lot of the advice posts I was reading. I think all my work is my best work because I try to give all my posts my all. 

What motivates you in life?

Money. Kidding. I always want to spread positivity and bring about positive change and that’s what motivates me.

Do you ever feel nervous before publishing a blog post?

Yes, almost always. 

My Nominees

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in please consider yourself nominated and use the same questions I did- I would love to read your take on them! And if you don’t want to do an entire post dedicated to it you can leave the answers in the comments below.


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My Blogging Journey #5

My Blogging Journey #5

My Blogging Journey And Why I Decided To Share It


I would recommend reading part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of my blogging journey before reading this one because you may feel a bit lost without reading those. However, they are quite long so I would totally understand if you want to skip reading the others and just read this one. Just a heads up- this post is slightly longer compared to my usual posts because I try to give a lot more details on my blogging journey and I just have quite a bit to say because I have to condense everything that happened in an entire year into one blog post. Also please excuse any typos or errors this post may have- my fingers are much better but still not fully healed and it is difficult to type.
For everyone that has been leaving likes and comments on my other blogging journey posts I want to say thank you so much. You guys have been so supportive of my journey and everything I’ve been through and I just want you guys to know that your comments really mean the world to. It’s also nice to know that a lot of you can relate to what I have been through and that I am not alone in feeling the way I do/did. You guys are awesome!
You guys may remember but a while back I took a survey and asked you guys what you wanted to read on lifesfinewhine and what I should blog about and I got so many amazing responses. Some people suggested that I should write about my blogging journey over the last six years. I thought this was a really great idea and a while back I did a sort of mini throwback post where I used a site to help me see what my blog looked like back in the day and how it’s changed over the years. I got a lot of great comments on that and again I got some people asking to elaborate about my blogging journey and talk about the changes I’ve made, how I’ve made them and what inspired me to blog and to continue blogging, etc.
I’ve decided to write six posts on my blogging journey. Since I began blogging almost exactly six years ago (it will officially be six years in about a month) I thought I would write one post a week talking about my blogging journey during each year as well as what was going on with my life and how it effected my blog. I will also be talking about the technical things like the updates I made, what plan I use, how I customize my plan, the SEO work I got done and more. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you guys and I hope it helps newer bloggers on WordPress as well. I would also like to give all my readers a heads up because my blogging journey posts tend to be a little longer than my regular posts so if you don’t like longer posts this may not be for you.
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2019- Growth, Growth, Growth!

I’ll give you guys a little recap of what happened just in case you haven’t read the other four parts of my blogging journey or are a new follower and haven’t got a chance to read more of my older posts yet. The main thing I had been struggling with over the last four years was finding a balance. Between living in a different country every few months, having to deal with university and school work and just being kind of exhausted a lot I did not have much time left for blogging. However, blogging was important to me and I did not want to give it up so I tried really hard to keep posting- I just had not been able to do so regularly. I also did not have a lot of time to do more research and learn how to use all my blogging features to my advantage yet.
In 2018, I had decided that one of my goals would be to get out of my funk and try to blog as regularly as I possibly can. I had decided that blogging would be a constant in my life and therefore I needed to put more of an effort into making sure I wasn’t just doing it but that I was doing it write. If you know me you probably know that when I am passionate about something I will do whatever it takes to succeed in it. By the end of 2018 I had finally figured out how to use the WordPress features properly such as the tags feature, the categories feature and more. Now that I was using the features well, being active both on my blog and others blogs I was gaining traffic and followers pretty fast.
In January of 2019 I reached 6000 WordPress followers which was a huge accomplishment for me considering I didn’t think I would get past 100 when I first started out. I was so excited by this and it felt like all my hard work was paying off. I had exams in December but I had still worked hard to post as much as I could and it felt so good to see the results of all that hard work. I also had a couple of weeks off for Christmas break so I was really able to focus on my blog in the beginning of January and really plan things out and decide how I was going to make everything work. I also decided on some changes I wanted to make to lifesfinewhine. I also set some goals that I shared with you guys- one of them being reaching 10k followers by the end of the year.
Firstly, I decided to post every single day except Sunday. I like to take some time off from blogging so that I don’t end up feeling jaded with blogging or I don’t end up getting burnt out. These breaks can really be essential and help a lot with writers block. Even now I don’t post full posts on Sundays- just inspirational quotes because it’s easier for me and I get to help you start the week off with some positivity. Anyway, back to the story- I decided to post every single day except Sunday and I also tried to make a sort of schedule of what day I would post what topic/niche.
Another change I wanted to make was that I wanted to write most posts about mental health and I also wanted to share more blogging advice posts. I wanted to share more mental health posts because by this time I had learnt a lot of tricks that helped me deal with my anxiety and I wanted to share these tips as they could potentially help others who may going through the same or similar problems. I also wanted to write about mental health because I realised how little awareness there was about mental health and I wanted to be part of the fight to normalise mental health problems. I genuinely believe that the more we spread awareness by talking openly about mental health and my normalising mental health problems the better it will get for people who suffer from mental health problems.
As for the blogging advice posts- I wanted to write these for two main reasons. After hitting 1000 followers a while back I was constantly getting emails, messages, DM’s and comments asking me how I got my followers and how they can get more followers/traffic. I thought if I wrote posts with blogging advice they could simply read those posts instea dof me replying to every single person individually. Plus, I could write in more detail- obviously I can’t text like a thousand word message about why tags are important.
Another reason was that as I did my research the year before I realised that it was quite difficult to get specific, simple and quick tips and tricks on how to get more followers and traffic. In fact, some of the stuff was rarely even talked about. People focused much more on the difficult technical stuff like SEO- which don’t get me wrong is super important- but the small stuff is important too and in my opinion much more doable for a lot of people who may not be tech savvy or may just be starting out blogging. Therefore, I wanted to write much more simple, easy to follow, quick fixes that could help people out.
In April, I had summer break and decided to stay in Toronto for a bit and do a little travelling. Due to this I could not post as much in April or be as active on other blogs so my stats/traffic did suffer a bit. I had been getting thousands of views every month at this point but I lost about a thousand views in April which just goes to show you how important being active on WordPress is. If you pick up on one piece of advice from this blog make sure it is that you should be as active as possible. The trip was so fun and definitely worth it- I needed the break after a long semester and a harsh winter. You can check out my Toronto posts by clicking here. 
After my Toronto trip I headed home to Kenya for a few months for my summer vacation. It was so much fun to see my friends and family again and not having school meant that I would be able to spend some time focusing on my blog. By June, I had reached 9k followers and by August I had reached my goal for that year- 10k followers. I was growing pretty fast, I was getting thousands of views every month- things were definitely looking up for me and that’s why I finally decided to invest in myself which meant investing in this blog. I had promised myself that when I reached 10k I would update to a paid plan and change my blog from http://www.lifesfinewhine.wordpress.com to http://www.lifesfinewhine.com and I did just that. I upgraded to the Premium Plan because I thought that would be the bets plan for me at the time. I had gone from my blog looking like this:

