6 Months of Blogging: The Good, The Bad & What’s Next

6 Months of Blogging: The Good, The Bad & What’s Next

6 months of blogging. Where has the time gone? As people say, times flies when you’re having fun. If there’s one clear indicator of how much I enjoy blogging, it’s the fact I’ve done this for six months, and it only feels like three.

The Good

Milestones

To say this journey surpassed all expectations would be a huge understatement. When I started this, the only thing I was sure of was that I was going to be honest about my mental health. I wanted to see who I could help along the way. I was armed with determination and enthusiasm, but I didn’t expect a miracle. It was going to take hard work to get this thing seen, so that’s what I did.

Then, I discovered I’m not bad at this whole blogging thing. My little project became my passion. What the whole process has taught me is that, when I have something I truly care about, I will go after it with everything I have.

I achieved milestones I previously believed to be a long way off. 10,000 Twitter followers. 2 million average monthly viewers on Pinterest. I received two nominations for awards.

In 6 months of blogging.

Right now, I’m picturing my face if you’d told me that just after I launched my blog. I’m sure it would have been full of delight, but also very apprehensive. It would have seemed beyond comprehension.

Income

A few months in, I had my first affiliate sale. It wasn’t a huge amount, but it didn’t need to be. I had made something from doing what I loved. That’s when I knew: I had to keep going. Monetary gain hadn’t crossed my mind when I hit publish on my first post but now I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to earn money from something which makes me happy, I plan to pursue it.

Up to now, I haven’t made a lot of money from blogging. The figure isn’t important, however. What matters is that every penny is coming from something I thoroughly enjoy. It’s a feeling I’ve never known before. It’s incredible.

Learning

The geek inside me just loves to learn. Blogging was a steep learning curve, with a whole load of new skills to master. At first, I felt completely overwhelmed, then I rose to the challenge.

In all honesty, this is one of my favourite aspects to blogging – the fact the learning never stops. It’s probably this reason which has contributed the most to my success so far. If I’m not writing my own blog posts, I’m reading other people’s which are full of tips, tricks and advice to take things to the next level. If you’re not keen on trying to get your head around new things, you might not get it, but it gives me a thrill.

Community

Saved the best for last. It’s now time to turn my attention to the people who helped to make it happen: you. I’m willing to give myself some of the credit because I worked my butt off. But, without you reading it, sharing it, leaving comments and giving me such a warm welcome, I would have fallen flat on my face.

I have had the opportunity to communicate with fascinating, inspiring and driven bloggers. Some of those people crossed the line from acquaintances to friends. Friends who will last a lifetime. When I think about the fact I didn’t know those people six months ago, it’s crazy. Of everything blogging has brought into my life, it’s these people I treasure the most. I’d love to name names, but I can guarantee I’ll forget someone and feel guilty forever. So, I’m hoping you know who you are.

The Bad

Doubt

There have been days when I’ve wanted to give up, but I think that’s a case of me getting in my own way. I have no idea what I did with all of my spare time before I had a blog. I just know I don’t want to go back to whatever it was. Every time someone compliments my blog, asks for my advice, or lets me know I’ve helped them, there’s a glow around my heart.

Despite everything, I’ve found myself questioning if this is truly where I should invest my time. There have been days when I’ve felt like it’s pointless. These feelings are natural. I learnt that in my first week of blogging. I’m glad I was armed with that knowledge. My tactic is usually to have a nap and let it pass, or remind myself of all the wonderful things this journey has made possible.

Exhaustion

Blogging quickly became my entire life. There is so much to do! I loved every second of it, but there was a thin line between healthy and obsessive. It’s one I crossed a few times, before realising I was running myself into the ground. Trying to achieve everything actually meant I was achieving nothing.

So, I got organised, set aside time for myself and reminded myself that no matter what job people have, they have time off. I needed that, too.

Jealousy

While I was busy celebrating my success, there were individuals waiting in the wings to attack. People who thought I didn’t deserve what I got because I hadn’t been blogging long enough. Others who accused me of “using my mental illness to get a foot in” or abandoning my cause as soon as I got attention.

