Evening guys.

So the blog has turned one, I'm now a year in, a year more experienced, a year wiser (I think) and I guess I could say a year more knowledgeable. Safe to say I've learnt a lot over the past 12 months! This time last year was the polar opposite of how I'm feeling right now. Last January was a time I was feeling pretty low, Christmas had come and gone and the new year had started, however, I'd not achieved anything! I didn't really have a job, work prospects were low, the jobs I was hearing back from, I thought anyone could get, yet I was still getting knocked back. That part was especially demotivating!

With my quarter life crisis well and truly starting to engulf my whole life & mind, I decided to do something about it. I remember mid-January scribbling everything I was interested in and loved doing, down on paper. When I glanced at the list in front of me it was pretty easy to see it was all creative. This included photography, fashion, style & writing to name just a few. I remember sitting there and thinking to myself, how can I make this list of passions work for me? I then stumbled upon blogging.

A blog was the perfect answer, something I could pour everything I think I'm good at, into. An output for my creativity, and hopefully something that in the long run, I could get a job doing. It was a risk, I knew it was, but the mindset is, and is now, I'd rather try and fail at something, than never to try at all!

I can now say, even a year in, I'm bloody thankful I did put myself out there! I wouldn't be sitting here in Manchester now if it wasn't for my blog! What has happened over the past year has opened up so many doors and I've already met so many amazing people! The crazy thing is, it's only been one year! I'm super excited about what's to come, as I continue to pursue and push myself on my online journey!

So, since you all now know where it began and now with that year's worth of work and knowledge under my belt, I have some know-how I want to share with you all. Along with of course, what I personally feel makes you stand out from the crowd in a very fast-paced, ever-changing world of blogging. I've far from made it, but I have a years worth of experience, that's better than I had last year! With that in mind, I thought I'd share some of my most valuable tips that I still use, perfect if you want to start a blog of your own!

Personality is key, if you search on Instagram, YouTube, or any social media platform. Photography is a great way to project your personality to your readers.

Be consistent and organised, consistency is something you need to plan. Organise yourself, plan your posts, plan the shoots, make sure you've got the content you promised your readers, and importantly make sure the content you are creating is something you're proud of. Also, don't forget to proofread!

Photography, make sure all of your photographs look professional, good quality images are a must!

Community is another very helpful thing, all social networks have such a huge community behind each one. If someone takes the time out of there day to comment, comment back, say thanks, share the love! This brings me on to my next point, collaboration. Collaborating with a fellow blogger, Youtuber or photographer is such a good idea, you share a passion with someone else, build upon it, think of new ideas, create something together, and most of all, reach out and become friends.

I'll describe all of these points in more detail this Sunday across on my YouTube channel, tune in then to catch my video. I'll end this post with a quote I found this time last year, which still resonates with me now.

Start where you are,
use what you have,
do what you can.

A big shoutout to Izzy for taking some amazing photograhs, find her on Instagram @izebelsdesign or check out her personal account out @izbels.


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