Reflections on the Past Year as a Blogger

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AD – Sponsored | With Denmark slowly returning back to normal, I wanted to reflect on how the last year and a half has been in regards to my blogging journey.

To Quit or Continue?

Back in March 2020 when Denmark first went into lockdown, I thought about quitting blogging indefinitely. I was unsure if it was appropriate to continue publishing posts as normal and if I did continue, I was unsure if anyone would even read them. I talked to other bloggers on Twitter to see what they were doing, and some were continuing as normal while others were taking a break. I received a lot of good advice including that many people would continue to read blogs as a distraction from the news and also blogging is a good distraction for myself. After this conservation, I decided to continue blogging as I hoped my blog could be a distraction for others if they wanted a break from everything going on.

Took Long + Shorter Breaks

After writing 5 posts I had planned for March and April 2020, I found it difficult to have the motivation to keep up with blogging and I ended up taking a month-long break. The break was definitely needed, and since then I have been posting once a week, but I have taken a week break here and there when life has gotten too busy and stressful. I learned that it is okay to take breaks from my blog, and I do not have to be constantly writing a new post or promoting my older posts.

Content Became More Broad

I would consider myself a lifestyle blogger because I do blog about a range of topics, but before 2020, I mainly wrote about beauty and books. I know the pandemic has affected many blogger’s content especially for travel bloggers, but my content has more or less stayed the same, but I have expaneded the topics that I write about. Since then, I have written quite a few posts on what I have been doing while home, lockdown activities, Netflix, gaming, recipes, and long-distance relationships along with my usual makeup looks and book reviews. I enjoy not restricting myself to certain topics and writing about whatever I want to, and I will continue having broader content in the future.

More Brand Collaborations

Before 2020, I had the opportunity to write a sponsored or gifted post every now and then, but the number of opportunities has surprisingly increased for me. There was a period when everyone was going into lockdown and the blogging community was adjusting, but from May 2020 I have been consistently writing brand collab posts. August was a suprisingly busy month as well as November with the lead-up to Christmas. This month is going to be busy as well as I have 3 sponsored posts planned including this one. It is reassuring to know that brands are still looking for influencers to work with.

Blogging Community has Grown Closer

One thing I have noticed is that it seems the blogging community has grown closer during the past year and a half. We are all going through the same thing, and we have grown more supportive of each other. Whether it is commenting and sharing each other’s posts or doing collabs together. I have also opened up my blog to guest posts, which is not something I have done until last December (if you would like to guest post on my blog, just let me know). I love being apart of the blogging community and seeing us come together.


How has blogging been like for you during the past year?

52 thoughts on “Reflections on the Past Year as a Blogger

  1. Interesting, last year I took a very long break from blogging. I’m glad to be back. Taking my steps slowly so I don’t burn myself out. Glad to see you have so many opportunities coming your way. Well done 💪🏾

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  2. Lockdown gave me more time to write and I’m now blogging consistently due to the many months I had off! Saying that, I am very much looking forward to going out more and meeting up with others x

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    1. I had more time during lockdown too, but for a while I didn’t have the motivation to write. Denmark is slowly returning back to normal & last weekend I went to a museum & coffee shop with two of my friends & it was so nice to go out again!

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  3. It hasn’t really changed for me that much. Although I did start posting less as my inspiration has dropped somewhat is sad 😞

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  4. Last year I did a lot of blogging and driving my traffic as many more were at home and online. It is good to hear you have more opportunities coming your way! Good luck with everything coming up with your blog.

    Lauren

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  5. Wow this is such an interesting post! For me, blogging has changed because I’m posting more frequently and my range of topics has broadened. It was interesting to read about your journey though!

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  6. Yea, I agree with a lot of the points you made. Covid was def a challenge for all of us but hopefully, we made it through the worse of it. I started writing about more things besides travel as well just to kinda give people more options to read.

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  7. Lockdown has been both a blessing and a curse. It gave me more time to focus on my blog but it also made me demotivated and I lost sight of my goals. Thankfully I over it now. Well done on the brand collaborations, so happy for you! And I agree, the blogging community has gotten closer which is nice, feels like it was when I started out all those years ago.

