I started blogging back in March of 2016 and I have already learned so much. It’s not that long compared to all of the seasoned bloggers out there, but hey a year and a half is something to be proud of! Over the past year it’s evolved and has become so much more to me than just sharing my favorite beauty products (like this foundation) and social media tips (such as this). This blog is such an important part of my life and I am forever grateful for the lessons it has taught me. My life has done a complete 180 in the last two years and one of the high points was realizing my passion and being able to use this as my creative outlet.
Here are some of the Lessons I’ve Learned Through Blogging…
1. Blogging is way harder than it looks
Blogging is a lot harder than it looks, especially since I take a lot of my own pictures and create my own content. There is a LOT that goes on behind the scenes, there’s coming up with and creating new content, following up and engaging with readers, coding, design, etc…I’m seriously tired just thinking about it. But that’s whats so wonderful about it…I love blogging so much that it doesn’t feel like work to me! Now don’t get me wrong, there are days where I don’t feel very inspired and struggle to get even an hour of work done, but that’s few and far between luckily.
2. It’s okay to make mistakes
When I started For Blue Skies, I wanted it to be perfect. I wanted to have a good layout, nice photos, and great content. I was kind of frustrated when I first started getting into photography and discovered just how much I sucked at it. I didn’t know how to make changes to my blog design and was completely clueless when it came to using WordPress. I kept telling myself “I’ll just wait until I get a hang of this blogging thing” or “I’ll just wait until I get a better lens for my camera“. Truth is, the only way for me to actually learn something, was to start. If I hadn’t pushed that thinking aside, I would have missed out on finding something that I’m passionate about, something that brings a lot of happiness and joy into my life.
You can’t wait for that perfect moment. If you wait, it’ll never come. My advice? Don’t wait. If you want to do something, start now!
3. You’re not going to please everybody
Are you a people pleaser? Well then, please listen to me when I say you won’t make everybody happy when you’re a blogger! You can’t do it. You can try but you will never succeed. Some people simply can’t be pleased no matter what you do. I remember getting my first and only (so far) nasty comment from a reader a few months into starting my blog. I had written a post sharing my tips on how to make flying with kids easier (here) and while it was mostly all positive feedback, one person in the comments took it upon themselves to completely tear my blog to shreds and went off about how I must be new because I was a horrible writer. Geez. I remember seeing it and being completely shocked and hurt, not understanding why someone would the time to be that mean to a complete stranger. Needless to say, I allowed myself to be upset but then I brushed it off, deleted the comment and moved on.
So keep true to yourself and your voice. You’ll be better off and much happier!
4. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be fun
Trust me on this one. Doing things that scare you, getting a little uncomfortable, is good for you. That’s when you discover new things about yourself, that’s when you grow. I was so afraid to write about certain things- one being when I opened up about my plastic surgery. It ended up being one of the best things I’ve ever done for my blog. If I didn’t find that courage to tell my story, I would have missed out, big time.
Another thing is that I don’t make new friends easily. I’m a introverted, idealistic dreamer 🙂 With blogging, I’ve learned how to connect with others and how to build new relationships- both on a personal and business level.
What type of posts would you like to see more of from me in the future?