To looking like this:

I was so excited to customise it and to finally have the blog of my dreams! Of course I let you guys know about the changes and as always you were all so supportive about it. I also wanted to share more information on why and how I upgraded in case anyone else was planning to do so.
I loved the Premium Plan so much but my one problem with it was that it didn’t have plugins. I saw that I could further upgrade to the Business Plan which would have plugins along with some more features I thought may be beneficial for me to have. However, this ended up being the biggest mistake of my blogging life. I liked the plugins part of the Business Plan but hated everything else. It made my follow button at the bottom right side of the page disappear which decreased the growth in my followers, it was way too expensive for what it offered and at the end of the day I felt that it did not offer me anything I couldn’t get through the Premium Plan and that plugins weren’t enough to keep me on the Business Plan.
You would think that would be the end of that but of course it was not. I had to downgrade my plan from Business to Premium and for some reason this made my posts that I had created while using the Business Plan split into two posts- one containing my likes and one containing my comments. Because they were duplicates some of the posts got automatically deleted or turned into a draft which I decided not to republish since I didn’t want duplicate posts on my site. It seriously hurt losing the likes and comments I had worked so hard for- especially the comments- and it didn’t help that the WP helpers were not very helpful. Either way I am grateful it did not turn out worse than losing some of my likes and comments- could you imagine if I lost followers or all my posts. I would have been devastated. To read the full story of what happened click here. Thinking of upgrading your WP Plan but don’t want to go through what I did? Read this.
I ended the year pretty well though. Yes, these few incidents were sad and stressful but overall I had had a good year as far as blogging goes. I had kept most of my goals which I talked about in my “How Many Goals… Did I Keep” post. I had increased my traffic and following as I had hoped to do and this led to me meeting and interacting with lots of amazing people which was really the highlight for me. I, unfortunately, could not blog every single day except Sunday but I did try very hard and blogged for almost every single day I was supposed to. 2019 turned out to be a really good year for me in the end.
If you want to read my posts from 2019 you can do so by clicking here.

Thoughts

Does you blogging journey have any similarities to mine? Have you faced any obstacles in your blogging journey? What are some of your blogging goals? Do you have a blogging schedule and does it help? Do you blog about a particular topic or multiple topics? What WP plan are you currently on? What is your blogging journey/story? Let me know in the comments below I would love to hear your thoughts and your story!


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My Blogging Journey #4

My Blogging Journey #4

My Blogging Journey And Why I Decided To Share It


I would recommend reading part 1, part 2, and part 3 of my blogging journey before diving into this post so that you can understand this one better. I also want to thank everyone for taking the time to read about my blog and my blogging journey and for all the amazing comments you have left on the other three posts. I can not thank you guys enough for the support- your comments ALWAYS make my day.
You guys may remember but a while back I took a survey and asked you guys what you wanted to read on lifesfinewhine and what I should blog about and I got so many amazing responses. Some people suggested that I should write about my blogging journey over the last six years. I thought this was a really great idea and a while back I did a sort of mini throwback post where I used a site to help me see what my blog looked like back in the day and how it’s changed over the years. I got a lot of great comments on that and again I got some people asking to elaborate about my blogging journey and talk about the changes I’ve made, how I’ve made them and what inspired me to blog and to continue blogging, etc.
I’ve decided to write six posts on my blogging journey. Since I began blogging almost exactly six years ago (it will officially be six years in about a month) I thought I would write one post a week talking about my blogging journey during each year as well as what was going on with my life and how it effected my blog. I will also be talking about the technical things like the updates I made, what plan I use, how I customize my plan, the SEO work I got done and more. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you guys and I hope it helps newer bloggers on WordPress as well. I would also like to give all my readers a heads up because my blogging journey posts tend to be a little longer than my regular posts so if you don’t like longer posts this may not be for you.
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2018- Everything Starts Coming Together Again (For Real This Time!)

