5th Blogiversary: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Blogging

5th Blogiversary: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Blogging

Five years ago I hit PUBLISH and my life changed. Today I am celebrating my five year blog anniversary… blogiversary and I am feeling emotional and yet overjoyed at the same time. I started What Would V Wear on a whim and big dreams. I set goals for myself, spent countless sleepless nights working on my content while working full-time…, and here I am now. Self-employed and proud that What Would V Wear became my full-time career. It’s been a wild ride but one I wouldn’t want to change for the world!

Don’t compare/measure each other’s success

Here’s the thing, it’s easy to compare ourselves to others. Many of us measure our success in reference to other people. And I used to be one of them until I learned that it’s complete rubbish. It’s far more important to work on yourself, become a better YOU without comparing yourself to others. Work on your skills, learn to challenge yourself rather than copying someone else. Success will come especially when you do not quit.

Don’t focus on only one platform

Just as the saying goes: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. For a long time I was so focused on Instagram only but I quickly learned how foolish I was. With Instagram’s constant algorithm changes, etc. it’s been hard for many us. It got to the point where this sole app would actually stress me out. And the worst part was/is that we don’t have any control over the app. Unlike with our blogs. WE OWN our website, domain, etc. What Would V Wear is mine. Knowing that gives me peace of mind.

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Support each other

I truly believe that it is important to support each other no matter what business you are in. Why is it that women have a tendency to be jealous and competitive towards each other, instead of supportive? I’m all about positivity because I firmly believe that what you put out in the universe will come back to you. Do good and good will come to you. It’s that simple. So, support one another. Trust me, it’s way more productive than being negative.

Learn to say No

Not collaborations are always a great match. It’s important to say “No” if you don’t think it’s a great fit. I can’t tell you how many brand partnerships I had to turn down over the years simply because it wouldn’t align with my brand  (even though the pay was great).

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Take breaks when needed

In the first 3 years I have literally never taken a break. But as my business grew, as well as my family, I wasn’t able to keep doing what I was doing. I needed break, i.e. a detox from social media every now and then. Sometimes social media can become very draining (I don’t have a VA hence I do all he work myself) which is why I think taking a break from social media is only beneficial. We all need to re-charge and I think it’s good for our mental well-being too.

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…and on a different note: Thank you so much for reading and sticking with me! Your support and love for all these years truly mean the world to me! I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years and beyond have in store for all of us!

XOXO,

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25 Comments

  1. April 8, 2019 / 1:30 AM

    All your lessons are absolutely right! I learned those along the way!

  2. April 8, 2019 / 1:31 AM

    Oeps sorry….Happy Blog Anniversary!

  3. April 8, 2019 / 5:46 AM

    I couldn’t agree more with all your advice! I backed off from Instagram and my quality of life has gone way up. Lol! In love with this dress and happy 5th blog anniversary. Here’s to many more years of style inspiration!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  4. Cora
    April 8, 2019 / 6:23 AM

    Happy 5th year of blogging!!! Love your outfit , so gorgeous on you..

  5. April 8, 2019 / 6:46 AM

    Oh congrats to 5 years blogging!!! So funny as I’m also celebrating my 3 year anniversary this week 🙂
    And yes to all your points – especially support and positivity made me nod and think “yes yes yes”! 🙂 So all the ebst for your future and the future of your blog ofc – your hard work paid off so well and I hope it continues like this ♥

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

  6. Bubbe
    April 8, 2019 / 9:26 AM

    Congratulations on your milestone! Here’s wishing you 55 more years of doing what you love!

    • April 8, 2019 / 12:23 PM

      Congrats on 5 Years!

  7. April 8, 2019 / 2:44 PM

    Love this post!! Happy anniversary!! 🙂

  8. Pearls _3943 Bangkok Thailand
    April 9, 2019 / 9:11 AM

    Love this 💯💯♥️

  9. April 9, 2019 / 10:00 PM

    Happy Blogiversary! I agree with all of these adn definitely do them. It’s necessary for breaks. <3
    Have a great week, babe! x

  10. polarbearstyle
    April 10, 2019 / 12:02 AM

    Congratulations! 5 years is a wonderful accomplishment! I think all the lessons you learned are very valuable. It can be easy to never take breaks to the point where one becomes worn down for instance and that doesn’t help anyone.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  11. April 10, 2019 / 1:58 PM

    Babe, this is the best advice ever and I loved what you said about Instagram, you are so right, or blogs are our own and that is so important 🙂 xx

  12. April 11, 2019 / 7:58 AM

    Congrats on 5 years of blogging, Vanessa! I couldn’t agree more with your advice!! 🙂

    xo, Steph
    UrbanBlonde.com

  13. April 14, 2019 / 12:45 PM

    Happy blogiversary, Vanessa! Congrats on 5 years. I totally agree about the need to take social media breaks and all your other points too! I’m a big believer of women supporting women!
    On another note, you look beyond gorgeous !
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  14. April 14, 2019 / 10:33 PM

    What a lovely read! Happy anniversary to your blog dear! Cheers for more blogging years!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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