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Happy B(log)irthday! 5 Things I realized after 1 Year of Blogging

Yayy From Dream To Plan is turning 1 and I have to admit that it’s a quite an achievement for me! As I stated here, when I started my first blog back in 2014, my enthusiasm for it didn’t last much and I after a few months I stopped posting. So, From Dream To Plan was a challeng for myself, to keep up doing something I liked despite everything else (aka without finding excuses)!

But, if I’m still here today I also need to thank YOU dear (more than) 900 readers! Your support has been so important and essential in these 12 months! A sincere and warm big hug to each of you!

Now, for this special occasion I thought about writing down a few lessons or just things I realised and learnt since blogging, I always find very useful these kind of posts so who knows, someone out there might find mine useful as well! πŸ˜‰

1 | QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

When I first started (actually, re-started) blogging I normally posted 2/3 times per week. But let’s say it, it was a period of my life where weekends were totally free from anything, so I could dedicate platy of my my time writing plus, since it was the beginning I had so many post ideas that the list was getting longer and longer. And that was good, I mean especially at the beginning pushing a bit on the content is good so people visiting your blog have the possibility to read a few posts.

But, then the “real-blogging life” arrived and I was panicking thinking “omg, if I don’t post at least twice a week my followers will not read me anymore” or “omg, I had so many ideas until a week ago how comes that I can’t think about anything new now?!” Well, girl (talking to the me thinking those thoughts), blogging should be a pleasure, not a pressure!!

Indeed, I discovered that it’s not about how MANY posts you have but rather about how engaging the content is, how your voice when writing a post represents you so that you show them you’re enjoying what you’re doing! And once this is done, no matter if you post once a week or once a month…if you’re showing your love towards blogging, someone out there will read you for sure!! While, regarding the lack-inspiration well, it’s kinda impossible you don’t have ideas (eg. you’re thinking right now, right?), maybe you can’t see it as a topic to write about but maybe even yes… I talked more about this here πŸ˜‰

 

2 | THINK VISUAL

Nowadays it’s all about images, cool pictures, unique design and yeah I knew it of course but well, I would have never believed that dedicating a bit more effort on choosing the right pics would have brought such a difference. Especially at the beginning, most of my posts were with no images attached a part from the cover one and if there were they were taken with my phone (and no, I don’t have an iPhone). Since when I started including more images, selecting them accurately and yeah eventually, buying a real camera…WOW the difference on the responses I’ve been having was definitely visible. This not just for my blog of course, but also (especially, actually) on my Social Media.

Now, I’m not saying buy a camera immediately, but at least try to invest more time on the visual and layout of your posts or blog look in general. There are loads of “free stock pictures” websites which you can definitely consult!
If you are looking for a camera though (yeah I feel you, it’s a struggle), Sarah fromΒ travelosio.com wrote this very useful post with some tips and advice πŸ˜‰

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3 | SOCIAL MEDIA, I HATE YOU / I LOVE YOU

As a Marketing student, I know how important is to be present on Social Media when you want to promote something. From a theory point of view, I can tell you everything about how amazing they are and most of the things are true…if you already have a large and active audience. The dilemma is when you have to build this audience! Instagram for example, works based onΒ hashtags, tags, complicated formulas that can predict which kind of accounts you could like or who could like you based on your followers, ecc. But why the the truth is: it’s a continuous fight between gaining and losing followers. One week you gain 30 new ones, the week after you lose 20 of them.

I could talk so much about this topic but to be brief, the clue here it to be consistent on what you post if you decide to have an account just for your blog, post pictures and content that are themed with it. And yeah, again pictures are essential, good pictures but at the same time don’t neglect the description. See it as another way of “showing your voice” and to add details or useful specifications πŸ˜‰

4 | SCHEDULING IS THE KEY

Going back to the post frequency issue, I can’t stop saying: schedule, schedule, schedule. I have a monthly for example, at the beginning of the month I decide what and when to post, so that each week I know what I have to write and by when. Well okay, I think by now you’ll know how much I’m into organisation, lists, goals and… organisation πŸ˜€ But really, by using this technique I limit so much the time wasted and maximise my productivity! Which, especially when you have loads of other stuff to do besides blogging, like studying or working, will be the best solution!

