Happy One Month Anniversary!
I first launched my website with my first two posts on August 19, 2018. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from blogging for just a month. It actually astonishes me that I’m still standing and continuing to blog because I felt almost certain that my determination to start one would run out within a week or two (probably because I went and spent the money to be self-hosted)! I feel really happy and proud that I’m still here, and I enjoyed the little journey I’ve gone through so far.
At a glance – As of Saturday, September 22:
Twitter followers: 198
Instagram followers: 505
Blog subscriptions: 17
* I was contacted by a seller / vendor for the first time on Thursday to get a free article of clothing in exchange for a review *
I think I did pretty well considering that the numbers above well exceeded my expectations and can only hope that it will grow from here!
A few valuable things I learned from my one month of blogging are:
1. Blogging is harder than I thought.
It was a little tricky getting started with WordPress, but I eventually got the hang of it! Being able to word things eloquently yet simply is an art that not everyone can master. Knowing how to format and organize the contents of your blog post takes time. Writer’s block gets in the way! I’m also very good at over-complicating and elongating things.
Blogging is actually not difficult but it’s just a lot more time consuming than what I expected. I was just complaining on Twitter this previous Sunday about how it took me four hours to complete the last 20% of my blog post! Unbelievable.
Between typing up my blog post and formatting it, it also takes a bit of time each day to maintain some sort of a presence on social media, not to mention taking nice pictures. I’m really only on Twitter and Instagram (and trying Bloglovin’) and I find it hard enough to be active on both platforms. I don’t count my Pinterest as unfortunately I’ve really slacked on that end and I’m actually regretting that I even made one. Bringing traffic from Pinterest to my blog seems hella tough and of a lot of work for a newbie! I’m still trying to pin and post things on that platform but its definitely on the back burner for now.
2. My life isn’t as boring as I thought.
Starting my blog forced me to recall all the things I’ve ever done or experienced for the sake of coming up with topics to write about. I surprised myself with the list I came up with, as I always feel like I never do anything interesting! I realized that not everyone has gone through hygiene school, or been to the Philippines, or is / has been in a long distance relationship. We all have unique experiences to share with the world that others may find interesting and helpful.
There’s so much that I actually do that I take for granted; I feel incredibly humbled and more appreciative of my life now that I’ve realized it, and I’m eager to share all these little things!
One of my fears when I started blogging was that I’d run out of things to blog about. However after jumping in and starting my lifestyle blog, I now see that I shouldn’t have worried about that at all. I say that now because for the most part I’m only publishing one post a week, but I’ll probably find myself in a rut if I tried increasing my posts published in a week!
3. I have a greater appreciation for nature.
In conjunction with #2 and appreciating the life I live, I’ve learned to “stop and smell the roses” more. This came from me brainstorming about potential blog posts and looking to my surroundings in hopes to take bulk pictures so I can use them on my Instagram feed. Since my bedroom is far from organized and looking aesthetically pleasing, I often find myself outside looking for inspiration. Doing this for a month has made me keener to the things around me that I often overlook. I’ve lived in this house for over a decade and I didn’t realize how many different kinds of plants my mother grew. It’s sad but I think I’ve caught up with what’s around me now!
My Hopes For the Future
I really hope to consolidate my work hours / days so I’m not working five to six days a week and can thus have more time to blog. I want to continue meeting fellow bloggers, reading and commenting on their posts, and be a part of that supportive network. The blogging community is great and I’ve made a few connections with awesome bloggers that I aspire to be like. Hopefully I’ll learn how to tweak that darn SEO, learn more about Google Analytics, better time management, as well as learn to take better pictures!
Maybe I’ll pursue one of my passions as a variety game streamer? Maybe one day I’ll start vlogging. Another cool thing that I’d love to achieve is getting involved with affiliate marketing. Who doesn’t love getting stuff they love and getting paid a little for it? It would be amazing if this ever turned into something more than just a personal blog but that remains to be seen!
Dear future me, DON’T GIVE UP! Starting this blog has been fun and amazing so DON’T STOP!
Thanks for reading! x
What was it like when you started your blog?