I’m surprised that it’s already been two years since I started blogging. A lot has happened, weddings, job changes, promotions, but this blog has always been there. It’s become a place I can be creative, get feelings out, share what I’m thinking and what I’ve learned.
But it’s definitely not what I thought it would be. I think in the back of my mind I thought it would be so simple, everything would just come naturally and I wouldn’t run in to any road blocks. I mean, I like taking pictures, I like writing, what else would be the issue? However over the course of the last two years, I’ve learned that there’s a lot more to it, and I’ve had my struggles along the way. Although I love my rosy-eyed self, here’s a few things I wish I would have known before I started blogging.
Consistency is the most important thing
One of the most important parts about blogging is being consistent. It’s impossible to grow a following or simply have the motivation if you’re all over the place. I’ve learned what helps me the most is coming up with a system, batching processes like writing and editing, and keeping a calendar. I’m definitely a lot more successful when I stay consistent and work slowly but daily on this site.
You have to take a lot of pictures of yourself
Ugh. I still struggle with this. Taking pictures of yourself is awkward and weird and I feel like everyone’s looking at me even when no one is around. But it’s more important to make sure that you have great photos, so I’m working on sucking it up and getting over the awkwardness. What helps me the most is researching poses and getting ideas for photos ahead of time, so I’m not winging it and feeling even more uncomfortable.
Your life becomes an open book
Maybe I’m just an over-sharer (100%), but once you start a blog you really open yourself up. You put yourself out there for people to judge or agree with, and you really can’t do much to sway their opinion. Sometimes it’s a lot to realize what you’re feeling and writing is out there for everyone, but when someone connects with what you’re writing it makes it worth it in the end.
You get to meeting and connect with so many great people
There’s a lot of great people I’ve got to connect with since writing. People that have reached out to me or that we’ve bonded because I put myself out there. I hope in the future to connect with more people as I dedicate more time and energy to this little side project and really learn and grow from them.
I started this blog as a creative outlet, but it’s become so much more than that. Thank you all for reading and sharing and learning with me as we figured this shit out together. Lots of love,