People who know me well enough will realise how utterly ridiculous that notion is. I can’t respond to this any better than my Dad did in his comment on we need to talk about the ugly side of blogging.

“People question your right to speak, your motives and the ‘accuracy’ of what you are saying. The best response to the ‘haters’ is to kick the dust from your feet (or keyboard) and move on to those who are willing to receive what is on offer.”

What’s next?

As for what’s next, I have a few ideas but my primary focus is that I’m hoping to continue creating content you love. I want my blog to be useful, in whatever ways you need. Most importantly, I want to keep putting smiles on faces, help people with their blogging ambitions and show people that a mental illness doesn’t mean your life has to grind to a halt. You can turn it into something positive.

Blogging is one of the most challenging things I’ve done, but also one of the most rewarding. I hope, in six months time, I still feel that way, and have plenty more bits of exciting news to share.

For now, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for making my first 6 months of blogging so amazing.

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64 Comments

  1. 22nd October 2018 / 11:12 am

    Well done, is all I can say. 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:38 am

      Thank you!

  2. 22nd October 2018 / 11:30 am

    How has it only been 6 months? You “feel” far more established than that. And if you’ve come this far in 6 months, the sky really is the limit for the next 6. Knock it out of the park!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:38 am

      Awww, thank you so much!

  3. 22nd October 2018 / 11:48 am

    I cannot believe you’ve only been blogging for six months, Ruth, in the nicest possible way it feels like you’ve been around for MUCH longer than this. Congratulations on all your achievements to date, you work so hard and are so supportive that you absolutely deserve every nice thing that comes your way. Including cakes, haha! Seriously, your blogs are my go-tos for help and tips, it was you that spurred me on to try Tailwind and to start tweeting a little more personally than I have been. You’re a shining light, lady, I hope you keep going for as long as you want to, don’t you let anyone put you down. xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:39 am

      Awww, thank you so much, Lisa! I must say, it’s been a pleasure talking to you, following your blog and getting to know you over the course of these 6 months!

  4. 22nd October 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I have only just found you and already admire how open you are to your readers. I hve checked out a few of your posts and they so helpful! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging such a short time. Keeps it coming!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:40 am

      Thank you – I really appreciate that!

  5. 22nd October 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Congratulations on your 6-months blogniversary!! 😛 (Yes that’s a new word haha)
    I’m glad to see that there are more good points than bad ones. Don’t let bad people ruin your experience just because they are jealous 🙂
    Your hard work paid, that’s it! So keep believing in yourself and keep enjoying blogging 😊
    I wish you the best for the future!!

    Laura
    https://peanutsandcacahuetes.com/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:42 am

      I try not to! I just struggle sometimes, because I’m as surprised as anyone about how well I’ve managed to do in such a short space of time. Even though I worked hard, it wasn’t a reaction I saw coming, and it makes me feel guilty sometimes that others are mad about it.

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, as always, Laura!

  6. 22nd October 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Wow, I’m surprised too that it’s only 6 months. I am at it for as long as you were when I started 😀 I love what you have created and I’m so glad to have found you on twitter. You are a ray of sunshine even in the already friendly blogger community. I hope (and believe) your blog will continue to grow at this pace and that it can become your career if you so wish 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:43 am

      Aww, what a wonderful comment! Thank you so much!

  7. 22nd October 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Congratulations on six awesome months of blogging Ruth! You have achieved so much and everything is so well deserved! Anyone who thinks otherwise is just jealous of your success. Thank you for everything you do, from your inspirational tweets, your kind and thoughtful blog comments, your positive, supportive and uplifting personality and the amazing content you consistently produce. Blogging is most definitely a whirlwind of highs and lows but don’t let anyone bring you down and dull your sparkle. Keep doing what you love, have fun and I’m excited to see what comes next for you on your blogging journey <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:44 am

      Wow, thank you so much, Bexa! You’ve been a rockstar throughout the whole time, and are easily one of the nicest people I’ve met along the way. It’s been a true pleasure, so thank you for everything you’ve done in the last 6 months to encourage me!

