MakeErinOver 1st Birthday Giveaway!

So MakeErinOver has officially turned a year old, and I almost forgot #badblogger.

I thought I would share with you the 5 biggest things I have learned since starting blogging, as I feel I have come a long way in a year :)

1. You get out what you put in. Blogging isn't something you can do for an hour a week, it is one hell of a commitment if you want to actually achieve anything other than nothing. You need to interact, follow, build relationships, its constant thinking about it. Growing a blog naturally is HARD.

2. People can be jerks. 99% of bloggers are amazing, kind, lovely people. I have good relationships with other bloggers and consider most friends - even if I don't know them in real life. BUT there is people who want things to be quick and easy, who will follow thousands then unfollow them all to seem more popular, some will even pay for follows. You will also get people spamming your blog. These people are everywhere, and you are better off without. This is why apps were created to keep track of them *mwhahaha* but seriously, pay no attention to them, they are not worth your trouble.

3.  Be kind, polite, approachable and understanding. Got something negative to say about someone? don't bother. Be nice. The internet can be a cruel place, so don't be negative when you don't need to be, be nice, smile. Be the person everyone is happy to know. Someone comments on your blog? Go comment on theirs! Read the post, comment thoughtfully. Had inspiration from another blog? link it and share in yours! there is never any harm in showing people where you had your ideas, and they will never hate you for it, most will be glad to see it has encouraged and helped.

4. You don't need to be rich to blog. Yes it helps to have money, but you really don't need it. I can honestly say my blogging platform, template and domain has come to less than £10 for the full year. You don't need a big fancy camera, an expensive layout. You also don't need a huge makeup collection or all the money in the world, as long as you are passionate about what you are writing - that is the main thing.

5. People can take it way too Seriously. Yes it is a lot of people's goals to be a "full time blogger" but a lot of us don't. This is a hobby to a lot of us, we have jobs, lives and families. Don't ever think anyone owes you a post, but also don't think you cant take a break if you need to, blogging is not your life, there are more important things. Life should always take priority even if you are a full time blogger. Do not at any point think you are trapped, don't think you cant escape for as long as you need to. There is always a way out.. if you want to stop STOP! Your blog, you are the one in control - do not let it control you.

What things have you learned blogging? Can you relate to any of the above? 

Now onto the fun part! So to celebrate I have decided to do a little giveaway, I know it isnt huge, but dang I am poor! haha so I hope you all still love it!

The competition is open to UK residents only (Sorry world, but shipping is expensive) and will end 30th April 2016. I will choose a winner and contact via Twitter. I will also be checking all the options, so no cheating :)

You can also enter on Instagram, so make sure to follow me there too and repost the giveaway! :)

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  1. Congratulations on a year of blogging! My blog turns one next month and I honestly cannot believe how time has flown! Time flies when you're having fun though, right?xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  2. Woo congrats babe! Can't wait for my one year anniversary - fab giveaway! I've entered and shared on Twitter :-)

    Megan X

  3. I'm glad you've found something you love - I'm even more glad you don't make #blogginglife the be all and end all... many people lose the joy in something that once inspired them because they turn it into a chore for themselves!
    Oh...and a MAC lippie is a great giveaway. Who cares about "huge"???

  4. Out of my collection I love brave but I really want to try velevt teddy

  5. Congratulations on your blog's first birthday and thanks for sharing this post! I've had my blog for about 6 months now and am really enjoying writing on it. Totally agree with all of your points.

    I am a little bit ashamed to say I don't own any MAC lipsticks! Which one would you recommend I buy as my first?

    Lindsi x

  6. Congrats on 1 year, I feel like it's such an important milestone and I can't wait to reach it! I agree with all of your points, especially about getting out what you put in. I've always found that the harder I work on a post the more views it gets. My favorite MAC lipstick at the moment is probably Hot Gossip but I don't have a huge collection, I think it's a great giveaway because who doesn't want a MAC lipstick? x

    1. I just now read that this is UK only haha but good luck to the other entrants!

  7. What a brill giveaway! MAC lipsticks are so popular - I think I'd love Brave xx

  8. Congrats on a year lovely, that's amazing! I agree growing a blog can be really hard, you have to interact, connect, promote Etc! But it's so worth it! I'm so glad I started mine, it's the best thing I've ever done! Such a generous giveaway lovely, my fingers are crossed xxx
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

  9. Congratulations on 1 whole year of blogging, mine just turned one the other day too! x

    Jodie //

  10. Happy blogiversary! I honestly thought your blog was a lot older congrats on everything you've achieved

    I love my blog as a hobby and can't see myself going full time

    Leanne |

  11. Happy bloganniversary and congratulations! You made it a whole year, many give up after a few days or weeks :)

    Ela BellaWorld

  12. i haven't actually tried any other than shy girl! xx

  13. Nice blog


  14. Congrats! I wish you many more years of successful blogging! I would love to try MAC Please me! Thanks for the giveaway! :)


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  16. ermmmm gosh there's so many! Japanese Maple and Lady Danger. Ii cant choose just one, please dont make me choose just one! lol x

  17. I've only just started blogging and find posts like this so interesting, a bit of advice and guidance is always handy and to see what others have learnt!
    I love it! Happy 1st birthday aswell! Xx

  18. I've only just started blogging and find posts like this so interesting, a bit of advice and guidance is always handy and to see what others have learnt!
    I love it! Happy 1st birthday aswell! Xx


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