On Sunday, October the 30th to be more specific, I realised that my blog turned six months old. Half a year ago I decided to take the plunge and publish my very first blog post. I know that it’s not a huge milestone, but for me it’s something important. I feel like I’ve learned so much in such a short time not just about the online world, but about myself too. Doing something that I’m passionate about and being consistent with something (at least I’m trying to) has definitely changed my life for the better. Today I am going to share with you six things that I learned in six months of blogging. Here’s to many more!
Why blogging? In the summer of 2015 I actually started posting Youtube videos and everything went great with that until I started Uni and I had no time to film, edit and all that stuff. Then I started hating all my Youtube content, so obviously I deleted all my videos and I gave up on it. A few months later I really wanted to get back out there but I knew that making videos isn’t the solution. So I decided to try blogging, because I thought it wouldn’t be as time consuming as Youtube and I like writing a lot so maybe I could make it work. Turns out blogging is as time consuming as making videos but I thoroughly enjoy it so I don’t plan on quitting it any time soon. Maybe I’ll make my Youtube comeback at some point, but right now blogging is my number one love. Here are the six things I learned throughout these six months since I’ve had a blog:
I learned how to be more confident
Putting content online could be very nerve-racking but the blogging world is definitely a place to grow as a person. Being surrounded by so many awesome and inspiring people even if it’s just virtually, really pushes me to be my best, believe in myself more and not be afraid of coming out of my shell.
Don’t think about what everyone else may think
Here I am talking about people outside the blogging community who may not understand how much work goes into this and can be very judgemental from time to time. At the beginning I was really scared about people finding out about my blog and I still get a mini heart attack whenever someone that I know in real life comes across my social media, where all I talk about is blog stuff. Even if I don’t really get any feedback from my acquaintances, I know my parents read my posts, and I’ve been getting some really nice messages from a few strangers which made me realise that I don’t need anyone’s approval to do what I like and as long as I have at least one person reading my posts and appreciating my work then I’m more than happy.
Write about what you like
This brings me back to the point where I said that I don’t need anyone’s approval. This is my own little corner of the internet where I choose to express myself and I can write about anything I like. It is good to find a niche though and try and stick to it but I tend to believe that there are no rules in blogging and the most important thing here is to keep it real and hit the publish button only if you’re happy with your content.
And like what you write
I think it’s important to keep this in mind especially when you’re at the beginning. No one’s gonna read your posts anyway except for friends and family so don’t waste your time trying to find the perfect words and sentences because you will end up not being proud of what you publish. Also, don’t look at blogging as a competition. I know many people start a blog because they see how successful others are in this domain and they want a little taste of that, but they are just fooling themselves. If you don’t enjoy it and if you write just for the sake of it, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Be you and let that show off through your posts!
It’s okay to take a break
During these six months, I had times when I haven’t been consistent with my blog. But I don’t regret that. It is okay to take a break when you’re feeling overwhelmed or you got writer’s block, because blogging should be enjoyable. You don’t have to post everyday to prove that you’re a good blogger. I try sticking to a schedule but sometimes if I don’t feel confident about a post or if I’m simply not in the mood for writing, I just don’t do it. I try and put myself in a reader’s shoes and if I don’t find a post to be convincing then I won’t publish it.
The more you write, the better
When I started blogging I already had a couple of posts ready to be published but then I asked myself what am I going to do after I run out of ideas? Turns out the more I write, the more ideas I get. Sometimes, whilst typing different posts, a tiny little word can trigger a new idea in my head, so I make sure I put it down on a piece of paper as soon as possible. I also think writing has become more natural and I find it a lot more easier now to put my content together and not waste time in front of a blank page.
Do you have a blog? What are some of the things you learned from blogging?