I’m just going to start with a little recap of what happened in 2017. In a nutshell, I had started 2017 off strong and was blogging regularly as well as figuring out all the tips and tricks of blogging like staying active, interacting with other bloggers, using tags/categories wisely and more. However, mid-2017 I had to move from Kenya to Canada for university and this kind of threw me off. Of course, moving to Canada was the right decision for me but it was also extremely overwhelming and since my studies have always been my priority I decided to focus on university and figure all that out instead of blogging regularly. I blogged very little for the last four months of 2017 and when I did blog they were random posts at random times- I did not have a specific schedule whatsoever.
However, by the end of 2017 I had made up my mind to work harder to balance my life and blog more regularly. I decided to come up with a schedule with which I could do both- work on my studies and keep that my priority but also blog as regularly as possible and maintain at least some kind of schedule. The main thing that was killing my blog was sporadic posts with no proper schedule, topics etc. I will take this time to say that although I was posting regularly my regular readers still really supported me and I truly appreciate all of you OG followers so much!! I am one of those people that I will either give it my all or not try at all- I know that’s not great but it’s just how I am. I’m a perfectionist and I knew that I wanted to blog and that I wanted blogging to be a part of my life so I decided that if I was going to be a blogger I was going to give it my all and work my ass butt off. I accepted that it would be difficult but I also knew that with some planning and prioritizing it would be very possible.
So, in January 2018 I came back to Canada with a little anxiety and a lot of ambition! Okay, so I didn’t start off strong but I did try really hard. I still had not found the perfect schedule or even a schedule that would work for me but I was posting again and more often so that was a start. Admittedly not a very strong start but a start nonetheless. To be fair I was still in first year and was still figuring out the whole university thing. I also wanted to spend more time on university and my subjects and really absorb the knowledge and education I was getting because I knew I was very privileged to have it and I wanted to make the most of it.
I also had kind of figured out what topics I wanted to write on and I had a more clear vision for my blog and what I wanted it to turn into over time now that I had picked out the topics. I knew that I definitely wanted to write about mental health because as you guys know spreading awareness about mental health is something that is very important to me personally. I also wanted to write about travel because I wanted to- and still very much want to- travel a lot more. Unfortunately, I did not see 2020 coming… I was also super into makeup and food and I wanted to share both of those with you guys so if you see my posts from 2018 you will notice a lot of them do have to do with vegan food and vegan/cruelty-free makeup products. By mid-2018 I had successfully gotten 4000 followers and my traffic was increasing again due to the increase in posts. I had also started to earn money off my blog on a regular basis. It really wasn’t much but it was a start and it encouraged me to keep going.
The problem I was still having was finding a balance and also getting back into the habit of writing on a regular basis. When it comes to writing for me personally I feel like it’s a knife I have to keep sharpening because if I stop writing it’s going to go blunt and I’m just not really going to be in the mood to write. If I write on a regular basis and really get into it then it will become a habit and I’ll get used to writing everyday and I will somehow find the time and energy to do it. Another problem I faced was not staying in one place for very long. I was in Kenya for a couple of months and in Canada for a couple of months and due to the time difference my optimum times kept changing and at that time me being the dummy I am I did not know you could schedule posts earlier on so I had a hard time dealing with the time difference too as well as dealing with all the change which as you could image was absolutely great for my mental health and anxiety… Usually after a month or two in one country I would finally get the hang of everything and then it would be time to leave again and I would get messed up again.
By September it was time for me to go back to university and start my fall semester and I left at the end of September but then something crazy happened! The weather was insanely horrible in Kenya/Ethiopia so my flight got delayed and I ended up getting stuck in Ethiopia for a few days. At first I was nervous but in the end it turned out to be the vacation I didn’t know I needed but the vacation I deserved lol! I LOVE Ethiopia so much- the people were absolutely amazing, the food is literally the most amazing food I have ever had, the country so breathtaking and as a history major there were so many historical places to explore which was such a bonus. To read about time in Ethiopia you can click here. Anyway the point of all this was life was crazy, I was living in different countries, my brain was getting so much information from school that I felt like I was pretty close to becoming a genius or completely snapping (spoiler alert: I did neither) and blogging was something that was just really becoming something I wanted really badly but didn’t know how to get.
But not everything was awful and 2018 was not over just yet. Things took a turn in October- I sat down with myself and gave myself a firm talking to (both of us cried but it was worth it…) and decided enough was enough. I had promised myself I was going to do better this year and I was not going to let 2018 without fulfilling that promise. I was going to do better, I was going to finally get my stuff together and for real this time.
If I had to pinpoint an exact month/date when this blog took a turn for the better and became something I began taking seriously and working on it would be November 2018. I posted almost every day- still hadn’t figured out the whole scheduling in advance thing so I didn’t post every day- but still going from posting a couple of times a month to almost every day was a huge step in the right direction for me. I also started doing a lot more research about blogging, how to get more traffic, how to get more followers, how to use the features properly and basically stuff like that. By the end of November, I had finally figured out how to use the tags properly– I had been using to many before and was spamming WordPress- and how to use all the other features to grow my blog.
I really gave it my all in December and again posted as much as I possibly could in a much more scheduled manner with much better quality posts. My views more than doubled and I got the highest views I had ever gotten in December and I got a lot more followers too which was amazing. It really motivated me to keep going and do even better in 2019. I was fully prepared to finally do this whole blogging thing the right way. I was super proud of myself and even started working more regularly on my Instagram and trying to grow that along with my blog. I also began talking to more blogger and meeting more people due to the increase in traffic which was amazing. As you guys know I love the social part of WordPress and I always love conversing with you guys. And in the end I was just happy that I had achieved my goal of reviving my blog in 2018- sure it was at the very end of 2018 but if you know me you know I definitely used to be one of those people who does things last minute so it was actually a very fitting conclusion.
If you want to read my posts from 2018 you can do so by clicking here.

