It’s my 1 year blogiversary!!! Time really does fly when you’re having fun! I can’t believe I started this blogging journey one year ago(November 3rd, 2015 to be exact), which brought me tons of joy and so much more. Although I do have to say that there are still times where I just don’t feel inspired to blog at all, but somehow I find my way to get through the writer’s block.
Although I still don’t know where my blog will take me, all I know is that blogging has now become a part of my life and will always be. With that said, here are 10 things I’ve learned from 1 year of blogging(consistently!)
Blogging Re-ignited And Increased My Creativity
If you’ve been following my blog for some time you know that one of the main reasons I started blogging was to keep myself busy during my sabbatical. The obvious activity for me was to do something that allows me to express myself creatively and blogging re-ignited my passion for writing. Not only that, but through blogging I got to share my interests and talents with the world in a way I had never done before. You can read more about it here and here.
I Get To Do What I Love(Even If I Don’t Make Money)
I consider my blog as a weekly, fun and creative activity I don’t get paid for(just yet) that brings me tons of joy! And to be honest, I’d rather do something I love and don’t get paid for, than to do something I hate on a daily just to survive or exist.
It’s Okay To Take A Break From Doing Something You Love
I love blogging, I really do, but I don’t want it to become something I dread doing. That’s why I publish on a weekly basis instead of on a daily. Plus I schedule my posts in advance so I can focus on other things in my life. I believe it’s good for my mental health to take breaks every now and then, otherwise blogging will feel like work and I don’t want that! I know there are tons of people out there giving advice on why you should publish your posts on a daily or 3-4 times a week, but to be honest I don’t really care what other people say on how I should run my blog. I like reading blogs about blogging, but at the end of the day I run my show and I want to do what I think works best for me. I don’t want to pressure myself and ruin the fun out of blogging you know? So I’ve learned that taking breaks is OKAY!
I Only Focus On Social Media Networks That Work For Me
Obviously we all want our blog to be seen and read, otherwise we would be just writing for ourselves and keep it on private, right? So in order for people to see my blog I have to promote it through social media, which I have a love-hate relationship with to be honest. What I’ve learned from the past year is that I actually don’t like the promotion side of blogging. Social media can be so exhausting, because it’s all about shameless self promotion. It’s all business nowadays! So in the beginning it was hard for me to put that shame aside, because I really wanted to connect and engage with people, which is still kind of hard to do, since it’s all about numbers these days. When I started my blog I signed up for most big social media networks out there, but during the year I decided to focus only on the once that I think work best for me, which are now Twitter and Facebook. Reason why is because I’ve come to realize that through Twitter and Facebook my posts get actually read, whereas with Instagram I don’t get the same result, simply because Instagram is a whole other story. Simply, because Instagram is a microblogging platform on its own where it’s all about photo sharing and people make less of an effort to click on your “link in bio”.
I Try To Stay True To My Authentic Self
Obviously with all the millions of blogs out there, it can be hard to stand out. Also, because most blogs look alike, especially when it comes to topics and theme design. Nonetheless, what I’ve learned is to stay true to my authentic self by not comparing my blog or my life to someone else’s and only write about things/topics I have experienced myself.
And these are the 5 things I’ve learned from 1 year of blogging. What are the things you’ve learned? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. xo, Jey.