|My glasses, because they are 'serious'!|
Despite only starting my blog in May, by August, I had totally fallen out of love with it. I was writing maybe two posts a month, three if I was being super productive, nicking photos off of Google for my posts and staying far, far away from the blogging community, the sort of things one does not recover from easily.
I tried to revive it in October - a new name, new background and header, but it simply wasn't enough. By Christmas my heart just wasn't in it anymore. But then everything changed.
I started reading blogs, something I had never done before. I had always viewed other bloggers as the competition and stayed away from them (sorry #TheGirlGang, I love you all really!) but something twigged deep inside of me. I realised I was being petty and childish. I signed up to Bloglovin and within the hour I was receiving emails filled with wonderful posts by fellow bloggers; what they had got for Christmas and their New Year's Resolutions to name just two.
It was so inspiring to read all of these posts filled with energy and beautiful pictures. I told myself I could do it too. Unfortunately, after 8 months and 2 blog 're-vamps', I was already way behind in the blogging game. Bloggers who had only started in November were far more popular, organised and in every way better than me. I didn't even have Twitter (god forbid.) My blog actually felt disgusting to me. It didn't look very nice, my photos sucked, the majority of my early posts were entirely random and I got no views, ever. I basically hated it, but I was going to do something about it.
- I changed the name of my blog
My blog had already been through two name changes by the time I settled on Dainty Alice; the random Sweetie Pop and the utterly cringe-worthy Confessions Of A Teenage Shopaholic. I feel that Dainty Alice suits my blog far more than those two ever did. For one, it actually includes my name, and two, it's short and sweet.
- I bought a theme
The difference between myself and way more popular blogs was that their's looked great and mine really, really didn't. I have little knowledge of basic HTML from GCSE ICT, but that's about it. I decided to invest in a gorgeous theme and my blog looked instantly better.
- I bought my own domain name
Yet another purchase, but if I really wanted to get serious about my blog then I needed my own domain name, the cumbersome blogspot address just didn't cut it. I bought daintyalice.com from Go Daddy for £1.10 for this first year and spent a while setting up the adress to make sure everything ran smoothly.
- I set up a twitter account @daintyaliceblog
BEST THING I EVER DID. Just by using Twitter to promote my posts and join in with some wonderful Twitter chats, I have already made some amazing friends. My views sky-rocketed and for the first time ever, people were actually commenting on my posts!
- I got ruthless
I reverted my old posts to drafts and deleted any that I felt were random rants, not appropriate for my blog's theme, or basically rubbish. The others I have saved ready to be updated when I have the time to re-write them properly. Obviously my blog is now a little empty, but it's a vast improvement.
I've already seen a huge change in the number of page views I get now when compared to before, but as always, numbers aren't everything. The fact that I now want to write posts every day and have the motivation to even write some days in advance is one of the best feelings ever. I obviously still have a lot more work to do if I ever want to make it big, I am currently in the process of setting up my own 'blogging space' (think 'white' 'fairy lights' and 'IKEA') which I am so looking forward to, and I've bought myself a planner which was actually designed by a fellow blogger. I still look at my blog stats sometimes and think "wow, I suck", but it's good to know that I suck a little less than I did a week ago.
What do you think about your own blog?
Do you often compare yourself to others?
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