I’ve been (seriously) blogging for slightly over a year now, and I’ve learned quite a bit on my little journey. First let’s go back to where it all began. I always knew I wanted to start a blog, I loved writing and taking photos and thought it was a natural progression. So when the opportunity presented itself in on of my social media classes at school, I was very, very excited.
‘The Balance’ as a name had been a given from the beginning – I had decided on that name years ago; mostly because I figured the blog would serve as documentation as I tried to find some sort of balance and figure out life. For this blog project we had to create a blog and social media accounts from scratch and grow them over the semester – long story short, I fell in love.
After I got a full time job, I (sadly) let blogging fall to the wayside and told myself I was too busy. Make time for the things you love – trust me, you’ll thank me later when you’ve put in the work and they’re flourishing. During one of the absolute lowest times in my life, after leaving an unbearable job situation, I did a lot of soul searching and blogging was one of the things I promised myself to start up again. It made me happy and I honestly think it was one of the main reasons I snapped out of my funk.
I’ve fallen in love with blogging in a way I didn’t think was possible. I’ve invested so much time, money, and sweat into this little blog and it’s paying off in ways I never dreamed of. Never in a million years did I think I’d have a community of 5000 of you who engage and inspire me everyday. I’ve mentioned it before, meeting new e-friends and finding like-minded people is THE best part and I could not be more grateful. Ok, T – enough with the mushy stuff. Here’s what I’ve learned in my first year of blogging:
Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Someone said this to me once and I will never forget it. Get out of your comfort zone and just go for it – whether it’s a cold email, a networking event, or a media preview where you know 0 human beings, do it. Here’s a lil hint – if it makes you a little nervous, that’s a sign you should go for it.
We all have goals and while that’s perfectly fine, don’t get down when they don’t happen for you immediately. I still struggle with this – I’m a very impatient person. But hard work and persistance is key. It took other people years to get where they are, be patient, everything will happen for you in due time.
If you want to pursue blogging, I highly suggest you do your research and see exactly what you’re signing up for. If you’re not 101% passionate about spending your weekends creating content, writing, editing, waking up at 6am to take photos and answer emails all while balancing a full time job, then don’t do it. This industry rewards the hard workers – but it is a long journey ahead, so do it because you’re absolutely, completely, head over heels in love with it.
Being a blogger means you need to be organized. Agendas, calendars, organizational apps like Wunderlist – these are your friends. Use them to plan out when you’re going to write posts, take photos, answer emails, all that good stuff. I shoot with my boyfriend, and we both have very different schedules so being organized and planning ahead is key.
community vs. competition
I’ve met so many wonderful people through this blog, some of which have become close friends – it’s absolutely insane. I never would have found them otherwise, and I’m so grateful we’ve crossed paths. And while comparison will always be a thing, it is way more fun to be friends and encourage one another. Like who else is going to understand your need to stand on table to shoot your drool-worthy brunch? Or find Instagram spots to take photos in? Or why your page views are lower than last months? Or why you’re losing followers? Blogger friends get it, and more so they want to discuss these things because more likely than not, they’re experiencing them too.
And that’s it folks, everything I’ve learned in my first year.