Happy blogiversary to me! For me, this past Sunday marks one entire year of blogging! I am so so excited to have reached this milestone, and so proud of myself for everything I’ve accomplished. A lot of the time, I start projects but don’t stick with them (examples include coloring books, skateboarding, and any story I’ve ever tried to write outside of school) so being able to say to myself that I’ve stuck to this project for a whole year feels pretty awesome!
To celebrate, I’m sharing nine things I’ve learned since I started blogging!
#1: Blogging is REALLY HARD.
Like, I had no idea how long blogging takes and how much effort you need to put in to maintain a good blog! You have to take photos, design graphics, write a lot, edit everything, etc., not to mention all the time it takes to reply to comments and visit other blogs. Not that I don’t love every minute of it! But blogging is a ton of work, and it was hard for me to appreciate that until I actually experienced it myself.
#2: There are a lot of really nice people on the internet.
There’s a general feeling that everyone on the internet is a stalker who’s out to get you, but now that I’m a blogger, I’ve discovered that there are actually a lot of cool people, especially in the bullet journal and reading communities. I get nice comments sometimes and it’s really awesome! It’s fun to interact with other people online who have the same interests as you. Of course, there are always going to be creepy and/or mean people, but that’s true in the real world as well.
#3: I really like graphic design.
I’ve always been into art, and I’ve had a ton of fun customizing my website, taking photos, and designing graphics for my blog.
#4: The online book community is awesome.
I starting blogging about books a little while after I started this blog, and I’ve loved being able to connect with other bookworms and write about my love for books.
#5: I’ve discovered a love for snail mail.
I discovered the art of mail through reading other blogs, and I really love it! I’m participating in International Correspondence Writing Month right now (see my post about it here) and I’m so glad I found out about it.
#6: Planning ahead is always a good idea.
Blogging has definitely helped reinforce that I should always plan things ahead of time. Outlining a blog post in advance works much better than frantically banging on your keyboard the day the post is supposed to be published.
#7: We need diverse books.
I knew diverse books were important before I started blogging, but I’ve learned a lot more about why from reading other people’s blogs, and I’ve gotten a ton of great diverse book recommendations from the blogosphere.
#8: You never know which posts are going to succeed.
Some blog posts do really well, and some don’t. Generally speaking, my bullet journal posts do far better than all my other ones, but it can still be surprising when I look at which posts have done the best. They don’t always seem to correlate with the ones I worked the hardest on or the ones I like the most.
#9: Put yourself out there.
Don’t be afraid to take risks! Email your favorite bloggers and thank them for being an inspiration. Ask to join a group board on Pinterest and pin your blog posts. Tell your friends and family to follow your blog. (This one is kinda hard…there’s just something weird about talking about my blog in real life.) Tag companies and authors in your Instagram pictures. if you’re a book blogger, request books on Netgalley, and keep trying with other books even if you get declined. No one’s going to do your work for you; you have to help yourself sometimes! This is definitely hard to do, especially if you’e an introvert like me, but trust me, you’ll be really happy with yourself afterwards!
I hope some of that was helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions (about blogging or otherwise.) I’m still kind of a newbie blogger, but I’ll do my best to answer everything or refer you to someone who can! 😉