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I’m so excited to say that this is my 100th post on Enviroline Blog! Today’s post is slightly different as I wanted to talk about my blogging journey and how Enviroline Blog came about. I hope you enjoy 🙂

How Enviroline Blog came about

I started Enviroline Blog when I was 17 and studying Environmental Science as one of my A-Levels. I wanted to be up to date with all the latest environmental news but I couldn’t find much about it. This was really disheartening to not see any articles in newspapers or for influencers to not be talking about it. I decided enough is enough, if no one is willing to talk about it, I will! Not that I was an expert or anything, but I was learning so much new content and I just wanted to share it and talk about my opinions on the different topics!

I didn’t really know anything about what web host I should use so I went with Simple Site. For my blog name, I brainstormed a lot and eventually came up with the name Enviroline Blog. I thought it was cool because it was a mix of my name Caroline and the Environment!

Blogging header

My site looked awful, I had no idea about branding or anything so I went with blue. I think it was because I couldn’t work out how to switch it! So embarrassing looking back. I didn’t have much spare time to upload blog posts because I was so busy revising for my A-Level mock exams. I had to focus on them so I only managed to upload about 4 posts throughout the year (2019-2020).

The pandemic came along in March 2020 and so my A-Levels were cancelled. It was hard to know what to do with all this spare time. I was thinking about my blog and I was getting next to 0 views. I had no idea about the world of promoting on social media so I think only my siblings and a couple of friends actually read the posts!

In May 2020, I decided to migrate to WordPress. I basically started from scratch and just copy and pasted the few posts in. I’ve deleted them now as they were less than 100 words! I found WordPress really hard to use at the start but I eventually figured it out and I’m so glad I switched. A year into my blogging journey and I was consistently uploading once a week. Then I discovered World Days, such as World Sea Turtle Day etc. and I thought it would be fun to post about those environmental days. There were so many in June and July so I was very active then! In August 2020, I was planning ahead and scheduling posts. I was having so much fun with it all. I had finally discovered the usefulness of self-promotion on Twitter and so that took off for me too.

Finding my niches

I was so happy to have this environmental blog but I felt like I wasn’t being 100% myself. In May 2020, I had been discharged from the eating disorder service and I finally felt ready to spread awareness on Anorexia to try and prevent others from going through it. I was thinking of switching my blog name to Sustainable Recovery, but it didn’t feel quite right. I still haven’t fully explained why I decided to blog about mental health as well as the environment. After all, there are so many environmental topics I am yet to cover! Maybe I’ll talk about it in a future blog post 😉

Since I was including ED recovery and mental health, I finally designed a logo! It’s the ED recovery symbol but in the colours of the earth which fit my blog so well – my best friend made it for me!🥰

Enviroline Blog logo

I was reading so many other blogger’s posts and writing down all the blogging advice in a notebook. I read a lot about how you should choose your niche and stick to it. This worried me a little because I had started posting recipes and a few lifestyle posts. I also read a lot about how each post needs to help the reader and not just be all about you. While this is true, I think it’s super important to let your personality shine through, especially as the blogging community and your own blogging journey evolve.

Going self-hosted

Having WordPress in my URL was holding me back a bit so I decided to go self-hosted in January 2021. It wasn’t as confusing as I was expecting, but I did redesign my entire website. Suddenly I had so much more flexibility and I could install plugins, which made my blog even better! I played with lots of different themes before finally settling on one that I really loved.

My growth

I don’t really like sharing viewing figures too much but one thing that I am really proud of is my Domain Authority. Before I went self-hosted it was 4 but then once I got my own domain it went down to 0. It was stuck on 0 for a really long time which was a bit disheartening because I was trying really hard to get it to go up. Eventually, it got up to 2 and increased over the next months. It’s currently at 12!

I have been really lucky to have started making some money from my blog! I never thought this would happen, but I’m glad my hard work is paying off. Instagram can be a bit hit and miss for bloggers, but I have managed to collaborate with a few brands there. I’m far from being an influencer but so far Instagram has been good to me!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my blogging journey, thank you for all the lovely support ♡

Best wishes, Cx

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66 Comments

  1. It was great to read about your journey with you blog Caroline! I wish you all the best! you do a good job and you totally deserve it! 🙂

    1. Thank you! x

  2. Wow! I loved reading this so much Caroline! I started blogging for the first time in November 2020. I started on blogger. And then I got a domain and went self hosted in January 2021. I have been blogging for exactly 9 months and 4 days today. It’s amazing how much you have grown. I’m super happy for you and wish you more success with the blog. Instagram is the social media I have struggled the most with lol. What are some tips you would leave a much newer blogger like me?

    1. Thank you 🥰 I try to make sure my personality comes across on Instagram – promoting blog posts on my feed has never really worked so instead I do it on my stories. I would recommend following PR accounts x

  3. Rachel Duerden says:

    Your blog’s great; keep up the good work. 😀

    1. Thank you Rachel! x

  4. I enjoyed reading your blogging journey, and especially loved the reason for starting your blog! All the best as you continue this journey, Caroline❤

    1. Thank you xx

  5. Thank you for sharing about why you started your blog and the symbolism of your avatar. All the best to you on this Happy Blogaversary 🥳

    1. Thank you! xx

  6. Congratulations on 100 blog posts, Caroline. I love your blog. I learn something from every post.

    Like you, I originally started writing about environmentalism and have branched out into other things. I think that’s okay!