  8. 22nd October 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Congratulations, you lovely darling gal! You deserve your success. Your personality shines through in what you do and how you interact with people. You are true to yourself and that is what people respond to.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:44 am

      Thank you, Melissa!

  9. 22nd October 2018 / 4:56 pm

    Ruth,
    I am super Jealous Lol.
    You have achieved so much in 6 months that I haven’t achieve in 2 years. Just today I was looking at your twitter profile and was like “I have to tweet like her”
    I failed miserably at that.
    Anyways, Keep growing and bringing smile on our faces!
    Regards,
    Yasir ~ selfninja.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:47 am

      It’s hard, and has been very surprising for me! Just make sure you let your personality shine through, and let your kind of people come your way.

  10. 22nd October 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing Ruth! Honestly you’ve worked hard to be where you are and totally deserve it!!! Keep up the great work, I always enjoy reading your posts and how supportive you are in the blogging community. You are awesome! X

    http://www.hannahblogsmh.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:54 am

      Aww, thank you so much, Hannah! You’re so wonderful!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:55 am

      I’d need a lot more traffic than I get now for it to be beneficial, and I don’t want my blog polluted with ads when it’s going to result in pennies in return.

  11. 22nd October 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Your content is great and so is your appearance online. I’d never had thought that you only blog for 6 months.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:55 am

      Thank you.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:55 am

      Thank you, Tracy!

  12. 22nd October 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I love blogging too and learning about blogging and SEO and all that. That is awesome that you got your first affiliate link!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:56 am

      Learning is definitely a lot of fun, even if it’s a bit challenging as well at times. Yeah, it was really exciting – I’ve had a few more since and they’ve all made me so giddy, haha!

  13. 22nd October 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Ruth I had no idea you’d only been blogging for 6 months!! When I first stumbled across your twitter account as a blogging newbie I honestly thought you’d been at this for years, you’re so good at it and seem to be so in control of your blog! You’re truly a blogging inspiration to me and such a shining light in this community. Every time I see a tweet from you it’s always giving someone a hand up or reminding people to take care of themselves. Thank you so much for all of the positivity you spread and I can’t wait to see what other incredible milestones you’ll reach in the future 💖
    – Hannah / https://hannnahsbookshelf.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:57 am

      Awwww, Hannah!! This is such a wonderful comment – I can’t thank you enough. That honestly means so much to me.

  14. 22nd October 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Amazing! Well done!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thank you 🙂

  15. 22nd October 2018 / 11:41 pm

    Wow great job and congrats on your first 6 months! I hope we can look back and think the same. We have really enjoyed your stuff and look forward to seeing more!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thank you! All the best on your blogging journey! 🙂

  16. 23rd October 2018 / 12:24 am

    Hi, Ruth. Congrats on hitting your 6 month milestone. You have certainly done well. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Many more blessings. Take care.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:58 am

      Thank you very much, Daisy!

  17. 23rd October 2018 / 2:54 am

    Congratulations Ruth! You have brought a lot of positivity in the blogging community. “The best response to the ‘haters’ is to kick the dust from your feet (or keyboard) and move on to those who are willing to receive what is on offer.” Totally agree! Keep going and keep making us SMILE:)

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:58 am

      Thank you! I’ll definitely do my best!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:59 am

      Aww, you’re an angel, Shirley – thank you! 💖

  18. 23rd October 2018 / 10:12 am

    You are absolutely incredible Ruth, and I’m so happy to have met you through the wonderful world of blogging and to have the opportunity to follow your career from the start. Never change, because you are awesome (oh, and a brilliantly talented writer).

    Nati x | http://www.naticreates.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 9:59 am

      You’re the best, Nati, thank you! I’m really happy we’ve been able to connect through blogging, because you’re a star, I love your content and admire your personality.

  19. 23rd October 2018 / 11:46 am

    So amazing Ruth, you are like the Mozart of the blogging community! It is phenomenal what you have achieved in such a short time, it leaves us all a bit breathless! Well done and I wish you well in the future, you can achieve souch good with the platform you have, I truly hope you continue to find it a gift to yourself as well as others too.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 10:00 am

      Thank you very much! As long as people keep reading and enjoying, then I see no reason to stop 😉

  20. 24th October 2018 / 10:30 am

    Congratulations on 6 months! It’s incredible seeing how much you’ve achieved in such a small period of time. It’s so inspiring to a newbie blogger like me. Also, I love that you still continue to support newbies and smaller bloggers even though you must be so busy, so thank you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 10:01 am

      Thank you! I’ll always do my best to support new and smaller bloggers! 💛

  21. 24th October 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I am so excited for you! You really have achieved a lot in a short amount of time, but as a fellow newbie blogger, I KNOW you earned it! And how are others going to say what you deserve and what you don’t??? The proof is in the results. There’s no refuting that. Sounds like a boatload of jealousy, if you ask me. If you’re happy, then that’s what’s important. Hold your head high and keep doing your thing! 🙌🏾

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 10:01 am

      Love this comment – thank you so much! 😍💛

  22. 25th October 2018 / 9:18 am

    Wow congratulations!! You have achieved so much in such a short space of time!! Here’s to the future 🙂 Helen x
    (www.helenloves.co.uk)

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th October 2018 / 10:07 am

      Thank you, Helen!

  23. 25th October 2018 / 11:25 am

    Congratulations! You’ve summed up the highs and lows so well here, glad you are enjoying it and look forward to reading more of your content and lovely tweets.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 4:46 am

      Thank you!

  24. 25th October 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Congrats! I’ve had my domain for a little over a year now but I feel like I’m just now getting into actual blogging. Apparently I needed a year to process things. 😂 I hope to someday be just as organized with my blog as you seem to be!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 4:51 am

      Aww, thank you! Best of luck to you! 😀

  25. 26th October 2018 / 2:12 am

    Wow, 6 months already! Time really does fly by. Congrats on hitting that 6-month marker. I love that you included the good and the bad. I’m really excited to see what you have in store for the next 6 months and beyond. Keep up the great work!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 4:55 am

      Thank you so much, Sarah! 🙂

  26. 26th October 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Congratulations.
    You have covered a lot of ground in just six months of blogging.

    I just nominated you for the Leinster Award.
    I look forward to reading your answers to the questions and some thoughts about yourself.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 4:57 am

      Aww, thank you 🙂

  27. 27th October 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Everything you’ve achieved within the past six months is inspirational, Ruth! You should be so completely proud of yourself. You’ve built an incredible blog from the ground up and, along the way, you’ve helped a lot of people. Regardless of what anyone else says, you deserve all the success you’ve had. I’m sure the next six months of blogging is going to be just as incredible.

    Kelly | http://paperbackadventures.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 5:04 am

      You are the sweetest – thank you so much, Kelly! 💛

  28. 30th October 2018 / 6:24 am

    This is such an amazing achievement – you have worked so hard and your tweets always inspire me!
    You are so deserving of this success, and your blog is amazing. I like how you added in the bad – I can relate really well to exhaustion. I have made myself take a break from blogging the last few months, and although I’ve been posting a little bit I’ve noticed I have a lot more energy and I’m excited to get back into blogging again! I’m looking forward to seeing your progress over the next six months 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 5:11 am

      Thank you so much! I’m really happy that taking a break has renewed your energy and made you excited to start again. Good luck! 💛

  29. 18th November 2018 / 11:24 am

    It’s been wonderful seeing you achieve so much. You truly deserve it and you’ve brought a lot of light and happiness to the blogging community. Just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll be grand 🙂

    Abi | https://whatabigailsays.co.uk/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      20th November 2018 / 6:56 am

      That’s incredibly kind of you, Abi. Thank you! 🙂

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