I honeslty can’t believe I’m writing this post. 3 years ago today, I uploaded my first post to HisHabits.
I remember considering setting up a blog and chatting with a lot of people, just to get the confidence to start putting my content online. Blogging comes with it’s challenges, but it also comes with it’s rewards and I’m really thankful to everyone who told me to give it a go.
I post on HisHabits because I had incredibly bad skin as a kid. I learnt a lot, and wanted to share that with people. Not to mention that writing is also an escape for me, and helps calm me down when I’m feeling my worst. Over the past couple of months I’ve taken a step back from my blog, just to fall back in love with it and remember why I started it in the first place.
Thankfully, it worked, and I’m back with a fresh approach. Just in time for HisHabits’ third birthday! They say that good things come in threes, so I thought now is a great opportunity to share some.
Three lessons I’ve learnt while blogging…
- Blogging is hard! And you’ll feel deflated, again, and again, and again. There are so many people out there that don’t understand the hard work that goes into creating content, and then there are people that cheat the system and make it even harder for everyone else. But it’s important to remember why you love blogging. For me, it’s my passion for writing and skincare. When I take it back to that, my motivation comes back.
- It’s okay to take a break. I always felt like I was doing something wrong if I took a break from blogging, but sometimes life just gets in the way. It’s 100% okay to just not want to create content, and I’m okay with that.
- Numbers aren’t everything. This was the most difficult lesson to learn. It’s been 3 years and I still don’t have 3,000 followers on Instagram. But y’know what, I’m fine with that. I love everyone who follows me, and when I’m not chasing a number, I love creating content even more.
Three brands I’ve loved partnering with…
- Dermalogica, hands down. I’ve used Dermalogica for years, and I remember when the team first contacted me to review one of their products, and it still remains one of my best blogging moments. Not only do I get to write about a product I love, but I also get to go to events and meet the incredible team.
- I have to include Kiehl’s. It’s one of my all time favourite skincare brands, and working with the local team is incredible. Not only do I get a sneak peak at some of the up and coming lauches, but I genuinely enjoy going into the store and purchasing products for myself, or for a gift.
- It’s difficult to pick just 3, but Mankind has to be up there. I’ve got a lot of love for Mankind. Not only did I buy my Foreo Luna 2 from there, which is one of my top performing posts, but I also ended up working there! They have an incredible selection of products, and it’s my go to destination for all things male grooming.
Three things I owe to blogging…
- I’ve got into my dream career. When I started HisHabits, I actually wanted to use it as a portfolio to get into Content Marketing. Little did I know it would actually happen within a year. I ended up working for Mankind, a brand I’d previously partnered with, and the rest is history.
- I’ve made so many life long friends. For the most part, the blogging community is really great. Especially the skincare community. There are a handful of people that I would legit call a friend. We text about life, not just blogging, and that’s wonderful.
- I’m generally more confident. Going to blogging events alone defintiely pushes you out of your comfort zone. You have to talk to new people, otherwise you’re just the quiet one in the corner. And on the back of that, you end up speaking to people who live locally, that share a common passion.
So, what’s next for HisHabits?
I want to take my content back to what I love – skincare. Not just product reviews, but actual advice. I want to create content for me, and not always feel the pressure to conform.
I also want to bring back the community feel. Whilst I’m not the biggest blogger, I want continue to build a community. I’ve been speaking to a number of other bloggers about this, and I’ve got some really exciting ideas on how I’m going to do it.
I want all my content to stay honest. You might not believe me when I say this, but I’ve actually only taken one paid partnership over the last three years. This is because to me, integrity is everything! I want to remain 100% honest, and I don’t want money to get in the way. Don’t get me wrong, if the opportunity is right, I’ll jump on it – but I want to ensure my content remains authentic.
Here’s to the future!