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A Year of Blogging: 12 Lessons Learned

It’s been just over a year since I plucked up enough courage to start my very own blog. What began as my very own creative project soon turned into something bigger; I grew a sense of belonging within the community and began receiving more opportunities to work with amazing brands. It still baffles, scares and excites me in equal measure that so many people seem to be interested in little old me; the stories that I have to tell and the opinions that I share. Fear of failure and lack of confidence held me back from blogging for a long time, but after a year of Sophie Hearts, now Soph Hearts the only thing I regret is not establishing myself sooner. I’ve learned a lot of lessons in the past year so what better place to share them than right here?

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Lesson 1. The First Step is the Hardest

Have I mentioned that it took A LOT of courage for me to take the leap straight into the deep-end of the blogging pool? It’s that initial little toe contact with freezing cold water that makes you realise that a cannon-ball is the only way you’re getting in. After the initial shudder and potential embarrassment the water gets warmer. The people who started staring at you either start supporting or bugger off.

Lesson 2. Know Your Worth

A lot of recent attention has fallen on bloggers getting paid. There are non-bloggers who think that payment makes recommendations less genuine. Although this is true in some cases, the trick is working out who would put their face to something they don’t believe in for a quick pay out. I certainly won’t. There are also bloggers who have the luxury of looking down at other, usually smaller bloggers for accepting low or NO fees. Knowing your current worth is very important. Beyoncé is able to charge extortionate prices for the privilege of watching her perform, other artists charge less. If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing London busking you’ll know that there are also amazingly talented individuals who do it for free in order to spread awareness. Expecting payment for your efforts when you’ve only just started out and have a reach of 3 people including your Nan is as ludicrous as a brand expecting free promotion from someone with a reach of millions. I could go on about this for ages, so let me know if you’d like a dedicated post!

Lesson 3. Dust yourself off and try again

In the words of Alliah ‘If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again’. This applies to almost everything in life. For one picture that I post on Instagram there are maybe 50 photos that didn’t make the cut. My blog posts are drafted up ahead of time and I re-read them multiple times to make improvements. It’s easy to be disheartened by one bad picture of ourselves when we see pretty girls in beautiful places all over our Instagram feeds but it takes a lot of practise to know what works best for you. I refuse to believe that big bloggers nail their shots first time around. Sometimes being your own worst critic can be useful, it enables you to see what’s wrong with something and how you can improve it, but making sure you’re not too hard on yourself is also important.


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Lesson 4. Travel at your own pace

Another general life lesson. We’re all travelling at our own speed and that’s okay.

Lesson 5. Plan Ahead

I had no idea how much scheduling would be involved in blogging! Planning ahead makes life so much easier and allows you an online presence even if you’re offline for a little while. When I started out I’d literally write posts a day before they were due to go live. Now I plan everything in advance and reap the rewards. With better planning comes better quality.

Lesson 6. Don’t Get Over Yourself

Tooting my own horn does not come naturally to me. It’s actually quite difficult to start promoting your own content because we’re conditioned to think that it’s big headed. ‘Get over yourself‘ is thrown around as an insult, so being proud of your work is somehow an undesirable trait? The thing is, if you don’t love your own content and think that it’s worth sharing then who will? The fact of the matter is: the more you promote your content the more it will be seen and enjoyed.

Lesson 7. The Importance of Engagement

Engagement is crucial. By taking part in twitter conversations and support threads I’ve found some amazing bloggers who not only inspire me, but who now cheerlead for me too. The more supportive and engaging you are, the more support and engagement you’ll get back, fact. Just make sure you’re genuine about it, most people can sniff fake ‘support’ a mile off and won’t take kindly.

Lesson 8. Anyone you feel comfortable in front of the camera with is invaluable

I don’t like the camera any more than it likes me, but I am lucky to have such a patient photographer. My other half wholeheartedly agreed to let me train him up in the photography department. Not only does he spend hours of his time tying to nail photos, but he also puts up with my strops when things go wrong (usually because I don’t like the way my hair looks). I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him because I feel so uncomfortable in front of a camera that anyone else is holding.


