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What I Learned After Six Years of Blogging + Reader Survey!

Guess what everyone? Today is my 6th blog anniversary! This little blog has made it through multiple layouts and name changes and I'm still here.

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Technically, in October I will have been blogging for 10 years. I had two blogs before this one. But this is the longest running blog and my most successful one.

Lately, I've had a lot of people ask me for blogging advice and I thought what better way to celebrate my 6th blogiversary than with a few tips that I've learned along the way.

What I Learned After 6 Years of Blogging

Blogging is hard work

It takes a lot of creativity to come up with one blog post. There's the time you need to brainstorm ideas and many hours needed for photography and editing. Not to mention the time needed to SEO your blog posts. And that's not even considering all the time you need to promote your blog post. People think blogging really easy but it's not for the faint at heart.

You get what you put in

If you want to have a successful blog you will have to put the work in. That means doing all of the above the things I mentioned and then some. You'll need to attend conferences, do plenty of blog research so that you stay relevant and on top of your craft.

However, if you blog only here and there and aren't  willing to give it your all your blog may become stagnant. Build it and they will come doesn't always work. Especially with blogging.

You don't have to do what everyone tells you to do 

Hey if you want if you're not concerned about having a huge blog with thousands of followers and you just want to blog for your friends and family, by all means do so. You don't have to do with what every blogging website or book tells you to. My best advice is to do you boo! 

Have fun with it

I have had some pretty great opportunities blogging. I've traveled, been featured as a guest speaker panel list, and had the pleasure of being in a fall fashion campaign. I've made lots of friends folks that have become good friends today.  I have enjoyed my journey I have enjoyed my blog journey so far. I'm not sure how long it will last but I'm here for until the end.

Do what makes you happy 

The most important advice I can give is to do what makes you happy. Blogging should be enjoyable. If you're writing about something that you could care less about it won't last. Make sure that your blog is a reflection of you and the things you love. Even I have to constantly keep this in mind every day.

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  1. I'm proud of you girl!!! Happy Blogiversary!!

  2. Yes, yes, and yeah to your anniversary. So glad to know you, and follow your journey! I love popping by to read your posts, although I might miss commenting every time. You are one stylish, and lovely lady. Thanks for being you. <3

  3. Ahhh CONGRATS! 6 years is such an accomplishment. I totally agree with all of your points, especially have fun with it. I had to take a step back for a moment and now I find that I enjoy writing again. If there's no joy factor, what's the point?

  4. I wanna be like you when I grow up! This year will mark 3 years for me and I couldn't agree more that it's extremely hard work, but worth it in the end!

  5. I tried leaving a comment earlier this morning, but I kept having spotty internet coverage. I'm trying again...

    Congratulations to you, my friend! I have been around to see your ever-changing layouts, and this one is my favorite! Here's to great things for the next year of blogging. Cheers!

  6. Great, great tips and congrats! I totally agree with all of these points. You get what you put in and it's up to You what you want to put in. I'm learning that as I've hit year 5 recently.

  7. Congrats to you for blogging for 6 years! I agree with everything you said especially the part about you get what you put into blogging.

  8. Congrats on 6 years blogging!! I agree with everything you shared! Especially that blogging is hard work!

  9. Happy 6 year blogiversary! I just celebrated 5 years and I also been blogging for 12 years since college this is my 3rd blog.

  10. Congratulations. Blogging is challenging and at the same time very rewarding!

  11. Congrats on 6 years and great tips. I definitely agree with doing what makes you happy. I started blogging as an outlet and it's amazing the opportunities I've received since starting. Wishing you much more success

  12. Girl! So I've been blogging on and off for the last few years, but this is the FIRST month I've been REALLY consistent like 2x a week every week on purpose, great content. And OMG! LOL It literally takes a WHOLE day to write up one post, and that's after I've spent hours trying to take photos. LOL But I've seen great results in this first month and I told myself I would stick to it, so let's see where I am after the first quarter! Congrats on your blogiversary!

  13. Blogging is certainly hard work but you were built for it! Congratulations dear!

  14. I have just came across your blog and I love what I have seen so far! Congrats on your 6 years and I look forward to seeing more. ~Leslie,SobeSavvy.com

  15. Yes!!! Confirmation! Your blog is what you make it. Love this Congrats on 6-10 years in the game

  16. Happy Blogiversary. Time flies when you're having fun. I love how your blog has evolved. Keep doing what you're doing.

  17. Congratulations on 6 years! Totally agree with what you've learned! Looking forward to even more of your posts this year!

  18. Congratulations and you are right, it is work but so fun too! Glad I found you in the blogosphere

  19. Happy blogiversary! Can't wait to see what you continue to do with your blog.


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