Thoughts

Does you blogging journey have any similarities to mine? Have you faced any obstacles in your blogging journey? What are some of your blogging goals? Do you find it difficult to balance blogging with school/work/life? What’s your blogging journey/story? Let me know in the comments below I would love to hear your thoughts and your story!


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My Blogging Journey #3

My Blogging Journey #3

My Blogging Journey And Why I Decided To Share It


I would recommend reading part 1 and part 2 of my blogging journey before diving into this post so that you can understand this one better. I would also like to give all my readers a heads up because my blogging journey posts tend to be a little longer than my regular posts so if you don’t like longer posts this may not be for you.
You guys may remember but a while back I took a survey and asked you guys what you wanted to read on lifesfinewhine and what I should blog about and I got so many amazing responses. Some people suggested that I should write about my blogging journey over the last six years. I thought this was a really great idea and a while back I did a sort of mini throwback post where I used a site to help me see what my blog looked like back in the day and how it’s changed over the years. I got a lot of great comments on that and again I got some people asking to elaborate about my blogging journey and talk about the changes I’ve made, how I’ve made them and what inspired me to blog and to continue blogging, etc.
I’ve decided to write six posts on my blogging journey. Since I began blogging almost exactly six years ago (it will officially be six years in about a month) I thought I would write one post a week talking about my blogging journey during each year as well as what was going on with my life and how it effected my blog. I will also be talking about the technical things like the updates I made, what plan I use, how I customize my plan, the SEO work I got done and more. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you guys and I hope it helps newer bloggers on WordPress as well.
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2017- Everything Starts Coming Together (And Then Falls Apart)

Just to give you guys a small recap- in my last post about my blogging journey I talked about 2016 and how I was suffering from anxiety and depression by that point. I had been suffering from depression for a while so I had figured out how to manage that but my anxiety disorder had just started to that was something I was still trying to figure out. I had also decided to take a gap year after my A Levels and spend some time working on me before I start university and everything gets stressful again. As for blogging, now that I had some time off and was not preoccupied with school/exams I could spend more time blogging and kind of getting the hang of thing. Blogging is a lot of fun but it’s also a lot more work than anyone expects and there are definitely some tricks you need to pick up before your blog starts growing at a consistent rate. By the end of 2016 I had finally gotten the hang of blogging and had figured out a schedule that works for me, my optimum time, how to use the tags feature– but not correctly lol- and that the key to growing your blog is being active on other blogs. I had also gotten more used to my anxiety and was learning how to deal with it better as well as what eases my symptoms.
One of the things that I really wanted to do during my gap year along with work on myself was travel. I had always loved to travel but didn’t have the resources or time to do so when I was in school. But now that I had all the free time in the world for a few more months and my anxiety was becoming easier to handle I realized that I needed to do some travelling before I start university and that becomes my priority. Unfortunately, I was not able to travel abroad due to a number of reasons but my dad, sister and I decided travel in the country and go to Mt. Kenya. I actually wrote a post about it when we got back too that you can check out by clicking here. It was such a great experience and gave me something to blog about which is always a plus!
My blog was also doing a lot better now that I was starting to get the hang of everything. No, I would not say I had completely gotten the hang of blogging because there was still so much I did not know. I mean I look back to some of my posts now and think “wow, did I really post that” or “I should have edited that differently.” I had however gotten the hang of some stuff like how to get traffic and followers organically and I was trying my best to grow my blog as much as I could. It was working too because I had started getting much higher views than I had gotten in 2015 and 2016 and I was getting at least over two thousand view a month which felt like so many to me back then. I was so happy and I remember feeling more and more like this was it. Blogging was something that the universe had given me and that it was supposed to be a part of my life. I had just reached 500 followers and than 1000 followers in 2016 and I could see my little baby blog growing before my very eyes. It was exhilarating and for a bit I was kind of addicted to the feeling you get every time your notification bell gets that orange dot. I would keep refreshing the page waiting for comments, likes, follows or shares.
I had a lot of things to celebrate in 2017 when it came to blogging achievements. I celebrated my 2 year blogiversary which if you know me is a lot. I am not usually someone who sticks with something unless I am very passionate about it. I get bored very easy and if I don’t enjoy the writing I get writers block pretty easy too so to have been writing on this blog- admittedly on and off but still writing- for two whole years was a huge achievement for me and yet another sign showing me that this was my path and that I was going in the right direction.
Another achievement was reaching two thousand followers and than three thousand followers. I was so super happy and honoured to have so many followers. I never dreamed that even a thousand people would want to read my work let alone three thousand. I remember taking a picture of my follower count and sending it to my friends and just being so super excited!
Something else that I achieved was that I made a bunch of online friends! As a millennial I was repeatedly told as a child not to talk to strangers so I went out of my way to do just that as an adult (we’re such a weird generation but like in a good way sometimes lol). I’m kidding by the way if any kids are reading this (I highly doubt it but you never know these days…) please don’t talk to strangers especially on the internet!! Anyway I had made a bunch of blogging friends and was really starting to feel like I’m part of the WordPress community. Blogging also made me come out of my shell a lot more and become more confident and comfortable with talking to new people- something I had always struggled with. It also made me want to explore new things, try new things and do more just so I can share my experiences with you guys. I still feel like I am way more creative because of blogging- there are SO MANY things I would never have done had it not been for blogging which is kind of scary to think about. I started learning German (I also started learning German again this year- some things really don’t change lol) and I began sharing that journey on my blog. I also started doing art which I also shared on here.
Everything was all well and good until I realised that it was time to start adulting again. I applied to university in Canada and decided to major in History- I had earlier wanted to major in Psychology but decided to go for History instead. I got into the university of my choice and before I knew it I was applying for my Visa, doing a bunch of tests needed for the Visa, I was packing, I was planning and soon I was ready to go to Canada. We left in August and I found it too difficult to continue blogging because I didn’t always have access to the WiFi and to be honest I just wanted to enjoy the experience in the moment. I was also super stressed out about all the change and literally did not have the time to blog so that didn’t help the situation. I did blog a little after coming to Canada but it was not very frequently. I also posted at random times and was not able to maintain the schedule I used to have because of all the university work I had to do.
Since I did not post much for about four months I obviously lost a lot of traffic and a couple of followers. I did try to stay as active as possible on my blog and continue to visit other blogs especially the blogs of bloggers I was friends with because I really wanted to continue supporting everyone who had been so kind to me and had earlier supported me. My views were still over a few thousand but were significantly less than the months before which was to be expected because as I always say in my blogging advice posts staying active is a large part of growing your blog.
Unfortunately, just as I was getting the hang of blogging and had come up with a schedule that worked for me everything in my little blogging world kind of fell apart. Things were going great in real life- I was having new experiences, meeting new people and really enjoying the courses I had taken especially Sociology which was so eye opening for me. However, my blogging life kind of felt like it was falling apart and to be honest after coming home from a long day at school and having a bunch of assignments and stuff to do I was not in the right mindset to blog regularly. I’m also a creature of habit and I think I had fallen out of habit when it came to blogging. I did still want to blog- I just needed to figure everything out again and readjust everything. With the time difference I had a new optimum posting time, traffic from different countries, different topics I wanted to write about and so much more.
I went home to Kenya in December for a few weeks and ended up realising that my blog was kind of falling apart and that if I wanted to continue blogging- which I desperately did- I need to get my shit life together. I began doing my research and figuring out how I can continue blogging while keeping my university stuff in order. I made up my mind that 2018 would be different. I was going to be as productive as possible and I was going to make sure I blog much more regularly.
I’m going to end this post here- it went on way longer than I expected but 2017 was a major year for me. So much happened, so much changed and in a way this was the year I really made the decision to blog seriously and try to turn this hobby in at least a part-time thing. This is also the year I really found myself and consequently I found out exactly what I want this blog to be too.
If you want to read my posts from 2017 you can do so by clicking here.