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When I selected the images that I wanted to include in this post the above picture didn’t cut it. I’m clearly laughing with Jamie about something and not posing, but that’s exactly why I decided to include it in the end. If you can find someone (be that a friend, partner, relative etc.) who helps you relax and have a good time rather than taking it too seriously then you’ve found yourself a keeper.

Lesson 9. The more you put in the more you get out

What’s so wonderful about personal projects or running your own business (or a combination of the two) is that you are in full control. The more effort you put into it, the more you’ll get out and really there aren’t many limits to what you can do with it. There is a direct correlation between promotion and blog traffic, the more brands that you reach out to and the more collaborations you’ll work on. I’ve been able to physically see my hard work paying off and that’s the best motivation anyone could ask for.

Lesson 10. Success is a process

When I first started this blog I had no idea what possibilities would come from it. Fast forward a year and I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing brands. I’ve also actually earned money (albeit a few million pounds less than Zoella) from something which I really enjoy doing. Most people have to pay for their hobbies, and blogging is no different when you’re first starting out. Saying that, not many hobbies ever start repaying you, so I count myself very lucky.

Lesson 11. Love what you do

This is a cliche tip in the blogging world, but it’s one that I wholeheartedly agree with. It’s okay to blog for money or gifted items, but it’s not okay to blog JUST for those things. I genuinely think that the more love you show your blog the more successful it will be. At the end of the day you’re not going to make a penny from blogging without first paying into it with both money and time, and even then its never a guarantee.

Lesson 12. It’ll turn out all right in the end

You get 12 points if you made it this far and a bonus point if you know which Disney movie I’m quoting, hint. There have been so many times that I’ve lost inspiration for content or images but I’ve never missed my weekly post and I’ve never published anything that I’m not proud of. Usually inspiration strikes when you least expect it. Trawl Pinterest, Instagram and your favourite blogs if you need to, but never force content that you’re not invested in.

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If you’re just starting out then I hope that these lessons help you. Let me know if there’s anything else you’ve learned from blogging in the comments! I’d love to hear it and learn from you too!

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  • Reply Sophie

    This was really interesting! My blog turns one next week so a lot of these thoughts and feelings are very familiar. I feel like blogging is one of those things that’s a constant learning curve. And I love the photo that almost didn’t make it. The candid ones often shine brighter x


    August 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw we must have started at the same timeish! I agree about the constant learning curve and I’m so glad you liked that picture because I very nearly didn’t include it! x

      August 10, 2018 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Evie

    Loved this post! It’s so important to know your worth, there’s nothing wrong with accepting free products as payment when you are first starting out but be careful of the brands that take advantage and offer you a small discount instead. This is a really good insight to what the first year of blogging is like!

    August 10, 2018 at 12:38 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you like it and agree! Thanks for stopping by! x

      August 10, 2018 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Bexa

    Huge congratulations on one year of blogging Soph! What an awesome achievement. These are fantastic lessons and really interesting to read. Knowing your worth is so important, I’d love to read a whole post on this sometime! The more you put in, the more you get out is 100% true and engaging with others through their blogs & social media is one of the best things a blogger can do. Thank you for sharing and congrats again, keep up the great work girl ? xx

    Bexa |

    August 10, 2018 at 7:49 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you Bexa! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I’ll make sure to write up a post on Knowing Your Worth! x

      August 10, 2018 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Alice

    Ahh happy one year to you too! It’s my one year today ☺️ I can resonate with so much of this and I definitely agree about the not getting over yourself. You need to cheer for yourself because if you don’t share your work, who will? I had a conversation recently with someone who said comment threads were ‘cheating’ and ‘fake engagement’ which I think is damn right stupid as I’ve found so many incredible blogs through them. Also, what’s wrong with influencing an influencer? Love this post Soph along with all your other uploads, can’t wait to see what year two holds for you!
    Alice Xx

    August 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Aw happy one year! I totally agree with you, I see a lot of your posts in that way but genuinely trust your opinion and if you recommend something I like the look of or need then I’m as likely to purchase as the next person! x

      August 10, 2018 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    Loved your post. As a relatively new blogger, I really enjoyed reading about the lessons you have learned.

    August 10, 2018 at 11:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by!

      August 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Tamie

    Congratulations on one year blogging!! These are great tips. I am going to save them. I’m still learning and still sometimes not planning ahead and hitting publish on post day. Thank you for this post.

