Today, or rather yesterday, marks the day of one year of blogging!
I can’t believe how much has come from me purchasing a domain name and downloading WordPress for the first time, a year ago. I’ve found opportunities I’d never have heard about otherwise, and gained a worldview that is so different than it used to be.
I’m so proud of myself for keeping this blog up consistently, for an entire year. It’s not an easy thing to do (as I’m sure my fellow bloggers can understand). Although my posts on this blog start a few weeks ago, that’s only because of the hosting mishap I went through. In reality, my baby turns one today!!!
And I couldn’t be happier!
I wanted to share some of the insight and wisdom I’ve gained from keeping with this fantastic pastime for so long. It’s been a rollercoaster and I’ve messed up so much, but I took memorable experiences away from each situation. If you’re reading this right now and you’re not sure whether to start blogging or keep it going, read on. Hopefully, I can inspire you in the same way I was inspired by others.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING…
- Don’t be afraid to share your blog with family & friends. They’ll be your support system and inspiration when you have none.
- Don’t expect to make a huge following right away, or even after a few months. Those things take time to grow.
- Don’t share everything about your life. Some things are meant to be kept private.
- Don’t plagiarize. From other bloggers. From articles. From videos. Nothing.
- Value every person that you come into contact with on this journey.
- Put time in effort into what you write. You’ll see the results later on.
- Don’t spend your entire life on your computer. You need boundaries and you need to know when to just shut it all down.
- Inspiration can and will strike whenever it feels like it. Be ready.
- Plan your content out.
- Don’t listen to anyone else when they tell you what you should be writing on your own blog. If you’re happy with it, that’s all that matters. Other people will see that too.
- Love what you do. If you don’t, then redirect your passions somewhere better.
- Don’t be afraid to mess up. It’s going to happen. A lot. You’re not alone & you’ll learn from it.
- If something isn’t working on your blog, change it. Even if it’s working for someone else. You aren’t them.
- Don’t be afraid to share your personal beliefs and opinions on here. Be genuine.