Thoughts

Does you blogging journey have any similarities to mine? Have you faced any obstacles in your blogging journey? If yes what obstacles have you faced and were any of them similar to mine? Do you find it difficult to balance blogging with school/work/life? What’s your blogging journey/story? Let me know in the comments below I would love to hear your thoughts and your story!


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17K WordPress Followers!

I want to start this post by saying a huge THANK YOU to every single person that has followed/subscribed to lifesfinewhine! I am so honoured that you chose to follow my blog and I am so lucky to have gotten to know so many of you amazing bloggers over the years and I can not wait to get better acquainted with my newer followers.
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For those of you who are new to this blog and want to know more about the blog and what sort of posts to expect feel free to check out my introduction page. I also have a blogging advice section about how to grow your blog and increase traffic to your blog. A lot of people ask me about that so I decided to just link it on here to make it easier for people looking for this kind of advice.

As you guys know the whole socialising part of WordPress is one of my favourite parts about blogging and this community has been exceptionally kind, open, giving, supportive and just so wonderful for the most part. I am so lucky to be part of the WordPress community and to get so much support on my posts from you guys.
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I want to thank every person who takes the time to read, like, follow, share and comment on my posts. The little WordPress notification bell really makes my day and seeing all the likes, shares and comments is such a great feeling. I love replying to your comments, reading your take on things and learning from you guys.
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I want to thank everyone who has gone over to my social media pages and followed me there as well. I just reached 4k on Instagram which I am so thankful for!

I also just want to remind everyone that I have an official share and promote page on this blog where you can share your blog as well as find blogs to check out. Please leave your links there and not on other unrelated posts on this blog- thank you.
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I also understand that a lot is going on in the world with the pandemic, protests/movements and reopening things up and this may be causing anxiety for a lot of people. If you ever want to talk to someone please feel free to reach me on the social media pages listed below or the email address also listed below. Thank you again to everyone- I honestly feel so blessed to have all of you in my life!