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    1. I completely agree with you! I had plenty of time on my hands, but at times I had no motivation to do anything & I didn’t publish anything for a month. Yes thankfully!
      & thank you!
      That’s nice to hear the blogigng community is going back to how it was when you first started!

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  8. Sounds like you definitely learned a lot from this past year blogging! It was nice to have more time to work on my blog during COVID but I have been back to work for over a year now so I am still trying to balance working full time and blogging so it hasnt changed too much for me.

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    1. I don’t know how I was able to balance my uni classes & blogging because I’m having trouble just managing my danish classes that are 3 days a week…

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  9. Last year I started blogging again and I am so happy that I did. It has been a wonderful distraction from the pandemic. I hope to continue to blog. It’s great how close the blogging community is. I have met so many great people.

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  10. I agree with a lot of these! In the UK, when the first lockdown was announced in March I took a week long blogging break and didn’t do anything because everyone was so scared and worried and I just couldn’t get my head around writing posts for the sake of it. But as time has gone on, I really do think bloggers and this industry has made the most of the situation!

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  11. The longer and more frequent my breaks are, the more inspired I am. Especially when I take time from social media. Yes its time I could be spending builting traffic etc but at the same time I also want to be more productive too.

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  12. Definitely helped a lot having so much time on hand both for the blog and personally. I had more time to focus on different things and mostly at an uncertain time I felt I needed a break, so I took two weeks of just watching movies before heading in. I am so glad to be in the blogging community and see how tight-knit it isx

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  13. I don’t have much experience in blogging because I have just started my journey but this was inspired by the pandemic period. there were so many ups and downs from which I wanted to distract myself and so that’s how my blog was born. I am loving blogging so far and I am glad to be a part of this amazing blogging community!

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  14. I just celebrated my first year as a blogger a little while ago. It was during the pandemic that I started because it’s something I have wanted to do for the longest time. I suddenly had so much more time on my hands and I remember thinking that if I don’t go for it now, when will I? I no longer can use the excuse that I don’t have enough time because all I did was have time.

    Everyone goes through slumps once in a while but I’m glad you pushed through

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    1. Happy 1 year blogiversary! That’s great you used the time you had to start your blog especially since you have been wanting to do so for a while!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your reflections over the past year – it’s great to hear the blogging community gave some great advice and support when you weren’t sure last March. As things begin to open – I do worry if I’ll have as much time to blog as during the pandemic when being home was the normal.

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    1. I think many of us will have to make adjustments as we transition to the new normal since we will not have as much time at home. I have been going to in person Danish classes for a little while now & I had to change my blogging schedule to give me more time during the week & on the weekends to work on everything

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  16. I’m a new blogger, so I didn’t have my blog during the lockdown, but it’s so interesting to hear your perspective on how the blogging community has changed during the lockdown. It really makes me excited to see what the blogging community is going to be like in the next year😊

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  17. Thank you for sharing this! Before 2021, my content only focuses on blogging, but the contents are so complex and needed a lot of research & time. So I decided to add more topics about lifestyle, which includes light topics. I also took a blogging break in May and it’s definitely worth it to come back again 🙂

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    1. That’s interesting your content changed too & you started blogging about lifestlye as well. It’s always nice to take a break & I always feel more motivated to write when I come back.

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  18. Aw, this is a great post! I didn’t start blogging until the fall season of 2021 so I didn’t quite experience it in the beginning of the pandemic! I love the blogging community and how supportive they are! I’m glad you took a break and got to spend more time with your family too! I spent a lot of time with my husband and I loved it. Happy you had a handful of gifted collabs too! Thanks for sharing x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. Thank you! I love the blogging community too & meeting amazing bloggers like you! Yes it’s nice to take a break every now & then & I’m excited to go on vacation at the beginning of August (I’ll have posts scheduled, but I won’t be active)
      Thanks!

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  19. Yes, the last 12 months have been a strange time but I completely agree with you, the blogging community has grown even more supportive and caring. I’m sad some bloggers have stopped writing but we’re still here, if they decide to come back again. Blogging has to fit in with our lives, not the other way around. Taking a break for whatever reason is important too.

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