10 Things I’ve Learnt From 2 Years of Blogging. 

10 Lessons From Blogging
Last week marked two years since I started My Petit Canard. Two years since I sat in bed one evening in the middle of the night feeding our little lady, and discovered this wonderful, friendly, collaborative community. Two years of documenting the life of our little family, and two years of blogging my heart out. It has been a journey of self discovery and self awareness, one which has led to finding my passion. Here’s 10 things I’ve learned from blogging over the last two years:

1. Everyone has a reason for starting a blog. Everyone has a story, or a message that they want to share.

2. Blogging is a journey and a voyage of self discovery.

3. I have a voice and some people out there actually want to hear it.

4. I am a creative. I feel alive when I write and blog.

5. There is room for everyone. In two years of blogging I have come across so many different types of blogs. No two blogs are the same, each one has something different to offer and that’s what makes blogging so great.

6. You meet interesting, amazing, inspirational and fun people and organisations through blogging.

7. You won’t always feel like blogging or have something to blog about and that’s ok.

8. You can have a blog burn out. Blogging can be fun or stressful depending on how much pressure you put on yourself.

9. I can do and actually enjoy the technical bit. I’m not quite writing HTML yet, but I know how to throw a blog together and navigate our rather technical world of blogging.

10. Blogging is what you make of it, a hobby, a lifestyle, a job. The opportunities are endless.

 

Whether you’re new to blogging, or you’ve been blogging a little while, I’d love to hear what things have you’ve learnt from blogging!

 

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  1. lizzie ( firstooth )
    November 23, 2015 / 7:18 am

    Great post you do learn so much don’t you and it’s nice to have it all stored away to look back on. Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you, I’ve learned more than I realised until I reflected on it! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays 🙂

  2. November 23, 2015 / 8:08 am

    Wow two years! well done, I am dreaming of two years away at the moment :p I think i’ve gotten as far as to realise that there is a lot of personal descovery to be found through blogging! – not sure anyone wants to listen to my voice though :p Thanks for hosting #Marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      When I started I was unsure whether anyone would find what I had to say interesting, but I blogged anyway. I think as long as you are blogging for you, or your message or cause then people will find you and want to hear what you have to say. You have a lovely blog so I’m sure it will stay the course :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays again x

  3. November 23, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Happy two years!!! I love this post. I’ve been blogging since march and I’ve found most of the things to be true too. I can’t get over how friendly everyone in the blogging community is either. it’s nice that everyone is so supportive of each other. thank you so much for hosting #marvmondays xxx
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks!! I can’t believe you have only been blogging since March, your blog is great! The community is definitely one of the best things about blogging :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays x

  4. November 23, 2015 / 8:11 am

    A great post! I’ve only been blogging for six months but I’ve learnt so much already. I began blogging to share my journey of recovering from PND but, have learnt so much more about myself – my skills and my passions (and my limitations *ahem* technology).

    Thanks for sharing #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      Hi Laura, that’s great! I think blogging helps us all in some way, shape or form. Not only have you helped yourself, but I’m sure many others along the way. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Ha ha! Thanks. I still feel like such a newbie when I look around me at some of the more professional bloggers. I’d so love to be one of them :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays 🙂

  5. November 23, 2015 / 9:28 am

    I’m relatively new to blogging as a parent. I began my journey after I suffered a terrifying panic attack. I’ve found blogging to be cathartic and a way of dealing with unwanted feelings since becoming a mother 7 months ago. It’s been wonderful to link up with other mums and find that I’m not alone in many of my feelings.
    THanks for hosting #marvmondays xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Hi Kirsty, thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays and for commenting. I think it’s great that blogging has helped you in the way it has. I also find it hugely cathartic and love the community that it brings with it. Keep on blogging, I’d love to read some of your posts 🙂