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My Blogging Journey #2

My Blogging Journey #2

My Blogging Journey And Why I Decided To Share It


Before you guys start reading this post I would highly recommend reading the first part of my blogging journey by clicking here. 
You guys may remember but a while back I took a survey and asked you guys what you wanted to read on lifesfinewhine and I got so many amazing responses. Some people suggested that I should write about my blogging journey over the last six years. I thought this was a really great idea and a while back I did a sort of mini throwback post where I used a site to help me see what lifesfinewhine looked like back in the day and how it’s changed over the years and I got a lot of great comments on that and also some asking to elaborate about my journey and talk about the changes I’ve made, how I’ve made them and what inspired me to blog and to continue blogging, etc.
I’ve decided to write six posts on my blogging journey. Since I began blogging almost exactly six years ago (it will officially be six years in about a month) I thought I would write one post a week talking about my blogging journey during each year as well as what was going on with my life and how it effected my blogging. I will also be talking about the technical things like the updates I made, what plan I use, how I customize my plan, the SEO work I got done and more. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you guys and I hope it helps newer bloggers on WordPress as well. I would also like to give all my readers a heads up because my blogging journey posts tend to be a little longer than my regular posts so if you don’t like longer posts this may not be for you.
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2016- I Finally Start Figuring WordPress Out

So 2016 was kind of a crazy year for me. I had so much going on with my personal life and I was mentally and physically exhausted by the time I was done with everything. It was also the year of personal growth and acceptance for me and in many ways this was the year I finally began to find and accept my true self.
For the first six months of 2016 I was super preoccupied because I was preparing for my A Level exams. It was quite stressful even though I was doing three subjects- History, English and Psychology. Anyone who has done A Levels will tell you that it is no joke. I had some tests and exams in Jan and Feb so I did not write much during those two months- I still did try to write occasionally and ended up writing more often than I had in 2015 but still my views were pretty low because I rarely posted and if I did it would be randomly without much of a schedule.
By March, I had realised that this whole blogging hobby was here to stay and that it was going to become a thing. I had also figured out a lot of the technical things by this point as well and by now I had learnt the most important lesson you can learn when it comes to blogging- BE ACTIVE. You need to be active both on your own blog and on other blogs if you want to remain relevant and make sure your blog is growing consistently. I tried really hard to concentrate on my education but also stay active on WordPress. I’m not going to lie- it was definitely a struggle.
My school ended in April and I had most of April and some of May off for reading break and so I was mostly at home which made it a bit easier to both revise and blog. My views went higher during these March and April because I was spending more time on my blog and I was so excited to see my hard work pay off when I got over two thousand views in a month for the first time. This was such a big deal to me and it also told me that what I was doing was working for me and that I should continue with blogging. Unfortunately, my views in May and June got lower as I was more preoccupied with my exams.
From July till December my views continued to grow and so did my followers. I was so absolutely delighted and I was extra happy because I had started to make blogging friends which as you guys know is a big part of why I enjoy blogging. I had begun meeting like-minded people and socialising a lot more now that I was getting more comments and was following more blogs and leaving comments on these blogs. I think most bloggers can understand the excitement you feel when you get a new notification or a new comment on one of your posts. It’s just such a rush!
Unfortunately, as my blog grew my mental health was deteriorating and my anxiety was getting worse. I had finally figured out how to control my depression as best I could and then having to start all over with anxiety was a lot to handle. Mental health problems are constant and they can very exhausting. By the time I was done with my exams I found myself too exhausted to think about university especially because I wanted to go abroad to study. My parents realised this and suggested I take a gap year which I did and honestly it was the best decision I made.
During the next few months I did as much research as I could on mental health and in particular on anxiety and depression and I looked for ways to deal with both or at least ways through which I could control them enough to continue to pursue my dreams without being constantly pulled down by my mental health problems. I learned my triggers, I learned how to control my triggers and how to best deal with the symptoms of anxiety. It was difficult but it was worth it because the things I learnt in this year are things I still use to control my anxiety. I have mentioned with before but when it comes to mental health problems you never fully recover- you kind of just learn to deal with the symptoms and carry on despite them.
Before this post gets too depressing I also want to say that it wasn’t all doom and gloom. As always this blog and WordPress kept me sane- it helped keep structure in my life and in case you can’t tell I am one of those people who needs a lot of structure. I thrive on organisation and planning and blogging taught me a lot about both. I also decided to use my gap year to my advantage as best I could and do a bunch of stuff I had been meaning to do but never found time to do because I was always busy with school. I tried new foods at new restaurants, I did a lot of art, I redecorated and best of all I got my first tattoo! It was a tiny little tattoo but it’s still my favourite thing ever! I also traveled but that was mainly in 2017 so all that will be in the next blogging journey post which will go up next week.

By the end of 2016, I had finally gotten the hang of blogging (or so I thought…) and I had figured out how to grow my blog (I kind of had!) and I celebrated one of my biggest milestones in August of 2016- I had gotten 500 followers. I was surprised and honoured that out of all the thousands of blogs out there these 500 people had chosen to follow my tiny little baby blog! Maybe people actually did like my writing and maybe I should continue blogging (spoiler alert- I did!). Although, as I mentioned in my last post, blogging for me was more of an outlet than anything else it was still amazing to know that people were actually reading my writing. I was so honoured and thought I was a mini-celeb hehe (spoiler alert I wasn’t and still am not…)! So yes, 2016 was a crazy year for me filled with a lot of change both negative and positive. A lot happened and I learnt a lot of things about blogging, myself, my goals and what I want this blog to become in the future.
You can check out my posts from back in 2016 if you’re interested by clicking here.
I want to end this post by thanking everyone who took the time to read and comment on the first post I did about my blogging journey where I talked about my experiences in 2015 as a new blogger. I was so overwhelmed by all the sweet and amazing things that everyone commented and it’s so nice to know that so many of you found it relatable. So thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you continue to enjoy and support my posts about my blogging journey. If anyone wants me to write about anything specific about my blogging journey let me know in the comments below and I will try my best to include it.

