4 Lessons I’ve Learned From Blogging

I’ve had my blog for about two years now, and when I compare my first few posts to my more recent posts, I kinda of want to laugh and cry (from embarrassment).

I’ve changed so much about the way I approach blogging, and I thought I’d share four home truths that I’ve learned along the way.

Original Content Goes a Long Way…
When I first started working in magazines writing restaurant reviews, all the images we used were supplied by the PR agency. Every picture we needed was whizzed over via email and we never had to take our own. So when I began trying my hand at restaurant write ups on my own blog, I thought I should be taking a similar approach. Boy was I wrong. I’m actually embarrassed to look at my old posts where I used images that were simply sent to me – what a cop out! Now I’ve got the hang of food photography, and can promise to produce original content when I’m invited out for nice meals or to try a new spa, the invitations and opportunities have doubled. From the words you write to the pictures you take, one piece of advice I would give is to generate all your own content.

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Your Mind…
I’ve definitely got myself into trouble a few times simply being honest in my reviews. And whilst you may regret it at first, staying true to yourself and your thoughts will gain you respect in the long run. There’s a difference between speaking your mind and just being downright snobby or malicious, so knowing the difference is key, but whether it’s a crap event or a restaurant that served hair in your food, your readers will appreciate your integrity. Dubai doesn’t take well to freedom of speech, and although upsetting people is always far from my goal, be prepared that this might tick off a few people along your way.

It’s Harder Then it Looks…
A lot of people think blogging is a total breeze, and whilst it does have its perks (like all jobs do), people forget that you’re your own photographer, writer, digital marketer (worrying about everything from SEO to posting strategy), website developer (although I did enlist the help of a company for this), finance offer and whatever else you can think of. Try managing all that plus a full time job and you’ll have your work cut out for you!

It’s Not About Winning…
This is easier said than done when you’re in an industry that’s a game of numbers. Girls especially can get so catty about the most juvenile things, when what we should be doing is supporting each other. Competing with, comparing yourself to and bitching about others will not better your blog and raise your status.

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  • Reply
    Shaheen Nouman
    August 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hey Milli,

    Amazing blogpost. I couldn’t agree more – it is easier said than done. Esp if you have a full-time job that eats up most of your day!

    I was wondering who does your photography? It’s amazing. So you do it yourself?

    Love and wishes,

    • Reply
      Milli Midwood
      August 21, 2016 at 6:37 am


      Yup, exactly! Owww thanks so much 🙂 It really depends – I worked with a photographer on this particular shoot, but I do most of the shots myself on an Olympus Pen camera xx

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