  6. November 23, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Firstly, congratulations on your 2 year blog birthday! I started blogging about a month ago and I’ve been really enjoying it – my frustrTion though is that I have so little time! The morming nap is just too short to let me get going with all my ideas! So I have to admit, occasionally I feel a bit stressed about the stuff I’m not yet Doing! But what a lovely,supportive and fun community. thanks for hosting #marvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I totally get that, it’s so difficult to fit everything in. I often find myself thinking I could achieve so much more with my blog, if only I had more turn. But I guess that is half of the challenge, finding some type of rhythm and routine alongside everyday life! I’ve loved reading your posts so far so keep them coming ;-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays

  7. November 23, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Great post! I particularly like number 5 – I’ve been blogging for 4 months and a few ppl have said that so many ppl do it, I cant possible do well! Id like to prove them wrong… #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Go for it! I think there’s room and space for us all to thrive and I haven’t been proved wrong yet 😉

  8. November 23, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Loves it! I was so surprised by how much I enjoy learning the technical bit. I remember being baffled by computer science at school so it’s very satisfying, you can teach an old dod new tricks. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 6:15 pm

      Same here! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the technical bit, even though it’s felt like a very steep learning curve at times. I guess that’s what makes it so enjoyable though, the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve learnt something outside of your normal comfort zone :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays, great to have you!

  9. mummyofboygirltwins
    November 23, 2015 / 10:37 am

    huge Congrats on 2 years! That is fantastic. I agree with what you’ve said…mostly i blog for me and because i love it and that shone through in blogs that there is real passion. heres to the next 2 years!!

    #MarvMondays

  10. November 23, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Well done on 2 years and still loving the discovery. I agree with all your points here and must say I find the ever changing nature of this relatively new world the most exciting part.

    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks Fiona! It’s very exciting isn’t it. I love that it never stops growing and evolving 🙂

  11. November 23, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I hit the two year mark a while back and had a similar moment of reflection, you’re absolutely spot on with your post and congratulations on the milestone! #Marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks Maddy! It’s great to take the time to reflect and realise just how far you’ve come. Congrats on reaching a similar milestone 🙂 and thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays!

    • My Petit Canard
      November 24, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      Thanks Helen! It’s a tough one, but I’m sure it happens to most of us at some point or another. I learnt that quite early into my blogging journey so I’m hoping that I’ve learnt from it and it doesn’t happen again! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays 🙂

  12. November 23, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Happy second birthday to your brilliant blog! I’m a total newby at this and can only imagine how proud you must be to have a whole two years of blogging under your belt? in my very short three months experience though i have been overwhelmed at how fantastically supportive the blogging community is. bloggers are seriously lovely people!

    Thank you for hosting xx #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 25, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you, that means so much! It’s great to hear that you are enjoying it too, it is such a lovely community and everyone is so supportive like you say :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays, lovely to have you join us!

    • My Petit Canard
      November 25, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you and congrats on reaching a similar milestone! Here’s to 3 years and beyond!! 🙂

  13. Silly Mummy
    November 23, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Great post – all so true. Happy 2 year blog birthday to you! #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 25, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you, much appreciated! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays 🙂

  14. November 23, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Wow, congRATULATIONS ON TWO WONDERFUL YEARS AND HERE’S TO MANY MORE! I’M A NEW BLOGGER SO THIS POST HAS GIVEN ME INSPIRATION AND DRIVE TO KEEP DOING WHAT I ENJOY – WHO KNOWS IN TWO YEARS TIME I COULD BE WRITING A POST LIKE THIS. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM! #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 25, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Hi Lex, it’s so lovely to hear my post has encouraged you to keep going as a new blogger. It’s a great and supportive community that will always welcome new bloggers like with open arms, so keep it going :-). Emily

  15. November 23, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    You know what, a nice, happy little post like this was exactly what I needed to read right now. I’ve had ‘one of those days’ but this has reminded me that blogging is a little outlet for these times when I want to just curl up and not bother. Thank you.