Thoughts

If you have been blogging for over an year did you second year of blogging have any similarities to mine? Does you blogging journey have any similarities to mine in general? Why did you decide to start blogging and how has blogging changed you life? What’s your blogging journey/story? Let me know in the comments below I would love to hear your thoughts and your story!


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How To Increase Your Following

Increasing Your Following

Although a lot of people blog as a hobby or just as a way to practice writing/put out their work a lot of people also want to grow their following and and many eventually want to transition into full-time blogging. Whether you just want to have a larger audience, earn an income from blogging or market other services of products you offer like books it is quite beneficial to have a large number of followers. Of course, it is not necessary in any way to have more followers because the most important part of blogging should be being able to put out your posts and interact with other people. However, if you are looking to increase your following and grow your blog the quick and simple ways listed below will help you do just that:

Be Active

If you want to grow your blog one of the most important things is to be active. Firstly, you need to figure out your optimum time so that you can schedule your post accordingly to get the optimum number of views and follows. If you’re not sure what your optimum time to post is and want to learn how to find it in order to grow your blog click here. Once you have have figured out your optimum time make sure to actively and consistently post on a regular basis. People generally prefer to follow blogs that they know will publish posts consistently because it makes it easier for them.If you post at random timings people may not have time to read some of your posts and may eventually stop reading your blog altogether as they are not sure whether or not you are still posting and when you will post. Just being regular with posts makes a huge difference in both traffic and following- not only will you gain more traffic and followers but you will gain loyal traffic and followers which is very important. After you start posting regularly you need to start being active on other blogs. WordPress is a two way street and you can not expect people to support your blog if you do not support theirs so make sure to support other blogs by regularly leaving likes and comments and even sharing posts you find particularly interesting. 

Explore Other Blogs

In a world with literally thousands of blogs it is rare that someone will randomly stumble across your blog and like it enough to follow you. You need to be the one to reach out to other blogs and make sure people are very aware of your blog. It’s great to support blogs that support you but don’t forget to explore outside your reader and find blogs that don’t follow you. This will help bring awareness to your blog and is a great way to grow your following. I would recommend finding 5 posts you like by 5 bloggers that don’t follow your blog and leaving a comment on their post every day if you have the time to do so. Just to be very clear please leave a genuine comment about their post not a spam comment trying to force them to follow you. Spam comments will do much more harm to your blog and image than good.  

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Market Yourself

Marketing yourself is a huge part of growing your blog. I know it may sound weird but you need to be your biggest cheerleader when it comes to growing your blog. Market yourself on social media and WordPress as much as possible in order to bring awareness to your blog and your posts. It’s a great way to increase traffic and increased traffic will consequently mean an increased following. There are a number of ways to market yourself. You can market you blog on your social media pages. You can participate in awards/challenges/tags. You can write guest posts for larger blogs. You can find blogs that offer share and promote pages and leave your link there. For more details on how to market your blog click here. 

Put Out High Quality Posts

At the end of the day the most important part of blogging is your posts. That’s what makes people visit your blog and that is what will make people decide whether or not to follow your blog. If you write posts that you are passionate about, write on topics you are personally interested in and make sure to keep it real with your readers they will appreciate your content and want to follow your blog for other similar content. If you are a multi-niche blog I would recommend taking a survey every few months and asking your readers what they want to see on your blog so that you can see what topics/posts are most popular among your readers. This helps you keep in touch with what your audience wants and your audience feels heard. This will decrease your unfollows and increase your followers. The quality of your posts are very important too- truth be told no one wants to read a low quality post when there are thousands of high quality ones on the Internet. Typos and grammatical errors are quite common and having one or two once in a while is completely okay but having a large number of typos and grammatical errors on every single post- this can happen if you are writing in a language that is not your first language, have a problem with grammar/typos in general, write quickly without paying full attention to the post, etc- can make it very difficult and distracting for the reader. I would highly recommend editing your posts if you are prone to such errors and if need be use services like Grammarly that will help you find errors. However, the problem with services like that is that it may not always be accurate and may leave out some actual errors while pointing out errors that aren’t there. If you are having this problem reach out to people who help edit posts manually- lifesfinewhine does offer this. I would also recommend using free services that are available such as spellcheck. 

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Thoughts

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My Blogging Journey

My Blogging Journey

My Blogging Journey And Why I Decided To Share It


You guys may remember but a while back I took a survey and asked you guys what you wanted to read on lifesfinewhine and I got so many amazing responses. Some people suggested that I should write about my blogging journey over the last six years. I thought this was a really great idea and a while back I did a sort of mini throwback post where I used a site to help me see what lifesfinewhine looked like back in the day and how it’s changed over the years and I got a lot of great comments on that and also some asking to elaborate about my journey and talk about the changes I’ve made, how I’ve made them and what inspired me to blog and to continue blogging, etc. It actually turns out people had asked me to write a post about that two years ago as well and I had started to but for some reason never published the post (I probably forgot lol) which I now found when I was cleaning out my drafts section. I wasn’t blogging as regularly back then so I was not posting as often.
But everything happens for a reason and I’m glad I didn’t publish that one because not much had changed two years ago but I have made a lot of upgrades, changes and updates over the last year or so. I have way more to talk about now. So anyway, I’ve decided to write six posts on my blogging journey. Since I began blogging almost exactly six years ago (it will officially be six years in about a month) I thought I would write one post per year talking about my blogging journey during that year as well as what was going on with my life and how it effected my blogging. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it with you guys and I hope it helps newer bloggers as well because as I mentioned I will definitely be sharing more technical stuff about WordPress too.
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2015- Where It All Began

