Day 45 (Overtime) – What is my blog?

Hi!

In my first blog post, I said that my blog would include:

  • Positivity posts
  • Study posts
  • Environmental posts
  • Cute posts
  • Appreciation posts
  • Lots moree

However, I feel like since then my content has changed quite a bit. Actually, I only have one study post on this blog, and I wouldn’t consider any of my posts to fit into any of the other categories. To be perfectly honest, I created this blog on a whim when I was bored one day. I didn’t even know how to create a blog until I saw a niche meme on instagram which had a blogging app on it, and I remember being pretty fascinated at the prospect of creating a website with my phone.

Then, I got bored. I didn’t really know what to do one day and then I remembered the post I’d seen. So, I looked for blogging apps and found WordPress. Starting the blog was really easy, but posting was hard. I didn’t think through what I wanted to do with my blog and that’s why the list I gave was really generic and random, and I think that, because I didn’t know which direction to take, I found it super hard to post. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and what things I wanted to share with people, and this became an issue.

At first, I wanted to be a generic blogger and ‘fit in’ with the general character of a teen who shares advice and experiences with her audience, all whilst appearing ‘perfect’ to those reading. I started the blog with a haiku, and I still do those today. One of my first posts was a little bit of writing about my friends, similar to what I do now. However, following that I posted a few blogs from October to December which fit the character of a perfect person I was trying to play. I spoke about the environment, and charities and gave advice to people. Don’t get me wrong, I do love helping people, but I don’t like blogging about it. I felt like I wasn’t happy talking about things I had little experience in and I wasn’t motivated or inspired to blog about those things.

I think that you can see how out of my depth I was in my first post after New Years, when I spoke about posting more often. I said I’d post once every 1-2 weeks, knowing full well I’d find it pretty hard. By starting my blog so quickly and without planning, I’d thrown myself into the deep end. I didn’t know what to do with this site, but I didn’t want to stop blogging – not because of my audience, because I didn’t have one other than my friends at that point, but because I didn’t want this blog to be yet another thing which I had given up or quit without trying.

All the same, I was struggling with what to post and I didn’t to abandon this blog.

I had been writing little pieces and poems for a while, and sharing them with a few people. They’d compliment me on my writing, but I thought this was just because they were my friends and they have a duty to not make me upset. I felt like I hadn’t posted in too long some time in January, so in a panic I found a piece of descriptive writing. The post didn’t do to well. However, the day after that post was uploaded I realised Lent had started and on another whim I decided to blog every day. I probably shouldn’t have made this decision so hastily but it was the only thing I could think of to keep the blog going.

I had bullet pointed some ideas and I had all the pictures ready by a few days in, but I definitely did not have 40 posts ready to go. I knew I had to write about something and the only thing I could think of was something which I’d only typically and regularly speak about with my friend, Jake;

My weird, deep-rooted appreciation for the world.

I liked to talk with him, and other friends, like Ella, about the people and the things I loved most about the world. I decided the only thing I could do would be to start blogging about it.

Around Day 10 I stared realising that daily updates weren’t cutting it, so I started to write about the things I think about daily, and these things I love about the world. These posts seemed to do pretty well, or at least better than my other ones. In addition to writing, I started to share with my audience the books, films and people I like the most.

I’m much more confident in my blog now and I’m much happier with my content now. I’m not expecting all of my followers (who I’m very grateful for) to love every single post I make, but if they are interested in a certain type of post I make I’m so grateful that they take the time to read it. I’d like to say THANK YOU to all of my followers, whether they’re old or new, for taking the time to read my posts.

I hope I can continue to make people happy with my blog.

All photos by me, please ask permission before use!

– Sophie xx

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