    August 11, 2018 at 1:08 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’m so glad you found them helpful!

      August 11, 2018 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Nancy

    Major congrats on reaching one year of blogging – wishing you many more to come. I love these lessons that you’ve learned. It is SO IMPORTANT to have engagement. I’ve been through situations where people fake engagement to get the comments but in the long run, people find out and there goes your views. YES on success being a process. It takes time. Sending you LOTS of love!

    Nancy ♥

    August 11, 2018 at 1:21 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you so much Nancy! I completely agree! x

      August 11, 2018 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Chloe

    Couldn’t agree more with knowing your worth! Since coming back to blogging I’ve started rejecting opportunities that I don’t think are appropriate and my content is so much better for it! <3

    August 11, 2018 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Louise

    Great to read… my blog is just 3 months old so I am still in my early days so it’s nice to read the views of those more experienced.
    I love that you say the more love you put in to your blog the more successful it will be ?

    Your photos are so nice too, I need to find myself a good photographer buddy that I’m comfortable with too.

    All the best for your next year ahead!

    August 11, 2018 at 11:28 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad that you liked it, thank you, it definitely makes life so much easier! Thanks for stopping by x

      August 12, 2018 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Imogen Chloe

    Absolutely loved this post and I have to say you look beautiful in those photographs! Congratulations on blogging for over a year, I bet you can’t even imagine life without blogging now! You deserve every success and can’t wait to see you grow in the future too, thank you for all your support. x

    August 11, 2018 at 11:49 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw I’m glad and thank you so much! x

      August 12, 2018 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Lucy

    This is a really inspiring post and congratulations for how far you’ve come with your blog in a year. It’s very impressive. I agree that it’s important not just to blog for others but also for yourself. Especially where brands are concerned, it’s nice when they take an interest in you and your blog but don’t use that as an excuse to do a post that doesn’t even fit with your content. It’s so sweet that your other half helps so much with your photography. I’m sure mine would if I asked but for now, flat lays are my friend. Engagement is as important as the content you’re creating – almost – twitter chats and just chatting with other bloggers are great ways to improve and you’re right in what you say about it.

    Great post,
    Luce xo

    August 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you relate to some of these and agree, it’s always interesting to see the point of view of other bloggers too! Thanks for stopping by Luce x

      August 12, 2018 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Jas

    Congrats on one year! “Don’t get over yourself” is such an important one! I’ve been blogging for over a year now and I’m only just coming to terms with scheduling posts and promoting myself!

    Jas xx

    August 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! It’s difficult to start off with but I soon learned how essential it is! x

      August 12, 2018 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Aditi

    Many many congratulations on the 1 year mark, Soph! What a lovely post! You’ve highlighted some key lessons! Like knowing your worth, so important! Keep blogging and inspiring us! xx

    – Aditi

    August 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you lovely! Thanks for stopping by x

      August 12, 2018 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Missy May

    These are definitely some lessons I have also learnt. Happy one year of blogging. These are some lovely photos.

    August 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply melissa major

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! Totally agree with these especially engagement and love what you do. I have been blogging for over 4 years now and Im still learning

    Melissa |

    August 12, 2018 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Rachael Stray

    Happy blogiversary! I’ve been blogging for a year next month and these all resonate with me. I must get my husband on the taking my pictures bandwagon!!

    August 12, 2018 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Charlotte

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! I agree that taking the first step is definitely the hardest. I was terrified before I started my blog but it’s honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    August 12, 2018 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Jess

    I absolutely loved reading this, you’re such an amazing blogger I always enjoy your posts. I can’t believe you’ve only been at it for a year because you definitely seem more experienced than that! You’re gorgeous and I love all the pictures you’ve included, you’re so lucky to have a boyfriend who takes all your photos for you and I love your style too! These are great tips for anyone who is just starting out in the blogging world, I want to start working with some brands so this has really helped me, thanks girl!

    Jess //

    August 12, 2018 at 10:29 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thats made my day, thank you so much! I count myself very lucky that he’s willing to give up so much of his time for me. I’m really glad you’ve found this helpful! x

      August 12, 2018 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Rose

    Love this post! So many valuable lessons in here 🙂
    It is ok to fail and try again. We all make things that just don’t work for some reason. And that is OK.
    I love how you do stress that it IS important not to get over yourself. That it is good to promote your work for people to see.
    Something you spend so much time creating is worth seeing after all ^^
    Congrats on all your progress. It is so deserverd!