    #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:44 am

      Aw, I’m so pleased. Sometimes we do need those lovely happy posts that make you smile. Glad my post did that for you :-). Lovely to have you link up to #MarvMondays again Nym x

  16. November 23, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Happy blog birthday! I’m only two months in, so still in the honeymoon phase, but it’s very encouraging to hear it is still doing it for you after 2 years. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:47 am

      Thank you Lucy! It’s so exciting when you are in the honeymoon stage of blogging, everything is a discovery, it’s fab. But what’s great is that the excitement never leaves you :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays, lovely to have you! Emily

  17. November 23, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Happy 2 years blogging!! I have only been blogging since May but I absolutely love having somewhere to write down all of the drivel in my head, rant about things and share my memories as the children grow. Thanks for hosting!! #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:50 am

      It’s great isn’t it! I absolutely love it and that totally comes across in your blog too. I love your posts, they are so honestly written. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays again, it’s always lovely having you link up Laura 🙂

  18. November 23, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I like this positive post. Congratulations on two years of blogging! I have been doing mine since March and really love the creative outlet that it provides. Its always inspirational to read about mummy bloggers that have managed to keep going for as long as you have. #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:55 am

      Hi Kate, thanks that’s really lovely. It’s a constant juggle to keep the momentum going, but it’s a great challenge to have. Lovely to hear that you too are enjoying it, it’s always lovely to hear from and discover new bloggers! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays 🙂

  19. November 23, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Blogging can be an up and down adventure. I am learning to write for me and what I love, and wanting to get out to the world and not about things that aren’t interesting. I lose motivation fast that way.
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:56 am

      Hi Karen, I completely agree. You have to write about what you are passionate about and interested in. Otherwise what’s the point in doing it at all..

  20. November 23, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Blogging can be an up and down adventure. I am learning to write for me and what I love, and wanting to get out to the world and not about things that aren’t interesting. I lose motivation fast that way.
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  21. November 23, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve blogged before, but this is the first time I’ve kept it up for any real length of time in years. I like being able to get lots of different angles on topics, and getting to peek into other people’s lives. x #MarvMonday
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:58 am

      Hi Jess, thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays again, lovely to have you back. It sounds like you are on a really similar journey. The last two years have been a mix in terms of consistency of blogging, but it feels like I may have finally found my groove. Hopefully it’s the same for you too 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 8:59 am

      Thanks Annette, that means a lot. It’s such a great community, I’m constantly coming across new fantastic bloggers and making new connections. It’s such a great thing to be involved in 🙂

  22. November 24, 2015 / 9:07 am

    What a lovely post! And it is all so true! I have been blogging just over 6 months now and have learnt so much I didn’t know about myself. Happy 2 years! #KCACOLS xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you Clare! So glad to hear that you’ve found the same thing since you’ve been blogging. It’s a lovely community to be involved in 🙂

  23. Hayleigh budgetfoodmummy
    November 24, 2015 / 9:25 am

    I have only been blogging for 7 months and I never knew I would enjoy it so much! Like yourself, I have come across so many amazing blogs and people. I started reading blogs when I had my first baby and it made me feel so much better when I would read someone that was having the same thoughts or problems as me, it got me through some tough times and I can’t thank them enough! #twinklytuesday
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      It’s so true, reading someone else’s experiences can be so helpful, and sharing your own can be empowering. It’s a great thing to be involved in and contribute to 🙂

  24. November 24, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Congrats on your 2 year blog birthday mine will be 3 in february. I have dipped in and out it and only recently decided to take it to the next step and really focus on making the best I can I look forward to keeping on reading great posts #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks Tracey, and congrats on yours too! 3 years is an amazing milestone 🙂

  25. November 24, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Ah lovely post and congratulations on being 2! #twinklytuesday
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks lovely!!

