My First Six Months Of Blogging

This is a pretty exciting post for me to write for two reasons. Firstly, today marks the day that I have been blogging for six whole months. Secondly, today is also my birthday! How is that for serendipity. On Wednesday 18th October 2017, I created a WordPress account and shared my first post on The Open University study tips; now over fifty posts later (53 to be exact), I am still here! So I thought it would be cool to recap on my first six months of my blogging journey and share with you things I have learned along the way.

You don’t need to be an artist to be creative

Over the past six months, I have enjoyed doing a lot of creative posts but I wouldn’t call myself an ‘artist’. My favourites have been Reeves paint by numbers, card making, scrapbooking, anti-stress dot-to-dot and make your own alpaca pin cushions. It doesn’t matter if things don’t turn out perfect, as long as you are having fun that is the most important thing.

You don’t need to be a travel blogger to share your holiday experiences

Just before I started my blog I went to Greece, and just as I hit the 6 month milestone I have come back from Italy. For the most part, I haven’t left the UK but I have still shared a number of travel related posts. I have recapped on the 18 Amazing Places I’ve Visited In The Last Seven Years and made a selection of holiday scrapbooks on Thailand, Greece and Gran Canaria and blogged whats in my In-Flight Essentials Bag. Even though some trips were not so recent, it was still great to reminisce and share my holidays.

People like reading tips and tricks on how to blog

My three most popular posts over the past six months are 10 Things To Include In Your Media Kit, Six Reasons Why You Should Go Self-Hosted and 6 Ways To Improve Your Blog Writing. I always enjoy sharing my tips and tricks so will keep on adding these kinda posts when I come up with new ideas. If you have any requests please let me know in the comments and I’ll happily share my thoughts.

Twitter is the best social media for the blogging community

In my experience, the blogging community on Twitter is the place to be. It has been awesome making new friends and finding new blogs to follow. My twitter following has slowly grown over the last six months and it still amazes me that I have over 6k followers. A huge 74% of my blog views comes from Twitter alone. I have written a post on 10 Simple Ways To Grow Your Twitter but the main piece of advice is to interact with others and join in on blog chats and comment threads regularly. Click here to read more tips on using social media to grow your blog traffic.

Blog inspiration is everywhere

There have been times when I have left completely stuck when it comes to blog inspiration. But normally you don’t need to think too hard to find a new topic to blog about. When I was feeling overwhelmed I wrote 6 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress and when I was feeling relaxed I wrote 10 Easy Ways To Create Calm. I’ve listened to podcasts and wrote about my favourites. Even going on a day out can be inspiration for a new blog, here are my posts on Bournemouth, Winchester Christmas Market, Brighton at Christmas, Bath for New Years, Weymouth, Salisbury and Brighton again for my sisters birthday.

Blogging is always full of surprises

The best thing I have learned from my first six months of blogging is that it is unpredictable, exciting and full of surprises. I have had some awesome opportunities such as my cats being models on Pet Portraits by THERAVIOSART, and Sweet Wild Designs: Simba & Zazu. I’ve teamed up with Panasonic to write The Top 20 Christmas Films Of All Time, had an awesome giveaway with Photowall on Twitter for an absolutely gigantic Paint Splash Map Of The World and written reviews on flowers, stationery, pins, and tea. I wonder what will come up next…

I hope you enjoyed reading my recap. It’s been such a fun six months and I am so grateful to everyone that reads my blog, follows me on social media and offers their support and encouragement. So a huge THANK YOU for making blogging an awesome experience, I’m looking forward to see what the next six months will bring… it’s all very exciting!

ARE YOU FOLLOWING ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

TWITTER ♥ INSTAGRAM ♥ BLOGLOVIN’ ♥ PINTEREST ♥ ETSY SHOP

 

Follow:
Share:

60 Comments

  1. April 18, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday to you and happy half birthday to your blog! You started blogging on my birthday 😁 it’s hard to actually believe you only began 6 months ago! Congratulations on all your achievements, your blog is really inspiring 💕

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Soffy! 💖 You are always so sweet and supportive, so thank you, I really appreciate it 😘 xx

  2. April 18, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Happy Birthday & Happy 6 months of blogging. Keep up the good work x

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Aw thanks so much Leann! 💕😘 xx

  3. April 18, 2018 / 8:49 am

    wow, it’s great to read someone whose blog is 3 months older than my blog. you seriously made a good amount of achievement congratulations and more power to u girl😘💞

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Asma! 💖 Yay! It’s great to find other bloggers who started at a similar time 😘 xx

  4. April 18, 2018 / 10:44 am

    Happy birthday Bexa! Love your blog and i love this lil post, totally relate/agree to all of them!x

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thank you so much Ellie! 💖 xx

  5. April 18, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Bexa 🎈 and Happy Half Birthday for your blog 🎉

    You’ve had some fab posts up and all make for good reading, I loved the one on the pins!

