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This month marks 5 years of Wool of the King, so I thought I’d share my experiences over the years and the sort of things I have got from blogging and growing my social media channels, including gifted products and payment. I am hoping this post will encourage young people, bloggers or not, to pursue their goals.

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Early years

When I first started my blog in 2016, I was at college and I only really wrote blog posts occasionally. It was just a space for me to chat about things I wanted to chat about as a hobby. When I started university, I still only occasionally posted updates and one day, one of my posts got over 1000 reads. I was so happy and this really motivated me to write more, but with assignments, a part-time job and a uni social life, I found it really hard to keep up with my blog so I stopped writing for a while.

It wasn’t until 2020 at the start of the pandemic that I started to write weekly blog posts and really start focusing on my growth. At first, it was just out of boredom, I had so much more free time so I decided to use that time to grow my blog and social media.

Growing my online presence

Once I started blogging more regularly, I wanted to make sure these posts were being seen and gaining an audience, so I focused on growing my social media channels including Twitter and Instagram. As a result of this, my blog views were growing each month and I began to partake in gifted influencer campaigns on my blog and over on Instagram. I was so excited by this because I never expected to be doing anything like that!

If you want to find out more about influencer marketing, check out the Mindy Parisi Influencer Spotlight.

In this instance, engagement is key! The more you engage with others, the more they will engage with you, it’s so important in growing your blog and socials.

Onwards and upwards

This year is the first year I have started making money through blogging and I never thought I would be able to say that. It may not be a lot to some, and it’s not enough to make a living from at the moment but having any extra money through blogging is crazy to me as it started out as just a hobby when I was 17.

So far, I have made money through sponsored posts on my blog, influencer ads, advertising slots on my blog and affiliate sales. Last month I made a total of £184 which has been my highest paid month yet. I would love to be able to write E-books one day and sell those.

I have spoken a lot about blogging in this post, but a lot of my influencer campaigns are on Instagram. These days, lots of brands look to collaborate with content creators on there. I used to think you had to have over 10k followers to collaborate with brands but this is not the case anymore as smaller accounts often have higher engagement.

Read more about the rise in influencer marketing

I have really loved my blogging journey, but it hasn’t always been easy. There have often been times where I’ve wanted to give up, or thought no one was going to take me seriously and it’s fine for that to happen. The trick is to just not give up when you feel like that, and keep pushing through with whatever it is you may be wanting to do. I have been blogging for 5 years now, but it has only been in the last year that I have started seeing signs of success.

When was a time that you wanted to give up on something but kept going?


  1. Ah happy blogging birthday! I had mine last month and like you have only starting seeing signs of success this last year. Can't wait for future posts! X

  2. Congratulations on the five years Lauren! It's such a great milestone and so glad to read how much the blog has grown in the last year and the possibilities it opened, hope it will bring you even more x

  3. Congratulations on five years of blogging lovely, I love reading your posts and I look forward to reading more! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

  4. Happy 5 years! You're one of my favourite bloggers <3 So happy for you xx

  5. Congrats on five years, that's an amazing achievement! It's so lovely reading this post and hearing about your blogging journey - here's to 5 more xx

  6. I have never thought of making money with my blog - instead making friends and gaining readers. Congrats on the five years!

  7. Happy blog anniversary, its good that you have leant lots in 5 years and are still learning :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

  8. Happy blog anniversary! It sounds like you've come a long way in five years. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you and your blog! 🥳

  9. Happy blog birthday! Congratulations on making it to five years, what a mile stone! I am so excited to join you into year six!


  10. Congrats on 5 years of blogging! What a huge achievement and you should be so proud :) Here's to the next 5! x

  11. Five years! Congrats! It's onwards and upwards from here on.


  12. Congratulations on 5 years! Blogging is the only thing that I've consistently wanted to do and I would love to make some money through it as well. But I'm not able to concentrate as much due to my full-time job, but hopefully one day in the future. Congratulations on finally getting something back from blogging!