Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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2 Years of Blogging, 23 Lessons Learnt.

Leicester, UK

So my first two years of blogging, well officially as Carpe Diem Emmie and my god isn't there tons I have learnt over the last 24 months. I haven't been the blogger that posts 3/4 times a week or the person that gets tons of opportunities but I have been a blogger which has enjoyed the whole process. Processing everything I have learnt over these past 2 years, handing on my own advice onto others is so much fun.

So here's what I've learnt.. 

1. You'll tell yourself you will blog 3 times a week regularly but then you realise that brings with it a lot of pressure and your content is affected along the way. You'll find a way of enjoying what you produce taking your time.

2. You'll use every bit of your mobile data allowance to check your social media and post something. You don't want to miss a THING in the blogging world, especially if drama occurs. 

3. There will always be a lot of people who are way more successful with their blogging than you. But then you'll realise your successful at something else instead and you'll realise it's not a competition. 

4. Every blogger on the planet loves Liz Earle and MAC products, you won't really give a damn. 

5. Pinterest will become your best friend when you realise how much it holds for inspiration and tools for your blog. You'll wonder how you lasted these last 12 months without realising it existed.

6. There is nothing that feels better than when somebody gives their time to leave a comment on something you've wrote. It's just lovely.

7. There's always new opportunities available everyday. But you'll have a breakdown when you have shit WIFI or no data because it's important you read your inbox on a regular basis. 

8. The only real people that can understand your life are fellow blogging friends. It's always the best when your able to finally put a face to that person you've been tweeting for a while. 

9. When you have a day off you'll cram it full of scheduling tweets, a blogger chat, taking blog pictures, writing... the list is endless. It doesn't really become a day off. 

10. You'll discover some great friends from the blogosphere that become like a family and you'll want to just chat to them all day. 

11. You'll see the same product review around 20 times over, just know you can make your post an original. 

12. It's all about the PHOTOS. your words won't mean a thing if they don't have the best flatlay or clear photograph to best represent that post. And how do we do it? we lighten them to the absolute most. 

13. There are some absolute idiots that sit alongside us on the internet. That's just life. Your still a brilliant person with an amazing blog and you shouldn't let them get you or your blogging mojo down! 

14. Getting your own domain and being self-hosted is the best decision you'll make to develop your blog.

15. But then there's the task of having a catchy, great blog title so people want to read your amazing stuff (and something you won't get bored of further down the life, also remember to make it professional)

16. HTML is so hard to understand, you'll get it at your own space.

17. Everybody is going to have an opinion of you. The only opinions that matter are of those of your friends and family. When your not being yourself and you've done something wrong, it's probably because you have. Those idiots? fuck them and drink that glass of prosecco! 

18. Companies will email you on a regular basis to write a post on their new product or campaign. But they won't let you test the product for yourself, oh no they won't they'll just send you some press release that'll mean nothing to you and your readers. just no. So basically do nothing for the hell of some views for their company. 

19. You'll learn some amazing new skills, whether that's HTML or how to take a cracking Instagram picture. These skills are important so embrace those beauties. 

20. The pace of the blogging world moves so quickly that you'll have absolutely no idea what your doing from one day to another. 

21. There is a whole generation (yes a whole generation) who have possibly never bought a magazine in their life, let alone visited that magazine's website. They're growing up in a world where they only read blogs and watch YouTube videos on a regular basis, that's just insane. 

22. Having a blog will be one of the best decisions you've ever made. Even if it's not written on in the next 5 years, it's an amazing archive of this chapter in your life and isn't that just cool anyway? 

23. But there will be moments when it brings along with it negativity or in my case somebody actually copying my content onto their own blog. You'll just want to unplug, but the good things will always outweigh the bad. 

Is there anything you learnt in your first year of blogging?


  1. I've never tried Liz Earle. Am I terrible blogger? Haha. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    1. Ah don't worry about it, I'm an awful blogger too ;)

  2. I loved reading this! I can definitely agree with a lot of these. Starting blogging is the best decision I could have ever made, I love how much it's growing atm.
    Steph x.