If you want more advice about how to manage your blogging life with…the rest of your life, I loved (and actually follow myself) the tips listed byΒ Mattie fromΒ mlaceyd.com in thisΒ post. The post is targeted for who has a full-time job but of course, the same tips are valid for anyone who has other commitments besides blogging πŸ˜‰

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5 | YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING

I know I already stated it at the beginning but honestly you, yes you who is reading this, I’m so glad you’re here and you’re dedicating a bit of your time reading my posts! Plus, talking about people I would have never thought that the blogging community would have been so such an amazing revelation! Knowing other bloggers, reading their posts, their comments and their experience are so inspiring and encouraging. I had the pleasure to collaborate with some of them (& new collabs are coming soon as well!!) and in all of the cases, it was a great experience!

 

So, what to say…probably re-starting a blog was one of the best decisions I could take and now I definitely can’t wait to see what will come next! I believe a blog is a representation of yourself kind of so, it will be always learning, expanding and improving hopefully! πŸ˜‰

Oh, (I think I have to specify this) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do take the points just stated as advice and observations but absolutely NOT as rules, these are thoughts I came out with due to MY experience! πŸ˜‰

 

What about you, how’s your blogging journey going? Have you had any pleasant or surprising revelations? I’d love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

 

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49 Comments

  • Reply Natalie

    Happy one year! I am so happy to be one of your followers and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings you!

    24/03/2017 at 23:40
  • Reply Quirky Girl

    Happy Blogiversary! πŸ™‚

    25/03/2017 at 0:19
  • Reply Audrey

    Wow! Happy Blog birthday! πŸ˜€

    25/03/2017 at 4:30
  • Reply pinayskattebasse

    Happy 1st year Lisa! I agreed with quality over quantity, it’s very important. And just like you I have a love-hate relationship with social media! keep on shining! πŸ™‚

    25/03/2017 at 18:18
  • Reply Giulia

    Happy blog birthday, Lisa! Here’s to hopefully many more!

    25/03/2017 at 19:50
  • Reply Nithya

    Happy B (log) birthday ! May your blog shine like a star forever and ever!! And yeah, you are so right about Images, theyou do play a very important role in blog’specific success πŸ‘

    25/03/2017 at 20:40
  • Reply Deal Man

    Happy Birthday blog. Enjoy.

    26/03/2017 at 5:35
  • Reply Lulu

    Happy B(log)irthday, Lisa! I’m so glad that you decided to give blogging another go. I so enjoy following your site! The quality over quantity lesson was a growing phase in blog writing that I also experienced. I had those same thoughts of, “Nobody will keep reading if I don’t post at least twice a week!” Then I remember that I write because it is fun. Pleasure and not pressure. What a perfect way to put it! I’m wishing you a wonderful second year of blogging and many exciting. Ew adventures to write about!

    26/03/2017 at 15:50
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you very much Lulu ❀ You’re one of the person that I’m very glad to have met in this blogging community! Thank you for reading and being always so supportive!

      27/03/2017 at 19:17
  • Reply Oreoluwa

    ”Quality over quantity” every blogger should know this!
    Thank you for sharing xxx

    OrΓ©oluwa’s blog

    26/03/2017 at 22:57
  • Reply Debbie

    Yay! I am so touched by your blog, Lisa. <3 Very happy to know that you started blogging again, and that things are so good for you. This post is great — inspirational.

    Here's to another wonderful year of fun, loving, travel, organisation and grace. Blessings to you, Lisa – Debbie

    27/03/2017 at 5:44
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you so much Debbie ❀ you’re such a special reader/inspiring blogger to me!

