10 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year of Blogging

So here it is! My one year bloggiversary!!!

(Incidentally it is also The Teenagers birthday I now have a 16 year old in the house! Yikes!!)

I have learned a lot in the past year, about blogging, about the blogging community, but mostly about myself.

So today I’m reflecting on what I’ve learned. It’s a little all over the place… kind of like me!

#1- I can stick with something, and watch it grow.

This is big for me. I’ve been a Mary Kay consultant, sold Partylite, tried my hand at a cake business, owned a music store,  and even ran a small daycare out of my house. But I didn’t stick with any of those things. I got frustrated when they didn’t grow and quit. Maybe I’ve matured, or maybe I’ve found something I love enough to stick with. Either way I’ve had days where I get disheartened but I keep going. I get amazing encouragement from my Super Hubby, my family & friends, and my readers.

#2 Blogging is harder than it looks.

 I’m not going to lie here. One of my goals with starting this blog was to make money. Everybody will tell you that the money making should be secondary (I suspect many don’t want to put it out there that it was their goal too.) I also wanted to connect and share with other people. I wanted to get some ideas out there, make people smile, and use up some of the words that are inside me. Building a following, making real connections, and yes, making $ takes longer than I thought. But I’ve watched it grow, and I have high hopes for the future.

#3- Spell check was designed specifically for people like me.

I am not joking, talk to my BFF from high school, she received many an orgasm folded note with crazy misspellings. Thank God for whoever invented spell check, without it you would all question if I should be homeschooling.

** Ironically I published this post not realizing that my friend spell check changed origami to orgasm… thanks to my BFF for pointing it out. Just goes to show that you should learn how to spell!

#4- I will never fit into a box, and I don’t really want to. 

I have no “niche” I am not a food blogger, a homeschool blogger, I don’t fit into the categories of humor, inspiration or tech. I am just me. Writing  about what comes into my head, delicious food that I’ve eaten, and ideas that I think other people might enjoy. I was reading a book the other day and one of the characters said, “I like to wear many hats.”  I’ve decided that is my new outlook on life. My stack o’ hats and I  don’t fit into a box, and I like it that way.

#5- I am a weenie.

Yep, a weenie. I have things I want to right about, things that I want to connect with people over, and help them through. But I’m afraid to put it out there. So I haven’t… yet… but it’s coming. I’m getting braver, more confident and less weeniefied… maybe this year.

#6- People actually read what I write.

This may fall into the “duh you’re a blogger” category. But when I started this I knew my mom, my hubby, and a handful of my friends would read it. In the past month though I’ve had 6000 page views. For some blogs that’s a daily amount, but for me it’s a big accomplishment. Unless my family and friends are going to some crazy effort to make me feel confident, there are complete strangers reading what I’ve written… boggles my mind.

#7-Comparison is not your friend.

I have fallen into the trap many times. “Wow she’s only been blogging 6 months and has twice as many Facebook followers as me” or “Look at those pictures, if I had a better camera mine would look like that.”  NOPE- no more of that thinking for me. Nip that shit in the bud!!! Everyone is on their own journey. I realized really quickly that If I wanted to get anywhere my energy is much better focused on my own growth than someone else’s success.

#8 – HTML is confusing and I’m more likely to learn Korean.

Nothing in this world makes me feel stupider faster than trying to figure out technical stuff. I graduated high school in 1997. You know, back when people didn’t learn coding. We learned typing on a typewriter for crying out loud. My family had dial up Internet, and Ebay was the newest coolest thing ever (and you could still get good deals) HTML… did it even exist then? Totally behind the curve there. My 11 year old knows more about coding then me… I think I’ll get him working on a new blog design.

#9- I like setting goals

 This is new for me. I’ve never been the goal oriented person. But I now am. My calendar gets numbers written on it of what I want to accomplish that month. I have a blog growing checklist that I go through everyday. Sometimes I hit these goals, sometimes I don’t quite make it, but I see growth and that is the ultimate goal… now if I could just apply that to the laundry.

#10- Thankfulness is the root of success. 

And I have a big thank yous. One for my Super Hubby who has encouraged me this year, who has read what I’ve written and made sure I stay on the ball. For my kiddos who wait for dinner while mommy takes a picture. To my Momma who keeps telling me how good I am at this and shares my posts on Facebook. My sister who keeps my grammar in check.  My friends who’ve encouraged me and given me ideas, even whole posts. And to all of you who have read what I have to say, who comment, who share, who pin, who encourage. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Here’s to another year!! I look forward to what’s ahead.

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