    1. Yeah same here, I am so glad I started writing though don't get me wrong there's plenty of pressures out there that I am not particularly happy with.

      Glad your feeling the great stuff :D

      Emmie x

  3. Blogging really is a world of its own isn't it! I find it's such a great creative outlet and I've also loved meeting fellow bloggers in real life.

    Emma xx

    1. It really is a world of it's own! Yeah me too, found it scary at some points but yeah definitely love meeting fellow bloggers in life and highfiving our brilliant community :D xx

  4. Thanks for these nuggets of wisdom Emmie and Happy birthday to your blog! I accidentally forgot it was my 1 year blogiversary back in October....oops.
    Hahahaaaa I bought a Liz Earle face wash the other day but only because my mother in law recommended it! I swear it :) She doesn't even know what a 'blog' is.
    One of my big one's is that I spend everyday wishing I had white wooden floorboards !!!! Doesn't it just make every single picture look prettier?? I'm at peace with knowing that one day it'll happen ! #lifegoals
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

    1. No worries always here with the nuggets when they're needed ;)! Ahh it's so hard to forget when your enjoying it so much :-)
      Aha yeah yeah we all know you wanted to be a real blogger with your Liz Earle products!

      Emmie x

  5. This is beautiful, and definitely things I have learned even in just two months of blogging. I have found a ton of joy from starting a blog, and it is definitely one of the best decisions I have made. Great post!

    Ashlee Lis

  6. You're ahead of me as I'm already six months in, but I can relate to some of these. I've learnt how much work it is mostly! It's very hard to fit in around work but I think I'm finding my own way of doing things. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  7. I loved this post! So much of it is true! I do enjoy posting a lot right now but it's early days and I can be a bit unpredictable with posting so I'd love to get into more of a routine. The mobile data allowance bit was so true! I'm glad I have fast home WiFi but I find it awkward when I'm away from home, especially when I stayed in a hotel recently that had super-slow broadband and couldn't afford to pay the extra £5 per day for faster. I also have an old Iphone that doesn't support many social media apps so it's awkward to keep up-to-date when out and about unless I have wifi for my tablet. There are definitely always going to be more successful bloggers but we can only be ourselves and do the best we can with the knowledge that we have. I've never even tried any Mac or Liz Earle products although I have wanted to buy a Mac lipstick. I am addicted to Pinterest since I decided to relaunch my blogs a couple of weeks ago I have spent so much time on there gathering research and inspiration for blogging as well as my home decor, as my flat needs a major overhaul! I haven't had any comments on my blogs this time around yet but I loved getting them first time around and I appreciate the encouragement that I've been getting on Twitter. I definitely need to get to know more fellow bloggers, it would be so nice to meet some in person. Hopefully I'll make it to some blogger events/meet-ups in 2017. Definitely true about no days off, I'm always thinking, planning, making notes and researching and I haven't even started taking many pics yet. Thanks for the advice on photos. I desperately need a camera as at the moment I'm using the rubbish cameras on my old iphone and tablet. I also need to sort out my hosting. I was with Godaddy but had so many problems with them so I've changed to Wix but not changed over my account yet to get proper hosting with them, although the free service I'm getting with them is better than the paid for service that I had with godaddy. It's also true that blogging teaches new skills and the pace of blogging is definitely lightning speed. I still love magazines, they're also great for inspiring ideas, but I do spend more time reading blog posts now. I agree with you about blogging being an archive of a chapter of your life, I wish I'd returned to it earlier this year. Negativity for me consists of my low self-esteem and burn-out due to fatigue from my physical and mental health issues. I've already learnt how amazingly encouraging and friendly the blogging community is and how much I enjoy writing blog posts, I just need some better equipment and decent photography skills lol! Congratulations on a great post! Caroline Twitter @spursbythebeach , blogging at Lifelovesandlipgloss and Brokenglassshimmers

  8. I've been blogging a little over a year now and can relate to a lot of these so true you can make a post original on the same product that so many people have already done a blog post on



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