On this day last year I hit publish on my first ever blog post. I was kind of nervous about it, but it was such a good decision.
This is one of the only things I have actually stuck with and I’ve learned a lot in the past year.
Last week was a bit of a rocky one. I had some hosting issues causing my blog to temporarily be gone. I felt lost without my blog. It consumes so much of my time and is something I thoroughly enjoy working on, so having it disappear was definitely upsetting.
Aside from that, I really love blogging and have learned so much about it this year, that I thought I would share with you guys the most important lessons I have learned so far.
Back up your work. Unfortunately, I only started saving my work the past few months, so I lost more than half of my content when my hosting went down. I worked really hard and fast to retrieve what content I could so there wasn’t too much of a disruption on my blog, but sadly a lot of my content is forever gone. I’m starting to do monthly backups to avoid this in the future. While I’m upset I can’t get it all back, I’m looking at it on a more positive note. Since I didn’t have a lot of readers in the beginning, this will give me a chance to rewrite old ideas that no one really saw.
It’s hard work. I think a lot of people think blogging is silly and it takes barely any time to get a post up. While it may only take you a couple of minutes to read each of my posts, a lot of work goes into each one. From coming up with an idea, writing about it, taking photos, scheduling the post, and then sharing it on social media, it takes a lot longer than just a couple of minutes to assemble.
The blogging community is so nice. Not that I expected other bloggers to hate on my work, but I was surprised by just how nice they were. Everyone seems super supportive of each other and it’s really nice to interact with them.
Above all else, it’s a lot of fun. I thought about blogging for a while before actually starting one, and I thought I would like it, but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed doing it. With the exception of a couple days, I have blogged every day and I’ve loved every minute of it. It keeps me busy and has given me some great opportunities so far.
While I’m by no means a blogging expert, I have really enjoyed my first year of blogging and I hope to be doing it for many more.
Thank you so much to anyone who takes time out of their day to read my posts. I appreciate it more than you know.