  26. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    November 24, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Happy 2 years of blogging and counting…. I’ve been blogging for 6 months now and I’ve learned a lot, made friends and become part of this wonderful blogging community…. Lovely post! #TwinklyTuesday

    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! It sounds like we’ve had really similar experiences. Here’s to many more months and years of fantastic experiences 🙂

  27. Ros Emely@stressfreemommies
    November 24, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    Happy 2 years of blogging! I am almost reaching my two year mark next year! Blogging is a grwat way to express yourself and your point of views. I have learned to take a break when I need to. I then come back with so many great post to wrote about 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks Ros, and congrats too! It’s such an achievement to keep it going over two years, but learning important lessons like taking a break from time to time definitely helps 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks Natalie! It’s always lovely to meet new bloggers 🙂

  28. November 25, 2015 / 7:48 am

    Happy 2nd blog birthday. You have definitely achieved a lot in 2 years, great tips as well, especially regarding blog burnout! I think it’s important to know that it happens! 🙂 x
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Jenny! Ive learnt so many lessons over the last two years, but they’re all great ones. Wish I’d know about blog burn out before it happened, but hopefully my post will help others know that it can and does happen! 🙂

  29. November 25, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Wow 2 years blogging!! Congratulations emily!! THat is fantastic and what an achievement!! I feel the same like you in the way we both love our blogs and we really want it to keep growing. It is a passion for me, it makes me happy, although. It demands a lot of work and you can feel very overwhelmed sometimes. I also like a lot this community and I have met so many wonderful people like you for example! I hope we can meet in person one day! Thanks for hosting #marvmondays, 🙂 xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks Franca! I definitely see similarities between us :-). It is a challenge to keep it going, but a great one to have and worth the fantastic sense of achievement that it gives you. We definitely need to meet at some point, it would be so lovely. Something for 2016 perhaps ;-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays again! X

  30. Mommy's Little Princesses
    November 26, 2015 / 9:27 am

    happy two years hon! this is such a sweet post and it truly highlights the best parts of blogging. in my year of blogging I have come across some truly amazing, and caring people who are always there to lend a hand. i have also read some wonderful and inspiring posts. Isn’t the blogging community great! xx #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 26, 2015 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you! I totally agree, it’s such an inspirational and supportive community of amazing people 🙂

  31. Mum in Brum
    November 26, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Lovely post! I’ve been blogging for a year now and have learnt so much already. I think your point about being a creative is an important one – I have loads of family and friends who I don’t think really get it but I think it comes down to enjoying it so much and as you say ‘it makes you feel alive’. Also so true that blogging is what you make it. I have phases of being too hard on myself, and then other weeks where I don’t care if I don’t have anything to write about. Enjoying it is the most important thing. Congrats on 2 years! Thanks so much for sharing with #KCACOLS Hope you come again next Sunday xx
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  32. November 26, 2015 / 11:57 pm

    Burn out – yes! I’m often feeling that by the end of the week and try to take a bit of a break over the weekend when my husband and kids are at home. By Sunday night in refreshed and ready to go again with plenty of ideas. If only there was enough time in the week to do everything I want to! #KCAcols
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  33. January 11, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I agree with everything on your list! I am amazed by how much I have learned since I started last year, especially on the technical side of things. But the more i learn, the more I realise I have SO much more to master! THanks for sharing on #KCACOLS xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      Oh its so exciting when you realise how much you’ve learnt and how far you’ve come. Im still amazed by how much I know and can do myself now, but as you say there is still so much too learn too! 🙂

  34. The Pramshed
    February 19, 2016 / 8:15 am

    Just reading this now as saw your link on twitter. I’m only 6/7 weeks in to blogging and I’m finding it great. Such a lovely blogging community out there, and I’m enjoying doing something other than looking after a little one and tidying the house. It’s also such a great way to capture and diarise life. Great post. Happy 2 years plus blogging. Claire X x
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 21, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Thats fantastic, welcome to the blogging community 🙂 I think you are doing fantastically well. Its always lovely to meet and welcome new bloggers into such a lovely fold of people. It is definitely a great way to share stories and experiences, but also document new family life 🙂 Thanks for commenting! x

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