    August 12, 2018 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Ashleigh

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! Blogging is a constant learning curve and it isn’t as easy as some people may think it is!

    Ashleigh |

    August 12, 2018 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Tammy

    Congrats and insightful post!

    August 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Carly

    Love this post and congratulations on your anniversary x

    August 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Dani@StoriesFilled

    Yay! one year under your belt. I enjoyed reading this post

    August 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Bea

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I’ve been blogging less than a year and your words resonate with me. The last few months have been a huge learning experience for me and I’ve got so much more to learn still. It’s very inspiring to read about others’ journey. It helps me to know I am not alone in my experiences.

    August 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad that you found it helpful, thanks for stopping by! x

      August 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Kristin Harris/Tales From Home

    Congrats on one year blogging! It’s so true that the first step is the hardest, I waffled with my decision to start a blog forever before finally going through with it and now I only wish I had started earlier!

    So many of the points you make ring so true, planning especially was a hard learned but valuable lesson!

    August 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’m so gad that you relate to these too!

      August 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    Congratulations on your year and you’re doing so well.

    August 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Lex

    Congrats on one year! I loved reading your lessons, so many great little reminders!

    August 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Lize

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! ?

    August 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Jasmin

    I loved this! Happy blogging birthday girl x

    August 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply jamiechancetravels

    This is a really good post! My blog also turns one at the end of this month and I love the fact I now have a creative outlet for my photos/writing!

    August 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! These tips are all invaluable to me as a newbie blogger, thank you so much I’ll definitely be taking these all on board.

    Jess || x

    August 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m so glad that you found it helpful! x

      August 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Rachael Hope

    This is awesome 🙂 thanks for sharing! I’m only a few months in for my personal blog. I love reading about people’s experiences. Thanks for putting the time and effort in to putting this together!

    August 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply What Corinne Did

    Congrats on one year of blogging! it is quite milestone and so many great lessons learnt! loving your photos! these tips will be so valuable to any new – and experienced – bloggers!

    August 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Annie

    Amazing post! Congrats on one year of blogging! You should be really proud of all your’ve accomplished during that time. Thank you for sharing these lessons with us! I love your starting point on “The First Step is the Hardest”. I also found it hard to put myself out there initially but I’m so so thankful I took the leap.

    August 12, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you can relate!

      August 13, 2018 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Indya | The Small Adventurer

    Happy one year blog-iversary! Tomorrow officially marks my second year finished, and I honestly don’t know where the time has gone?! Seems like you’ve learned a lot in your first year, which is great. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing during my first year, but I definitely feel a lot less confused and a lot more in control the second year around, so hopefully it’s only up from here!

    August 13, 2018 at 1:57 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! It flies by doesn’t it?

      August 13, 2018 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Siyana

    Happy anniversary! I loved all of your points, and I agree with pretty much all of them. I’d love a dedicated post on payment in the blogging community, as there are a lot of mixed opinions, and I’d really like to read another one ^^

    August 13, 2018 at 10:04 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I have one scheduled for Thursday lovely!

      August 14, 2018 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Nina

    This was very interesting to read. I agree about everything __ planning ahead, knowing your worth, and knowing that success is a process.
    Nina’s Style Blog

    August 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Kaye

    I love this type of blog post as it helps remind me that putting as much effort will always pay off it may not be an overnight thing but just believe in yourself and seek for assistance from fellow bloggers as the blogging community especially at twitter are really encouraging and helpful. Congratulations on your anniversary. ?

    August 14, 2018 at 12:21 am
  • Reply Eena

    Congratulations on reaching a year of blogging! I identify with this post a lot – especially when it comes to engagement. I think in order for your blog to get well-known, it’s best to engage with other bloggers!

    cabin twenty-four

    August 14, 2018 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Aaliyah

    Congratulation on reaching 1 Year! I can’t wait for the day when I’ve been blogging for a year, loved your blog for a long time! All these points were really great especially the part to dust your self off and try again, it’s so hard sometimes to start again when things go wrong so I’ll definitely be remembering this, Really great post xx

    August 14, 2018 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Lupe

    Happy one year of blogging! This post is so insightful, especially lesson 9. I often wonder why I do not have any relationships with brands and companies, and that is because I dont allow myself the time to sit down and properly go self hosted, learn about seo and media kits or even reach out to brands. I love blogging, and fashion, and I have to be willing to truly focus and see where this can take me.

