You know what I just realized? I TOTALLY missed my Blogging Anniversary! Whoopsie!! It was 4 years ago in August that I started my blogging journey! I’ve come a LONG way since that very post… and I thought I’d share just a few of the things I’ve learned from blogging!
#1. Be real.
Be real from the get go. Be open, honest, be approachable, Be You! It seems like a simple thing, maybe even an over-stated thing, but its the best place to start. When I first stared blogging, I thought I had to have the perfect house, husband, posts, projects… but thats not always the case. The people that come here to hang out, are interested in ME (at least I think you are… you are right??) and thats what keeps them coming back!
#2. Be Ready to Learn.
Learn. Learn and Learn some more! Blogging is nothing if not a constant learning experience. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, something will change – an algorithm, your favorite plugin, your life – its always changing and you will always have to learn something else.
#3. Take it with a grain of salt.
Shiz is going to happen. Its a fact. Your server will go down, you’ll lose a post, your computer will crash – yada yada yada. Its pretty much garunteed. Brace yourself, something will happen, but take it with a grain of salt… and maybe have a back up plan too 😉
#4. Get out of your comfort zone.
Blogging can definitely push out out of your comfort zone. It might be going to a conference, taking a class, learning a new skill or maybe pitching a company, but you will be challenged and pushed… and I think thats part of the fun… at least it is for me!
#5. Learn some more…
Yup. Learn some more. ALWAYS. Forever. And Never ending… as long as you’re a blogger or “content creator” you’re going to have to be open to learning.
#6. Get Visual
We live in a visually driven world. People don’t just want to read about something, they want to see it. Invest in yourself and your blog, a good camera, great lighting, fun backdrops, editing programs, classes… its worth the investment in yourself and your brand.
#7. Write it down.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a brilliant idea, known it was a brilliant idea and thought “Oh. I should write that down and blog about it” Only to not write it down and then COMPLETELY forget about that Brilliant idea altogether. #Blondemuch?
#8. Take a deep breath.
Refer to numbers 1-7… but seriously, when you’re felling overwhelmed, the best thing you can do is take a breath, pause and just breathe.
#9. Find your peoples.
Finding your tribe, or your “peoples” is pretty vital. Your peoples will keep you grounded, help when you’re lost or stuck and encourage you when needed. This is especially important when you hit a rough patch and need that kick in the rear to keep going!
#10. Don’t Stop Dreaming!
Never. Ever. Don’t. Stop. Dreaming! And when you think you’re dreaming big enough… reevaluate and DREAM BIGGER! I’m doing things now that were just a faint pipe dream 4 years ago. I can’t even begin to imagine where I’ll be in another 4 years… or even 10! Who knows!! All I know its it will be awesome!! And might involve a lot of travel… and coffee of course!
So there you have it, 10 things I’ve learned from blogging these 4 years! I’ve had my shares of ups and downs, failures and mistakes… but at the end of the day I LOVE blogging! Love. Love. LOVE it!!