Month-iversary: What I’ve Learned About Blogging So Far

July 1, 2015

It’s official: Gymbags and Jetlags is one month old!

So today I wanted to do a post on what I’ve learned so far about running a blog and the whole blogger-sphere. I’m thinking of doing some sort of blogging tips on the 1st of every month. What do you think?

Without further ado, I present: 6 things I’ve learned about blogging so far:

1. No one wants to just read a blog. They want to climb inside and live it.

From the tone used for writing to the artistic photographing, blog post making is unlike anything else. A post has to be informative, engaging and inviting. This is why both having a blog and even just reading others is so much fun.


2. Taking an “admin” day is key.

I forgot which blog I read this on but taking one day a week as a planning/behind the scenes day is so helpful. Whether is planning new posts, installing a new plugin or setting up an email newsletter (which took me like three hours), a day to focus on everything but post writing can be really good. I have a running of projects I’d love to do with G&J. It’s a great source of inspiration and motivation.


3. Aesthetic reigns supreme.

Duh. The theme and look of your blog can easily be the most time consuming but rewarding part of a blog. I’ve learned so much just about branding and colour schemes. Also, fun fact: did you know there’s actually a word for when you align objects on a table or bed?! It’s called knolling. The more you know. (See example below- I never blog without tea!)



4. Not all posts where created equal.

I have more fun writing some posts other than others. This month, I lovvvved writing about breathing out fat and organic food because I learned so much while doing research for them. I also love doing my “snapshots” posts and sharing photos from exhibits or new places. Blogging lets you choose your content.


5. The blogging community is amazing.

I know I gushed about the amazing bloggers I’ve encountered so far in this post already but truly, the blogging community is awesome. No one is competitive. Everyone wants to learn from each other and compliment each other. I read an article critiquing bloggers, calling it all “a circle jerk.” Firstly, this is untrue because the great thing about blogs is that they’re so accessible whether you’re a blogger or not and secondly, even if this way true, I’d be okay with it because if it means I get to interact with all these amazing and creative people, why not?


6. It will take over your life.

Even when I had my first little blog and wasn’t posting every day, blogging is on my mind 24/7. Post ideas spring up everywhere and little comments from friends can turn into entire posts. I always have my notebook on me that’s full of random ideas. Even if most of them don’t see the light of day, constantly being creative is one of my favourite parts of running a blog.


So there you have it. There are still so many things I want to do with G&J, like interviews, maybe a collaboration and making a video for the about page. I also still have to figure out how really work the social medias and have yet to acquire an amazing SLR camera. But I can’t wait to see where G&J will go next.

What projects do you have going on or are dreaming of? What’s your #1 blog tip?

xx, Pia

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  • Romantiquely July 1, 2015 at 11:24

    Throwing confetti, hurray! Happy blogiversary! Wishing you many more of these to come. You are so right, the blogging community is so lovely and supportive! I never knew of the word knolling hehe, we’re knolling all day every day. Sending you love and hugs! xxxxx

    • Pia S July 2, 2015 at 01:10

      Right?! How funny of a word is that? Thanks for reading!

  • Elyse July 1, 2015 at 12:58

    Happy Monthiversary! Some great notes 🙂
    You’re doing a great job!

    • Pia S July 2, 2015 at 01:10

      Aww, thank you Elyse <3

  • Alyssa Guttendorf July 1, 2015 at 14:18

    These are all so true! Very relatable.. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I feel the same way! PS: love the “Where I Am Now” widget on your blog.
    Alyssa with an A

    • Pia S July 2, 2015 at 01:10

      Thanks Alyssa! I love the colour scheme of your blog too.

  • Kat Horrocks July 2, 2015 at 05:04

    Wow I didn’t even know your blog was such a baby still! Congrats, wish I had this much fun and interaction when I first started (don’t think I even told anyone for like 6 months lol)

    You’re right admin days are so essential! I love constantly researching and learning new things 🙂

    Kat |

  • Stephanie Eva July 2, 2015 at 13:55

    Congratulations on making it one month! I’ve never actively thought about it, but you are so right to say that people don’t want to JUST read a blog. I chuckled at your “it will take over your life” point.. You’re so right, it does!! I think adding an interviews section or posts would be great! I’ve been thinking about doing that myself but I have no idea what/who I’d ask!! Keep up the good work!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

  • Esther of Local Adventurer July 2, 2015 at 22:12

    congrats on making it one month!! haha it seriously does take over your life!

  • Kristi Pawlowicz July 6, 2015 at 22:51

    I love this post! I’ve been a failed blogger 3 or 4 times now, haha, but just started taking it seriously in November– the admin day is KEY! I cringe at how I used to just throw everything together in a few hours, now my planning process is is so much more in-depth. But I’m still learning, too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter July 6, 2015 at 23:37

    Those are very honest and insightful tips that you can rarely find online. Thanks for those! I will take a note on the admin day as it totally makes sense. Also, I didn’t know the word “knolling” so thanks for a mini English lesson ;))

  • therealanab July 8, 2015 at 17:54

    Love this post! I’ve been blogging for a while now and just figured out some of these, especially the admin day. I take on every month to plan out content, social strategy, campaigns, etc and my blog has flourished for it. Keep up the great work love!

  • Quinn July 10, 2015 at 13:09

    You’re doing an amazing job so far! Very impressed with your blog. Lovely tips 🙂

  • Krista Barry July 10, 2015 at 17:49

    I LOL’d at number 6; it is so true. I think it can be hard to not compare yourself to other blogs, so I’d just emphasize staying true to yourself.

  • ohjade July 13, 2015 at 11:49

    the admin day tip sounds great! i should definitely do that!
    maybe this week i’ll have a little bit more time to work on my blog? i sure hope so… i really enjoy the work, but it takes so much time, as you mentioned ^^
    love how your blog has developed in such short time! awesome work! 🙂

  • Oncebyalys July 14, 2015 at 04:16

    Love this little write up! All so true. My blogs 3 month old and I’m loving it and living! Lo mcd your writing style.
    Alys x

  • Lesia Joukova July 14, 2015 at 15:48

    Oh you really are on point with the list! Blogging is also on my mind 24/7 and I’m struggling to stop thinking about it 🙂

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