10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED DURING 5 YEARS OF BLOGGING


HOLY SHIT FIVE YEARS. Yeah, my thoughts exactly.
Little Things With Jassy has been going and growing since 2013 but 2013 was such a shameful year with only 3 blog posts that had nothing to do with anything so I scratched it. This year it marks my five-year blogoversary and it's wonderful and really weird at the same time. I've managed to keep a hobby for that long! Let's talk about stuff I've learned blogging for five years.

PLANNING
Can you imagine? When I started taking blogging more seriously I learned a damn crucial thing and it's planning. Or well, for me it's insanely important thing. Planning is the key for me, it's the thing that will get the posts published when they are planned to go live.
Actually, my post about planning blog posts is one of my most read posts ever.

STEP OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
Blogging breaks my own personal barriers. I'm the type of a person who builds a wall, an actual wall you can't break or climb over whenever things get tough. I won't let anyone in and I isolate myself at the same time. Through my blog and writing things out of my system, I've been breaking one barrier at a time. So I've learned how to step out of my comfort zone, learned to process my feelings through writing instead of isolating myself from everyone. That's why this has become my personal emotion dumpster at times, but it's been super therapeutic.

BECOME BETTER IN ENGLISH
English isn't my native language. My native language is Finnish & even though I've always been the perfect A+ student in English classes I feel like there is still something to improve. I've got a lot to do to improve my English and a long journey ahead - but I've gotten so much better during the past years.

SEO
Seo is still something I'm trying to learn & to get better at, but at least I've found out what it is and how to improve it. If something!

KEEPING TRACK OF THE LATEST THINGS IS HARD
For me, who basically isn't interested in staying updated with all things considering new social media apps and GDPR that's coming up soon - I've had to keep up with them. Being in the blogging industry makes you keep up with them and for my future career, it's absolutely wonderful that I'm updated on these things. But oh boy, it's hard. New stuff coming up every single day.


FILTERING
Especially now when I'm having a child, I've learned to actually filter how much I want to share my personal life. Even though everything I write down here is based on my personal experience of things I still try not to share too much. Like the part of the city we're living in, my kid's face & all that stuff.

TALKING TO NEW PEOPLE
Actually, blogging has helped me so much breaking my own personal walls & it has made me open up to a whole new bunch of people. And for that, I am forever grateful. I've been lucky enough to discover so many new friends & people through the social media & through my blog, it's overwhelming sometimes but it's overwhelming in a good way.

HTML
I had no clue about HTML when I first started blogging. Thanks to my husband & this blog, I've become pretty good at it even though I say so myself.

I DISCOVERED MY OWN WAY OF WRITING
I used to write exactly like I'm writing now but in Finnish. I quickly learned that the way of my writing wasn't suitable for the Finnish audience & it's something that can come across as bragging in Finnish or you know, whiney even - so I switched my language. Also, I use a lot of sarcasm in my writings and it's a really hard way to come across as a decent human being especially when writing stuff on the Internet. After the language switch, I've gotten so much better feedback about the stuff I write and that's boosted my confidence on the next level.

How long have you been blogging? What have you learned?





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28 comments

  1. Filtering was definitely something I learned as well. I started off in my early 20s telling just about everything. Now, I feel like I'm a little more guarded about what I share.

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  2. I started my blog in 2014 and I've learned so much since then! I'm so impressed by all of you that write in your non-native language for your blogs. What an amazing way to become proficient in another language...I don't think I could do it!

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    1. Hahah English is rather easy language compared to Germany for an example so I think if I wanted to challenge myself a bit more I should start writing in Germany haha

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  3. I hope to get to where you are five years from now!!! You inspire me 😍
    Riley | www.rileyedixon.com

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    1. I’m happy to hear that! Thank you Riley :-)

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  4. I was so surprised when you said english isn't your native language! So impressed with your writing!

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  5. I pretty much nodded in agreement to all your lessons... English is the major language in Nigeria but you can never know it all, so I still learn new things in English daily especially for the blog. I've improved with seo's since I downloaded yoast plugin. Thanks for sharing

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  6. I started my blog in 2014 and I've learned so much since then. Filtering was definitely something I learned as well.

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    1. Absolutely, it’s important!

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  7. I really enjoy your writing and imagination! good thing you made the switch and we can read your blog and thoughts. blogging is a kind of education in itself and there is so much to learn. Through such posts it is amazing how you can keep track all the things you have learned so far in the journey.

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    1. Hahah took me a while to actually think what I’ve learned :D should keep a list like, really

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  8. Thanks for this post. We have more common things. I have a similar dilemma like you - how much can I share from my private life? And like you, English is not my first language, and I'm still fighting with it. But I hope to succeed in a few years to write a post with a similar title :)

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    1. Your english sounds wonderful!

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  9. Tone is so important when it comes to writing and generating an audience. Many people do not catch sarcasm so you have to watch out. I have to try hard in my humorous stuff to avoid the sarcastic tone.

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    1. That’s why I’m usually writing (sarcasm) after a sentence when I’m using it haha!

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  10. The fact that English isn't your first language and you have learnt how to write so well in English is inspirational especially since English is such a hard language to learn and understand! I haven't quite got my head around HTML but feel like I need to know more about it if I want to stay in the game!



    www.nmdiaries.com

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    1. Haha, I’ve been studying English from the 3rd grade (when I was 8) so that might be it :D

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  11. Wonderful post, Jasmin! It's amazing how much blogging has given to you. And skills like English, SEO and HTML are very valuable in work market as well. :) I wish I'd have enough patience to do coding! For me though the understanding of SEO and becoming better writer are the best things I've learned within 4 years with this blog. Actually, in total I've blogged 10 years now, and with my previous blog I learned basics of creating post, taking the photos, working with companies, etc. Anyhow, the world was really different back then so we have to keep moving forward everyday. :) Happy blogging!

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    1. Coding is actually pretty fun :D

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  12. I never would have guessed English isn't your native language! You'r English is flawless! I've been blogging for 2 years and can already relate to you post lol It's great to see how far we have come and the progress we made :)

    Perrine
    www.ola-banana.com

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    1. I’ve been studying English since I was 8, so I guess that’s the thing haha :D

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  13. I love your blog! Your English is also really good... I know what it's like to blog in a not-native language, I'm German but writing in English, and all I can say is: you're doing a fantastic job!
    Please also visit my blog on https://www.girl-online-blogging.simplesite.com

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  14. This is such a great post. I love the way you are always learning with blogging and it teaches you much better skills than it gets credit for. x

    franklyflawless.com

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