    Your blog has always inspired me (even though I’ve slacked off since moving) I still love to read your blog 😊
    I can’t believe it’s only been 6 months since you started.

    Looking forward to reading your next 6 months work 🥂

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Laura! 💖 I’m so glad you enjoy my posts, thank you for all your support and encouragement 😍 I really appreciate it 😘 xx

  6. April 18, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Happy birthday! That’s a lot to achieve in such a”short” amount of time 😝. Congratulations on all of it!

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:46 am

      Aw thanks so much Sarah! ☺️💕 xx

  7. April 18, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Congratulations Bexa and happy birthday 🎉this was a great post keep on the good work ☺️

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Bee! 💖 xx

    • April 19, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Aw thanks so much Em! 💖 xx

  8. April 18, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Happy birthday, Bexa! And huge congratulations on your blog. It looks amazing and you write so well, your posts and pictures are always really lovely and inspiring. I’m so glad to have got to know you through blogging and I look forward to reading lots more of your posts in the future – yay! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • April 19, 2018 / 8:00 am

      Aww Lisa! 💖 Thank you so much for always being so sweet and supportive! I really appreciate it 😍 Yay! I’m so glad to have met you on this exciting blogging journey, you are always an inspiration! 😘 xx

  9. April 19, 2018 / 6:54 am

    Wishing you a very happy birthday Bexa and a big congratulations on completing six months of blogging. I have been reading and enjoying your blog a lot. Especially the varied topics you write about is so inspirational. I loved your blogging related posts that helped a lot.

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    • April 19, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Aw thank you so much Via! 💖 You have always been to supportive and lovely so thank you, I really appreciate it 😍 xx

  10. April 19, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Hey Happy birthday and congrats on completing 6 months of blogging. It’s really inspiring to have achieved so much in 6 months. Looking forward to reading your next post.

    • April 19, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Disa! 💖 I really appreciate your kind words and support 😘 xx

  11. April 19, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I already wished you Happy Birthday yesterday but Happy Birthday again Bexa 😀 Great post and congrats on hitting the 6 month mark! Which also means that I have seeing as we started a day apart! You’ve absolutely smashed blogging.. you are doing so so well and are so inspiring to people too xx

    • April 19, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Thank so much for your lovely comment Rebecca! 💖 I did think your 6 months of blogging would be around this sorta time too ☺️. It’s so awesome we started together and have supported each other along the way 💖. Thanks for being such a fantastic blogging friend, I’m looking forward to see what happens for us both in the next six months too! Keep up the great work girl 😘 xx

  12. April 19, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Great news. Happy birthday and congrats on a fab first 6 months of blogging

    • April 19, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you so much Anna! 💖 xx

  13. April 19, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Happy birthday (again) and congrats on six months of blogging! I just barely joined Twitter – wish I had known about its importance sooner!

    http://www.chrisandeena.com

    • April 19, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Aw thanks so much Eena! 💖 Twitter is the best place to be, great to have you as a friend on there! 😘 xx

    • April 21, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      Aw thank you so much! 💖 You are so sweet! So glad you enjoyed the recap! 😍 xx

  14. April 19, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    happy 6 months blogging!! These are wonderful things to learn.
    And it seems that you are doing so well. You’ve become one of my go-to blogs as well ^^
    You are so right. Inspiration is everywhere. If only you open your mind, magical things happen

    • April 19, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Aww Rose! 💖 You are so sweet. Thank you for your lovely kind comment, so glad you enjoy my blog 😘 xx

  15. April 19, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Happy 6 months of blogging! such a fab milestone under your belt now! Fab post!!

    • April 19, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Aw thanks so much Neve! 💖 xx

  16. April 19, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Firstly Happy Birthday! And secondly well done for your first 6 months of blogging! That’s a huge achievement d you’ve done so much 😍 I love reading your blog so much inspiration here!

    Jo x

    • April 19, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment Jo! 💖 So glad you enjoy reading my blog, love yours too! 😘 xx

  17. April 19, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    I loved reading this! I love the fact that you said blogging inspiration is everywhere! It’s something l didn’t think about but after reading that bit, it made more sense! Great post as always Bexa! Hope you enjoyed your birthday too!

