I cannot quite believe that I re-started this blog a whole 8 months ago, and wow let me tell you blogging has taught me so much. In July 2020 I came back into blogging with no real idea of the way that I wanted my website to go. I had no plan or anything in place and just kind of went with the flow. Blogging has taught me so many wonderful life lessons, and enabled me to do some pretty amazing things so far.
One thing I was pretty naive about was the fact that I under estimated how much of my time it would take up. I had no idea that I would be taking on another full time job, along side my real full time job. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking blogging is a walk in the park, because it really is not. I have had my fair share of ups and downs the last 8 months and also really good times too. When you come into something with zero expectations I guess they cannot be let down or met. Because I really had no idea what I wanted to do.
I cannot quite believe I re-started this site with 160 followers and today I have over 4 thousand beautiful people choosing to follow and support me. It truly means the world, more than you will ever know! Thanks for being here with me, and loving and supporting my little website. I feel like we are such a great army of people and I am so happy to be here. So, for todays post I will be sharing a few things that I have learnt about blogging but myself over the last 8 months. Let’s get started!
BLOGGING IS HARD
The struggle of blogging is real sometimes. Even sitting here writing this post is alot of time and effort out of my usual Sunday routine. But I do this because I love it, not because I have to! Blogging is really hard at times, but it’s has taught me to keep going. Its taught me that doing the hard things are worth it. Some days I really have not felt like writing, but I know there are people counting on me. So, I keep going.
Sometimes, my whole day is dedicated to blogging. Whether thats me writing or doing admin for my blog. Or interacting with people on Instagram or Twitter. There is always something to do. One thing I really appreciate about blogging is how its given me a drive and purpose and its really kept me busy. Especially through the last year and the pandemic, it’s been such a nice distraction for me.
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Never in my life did I think I would ever share some of the things I have chosen to share with my readers. Sharing about my grief and the loss of my best friend, or opening up my family to be interviewed for everyone to see. Blogging has taught me that it’s okay to be vulnerable. But is also taught me that being private, and keeping some things to yourself is just as important. There is a very clear boundary on my blog between being vulnerable in things I choose to share, and sharing personal things or information.
I always talk about how being vulnerable is good to help you connect with your readers, and it is. But, I have learnt to keep that boundary very much in place. As its important for me to keep my life and my blog seperate.
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BLOGGING IDEAS ARE EVERYWHERE
More often than once I have found myself brainstorming blog post ideas at the most random times. One of my new favourites is in the shower or bath. I’m guessing as thats the time where I really allow myself to relax. When I was somewhat of a new blogger I rarely ever thought about my blog post ideas. An idea would pop into my head and I’d sit and write it then and there with no thought at all. I am pleased to say my process is alot more in-depth now.
I feel like I really have created a new mindset when it comes to blogging and writing. I’d never consider myself a writer. I like to think I am a content creator. Meaning I do a list of things, which is true. But I didn’t realise how inspired I could become from everyday things and scenarios. I mean as soon as I had my covid-19 vaccination and I started getting awful side effects the first thing I thought was ‘Oh this will make a great blog post’. And that was when I realised I have turned into a real blogger.
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IT’S OKAY TO CHANGE
Looking back to the content I was creating 8 months ago VS now, it’s like I’m a completely different person. Alot of the original posts I published are now in the bin or private but its so crazy for me to see the growth in me and in my content. When I first started blogging I really aspired to be like so many other big bloggers. I wanted to be just like them and do everything that they did. And I guess its human nature, and as humans we make mistakes. But now as I have grown as a person and a writer, I realise its so important to wear your own shoes instead of trying to fit into someone else’s.
It might take some time, but you do find your feet and sort of come into your own. You start to establish yourself as you, not as you trying to be someone else. And I think thats one of the most important things that blogging has taught me. How to be myself.
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How long have you been blogging? And what has blogging taught you in that time?
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart for being awesome and being so kind and loving to me. I really have enjoyed blogging and I hope we can look back in another 8 months and see all of the great things we have achieved together.