    1. Thank you, that means a lot 🙂

  7. Congratulations on 100 posts Caroline, that’s amazing! It’s clear to read that you have learned so much from blogging and I always love reading your content! I can’t wait to read more of your posts in the future lovely! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Thank you Lucy, that means a lot xx

  8. I loved reading your story Caroline! And I love that you blog about the environment and mental health. The way I see it, they are linked together because you need a healthy environment in order to have a healthy mind. And this can mean small scale as your home surroundings or as large as the entire earth! To me, these go hand in hand.
    I’m off to go read your post on the cute little sea turtles!

    1. Thank you Voureen! xx

  9. This was an inspiring read, Caroline! Congratulations on your blog growth – and the DA score jump is super impressive x

    1. Thank you Mia x

  10. so amazing to see your growth, Caroline! Your blog is one of my favorites and all the post you write are so worth reading! Congratulations and keep up the amazing work <3

    1. Thank you! 💕💕

  11. My site looked awful at the start as well 😂 but it’s great to see your growth of your blog, Congrats on 100 posts as well! Great post! xx
    TheQuietGirl | http://www.quietgirlblog.com

    1. Thank you x

  12. Aw, loved reading this Caroline! I’m so happy to have “met” you online! I enjoy reading your posts so much and can’t wait to see what you have in store for your next 100 posts! Thanks for sharing x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    1. I’m so glad to have met you too 🙂 Thank you x

  13. Yay for the 100th post! It was fantastic reading about your blogging journey and I’m so proud of your growth here. Looking forward to seeing more amazing posts!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    1. Thank you 🙂

  14. I love reading about everyone’s blogging journey. Congratulations on your 100th post! Well done for getting here. I recently went self hosted, got my own domain after toying with the idea for a long time, it felt kinda scary taking that big leap but it wasn’t complicated at all! I hope your blog keeps on thriving ❤️

    1. Thank you! I totally feel you x

  15. I’ve loved learning more about you, pet. It’s been a pleasure working with you in the past and I’d love to work with you again in the future. You’re such an inspiration. I’m sure you’ve told me before, but I honestly had no clue you studied environmental science! I did environmental health for years and loved the environmental aspect.

    1. Thank you 🙂 So cool x

  16. Congrats on 100 blog posts! I love your blog and I can’t wait to see you grow more!

    1. Thank you lovely xx

  17. Congrats on the success! I love that your blog is environmentally sensitive as this matters a lot to me too.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  18. Congratulations on your success! I love reading about your growth and look forward to more.

    1. Thank you! xx

  19. Aw, it’s great to read about your blogging journey! I absolutely love that you chose your niche based on ‘If no else will, then I will’, that’s amazing! Huge congratulations on your success and DA, I really enjoy reading your content xx

    1. Thank you so much Sophie x

  20. Loved reading about your blogging journey! Keep going xx

    Violethollow.com

    1. Thank you! x

  21. Congrats on your 100th post! I never knew the reason for your name but that’s actually so cool, and I also love the idea behind the logo! Thanks so much for sharing, it was super interesting to hear about your journey – and congrats on the da growth! x

    1. Haha, thank you! x

  22. Really great article for me as a new blogger. It’s great to read about other people’s blogging journey. And well done for the success you’ve created x

    1. Thank you! x

  23. Aw I loved reading more about your blogging journey! I really enjoy reading your blog and all of your content – congrats on your DA xx

    1. Thank you Della <3

  24. Congratulations on publishing 100 posts! I loved reading your journey & I think it is perfectly okay to have more than 1 niche.
    I just went self-hosted this month & I agree it wasn’t confusing & I like using plugins!
    That’s awesome your DA is now 12 & you’ve made some money from your blog!

    1. Thank you! xx

  25. Loved reading about your blogging journey. I always enjoy reading your environment posts, they’re so interesting.

    Corinne x

    1. Thank you Corinne x

  26. It’s so inspiring to read this amazing journey of yours. Congrats on your 100th posts and to be making this far! It is definitely huge!

    1. Thank you!

  27. Love this Caroline! Congratulations. You have come so far in such a relatively short space of time. You must be really proud of yourself. Thank you for sharing your journey. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for you xoxo

    1. Thank you, this means so much to me ❤❤

  28. Hi Caroline

    congrats, your blog is amazing and i can’t wait to see all the exiting things to come!!

    Alicia

    1. Thank you xx

  29. Such a great story! Although I don’t feel like your two niches usually go together, you make it work really well! I enjoy reading your posts and congrats on 100 posts! I’ll be getting close myself, I might make a similar blog journey post like this! Thanks so much for sharing x

    1. Thank you 🙂

  30. I found your post an enjoyable read, and I’m glad you put some info about yourself into the post. It makes it much more personable. I started my blog in April this year, so I am still learning a lot, and I love it. I love the content of your blog as it suits my interests, especially the mental health part.

    1. Thank you! xx

  31. I love that your logo incorporates everything, I didn’t realise before! I also started my blog because A-levels were cancelled, so it’s nice to know I’m not the only one in this boat! You’re doing a great blogging job and it’s lovely to see how far you come. I can’t wait to see your blog grow more! Em x

    1. Ooh, that’s cool! Thank you Em x

  32. Congratulations on your 100th post, Caroline! I really loved reading how the name came about and it’s such a unique idea! Love to see what’s behind the logo too and how much you have grown, hope all the best for the next year and more and to learn more from you x

    1. Thank you Cristina! xx

  33. Congratulations on your 100th post! I love the name of your blog and thought it was very creative when I first saw it. Your logo is stunning, and it suits the content of your blog so well. It is great to hear that going self-hosted wasn’t as confusing as you expected, as I am worried about eventually doing that. Congratulations on reaching a DA of 12!

    It is amazing to see how far you have come! Here is to the next 100 posts! 🥂

    1. Thank you! 🙂

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