Okay so I’m actually excited to be writing this particular post for more reasons than one; I mean I never really thought that this blog would last beyond the lockdown, neither did I think that my little blog would be visited by so many people and would actually grow up to be something not so little and that makes me proud. Which is why it is with great joy that I announce to you all that Being Eve is officially a year old (and I am one proud momma❤❤❤).
You see, when I had the idea to start this blog a year ago, I had only thought of it as writing tips, stories and whatever else you think people would love to read and then get people to read it (pretty basic I know but a lot of us beginners see it that way…until we find out what it really entails😅) and what’s even funnier is how I got the inspiration to start it in the first place, the story of which I will share right now💖.
The Inspiration Behind Being Eve.
Would you believe it if I told you that I got the idea to start my blog from a crime series? No right, because it doesn’t even rhyme at all. Well, I did actually, and I got my inspiration to start this blog from the crime series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit which I along with my mom and sisters were pretty much binge watching during the lockdown (even though our love for the series goes way beyond the lockdown 😂). The series was basically about rape and other offences that are just as terrible as it and from watching it, seeing the way rape victims were shamed and even blamed for the assault before, during and sometimes after the trial, I just felt like I had to talk about it because it’s not fair what a lot of victims (survivors rather) go through at the hands of society.
Now while that was the first thing that inspired me to start Being Eve, it was by no means the only one. Another thing that inspired me to start was the fact that I was moving on from my ex and healing from the abuse so I thought to share my experience, hoping that my story would help other girls out there in situations such as mine (also there’s the guy who I wanted but couldn’t have, he burned me just a bit and I wanted to talk about that too) but then what made me really want to start this blog and actually venture into female lifestyle was the fact that I just wanted to talk about being a girl and luckily I didn’t see too many people doing that so I decided to go right in and here we are now, a whole year gone since that day😊.
Challenges Along The Way…
Of course nothing good comes easy and this little blog was no exception to that rule. I can still remember all the moments of anxiety I had at the beginning over traffic and monetizing, all the times I worked myself to near exhaustion while trying to create content, as well as all the times I wanted to give up and end everything (my boyfriend would always tell me to go on because I was really good and at that moment, I’d snap at him. What can I say, anxiety makes us do things we are NOT proud of 😅).
Apart from that, there’s also the fact that I was so hung up with looking for ways to make money from the blog as soon as possible that I ended up pretty much ruining the blog and that led to this long ass break that I’m trying to come out of but then it’s hard coming up with content ideas when you’ve been out of the game for so long. I mean, I’ve been made to doubt my idea and its profitability which made me lose the vibe to continue, as well as try to change the niche and idea behind the blog (it was noticed by my readers and for that period, my blog didn’t get as much traffic as when I was doing it my way). That stretched on until the moment I decided to take a break until I was able to get myself back. Unfortunately, that break stretched on much longer than expected (please bear with me😅).
What I’ve Learnt From A Year Of Blogging.
Believe me when I say I’ve learned quite a lot from starting and running this blog; including the tech parts (I’ve never really been a techie but then after my sister helped me set up the free wordpress.com that I’d started with before going self hosted in August, I’ve pretty much been doing it myself; learning as I go and to be honest, it’s been fun. Stressful but fun (and oddly satisfying). That aside, here’s a few things I’ve learnt from blogging:
1.) No matter what you write about, there will always be people who are interested.
2.) Just be yourself with your blog. People love bloggers who are able to be authentic with their blogs so just do you.
3.) Be consistent with your blog, but recognize when you need a break. No one can consistently churn out awesome content, at a point you’ll get exhausted. Don’t wait till then to take a break.
4.) Don’t let anyone tell you that your idea is not good enough. You know it is and that’s what matters💖.
5.) There’s bound to be some anxiety at the beginning and that’s fine. Just know it for what it is and calm down.
Well that’s all for now, hopefully I’ll be able to come back fully and keep on creating content. Till then, see ya💖.
Yours’ truly, Arreta🌺.