    MJ X
    http://www.beeingyou.co.uk

    • April 19, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Aw thank you so much MJ! 💖 You are always so sweet and supportive. I had a lovely birthday too thank you! I had a nice relaxing spa day 😍 xx

  18. April 19, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Congrats on your first 6 months of blogging! Here’s to the next 6 months! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all your posts over this short time and you’ve quickly become one of my faves! These are all really valid points. You certainly don’t have to be an artist to be creative – I’m learning that more and more recently, now I’m trying to improve my blog photography. I don’t have an expensive camera, loads of blog props or light boxes. But I’m doing what I can and I’m improving and that’s what’s important 🙂 xxx

    • April 19, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Aww Jenny! 💖 Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment. You have always been so supportive right from the very start and really made me feel welcome in the blogging community ☺️. You are definitely one of my faves too and I always love reading your posts and seeing your photos! 😍 xx

  19. April 19, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Happy belated Birthday and of course happy 6 month anniversary. Love this look back on some of your favourite posts I really enjoy all of your posts and it was great to have a reminder of some that have been and gone😃

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • April 21, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Aw thanks so much Melanie! 💖 You have always been so kind and encouraging so thank you for all the blog love 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  20. April 19, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months! I’ve been keeping up with your posts for a while and honestly your whole site is so professional! I totally agree with twitter being the best blog community too. I hope you had the most amazing birthday lovely- http://sophiehearts.net x

    • April 21, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Aww Sophie! 💖 You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment. 😍 I had a great birthday too thank you! 😘 xx

  21. April 19, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Congratulations on your 6th month!!! Can’t wait for my 6th month as well. I love reading other bloggers blog updates about what they have learned so far and what tips and tricks can I apply to improve mine as well. This post is well constructed and easy to read. Love it. 🙂

    • April 21, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Aw thanks so much Kaye! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the tips and tricks! 😍 xx

  22. Florence Larwood
    April 19, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Okay… you are doing so well for only blogging for 6 MONTHS!! That’s insane! Keep it up (and some great tips by the way!)

    Florence

    • April 21, 2018 / 9:02 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment Florence! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the tips 😘 xx

  23. April 20, 2018 / 2:35 am

    OMG! OMG! This just got me so excited! A few hours give or take and we would’ve been blog twins 😮 haha this is way too cool! Happy 6 month Bloggiversary babe, I wish I could send over a bottle of wine for dual celebrations of your birthday too! I’m glad you had fun on your bday trip lol despite the pizza overload.
    This is such a great post and is so heart felt, my I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already. Keep on being the beautiful soul that you are and sharing your heart’s deserve, I enjoy your blog so much! A request for a “how to” post would be a “how to be cool- the Bexa edition! 😎💝💝 Great post as always!

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • April 21, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Awww Lena!! 💖 I know, when I read your 6 month post I was like wow, that’s so cool, we are blogging twins!! 😍 Thank you so much for all the blog love and support 💖. You have always been so encouraging and it’s been lovely getting to know you! Keep up the fab work girl 😘💕 xx

  24. April 20, 2018 / 5:36 am

    Happy belated birthday! It’s pretty cool how your blog turned 6 months on the same day as your birthday! I totally agree with these experiences you’ve faced! There are so many amazing bloggers around – can feed off of their amazingness easily! I totally agree about Twitter being the best social media for blogging! I never knew how much of a difference the commenting threads made! Hope you’ll continue to find joy in blogging :).

    exquisitely.me

    • April 21, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment Nancy! 💖 That’s so sweet. Twitter has made such a big difference to blogging, so glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  25. April 20, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Happy birthday Bexa, you’ve achieved so much in such a little amount of time! I really need to step up my blogging game haha xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

    • April 21, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Thank you so much Alys, you are so kind! 💖 Aww, I love your blog, I think it’s great! 😍 xx

  26. April 22, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Congratulations on your six month blog anniversary! You seem to have done really well in a relatively short span of time, and that’s awesome 🙂 Oh and a belated Happy Birthday to you too! x

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

    • April 24, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! 💖 You are so kind and encouraging 😍 xx

  27. April 23, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Yay! Congratulations on this huge milestone Darling. Your blog has always been an input of happiness and tranquility into my life when it’s much needed. I hope you continue to explore the world with your head high, the best shots are taken when you look up😉 So proud of you! xoxo
    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk

    • April 25, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Aww Emily! 💖 You are the sweetest. Thank you for always being so kind and encouraging, I really appreciate all the blog love 😍 xx

  28. May 12, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Enjoyed reading this post. Your blog one of the best I regularly read. Yes, Blogging a wonderful, adventurous and long journey. I improved my social media skill, writing skill and communication skill by blogging.

    Keep up the best work!

    • May 13, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      That’s such a lovely comment, thank you so much 💖. I agree, blogging is awesome, we can learn so many new skills 😍 xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *