Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Reflections on One Year of Blogging

Here we are, Bonjour White is one year-old! 

For the occasion I've been thinking about what blogging means to me, and put into perspective the good and bad sides of being a blogger on a daily basis. I've also had the opportunity to witness my own progress in terms of content and photography - which is quite encouraging. Bloggers among you will know the huge amount of effort having a blog implies and a reminder that your work pays off and is up to your expectations at some point is indeed a very satisfying reward.

I started my blog as an outlet for beauty at first, which soon extended to lifestyle, travel and eventually fashion posts (still developing that one). Now I know a bit more what kind of content I want to share with you. Fortunately my photography has evolved too: I have purchased a great camera I love I can't help using everyday. Blogging has enabled me to hone a few skills and develop a personal style when it comes to the content I offer. I am convinced that it is only the beginning and that in one year's time I'll be able to bring about some which suits my personality even better. A lot is left to do for me to reach what I would like Bonjour White to become, and patience is my best ally.

Having a little space of mine on the internet is a really nice feeling. Bit by bit sharing my experience, places I've visited, favourite makeup products and fashion pieces has become an habit I'm obsessed with. It's also a pleasure to sit down with a cuppa and unwind whilst reading my favourite blogs. The blogging community is often a very positive place and perfect to keep being inspired thanks to the numerous social media accounts bloggers update daily. However I have realised having a blog also means coping with a certain pressure. Pressure to publish on time, respect the schedule I impose myself, offer interesting content and good photography, upload pictures at least once a day on Instagram even though I have nothing special to share that day, promote former blogposts on Twitter and so on. Blogging demands hard work and time, and I don't like to do things by half. When I lack confidence in terms of blogging - it happens from time to time - I wonder if I truly need to blog to make me happy. Is blogging essential to my life?

Well for now, it is definitely central! I remember why I started it and convince myself that doing me is enough. Backing down pressure turned out to be both the hardest and most gratifying part. I may not publish everyday but when I do I put all my heart into that little piece of writing you're reading. It's a pleasure to write down words on a blank page, and I am even happier when you engage. I don't own it still - being a blogger is not a label I will speak about when introducing myself to somebody new - but as the saying goes, let time takes its course. We'll see where this little blog will take me. In the meantime I can't wait to share more with you!

How blogging feels like to you? If you belong to the bloggers' community why did you start yours? Say hello over Twitter and Instagram! :)


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  1. I love seeing the difference in people and how they evolve through blogging but sadly, I feel like a lot of the uniqueness has disappeared from blogging and it's turned into a different place entirely.

    Love your reflection and how you feel you've changed, I think as we all face different situations and experiences so will our outlook, our style and of course - it will all reflect through our blog too! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. I've heard about that problem before but I haven't personally been confronted to it yet! Thank you so much Layla x

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  2. For now blogging is really central to my life as well, I'm always thinking of how I could improve my blog and blogging in general brings me a lot of happiness in my life. Posts like this make me really happy to be a part of this whole community as well :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. I think exactly the same :) Can't wait to read your next posts x

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  3. Congratulations on the one year lovely! Your photographs are just beautiful may I add! I definitely think that blogging stays fresh by switching things up too.

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Thank you so much it means a lot Sally x

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  4. This post is so encouraging! I started about a year ago, as well, but with wayyyy less consistency. My goal for this year is to make blogging more central to my life and grow as much as you did over the past year. Keep up the great work!!

    https://blog.nobasisinreality.com/

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    1. Thank you! The more you enjoy blogging the better you'll become in a way! x

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