A non-knowledgeable blogger's guide to blogging

I don't really feel like I'm worthy of this because I only have 117 followers on Bloglovin' but I'm going to give it a go because I have a lot to say about blogging. I'm doing this tag which I saw on Lauren's blog which isn't actually a tag but never mind :)

1. When did you start blogging and why?
I've only just actually checked this and I'm really surprised its been so long. My first post on this account was on the 24th July 2011, which means I've just missed my three year blog anniversary without realizing it (cry). They're hardly real blog posts, more like tweets, my first 'real' looking blog post was this one here. Back then I don't think I really understood Blogger and how it worked, but I think I started blogging in my second year of college and it was as a way of showcasing my design work and processes. It was more of a place for me to store pieces of artwork I liked (before I discovered Pinterest). I remember being in graphics and adding artists work to my blog and my friend Charlotte being a reader. Although I'm not sure if at that point I was on Blogger or Wordpress, as I found an old Wordpress site the other day.

2. How many people "in real life" know about your blog?
When I first started blogging I really hated anyone knowing about it. I started other lame personal kinds of blogging on Tumblr (where I'd probably post cringy things about people I liked and other rants). Whenever my friends would follow me I'd delete my account, in the end I settled with Comingoutofmycage as a url and couldn't bring myself to delete it as I always got loads of messages from people saying they wish they could take my url. So I kept it and put up with people and got confidence knowing people i knew were reading. The worst thing is my parents even found my blog and other websites after googling me once, which was very embarrassing, but they liked it. In the end I discovered that people I knew were actually quite interested in reading my blog and began to post links to it on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I don't like to post to my personal Facebook page because there are too many people I don't know properly on there or wouldn't like to be reading. So I don't really know how many people I know read, but I know a few people who don't have blogs do, including my friend Georgia who now wants to start a blog! (I'm going to help her in September).

3. What are your favourite posts to read?

My favourite posts are always art or design related, but I do quite like fashion posts, as long as it's not obvious they've put loooooads of effort into them. I don't really like beauty related posts, which can be quite annoying as there are so many beauty bloggers out there. I also really love interior design, DIY and informally written posts like Ellie's. I always think that blogging should be kept informal, which is good for me as I'm really bad at writing and keeping content concise.

4. List a blog you have discovered recently.

This is going to be the same as Lauren's reply to this question, but also Amy's blog at The Creative Outlook. Like I said, Art and design posts are my favourite and It's rare to come across a blog you love everything about. I think that maybe it's due to the fact that I feel like I should've been a textiles student, and the inner messy me loves her style of illustration.

5. Which post are you most proud of?

I don't take blogging too seriously and I feel like being proud certain posts may be a bit too strong. I quite liked my broguemance post, but then at the same time I sometimes get annoyed that I took part in creating a paid post, because it goes against everything I believe in with blogging. I did however make sure the post didn't revolve around the sponsor and would've created the post anyway, but ahhh I don't know, Is this what musicians feel like when they sell out? But I don't know, this is a tricky one for me, I don't really blog to be proud of posts I just blog because I do.

6. Any advice for future bloggers?
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And this - I think what spoils blogging is that people take it too seriously, and I think if I continued to blog for money it would ruin my blog. I've had emails that people have sent asking if I could put their content on my blog, I would never do that, my blog is for me and It's personal and yep. If you're going to make money from blogging don't let it hold you back from doing what you want to do, remember why you started your blog in the first place. I'm a really inconsistent poster but I always try not to push myself into writing a blog post, this is why I can go weeks without posting and then end up doing a row of blog posts or sometimes even more than one in a day. You'll know when I'm feeling creatively motivated or have lots of time on my hands by the amount of posts I do and how good they are. Also, just have fun and be inspired by what you post.

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Also while I'm talking about my blog, I've been thinking about changing my brand from Dorkfeatures for a while now, it's mainly due to it feeling unprofessional and a bit lame for when I am maybe one day a graphic designer. In second year of uni we have to start thinking about our online presence and every part of me has always loved Dorkfeatures and the weirdness that comes with it, but I just don't know if it's good enough. What do you guys think?

I've met some really great people online and I'm so happy I started blogging, I feel looooads more confident. There have been times I've thought about ending the blog but I'm happy I carried on. Whilst writing this post I also happily came across Veronica Dearly's lovely work which is the lovely witty quote illustrations above.
PSSSTTT - I also now have a list of my favourite blogs on the sidebar on the right >>>>>>