I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this little blog of mine. I remember all the work that went into choosing a name (and it’s something I still wonder if I made a good decision), and setting everything up. And all the worry and excitement over starting something new. And just like that it’s been one year blogging and I’m still going strong.
I’ve learned a lot this past year, and I know as 2019 progresses I’ll learn so much more.
My word for 2019 is grow, and it definitely applies to every aspect of my life, but more so for my blog.
One Year Blogging: What I’ve Learned
- I narrowed my focus down on my blog and it’s funny because I wanted to embrace being a full lifestyle blogger, but really that isn’t me. Yes, I love writing about my chickens and gardening, and yes I love writing about blogging stuff, but I’ve noticed this past year I lean way more toward bookish things and that’s where I’m going. But don’t worry, I’m still going to write about gardening and chickens because I love writing about those things. But I just really, really love books so that’s where my main focus is going to lie.
- I learned how to use Lightroom and Photoshop! I live pretty rural and we only have satellite internet as an option, so internet based graphic sites don’t work as well for me. It was a learning curve but now I feel like I have the hang of Photoshop!
- My photography is getting better. After six-ish months in, I decided to make Instagram my focus and in doing that, I’ve been working on getting creative with my photos. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m pretty pleased with myself.
- I made a TON of amazing friends this year! Blogging has opened the door to new friendships and I don’t think they’ve realized it yet, but I’m never letting them go. They’re stuck with me forever muhahahaha.
- I didn’t become a millionaire (or thousandaire) like all those Pinterest articles claim. Boooooo. But I made enough to buy myself a couple Dr. Peppers at the nearby gas station.
- I was really inconsistent with posting for a while, especially over the summer. It’s been a lesson in consistency and making it a priority to write. Balance is also a word I could totally use as a word of the year for 2019 too.
- Blogging is a lot of work. Much more than I ever realized, especially having my own self-hosted WordPress. I know I posted recently about being a second time around book blogger, but coming into it again differently it’s been more work this time. And I’m not complaining, because it’s a work of love. I don’t make much money, but I come back to it time and again because I absolutely love it.
- There’s been more than once this past year that I’ve looked at all the information I have regarding running my blog well, and I’ve wanted to throw it all out and cry. Working to manage Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, write posts, create pin-able graphics, pin said graphics at certain times, etc. etc. has been a challenge. I’ve finally found a system that works for me, but it took almost 9 months before that happened.
- Learning to manage my blog and personal life has caused me to go into a planner crisis (read: I tried a lot of systems), and now I’m using a Passion Planner to house everything, and also Trello to manage the flow of my blog content, and I’m finally feeling like I have a really good handle on things. It was definitely ugly for a while, friends.
Friends, if there’s anything I can leave with you, it’s this: never stop learning and growing. If blogging seems scary and overwhelming and you feel like you’re never going to learn it, keep going.
I’m sitting on the other side of all of that fear and scariness of starting this blogging journey and I can tell you, it’s so worth it.
Here’s to one year blogging, and more years of learning and trying and failing and hopefully eventually succeeding.