It’s now been over a year since I started this blog, my tiny little corner of the internet that I get to talk about anything I wish.
I reflect on everything it’s taken for me to get it here and I can honestly say it’s been a healing process for me, I will explain further down. At times I wonder why on earth did I not start this much sooner! Even if I just wanted to blog about my favourite food, which is pizza, I wish I had given it a go.
With as much fun I’ve had creating this blog, there has been plenty of trial and error during this learning process. Some errors small and some not so much. A few times I just wanted to delete everything because somehow I’ve messed it up so badly! Now I can look back and laugh at some of my rookie mistakes but I’m sure there will be much more coming my way and I am okay with that.
During most of those situations, I’ve remained teachable through the entire process each time and have learnt a lesson in there. Even times where I felt like I can just press the delete button I realised I’ve gained a piece of knowledge that otherwise, I may not have come across. It’s truly a sense of accomplishment when it all comes together.
My reason to share
If you have ever thought about starting a blog to share your passion(s), I hope that this series may help even in the tiniest of ways. Even for us people who don’t know what CSS means in website terms.
I decided to start a small series sharing different topics of my personal blogging experiences. Every week I will post a new topic as part of my multi series. Please make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you are notified as soon as a new part gets published. The outline of the topics can be found here.
There are way better, more experienced bloggers out there that can provide you with much more knowledge than I ever can. There are no words to explain how grateful I am for coming across a variety of bloggers because I’ve sought help, advice and knowledge from them at different times.
I recently posted a couple of About Me posts, ‘My Chronic Pain‘ and ‘My Mental Health‘ stories to give you a background on my frame of mind was when I first started. Of course, I do understand some people would prefer not to read about physical pain or about mental health and that is totally okay. Please note though I will be making some small references to my anxiety as it plays a big part of my story.
Discovering my niche
After a pretty dramatic, unexpected health shift and feeling like I didn’t know who I was any more I slowly started looking for distractions to help get me out of my head.
During some of my many sleepless nights, I starting poking around YouTube watching skincare videos, reading blog reviews and information on different types of skincare products. Eventually, I went online ordered a few things to try for fun. Little did I or my husband know the beast that was about to be created!
After trying a few different skincare routines, I realised a small amount of peace it brought me. So I kept at it, kept researching and falling in love with different brands and ingredients.
When I’d purchase products I would leave a review on the company’s website to help the next person about a product. Some companies offer reward points in exchange for a review that can be exchanged for discounts on future purchases.
After spending much time trying to locate honest and unbiased reviews I thought it’d be nice to have some of those reviews on a blog or discussion board. Many brands sell their products through different vendors and I found myself spending too much time checking different places to find out more about a product.
My skincare goal turned into wanting to improve my acne scars using at home devices and easily accessible skincare products. There are a number of things that would be best for me to go see a dermatologist and get professional treatments but it’s a really expensive option and I didn’t want to start there. Instead, I opted to try methods from the comfort of my own home first and later have the option to go down the professional treatments.
It all started while watching YouTube (as many can relate)
When I started to think about having one place with reviews, I thought maybe I could start a blog. As soon as that thought popped into mind instantly I doubted myself and thought, ‘who would want to read what I have to say?’ Doubting myself is something that has increased with the deterioration of my mental health.
My next thought was realising blogging might be a dead method nowadays. YouTube seems to have taken its place for skincare (and everything else under the sun) reviews and visuals. Doing YouTube was not an option for me for several reasons. One, the level of my anxiety was so high. Two, my stuttering was still extremely noticeable. Three, I am way too shy even if I was able to.
After binge watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Hayley Paige (link to her channel here ). I came across a video from her ‘How To Become A Blogger Series’, (playlist can be accessed here). She started to talk about her story and I thought ‘hmm maybe I can do this whole blogging thing’.
I don’t know a whole lot about the science behind skincare or ingredients but I can test these products out and give my opinion about using products.
After much investigating, very Veronica Mars style, looking up advice big bloggers had, I was still unsure of how I wanted to go about it. Or even if I wanted to push that side of me.
I truly felt that YouTube had taken over the blogging scene. There are so many YouTubers that have videos on their skincare routines, share and introduce new types of products and brands I had never heard of and are a wealth of information. Many people like playing a video while at the gym, driving, cleaning their house etc. It’s much easier to listen to someone talk while multitasking than it is to read a blog post.
Eventually, I just said go for it, if it doesn’t work out then at least I tried. I didn’t have any expectations, I thought only my loving support group of family, my mom and my sisters would read it. I definitely never started this blog thinking I’d make money out of it, I don’t really know a whole lot about how to monetize my blog, it wasn’t a priority for me.
Once I started to blog, learn how to upload my pictures and some of the basics I found something I never expected. Writing that first blog post brought me back to my feeling of excitement, something I haven’t had for many months. It’s something I found to be therapeutic for me throughout my health problems.
One of my biggest challenges has been the technical side of running a blog. It’s something that doesn’t come to me naturally, so I research a lot and most of the skills I’ve learnt is self-taught. Even if it’s not an organic process for me and may take me 2 hours to do, the following time it may take me an hour & forty-five minutes to do and eventually it’ll take me less time. I am not willing to limit myself to what feels comfortable for me.
where my blog stands now
Due to my high levels of anxiety, is part of the reason why I don’t have a set posting schedule. Planning for any future events my anxiety creeps up higher than usual. If you’ve come across one of my YouTube demo videos you may notice I don’t speak in them and that is because of my speech issues.
Is my blog perfect? No. Is my blog the biggest? No. Is my blog the best? Absolutely not. Do I have a set routine for posting days? No. That was never my vision, it brings me happiness and that is what matters to me. Now that we are in a new year I really want to improve on these shortfalls.
It’s just the cherry on top when someone comments, likes or shares something from me, it instantly brings me a smile.
Comparing myself to any other bloggers or experts out there isn’t the attitude I want to approach it with, I am grateful for what I have. My ideal outcome is to try to support others who are going through something similar because everyone brings something new to the table.
Have you thought about starting a personal project?
I’d love to hear if you’ve thought or are thinking of starting a blog, YouTube channel, podcast or anything.
Personally, I love supporting others who are starting something they love and are passionate about. I know what it’s like to put so much hard work into something and want to share it with others.
Let’s start a support system below in the comments below. I would love to hear about your passions, your plans or something you’d like to do!