I can’t quite believe that it’s been over a year since I sat down and started my little blog. A whole year! Thimbles and Spoons started as a little outlet for me during a hard time and now I couldn’t imagine being without it. There’s definitely something therapeutic about blogging but it’s also become a comfort to me and I hope it continues to grow over the years.
What I have learnt
It’s funny looking back to when I stated out in the big world of blogging. I had a Blogger account with a free template and no idea what I was doing. To be honest I still have so much to learn but that keeps it exciting right? Something that I noticed very early on was that blogging gives you a sense of belonging, well it did for me atleast and I really needed that when I started out. The blogging community is huge and it’s full of incredible people who are willing to support you and help you grow. It’s pretty incredible and seeing so many people enjoying what you also enjoy is a fabulous feeling.
For the more technical stuff, I’d say one of my biggest improvements is my photography skills. I’m not a professional by any means but my photos when I started out were pretty horrendous, so horrendous in fact that I recently updated all of my images. I have really enjoyed exploring different themes, apps and everything else when it comes to editing. I’d even consider taking a course if I had the funds for it.
Something huge that I think everyone begins to realise early on is that you must be prepared to support others if you are hoping to grow. More times than not bloggers and Instagrammers will repay your support by doing the same, whether that’s a like, retweet, follow or comment. It all counts.
What I wish I knew
I know it’s all a learning curve and I’m accepting of where Thimbles and Spoons started but it has crossed my mind what I wish I knew from the get go. Firstly I wish I moved over the WordPress a bit sooner. I was terrified of this process and I thought I’d find it difficult adapting to a more technical system. As it turns out WordPress is fabulous and pretty self explanatory even for me. There’s so many more customisation options and widgets to choose from that it adds a more personal level to your blog. I would recommend making the jump to anyone.
Something else I wish I told myself was to stop feeling guilty if life took over. Finding a blog schedule that works for you is no picnic and that’s ok. Feeling guilty about missing a post or taking time out is something I have struggled with but really we are all human and sometimes it happens. If anything, feeling guilty and putting pressure on yourself will only give you “Bloggers Block” so it’s much better to just accept it and have some time to yourself.
Where to now?
Who knows what the future will bring. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to gradually turn this beautiful little blog into a career but that isn’t my full source of drive and I don’t think it ever should be. I have fun blogging and the day that changes is the day I will stop, I just hope that day doesn’t actually come. So this time next year I hope I’m still loving creating content and hopefully have worked with a couple of brands. I think that’s pretty reasonable. For now, Happy first birthday Thimbles and Spoons!