5 things I learned in my first year of blogging
Hi everyone! I can’t believe one year ago today, I published my first blog post. Check here, if you want to read about the humble beginnings of this blog. Now that I’ve officially been blogging for 1 year, I thought it would be cool to look back and reflect on what I’ve learned over the last 365 days.
My baby turned one!
This year has been like what I can only imagine is a fraction of how hard it is to actually deal with an infant. This is me in no way discounting motherhood, but rather saying that I never expected the number of hours and the amount of heart and some tears that I poured into this blog. And like handling a baby, at times, I felt frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed out and on a few occasions, I just wanted to give up altogether. But here I am! Still kicking and still writing.
I set out with the mission to help empower women through self-love, supporting each other as friend and sisters, and learning how to rock a ten-foot attitude and some killer fashion even if you’re only 5 foot one. This year has taught me so much about myself, about this community and about what it means to truly love yourself. So without further ado, here are the five major things I learned in my first year as a blogger.
Blogging is so much more than just writing. You become a writer, an editor, a creative director, a designer, a photographer, and a social media manager.
When I was looking for a hobby and I knew how I’d always had a knack and passion for writing, this just seemed to be the next most logical choice. What I wasn’t prepared for is how all-encompassing blogging actually is. I thought I would just write something and automatically people would find it and they would love it. The reality is, that doesn’t actually happen at all. There are so many different aspects that make this a full-time job and I tip my hat to anyone who can turn this hobby into a money-making venture because that is a whole other beast!
It can be extremely rewarding but also painfully frustrating.
Let’s be real. Starting anything is hard. Growing a blog and an Instagram is extremely challenging. You have to wade through tons of bull**** and some creepy internet people to really make genuine connections. I’ve made amazing connections to wonderful people in this community, some that will likely become lifelong friends and I wouldn’t give that up for the world. Any time someone messages me and tells me that I helped them is a day that I believe that all the blood (well not literal blood), sweat and tears is worth it.
The number of likes and comments you get is not a measurement of your self-worth.
This was a tough pill to swallow and one that I have to remind myself of each day. It’s so easy to get sucked into the game. To compare yourself to other bloggers in your shoes and to wonder why one blog post/picture gets tons of engagement and another one gets none. It was so easy to get down on myself and question who I was as a person, if I was pretty enough, if I was even a good writer or if anyone even cared about what I had to say. But never let the naysayers or even the negative voices in your head get you down! You are a boss, babe!
Create content you love and it won’t feel like work.
Write because you love it and because you feel that what you have to say is important. Write and create for yourself because you have something you are excited to share. There are a lot of people that will reach out to collaborate. There are tons of scams. Only work with people who share your vision and whose products/services are something you truly believe in. Don’t get pressured into writing about things you yourself don’t believe in. If you stay genuine to who you are, your writing will stay pure.
Don’t try to be like someone else. Copying someone else is like being sugar-free candy. Everybody can spot the difference between a fake and the real thing.
I’m not going to get up on a high horse and say I am not guilty of doing this, because I totally am. The logic behind this is finding someone who’s really killing the game and try to mimic their style, their aesthetic and their tone. But the thing is, you will never be them. Not only are you the Gucci knockoff to her real purse but you also aren’t being true to yourself. And in turn, creating will make you really unhappy. You may not find it right away, but you will get there. You will find your theme, your writing style and creating will bring you joy. Will you get 57K+ followers and have 1000’s of blog view per day? Probably not. At least not right away. But what you will have is something that you can call uniquely your own and be immensely proud of.
I hope you enjoyed this little reflection on my first year blogging. If you have been on the fence about blogging, hit me up and I can give you the full low down. If you just enjoy reading my musings then, thanks so much for all of the support over the past year. I love you all!
Rosé & Ruffles