4 Years Since I’ve Started my Blog: Here’s What I’ve Learned

Today is exactly 4 years since my very first blog post and of course I had to celebrate… with another blog post lol! I wrote a post for my 3 year anniversary that offers a little more back story on my journey and this time around I thought it would be fun to do something similar to that again, with more reflecting on what I've learned over the last year.

Growing our team

I think one of the biggest game changers for me this year is hiring our assistant Marie, and now have two amazing interns that have been so helpful with video and editorial content. I've always been so hands-on with my business and definitely an area I struggle with is delegation. I tend to want to do everything myself- but I've learned how much freedom it's given me to focus on other creative areas of my work. Delegation is key!

Time Management

I've really had to nail down a time management routine to continue to grow my business, especially working for myself- it can be tempting to get off track and take too many days off. One major thing I stopped doing: to-do lists. I know that sounds completely opposite of being productive but I read 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management and it clicked. To-do lists weren't actually helping me knock things off my list- instead, breaking my day into 15 minute increments has been life changing, and I really recommend it for getting things done efficiently.

Always Learning

Over this last year I've really made it a priority to keep learning, whether it's watching tutorials, listening to podcasts or reading a book- finding something to always keep my mind evolving and setting aside time for that is important!

Here are some of my favorite entrepreneurial podcasts: The Tim Ferriss Show, Beyond the To-Do List, Smart Passive Income, and Entrepreneur on Fire.

Products

This last year I launched My Complete Guide to Instagram and my necklace design with Katie Dean Jewelry! These have been my first experiences with launching a product and it's been a really great process for each. I have more ideas for products next year and can't wait to share more of that with you when I can!

I really want to thank you guys for being such loyal readers and sticking with me through the years, it's because of you guys (and the internet) that has made my job even possible in the first place! I really appreciate hearing your feedback as well and would love to know what you want to see more of from me in the next year. Comment below!

Here's to another great year!

xx Brittany

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35 Comments

  1. Nikki December 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    You’ve had a great journey so far dear and I hope this is only the beginning!
    Sending lots of good wishes your way.

    Love,
    Nikki

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  2. Kaela Dotson December 6, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Congrats on 4 years, that is amazing! I’ve been following along for two of those, love your blog!

    xx Kaela

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  3. Marta December 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

    What a coincidence, tomorrow is my blog’s anniversary! haha Congrats and I wish you and your blog the best.

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  4. Annet December 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  5. Jazmin Perez December 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

    CONGRATULATIONS BRITT ! 🌹💌 im so proud of you & everything you have achieved these past four years, you are an inspiration to me as a human & blogger. I know you will keep succeeding gal⚡God bless thy best trio fam !!!!

    – Jazmin Perez

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  6. anne December 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

    congratulations and thank you for inspiring us to do what we love and what we can
    you have been such an amazing inspiration to me and to other people. Thank you for being true to yourself and to us lots of love

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  7. Ashley Arelis December 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Great advice and congrats on getting so far in 4 short years! I wish you nothing but success and I hope you continue to keep your genuine self!

    XX,
    Ashley
    thegoldlines.com

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  8. Keren December 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    YOU INSPIRE ME SO MUCH & YOUR BLOG HAS BEEN “THE ONE” IN HELPING ME OUT START MY OWN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NOT KEEPING EVERYTHING TO YOURSELF AND INSPIRING AND ((((HELPING))) OTHERS FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS! WISHING YOU ONLY THE VERY BEST AND MANY BLESSINGS!
    Love, Keren
    http://www.kerenwithane.com

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  9. Glory of the Snow December 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Congratulations on your 4 year blog anniversary! Your blog was one of the first blogs I started to visit on a regular basis, I love it and I find it very inspiring! :) I still have so much to learn and I do struggle with time management!
    Magda

    http://www.gloryofthesnow.com/

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  10. Thada December 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Your story is such an inspiration. I wish you many blessings as you continue your journey. Congratulations!

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  11. Nora December 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much also because your “newsletter game” is different from the others and I’m genuinely interested in reading it!
    To many more years!

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  12. Natalie Gilliland December 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Congratulations on your blog-a-versary! Your are one of my top 3 favorite bloggers, I love the quality of your post and blogs and I actually look forward to seeing your insta stories. Can’t wait to see what you have instore for next year!

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  13. Angie December 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations & Happy Blogiversary! It’s amazing how you’ve grown in four years, and I wish you much more happiness & success! I suffer from anxiety, and time management always makes it worse. I am the ‘to-do’ list queen and it definitely doesn’t help; I’m always so motivated to get things done, but looking at everything that has to be accomplished all at once just winds up making me feel super overwhelmed instead of helping me to actually accomplish anything. I never knew what the solution would be, though, so thanks for speaking on that! I’d love to know your thoughts on how to know if/when it’s time to invest in ones own brand when it comes to blogging. For example, when is the best time to invest in an assistant?

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    1. Kristin December 8, 2017 at 6:02 am

      That is a GREAT question and I hope Brittany replies, I wonder the same thing on this. I pay an intern to do my Facebook and Twitter social media, and she does a great job. But I feel like I need to have a solid revenue stream in order to justify the cost.

      Brittany – I’d love your insight on this topic!! Thanks for asking Angie!

      -Kristin

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  14. Elizabeth December 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations, Brittany! :) I’ve been following your blog for almost three years now, and I’ve always loved all of the genuine content that you produce for your blog! <3 Keep up the great work! And thank you so much for always sharing such insightful and inspirational posts!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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  15. Taylor Manuian December 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Loved reading this! It makes me think about where I might potentially be in 4 years! Right now I am really trying to grow my blog from the ground. I’m trying to find a good balance between it all since I still have a 9-5 job. After work, it can be reallyyyy hard to pull myself together and keep going, but I have to have to at least give it a try and see where it can take me. I think I might try working in 15-minute increments that you mentioned. Something about a timer always gets me going, some sort of mental race or something, haha. Also, I downloaded a couple of those podcasts. I love listening to them and I am curating quite the list. Congratulations on where you are in your business!! I love reading your blog 💕

    Taylor
    http://taylormanuian.com

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  16. Esther December 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Congrats! I follow you on Instagram and read your blog posts occasionally. I do enjoy the content in both. Keep up the great work

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  17. Morgan December 6, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been following you forever, you’re one of my favorite bloggers! I’m definitely going to listen to those podcasts. Are there any books that you recommend?

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  18. Natasha Nicholson-Noble December 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This post was very inspiring. Keep up the great work. You are a girl boss! 🙌

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  19. Sumbul Amir December 8, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Amazing. Indeed it’s a great platform for growth not only as a person but also for enhancing knowledge.
    Love your IG account. Finally I’m following you here too.
    Happy 4th Anniversary. (:
    #InstaFam

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  20. Safia Qammar December 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Happy Anniversary.
    Great journey.

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  21. Kristin December 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your hard work has massively paid off and I continue to follow your blog to learn from you. Thank you for being a daily inspiration to me as I continue to grow my blog, Suits & Sneaks. http://www.suitsandsneaks.com

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  22. Shloka December 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

    You are such an inspiration to me – I think you are so fabulous and the work you do is amazing! Congratulations on four successful years of blogging babe – I hope four years into it I am as successful as you!

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

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  23. Natalie Ann Redman December 9, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Wow what an incredible achievement you’ve made in your blog! Well done!

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