“I’m a blogging girl, in a blogging world! ” ~ Me
When I look over the last 4 years of my life there are few things that still remain. I’ve changed jobs, lost boyfriends and even quit my stint at being a professional intern. However, one thing that has stayed with me through the last 4 years is my love of blogging and this very blog. It still amazes me that my initial outlet for writing about fashion and style would still be with me after all this time.
I jumped into blogging (similar to everything else) a wide-eyed, busy tailed young adult ready to take on the Internet and after 6 months of posting and comments few and far between, I realized that maybe there was more to this blogging thing I didn’t know about. Famed blogger Sarah Wilson contemplates what she would have done differently if she started her blog over and while I can’t say I would do much, I do wish I would have been privy to a few bits of information on blogging.
1. Blogging is Work… no like forreal
When I started I was under the impression that all I had to do was dream post ideas and they’d magically be done. Boy was I delusional. Blogging, like any other worthwhile endeavor, takes a lot of work. Writing, editing, commenting, promoting, reading other blogs. If you are allergic to work or want readers served to you on a silver platter, then maybe blogging isn’t for you.
2. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to blog… and that is A-Ok
Did I say blogging is like a full-time job? Because it is. But even with the hamster wheel cycle of “post post post”, life gets in the way and sometimes there’s just not enough time. And that’s ok. Feeling guilty about not posting is futile and if you really want to blog make it fit your life, not the other way around.
3. Change is good, in fact its the only way your blog will survive
Your blog will change, evolve and grow over time. Roll with it. Let go, let flow!
4. You will meet amazing people through blogging, be prepared to encounter greatness
They say Content is King, well for me Community is King! One of the greatest things about blogging for the last 4 years are all the talented, thoughtful, funny, stylish bloggers and readers I’ve encountered. Like women who write books (Michelle of Wicked Whimsy) or make cake hats (Marie) or are sisters in my head (Katrice)
5. Shut down the computer once in awhile…don’t even blog from your phone
Something I still struggle with, but disconnecting every once in a while is Chicken Soup to the Blogging Soul
6. Being yourself is the only prerequisite
When I first started blogging, I had a generic idea about what I wanted to write about. Snarky blogging was in full effect (Fug Girls) and I followed suit. While I can be snarky IRL, I wasn’t really being true to my voice. Honing your voice comes with time and the more you blog the closer you get to your true style.
7. There will be days when you hate your blog and want to murder it!
Resist the urge to hit the “Delete Blog” button
8. There will be days when you love your blog; over the stars in love
Cherish these days and funnel that love into great content and genuine engagement
9. Have as much fun as humanly possible
Fun first, blog later. This is my next tattoo. Seriously, having fun in life reflects through your blog. Write about what you love and what gets you fired up and it will come shinning through in your work
10. Blog cause you love it, not cause you want to make money
Not that making money is bad, or that making money from your blog is bad, but if that is the sole purpose for your blogging than you better go to medical school, its probably easier. Making money won’t sustain your blog, loving your subject matter will and you know what they say “Do what you love and the money will follow”.
“They” are pretty smart.
What do you wish you had known before you started blogging?