    August 14, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Good luck with your journey!

      August 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Sahara

    I can definitely agree – the first step is the hardest, in just about everything! When I was starting my blog, and writing consistently, the hardest part for me was promoting my posts because I was worried what others I knew in person would think – after a while I stopped caring about other’s opinions 🙂

    Yes to Knowing Your Worth! I’ve worked with one brand before on a gifting basis and they were so kind, and I was still a bit new to the blogging world at that time – I’ve turned down a few opportunities because they didn’t match me or my blog – and for beginner bloggers like myself (This is only my 2nd year blogging and I don’t have the largest following/reach – for my first year I didn’t even know the blogging community existed!) I think it’s really important to know your current worth and not necessarily overestimate it!

    Lesson 3 can definitely be applied to pretty much everything in life. I apply that mindset to my running and blogging – I can definitely relate to having about 29302 outtake photos and for my running although it would be great to get the pacing I want the first time, it’s taking a lot of trial and error, the most important thing though is not give up even if giving up is the easiest option!

    I used to never really plan ahead, mainly because some inspiration comes at the randomest times so I’d always end up having a post to go up every week! But I once drafted for a whole month and wow what a stress free month that was!

    Yes to engagement! I love twitter because of how easy it is to chat to everyone. Though there is always the few that never really respond to me if I reply to their tweet but! for every person like that there’s a person who’s happy to engage with their audience!

    I’m still getting more comfortable in front of the camera, the only hard part is that since I’m the photographer friend in my friend group, it’s hard getting photos the way I’d want them haha.

    Yes to success being a process! And it’s so easy to compare your journey to someone else’s, but the most important thing is to always focus on yourself and not on other people (it’s easier said than done but it’s the mindset I’ve been trying to make sure I think in!)

    I’ve missed a weekly post a few times due to lack of inspiration but I’ve always made sure that whatever post I do put out is something I’m proud of! I’m hoping to now upload once a week more regularly, it’s a lot of fun!

    and wow this comment turned out longer than I thought oops


    August 14, 2018 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha I’m so glad that you found this so relatable! I think it’s great that you’re turning down opportunities that don’t fit you and making sure you’re proud of everything you post, we definitely share these ethics! Thanks so much for leaving such a thoughtful reply to this post xx

      August 14, 2018 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Nicka

    This is such an inspiring post! I have to agree with everything you said. Being a blogger for three years now has definitely its ups and downs.

    August 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply abbie

    Huge congratulations for one year of blogging Sophie. This was such an interesting read for me as I am in my first six months of blogging 🙂 The thing I definitely need to get better as is scheduling, I am so bad for not having posts finished! x

    August 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you Abbie! I’m so glad you liked it, honestly I still have weeks where I haven’t scheduled enough but it makes my life so much easier and really ups my engagement when I do! x

      August 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply huda

    Such an interesting post! I totally agree with how much effort and scheduling it takes! When I started out all I had to do was a write a post and publish it the same day! As my blog has grown, so have the amount of activities I need to do which means planning ahead is crucial!
    Great post! xx

    August 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Katie-Beth

    I love everything about this so much. I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and JUST started a Twitter account/connecting with other bloggers on there. It is SUCH a great community and I keep kicking myself for not getting involved on there sooner. I feel like you never ever stop learning as a blogger, and that all of the “lessons” you’ve outlined here are things I need to try and remind myself of everytime I blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

    August 16, 2018 at 1:05 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that you’re now a part of the Twitter community! x

      August 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Agness of eTramping

    Happy blogverssary, Soph! You have obviously learned a lot in this one year of travelling and blogging and I am very grateful you decided to share all these lessons with me. Keep up the awesome job!

    August 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Layla

    Ah this is such a lovely post – I love the way it’s written and it’s always nice to see how far people have come, what they’ve learnt and how they’re going to carry on!

