All pictures taken by my one and only photographer bestie Nethe Holm
Location: the very small island of Bågø (such a fun island with only around 20 houses, a surprisingly famous Russian nun and no shops at all)
Cannot believe it – today marks my 2 year blogiversary. So happy I took the leap and started my blog exactly 2 years ago. You can read my first blog post here (anyone else remembering the old blog name?). Oh how much I have learned and how quickly time has flown by. Thought I would share 10 of the things I have learned through the past 2years with you, so here they are:
10 things blogging has taught me:
- You don’t get anything without asking. So many of the amazing sponsorships and collaborations here on the blog have started by me asking. People don’t always find you and your blog by themselves, so why not help them? What do you have to loose by asking someone if they want to collaborate. So many great things have come from asking for me.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help. There are so many people who are a lot better at some things than you and you are never to old to stop learning.
- Community is key. What makes blogging fun and worth it for me is all the amazing people I have met and the friendships I have built with sisters from all over the world.
- Always be authentic. The thing that makes your blog unique, is the person behind it-YOU!
- Don’t give up. Even when you feel like doing so. Not every day has been successful in my blogging career. Some days barely anyone crossed my site and sometimes it seemed like I got more no’s than yes’es from people and brands I wanted to work with. But I kept going. And now when I look back, I am so happy for the things that didn’t work out and the things that did.
- Blogging is hard work and takes A LOT of time. Blogging is surely not just receiving free stuff and posting gorgeous images. That is just 1 out of 1000 things. To run a successful blog by yourself requires so many skills like figuring out how to manage an email list, learning some programming and coding, knowing how to take good pictures, setting up your own domain, backing up all your files and database and so much more. And it doesn’t even end with that. When you have a blog you need to brand your blog and that means growing a community and building your brand on social media as well.
- It was never about the numbers. Getting views, likes and comments sure can be a great motivation, butwere never what got me started. My goal wasn’t and isn’t to be famous, no, it’s to inspire people and point them to Jesus.
- The people you assume will be your biggest supporters actually turn out to be the less supportive. When I started blogging I was so hurt to see that the people whom I knew in person and would call some of my best friends actually didn’t really care to read my blog posts or ask about the thing I was spending more time on than anything else. Though I might live in Denmark I have more than 10 times as many visitors coming from the US and other places around the world…. So happy for the love and support I have met from people all over the world, some I will never even get to meet in person.
- There will always be haters. But don’t let their hate get to you. Look for the bright stuff and positivecomments and I’m sure there will be some.
- There is so much more to people’s lives than what they post online. To read more about my opinionon this topic read this post: http://livelifefullyalive.com/lets-be-real/
On that note I would like to share a personal update with you all. I will be moving all the way from the small country of Denmark to right outside Yosemite National Park in California in just a couple weeks to attend a Bible college there (DTS). SO excited!!
Cannot promise to blog here regularly(once a week) as I have been doing for the last couple of months here, but we’ll see. So keep coming back to find out… 😉
And thank YOU SOO MUCH for being a part of my blog. I appreciate every single visitor on my site <3
And to my fellow bloggers out there, can you relate to the things I have learned? Similar experiences?