What I learned after a year of blogging
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Introduction to 7 things I learned after a year of blogging
On July 21st, 2020 I bought my domain name and hosting. I was up all night trying to figure it all out. To be honest I can’t really remember all the details or the logistics of what happened. I just remember that I swore I would not go to bed until I had it ‘all figured out. Which of course was very naive of me. Because here I am a year later and I still don’t have it all figured out. I know my way around WordPress a little better but I’m still an infant when it comes to blogging.
As you can see I started this blog during covid-19, but it was written in the stars years before the virus hit. Lockdown just gave me the time to start. Life sometimes has a way of pushing us in a corner to do the things that we said we would do.
Reading and writing have always been what lit me up inside. I’m an introvert, so I’m always alone reading, writing, or thinking up stories in my head. Yeah, I’m weird like that.
I came across blogging in 2016 while I was searching for online work. And knew instantly that was what I wanted to do. I had no idea how I would get paid for it. There was just that feeling that pushed me to research it more. The more I learned about it, the more I was convinced that I wanted to do it.
Now of course it wasn’t as simple or easy as that. I had a lot of limiting beliefs that I’ve been struggling with for years. So I convinced myself that I couldn’t do it. That I had nothing important to say. I mean why in the heck would anyone want to read what I say. Who am I to tell them anything right? Wrong.
Me, you, all of us have just as much right as the next person to do what we want. If you want to be a blogger, then blog. No one can hold you back but you. This took me a long time to work through.
In the meantime, life happened. I had my second baby in 2017 and put my dreams of becoming a blogger on hold. During this time I read a lot of blog posts. I was obsessed with blogging.
While going through this wonderful journey of motherhood, I worked on my self-development. My mindset got stronger and every time I looked at my baby girl, I would think about what I want for her life. Who she would become one day. I wanted her to be proud of me. To think of me as a role model that she can look up to. Not someone who was afraid to go for her dreams.
In 2019 I started writing again. I thought I would first improve my writing before starting a blog. Looking back now I see that was just a stalling tactic. Because I was still afraid.
Long story short here comes covid in early 2020. Now I had no choice but to start a blog and try to find a way to make money from home. The future seemed scary and uncertain. I had to be proactive.
I had already started thinking about what niche I was gonna blog about for a while now. Then I created content around my niche and the weirdest thing happened. My fears started to disappear little by little. July 21st I got my domain and hosting and started with my blogging journey.
Phew, what a long intro.
Let’s get into the actual blog post now.
What I learnt after a year of blogging
Blogging has taught me so many things about myself that I never would have learned otherwise. It made me a better version of the person I used to be. Don’t get me wrong I’m still a work in progress but I am making progress. But I’ve come a long way and I’m really proud of myself for that. It’s definitely not as big a change as other bloggers, but I’m not gonna compare myself to anyone but me. Every little win should be celebrated.
Sorry let’s get into it for real this time
Without further ado here are 7 Things I learn after a year of blogging
1. It’s not about the money
Getting paid to blog would be fantastic. It’s why most of us start blogging in the first place. But for me, it’s not about the money. It’s about doing what I love and being able to help people at the same time. How can I say this? Because a year later I have yet to make a dollar from my blog.
Yet, I still do it. I wake up every day excited to work on my blog. Of course, I have low days like everyone else. But when I write, like really write what I enjoy, I’m in my happy place. That’s how I know it’s not just about the money. That will come. I know it. Hard work should be rewarded. It’s just not the be-all-and-end-all.
2. Your patience will be put to the test
Blogging is not an overnight success. It could take years until you see results. So you have to develop patience. You will need it when everything inside of you screams at you to quit. This is where your why comes in. Why did you start your blog? Who are you doing it for? Answering these questions will keep you moving forward. In the end, it will be worth it.
3. You will fail, fall and get back up
You will fail. Accept it and fail fast. Don’t let that stop you from trying. Fail forward, learn from your mistakes and move on. Don’t dwell on it. A pity party won’t do you any good. Find something good that you can learn from the experience and carry on with your goals. Giving up is not an option.
4. It doesn’t matter what others think of you
In the beginning, I was so afraid of what people would think of me. I was always worried about what other people would say. But don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there. People will have an opinion of you regardless. Do what makes you happy and ignore the naysayers.
5. You will gain new skills
Blogging requires many skills. There’s writing, content marketing, affiliate marketing, SEO, keyword research. The list is endless and you will have to learn all of that. Because in the beginning, you will wear all those hats. Eventually, as your blog grows you can expand and hire people to do tasks that you don’t like. But in the beginning, it all falls on you.
6. Blogging is hard work
Blogging is a business. Like any other business, you gotta show up every day. Even when you don’t feel like it. I learned this the hard way. Bloggers make it look so easy, but it’s not. There are so many different aspects to being a blogger.
7. With having a voice comes a responsibility
Having a platform where you are influencing anyone should not be taken lightly. You have a responsibility to your readers. Always think twice before posting anything online. Value and respect your readers.
Conclusion to what i learned after a year of blogging
There are so many things that I have learned after one year of blogging. And so will you. The things I learned will be different from the things you learn. But the most important thing is that you will learn things about yourself that you never knew. That you never thought you needed to learn, it will make you a stronger person at the end of the day.
Starting a blog will change your life completely and not just in the financial aspect but it will turn you into the person that you were born to be. It will make you stronger and more resilient and just give you the resilience that you need to go through this life. Life is hard and we need to work on ourselves constantly to grow. That’s what blogging does, it makes you work so hard on yourself. You learn so many things about yourself and at the end that’s the most important thing in life. So go out there, start your blog and see how it changes your life for the better.
Please tell me. Have you started your blog Yet? What one thing did you learn from blogging?