Holy heck, can you believe we’re making our way into 2016 already!?
It has been one heck of a year in blogging, personally and on the whole. In 2015 I definitely became more invested in my blog and began branching out. I’m really hoping to take it to the next level in 2016 – as cliche as that sounds! Here are my best bits from 2015 and what I’ve learnt along the way.
I met a lot of FAB bloggers
Oh my days, where do I even begin!? I’ve come across so many lovely people in 2015. A lot of people talk about the blogging community being a total love in, but I have to be honest I was skeptical at first. However I’m yet to meet a blogger who isn’t my cup of tea!
I think there’s a level of mutual respect throughout the community. It’s not just about being BFFs, you get to network with aspirational blogging pros; some who have their own business and create amazing content. Talk about blogging goals!
I worked on the stands at BlogOn
It’s definitely an eye opening experience being a blogger ‘on the inside’. Attending a more corporate blogger event and interacting on behalf of a brand sure is different! Seeing the way that bloggers interact in a professional environment helps you to see how you should conduct yourself as a blogger.
In fact, seeing the hard work and passion from Laura Seaton really inspired me to host my own little event… so I did!
I organised my own blogger event
My first little event seems like so long ago, but it was definitely a great experience. I met some lovely bloggers and really put myself out there. I kind of figured that if I forced myself to do something totally crazy I’d gain more confidence in the long run – I’m still not sure if it worked quite like that!
I’m trying to organise another meet up at the moment, but unfortunately we’ve had a venue drop out already. However, this happened last time and I still managed to pull through! Drop outs can be disheartening, from venues and bloggers alike, but you just learn to roll with it.
I helped to host a twitter chat
My hands are still recovering! I actually hosted a Twitter chat for a client of mine, when my co-worker took a well deserved night off. We had a weekly Great British Bake Off chat with a group of bloggers after every episode.
It’s always nice to work with people who appreciate the blogging community. The chat was simply a place to get to know other bloggers and swap recipe tips. It helped me to see that there are brands out there willing to put time into community management, rather than pure promotion.
I was part of an awareness campaign
My eyes did not melt away – no matter what the tabloids will tell you. In 2015 I became a case study for an awareness campaign with Optical Express. After a horrific experience with cosmetic contact lenses, I wanted to make people aware of the dangers involved.
It was pretty rough having to deal with friends tagging me in abusive messages on various news websites, but I tried to laugh it off. I think many people just thought I was being dramatic and harmed myself by accident – they simply couldn’t fathom the fact that something sold over the counter could have such a health risk.
I actually feel like a blogger now 🙂
I don’t really know what I mean by this, but I think you guys might feel similar. It’s hard to pin point what it is that defines a blogger. It’s definitely more than just ‘writing blogs’, but whatever it is I’m definitely feeling it! It’s quite peculiar to feel comfortable in an online community, but I think I’ve found ‘my people’!
What will 2016 bring?
I wanted to set some blogging goals, but measuring metrics seems to ruin the fun. I’ll often race to my MOZ bar on DA refresh day only to become disheartened if they postpone it… again! One thing I do want in 2016 is to get a little more personal with my blog posts. I’ve dipped my toe in the water before and talked about my weight loss complex, but it’s something I’ve always been a bit worried about. Putting such personal information online doesn’t always help a situation, as I found out with the contact lenses fiasco!
I think I’m going to just do what feels right in 2016 and roll with it. I have trust in the fact that if I knuckle down and create some good enough content, the right opportunities will come along eventually.
Here’s to 2016!