I am by no means a professional blogger. I don’t do the whole photoshoot for every blog post thing, and I snap selfies and upload them all the time! I am unabashedly honest and candid, and love cheese fries and spicy chips. And I have always been honest and kept it real–and this makes blogging more enjoyable for me because I know I can genuinely be my self with you all. Sass, Donald Glover-crushing and all.
I think to myself, each and every day about how blogging has completely changed my life and made me so incredibly happy. It truly is special when you get to put your heart, soul and passion into something and watch it bloom. There isn’t a second that I regret making the decision to start my blog. And I am so thankful for each and every one of you, and that I get to do this.
I’ve learned a lot about blogging since I started this blog in August. I’ve learned a multitude of lessons and encountered so many amazing and unique individuals. People who I would have never gotten to opportunity to know, if I was not a blogger. And to be honest, since my blog got a little bigger I have learned even more. Not just about blogging, but also myself (I think I’ll write a post about that later).
So, ten things that I’ve learned from blogging?
- Not everyone is going to like your blog or content. And you’re not going to like some content that other people produce. That’s a normal thing, and not just applicable to blogging. Hell, some people aren’t going to like you. But as long as you do what you love, and produce content that you love and at proud of, that doesn’t matter.
- You are going to grow and change, and so is your blog. Just because you originally planned on blogging more about fashion and ended up blogging about beauty doesn’t mean you messed up. Your blog is going to transform, and so are you.
- You can literally post whatever you want. Literally, with the power of the publish button you can put whatever you want on your site. No one else has the right to comment on that except for you. You shouldn’t ever be apologetic for posting something out of your typical content, because you have a right to, and are allowed to do that.
- People will be attracted to your site because of posts or content, but they will stay because of you. Your unique voice, writing, and you, is what your readers will end up loving the most about your site.
- Comparison is the thief of joy. Focus on you, and your blog. Enjoy and love what you are doing. Do not care about how much another blog is growing, what content they’re producing, or how many followers they have. It’s so easy to compare your site to another, especially if you both started around the same time.
- Always keep yourself safe. There are a lot of weirdos and creeps on the internet, and don’t ever put yourself at risk. Pseudonyms, even partial ones, are actually a very good idea.
- Don’t be afraid to be personal with your readers. I have always believed in being genuine and honest, and I think it’s worked out pretty well for me!
- Don’t be embarrassed of your blog. You shouldn’t never be embarrassed of something that you put hard work, dedication, heart, and soul into.
- Have fun. If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing or the content that you’re sharing, you’re doing it wrong. Blogging isn’t supposed to be stressful or insane, but rather fun and an escape from mundane daily life.
- You will meet the absolute coolest people. Whether they are readers or other bloggers, they will be absolutely amazing. And you wouldn’t have met them if it wasn’t for blogging!
This experience has been such an enriching one, and it’s really allowed me to grow emotionally. I’ve learned a lessons through blogging, and I have learned a lot about blogging. I think I could go on endlessly with the various blog-related anecdotes I’ve accumulated in such this short amount of time.
I’ve only been doing this for about six months, and it honestly already has changed my life. I’m excited for the future and what it holds for me and The Unabridged Sass.
I want to thank all of you for being here, whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning or you’re a new reader! I genuinely and wholeheartedly appreciate you all.
What have you learned about blogging?