Hey beautiful, it’s been a minute!
This post will be a little bit personal for more reasons. First of all, because I started my blog in January 2020 and now I am halfway through the year, so there is no better time to take a breath and look back on what I accomplished so far. Second of all, you might have realized that I had to leave my blog for one month but I am finally back and I can’t wait to continue the work!
The reason for my absence was that I had exams coming and I take my studies seriously. But also blogging which quickly became my passion. Funnily my love for blogging was the reason to put it on hold. I want to do it right and I can do that when it’s my priority.
With finals coming I didn’t have this luxury and I knew if I try to ‘ride two horses with one ass’ I will go insane, I will create bad content, I won’t have the time or the energy to put my heart into it so I decided to fully concentrate on my exams.
And finally, I am done and I feel like someone gave my life back. Fellow students, you feel me, right?
Anyways, let’s do a quick rewind!
What did I learn about blogging so far?
It’s not easy
“What’s difficult in blogging? You just write, duh.”
It’s definitely not blurting out colorful and original content 24/7 and posting beautiful pictures on social media getting 1,000 likes overnight.
I didn’t even use social media before I created this blog. I didn’t know anything about SEO, hosting, pinning, hashtags, aesthetics, affiliate marketing, etc. I had to read hundreds of articles, I had to fail a couple of times to find out what works, I had to get familiar with a lot of new things.
My first six months: only 40% writing and creating and 60% learning.
Blogging community is extremely supportive
Probably because everyone went through the same things. You have to put the work and energy into it and even then it can be a long time until you start to get the recognition. Fortunately, there are millions of people who know exactly what you’re going through and you will find every tool, tip, and encouragement to improve.
It is so hard to take good pictures
Creating good content is one (very important) thing but making beautiful, eye-catching pictures to feature your content with is just as hard (and important). Whether you take pictures of yourself or products/food/nature, you have to watch out for angles, light, colors and so much more. Oh, and of course you have to take 200 shots until you’ll have the perfect one. I am sorry, this is just how it works.
And now I’d like to move on to some personal experiences of mine. Hope you don’t mind.
How did the first half of the year go?
Well, it was one hell of a ride. But all things considered, it was good and productive. I started this blog and it was one of my best ideas. I didn’t lose my workplace and income because of COVID-19 which is a pretty big deal for me and I am very grateful. I moved to Vienna two years ago to go to university here. Since then I support myself financially. If I would have lost my job, I would’ve had to leave Austria and move back to my home country.
What did I do during quarantine?
Well, basically the same things I usually do. I worked constantly during the pandemic as I was an essential worker. I used my free time for self-development. I worked out, reorganized old clothes and stuff, started to learn French, and read. (Right now I read The Book of Lost Tales by Tolkien.)
What was the hardest?
Being apart from my boyfriend who lives in Amsterdam. We couldn’t see each other for 4 months and it was hell.
What was the best?
To see the world slow down and to watch nature retake some of what’s used to be hers.
What was the first thing I did after quarantine?
I went to a McDonald’s, I met with friends and I visited my hometown. I guess I didn’t even realize it but it was a much-needed trip. I reconnected with my family and childhood-friends, ate a lot of home-cooked meals, and basically spent every minute in my mom’s garden.
What are my plans for the summer?
What are my plans for the summer?
Now that I have all the time in the world (well, besides working but still) I want to write much more now. I’ll continue to work on my blog and myself. Besides that, I just wanna have fun 😉
What are your plans for the summer? I would like to hear all about them! 🙂