This is kind of the origin story of lifesfinewhine except maybe not quite as exciting…
I always knew I wanted to write- like always. A lot of kids when you ask them what they want to be when they grow up don’t know or will say something like “I want to be a princess” but not me. I was always like “I want to be a vet and also write books.” Obviously both those things worked out perfectly for me since I have written absolutely no books so far and am getting a degree in History (that’s what vets get right??). Anyway, I always knew that when I grew up I wanted to write and by the time I was in my last year of high school I realised that I kept saying I want to write but I hadn’t actually written anything and that was super terrifying for me. As a teenager one of your worst fears is becoming a lame adult who settles for a job they hate and I felt like that’s the path I was on for some reason- obviously I was being super irrational but I was much younger and MUCH stupider back then.
This was also the time when my anxiety and depression were pretty bad and that really did not help. I was struggling with my mental health, being a full time student and just being me in general. I really needed an outlet and I was desperate to write. I tried a bunch of sites but nothing seemed to fit just right and I was getting increasingly frustrated. I felt like I had not achieved how much I had expected to achieve by 18 and it was really eating away at me.
I talked to someone who was a close friend at the time and she suggested that I try out blogging as she was also blogging back then and she was really enjoying it. Therefore, I decided to give it a shot and eventually after ignoring my initial anxiety started looking for names for a blog. I hate to admit this but I just went on Google and used one of those sites that help you create a name for your blog. I looked through a few names and thought lifesfinewhine sounded okay-ish so I decided to “give it a try.”
At this time my blog was supposed to be like my diary where I would rant about stuff and talk about things I find interesting which was mainly anything to do with psychology back then. That’s why I thought lifesfinewhine kind of worked because it had the words “life” and “whine” on it. I think more than anything I knew this would mainly be an outlet for me and I really did not expect it to grow as much as it has now. Yes, I hoped it would grow over time but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that it would grow this much and this fast.
With a lot of help and guidance from a friend I set up my blog and dealt with all the technicalities. Firstly, I’m awful at technology so I had to learn how to create a blog, write a draft, save the draft, publish the draft and blah blah blah. People think creating a blog is easy but let me tell you it is the furthest thing from easy. It is so difficult and complicated especially if you’re not good with computers/technology.
And so lifesfinewhine was born. This is what it looked like back then- simple, plain and kind of perfect for what I was going for back then. Over time I knew that I wanted to change the look of my blog but back then I really liked this look and thought it was simple but really amazing.

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My first post was a serious hassle. I typed it, retyped it, edited it like a million times till I had pretty much retyped it again and then edited it some more. It about what I was learning in my psychology class which was the psychology behind cults. I was so nervous to press publish but I finally hit the publish button, logged out and had massive anxiety for like half an hour. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you publish your first post and you’re all excited and nervous and scared. I loved it and also simultaneously hated it.
Also nothing compares to the shock you get when you realise there are thousands of bloggers out there and that no one really cares about your posts as much as you do. I know it’s a harsh thing to say but it’s true. WP has one of the most caring, supportive and amazing communities on the Internet which is shocking when you compare it to what other platforms on the Internet are like but it is also very much a two way street which I did not know back then but began picking up on.
So basically I got very few views, likes and about two comments- one from a friend and one from my sister. I was slightly discouraged but I was still enthusiastic. I think even back then I kind of knew that this was going to become a thing in my life and that blogging was something I needed to stick with. I kept trying my best and published about 40 posts that year. All at random times when I felt like it. Again they did not get many views, likes, comments and shares. I did not get many follows either.

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But at the same time blogging started to become more interesting and fun. I started writing poetry again, sharing my inner most thoughts and feelings. It was kind of like therapy but in a way better- mostly because it was free lol… Anyway, over time the blogging anxiety became less and less and the blogging happiness became more and more. By the end of 2015 I was actually much more into the idea of blogging more and perhaps even regularly- like once a week. I was still a full time student but I was using my free time on working on my posts. My friends were super supportive and sweet about it which was really nice. But not surprising because they’re super awesome.
In a way this blog really saved me. More than anything it brought the spark back into my dull, repetitive life. It gave me an outlet, ambition, drive and a new goal- to write again. I will be publishing the next part of this post which will deal with my blogging journey in 2016 next week so stay tuned for that. I know this post is a bit long but I have so many fond memories of this blog and how it all started and I really wanted to share all this with you guys. Also I do have a tendency to ramble… or should I say whine…
You can check out my posts from back in 2015 if you’re interested by clicking here.

Thoughts

I hope you guys enjoyed this slightly longer and more personal blog. Did you relate to some of the things I mentioned in the post? Did you have a similar journey when you first started blogging? What was your blogging journey like? Are you glad you started blogging? If you’ve been blogging for a while now has your blog changed over the years? Did anything about my blogging journey surprise you or stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below I would love to hear your thoughts and about your personal blogging journey!


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