I can’t believe my blog officially turned three this week. Whaattt where did the time go?! It seems unreal that so much time has passed since my first blog post (which makes me cringe). I’ve come a long way, but I’ve definitely not given this blog the attention it deserves. I’m hoping to change that in 2018.
I love contributing to my blog, but it’s been a bit of a bumpy road. Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past three years…
- A blog is more work than I realized. It’s easy to push it to the back burner and let it fall in the cracks when life gets hectic. When I started this blog, I had my last semester of college upon me, followed by the intense process of job searching and the busy life that comes with starting a career and getting involved in the community. But a blog requires investment and consistency. Whether it’s once a week or once a month, posting in a regular manner is important. Although I haven’t done the best job at it, writing down goals and sticking to deadlines does help me stay on track.
- It’s important to share. I feel like I’ve kept this blog on an almost-secret level because I still get nervous sharing my thoughts. I share some pretty personal things about my life and the blog has served as almost a diary for me. It almost seems easier to let people who I’ve never met read my work compared to others that I know. That brings me to another goal for 2018 – share more openly.
- Just write. Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up on the information out there on how to grow your blog and gain a massive following, especially on Pinterest. There’s so many resources that it creates information overload. But at the end of the day, you have to just simply write good quality content that has a purpose to the reader. Research can come in later.
- Be genuine. It can be tempting to look at other successful bloggers in the same niche and want to replicate them. But now that I’ve taken a step back, I’ve realized that there’s no point because we all have a unique story to tell. Helene Sula and Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes are my favorite bloggers because they’re not fake. They’re honest and transparent about their lives, they’re down-to-earth girls who have a passion for blogging like me, and I feel like I can relate to them. I know there’s no point in trying to be JUST like them because well, I’m not.
What lessons did you learn from your first year or so of blogging? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Author: Lauren Taylar
Lauren Taylar is a digital marketer and blogger. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations. When she’s not volunteering her time with Make-A-Wish, you can find her reading a travel magazine and sipping a glass of hard cider or wine.