    Hope you’re well and having a wonderful week lovely!

    Layla x

    August 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you like it, thanks for stopping by! xx

      August 17, 2018 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Alys

    Well done for one year of blogging! I’ll be reaching that milestone in November so have had similar thoughts to the ones you’ve expressed hre. Really enjoyed reading this! xx

    August 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Des

    I love reading about bloggers experiences! I can totally relate; I just started my blog and regret that I didn’t do it earlier. It was the complete lack of confidence and fear of failure that deterred me. It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one that has these thoughts. I have enjoyed reading this post tremendously! I found myself relating to a lot of numbers and also thinking of how I can prepare myself for some of the other things you shared. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Soph!

    xx, Des |

    August 18, 2018 at 6:20 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad that you find this relatable Des and I agree, it’s nice to know you’re not the only one with those kind of thoughts sometimes! Thanks for stopping by x

      August 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Izzy K

    Congrats on blogging for a year! These are really valuable lessons, thanks for sharing 🙂

    August 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Jenny in Neverland

    These are all such good pointers! I totally agree 🙂 I’ve been blogging 6 years next year (WOW) and I’m still constantly learning and evolving. That’s one of the main things I love about blogging 🙂 xxx

    August 22, 2018 at 9:51 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Wow congratulations on 6 years thats amazing! x

      August 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Anna Clark

    I love the way your content looks and you write beautifully! I just started blogging not too long ago, so it’s nice to read about what it has taught you over the year so I can keep that in my mind also while I blog. I enjoy the business very much. I’ll be giving you a follow! Check my blog out 🙂 xx

    August 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks so much Anna, I’m so glad that you liked the post! Off to check out your blog now! x

      August 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply onemorelightlb

    Happy anniversary haha! I love that you’ve shared everything you’ve learned over the past year! <3

    September 25, 2018 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Faisal

    Fantastic post. I like number 10 in particular because success is a process. For something to become successful you have to work hard with time, energy and commitment etc. Great post!

    September 30, 2018 at 12:52 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m, so glad you relate! x

      October 1, 2018 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Gillian

    Hi Sophie!

    This post is absolutely what I needed to read. You have done so well in such a short space of time, it’s admirable and you should be proud of yourself. I’ve only been writing for a few months but I already love it and put so much time and effort in – scheduling posts is something I realised was so important early on, thankfully!

    Love your blog, can’t wait to see your next post!

    Gillian xxx

    October 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thanks so much Gillian. I’m so glad that you can relate and that you enjoyed the post and my blog! xx

      October 8, 2018 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Ruth Josey

    I just ran across this post. It’s so full of pertinent information and inspiration! I’m coming up on a year and not nearly at the point you were. I’m finding that balancing a full-time job and a blog is a juggling act and I struggle to post once a week. I could use a full 8 hours a day to dedicate to my blog. Ah well, a hobby it is for now.

    November 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m so glad you think so. I totally relate to your struggles, it’s difficult to do everything to a high standard sometimes isn’t it? Good luck with your blog, as long as you’re enjoying it, that’s all that matters! x

      November 12, 2018 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Mimi

    I just launched my new blog and then came across this article. This was very inspirational. Although I’m still afraid of how things are going to go, this article gave me a little more much-needed courage. Thank You.

    November 25, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad that you think so and I’m glad it helped! I’m sure you’ll do just fine x

      November 25, 2018 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Penny

    This is really heartening to read, as someone who’s about six months in and loving it! Congrats on what is now well over a year 😉

    November 30, 2018 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Shewritesgood

    This is an encouraging post! I especially like the part about not being afraid to self-promote. Being new and not having a lot of people view your content makes it hard to know if your writing actually appeals to other people. I need to remind myself that if I think what I’ve done is good, then it’s good!

    December 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you think so! There are always going to be people who aren’t interested in what you have to say, but so many people who are too! x

      December 31, 2018 at 6:07 pm
      • Reply shewritesgood

        Wise words. I’ll make a point to remind myself of that.

        December 31, 2018 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Sazzy

    Those are wonderful pics. Awesome!! Happy New Year 🙂

    January 4, 2019 at 5:30 am
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