      27/03/2017 at 19:14
  • Reply Shirley Corder

    Thanks for this, Lisa. Yes, like the rest of us, I have a love/hate relationship with Social Media. A few minutes ago I posted a link to a post written this morning about Instagram and whether or not to get involved. Your comment about technicalities has confirmed this for me. No Instragram for this busy author!

    27/03/2017 at 12:45
  • Reply Serena - Sognando Viaggi

    Happy B(log)irthday! Ormai lo sai che ti seguo con piacere da diversi mesi, il tuo blog Γ¨ piacevole e originale quindi…cento di questi compleanni! Serena

    27/03/2017 at 13:17
  • Reply Phaytea

    This is so spot on!!! I’ve been thinking in the line of better pictures recently….and scheduling? Still trying to adjust….Thanks for sharing

    27/03/2017 at 14:31
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad you liked the post! Oh you’ll get there I’m sure! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      27/03/2017 at 19:11
  • Reply Donna Parker

    Happ Blogiversary!!! Cheers and to many more blogging years!!! πŸ™‚

    27/03/2017 at 15:38
  • Reply Christine

    I’m starting over as well. I agree with everything you’ve written here. If only we could learn these things the first time around. 😜

    27/03/2017 at 15:44
  • Reply Elizabeth LaHoustonian

    Happy anniversary!! I love your blog and happy ya stayed with it! You make some great points for those of us that are still “newbie’s” πŸ™‚ Thanks!!

    27/03/2017 at 17:32
  • Reply Alana

    Happy blogoversary to you! Many fewer bloggers reach their first blogoversary than we would like to think. Celebrate your “over 900” readers. You are obviously producing quality!

    28/03/2017 at 1:12
  • Reply Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

    Happy bloggiversary!! You are doing a wonderful job, always writing engaging and interesting posts with great visuals! Keep them coming πŸ™‚ P.S. I totally feel your frustration about follow/unfollow game on social media. So annoying, but you are right. Consistency and hard quality work is the key! xoxo nano

    28/03/2017 at 6:55
  • Reply Liliia

    Happy first anniversary! I absolutely enjoy reading your blog and happy you decided to give it another go πŸ™‚
    Loved your points as for social media, building audience on Instagram especially is tough πŸ˜€ and this desperation when you have one week 30 followers and then in couple of days 20 have left, so true πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    I myself launched a new website for my blog and so excited to start writing again! It has been a long time off due to settling in a new place, building website and traveling πŸ™‚
    I wish you luck with your blog experience and happy to be your follower!

    28/03/2017 at 15:45
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you very much Liliia!
      And good luck with your new start, hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do! πŸ™‚

      31/03/2017 at 12:10
  • Reply Ingrid

    Happy one year! May you enjoy many more years ahead on the blog!

    28/03/2017 at 16:29
  • Reply Bren Pace

    Woohoo! Congrats on your one year! Do you know many bloggers don’t make it past this mark? Continue what you’re doing and you’ll go far!

    28/03/2017 at 23:39
  • Reply unGabbianoTraLeNuvole

    Even if a bit late, happy B(log)irthday! Interesting considerations on Think visual, but I’m wondering if after you gave more importance to the pictures the increased responses were only more visits or also more commenters!

    30/03/2017 at 23:36
  • Reply Melanie

    Hi Lisa. It is a wonderful feeling to start something and to be able to keep it going! I also started my blog 12 months ago and really wondered whether I could keep it going. I was pretty scared to kick off. What would people think? Would my writing be interesting? Would people even read it?
    Yes, I still have a lot to learn and thank goodness I am still finding the writing part fun! Keep blogging! And keep sharing. I will click your FOLLOW button now! Bye Mel

    04/04/2017 at 1:12
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you so much for your kind words Mel! Yes, blogging is definitely a journey where learning never ends! πŸ™‚

      05/04/2017 at 18:47
  • Reply sonali jain

    Its really nice knowing you Liza πŸ™‚ just read this post and i think i need to follow you to learn many things. would love to read you more . πŸ™‚
    – Sonali

    30/04/2017 at 14:47
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