5 Things Ive Learned About Blogging…

“I think I’m going to start a blog…!!”

I said this about 20 times for 2 years before I actually lit the spark and created mine. When I look back at my first three months of blogging, my general thought was “what was I thinking???” I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing at that point and I still dont really know what I am doing and that’s ok. Writing has always been a great outlet for me, but blogging has given me a new kind of energy and enjoyment.

I want to thank everyone who has commented, shared, liked, or followed my blog. I am BEYOND flattered and so grateful that you find my blog worthwhile. It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I am connecting with other people.

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 I think it would have been really helpful to read a post with a few tips and hints to push me in the right direction. So that’s what I’ve decided to do today with my “5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging.” Of course, I think it’s important not to regret anything because everything I’ve done in the last 8 months has been a learning process and nothing is ever pointless. But if you’re thinking of starting a blog or still not sure what you’re doing is right (hell I’m still not sure!), here are my tips to take into consideration:

1. Relationships are everything
We rely on each other for advice, resources and encouragement. Blogging has actually introduced me to awesome people so far. Some of my followers became my friends, and many other bloggers that I have met along the way are my constant and best support. It is the truth that much of this kind of friendship happens online, but it doesn’t take its value away. And, yes, sometimes, we meet in real life, for a chat, or even work together in co-working spaces. We share our dreams and expectations, and life sounds much better after that. We all realize the more we pay it forward, the more it comes back. I never anticipated my blog would connect me with people who share my passion, interests and drive. Talk to other humans because again, that’s what this whole thing is all about. The network of people that you build will carry your blog. They can provide opportunities, feedback, + support. Yes, you should spend hours making your blog look amazing + writing quality posts. Just make sure you also make time to build friendships because, when your tired of blogging, your readers/friends will be what keeps you going, not your pretty headers + text fonts.

2. We are worth more than a 9-to-5

If I don’t have enough on my plate being a mom, working full time, being a dance teacher and a wife, how in the world do I have time to blog? What we really need is a work/hustle/life balance. A blog is a perfect side hustle and will make you feel productive every day. Plus, your blog could ‘wow’ an employer and help you move on to a better situation. I really do like my full time job (commercial administrator), but my true passion is fashion, beauty and fitness. A few people have asked me how I manage to blog, work full time, be a mommy and live life…. Because I get a lot of pleasure from writing, it doesn’t feel like I am adding anything to my workload. What I am writing about is interesting (to me) so I have yet to feel burdened by blogging. Also, it’s just a hobby for me so there is zero pressure. When writing starts to interfere with my priorities or be anything but gratifying then I will reevaluate things. But, I’m not there. Not even close

3. Don’t worry about how many likes, comments and followers you have

So I know this one sounds very much like a cliche, but I used to be very focused on wanting to grow my blog and make it bigger and better. Of course, I still want to do this because I think it’s great to have an aim and work towards something, but I’m much more focused now on writing about what I enjoy and feeling more relaxed about the whole thing. At the end of the day, if you keep writing posts you’re proud of and had fun creating, all those other things will probably follow. Yes, blogging is a ton of work and can be frustrating, but when you are finally seeing people enjoy your content and commenting on your content and coming back for more posts, it’s really rewarding! Hard work pays off in the long-term and not always in that exact moment!

4. There will always be someone else’s blog which is bigger and better than yours

It seems like everybody has a blog these days. Because of that, you could so easily get lost in the crowd. In the beginning, I thought that there were certain things I had to talk about to fit in and certain posts I needed to do to get traffic. I was fooling myself because some of those things were not even how I wanted my blog to be represented. I’ve actually removed a lot of posts that don’t really fit in with the overall theme of my blog anymore. Try not to compare yourself to other people (this is true in all walks of life!) if you see someone else’s photography or Instagram that looks amazing, don’t feel bad about yours, take inspiration from it. On the other hand, don’t try and copy others so you lose what’s individual to your own blog. Every successful blog out there probably started off small and amateur so just keep persevering!

5. Do it sooner!! 

You want to know what my biggest regret is? Not starting a blog sooner. I’d been thinking about it for a long time but maybe was just too nervous to actually put myself out there on the internet, which can be a very scary thing. Now, I really wish I could have written it 10 years ago when I was living in Cincinnati, had a lot more spare time and was travelling to lots of exciting new places. My biggest advice would be not to be scared, and if you feel like you want to write a blog, do it!! What’s the worst that could happen?

 I can’t wait to see how this blog changes and grows 6 months from now. Thank you for taking your own time to read my thoughts. It means the world to me to share with others and I hope that you will stay here and grow and change as this blog grows and changes. Here’s to 6 more months of learning, growing, and enjoying being a blogger!

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What have you learned from blogging? What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?

Brittany 🙂

  • Great tips!! Hope you’re having a good week so far!

    xO – Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

  • I loved reading this! I just started my blog not to long ago and I think everything you covered in this post is 100% accurate. Reading and discovering blogs like yours is so much fun, and it’s awesome to see everyone grow. Thanks for posting this 🙂

    • Thanks so much for reading and following. The blog world is so much fun 🙂

  • such an awesome and motivating post. You are an amazing blogger doll, and stunning eyes!

  • Thanks for such awesome tips sometimes I get into that rut of why am I doing this I don’t have as many followers as him/her what am i doing wrong etc… Those days I have to remind myself why I started a blog to express myself and have fun doing it and if others enjoy it as much as I do then they will follow me on this journey happily 😘

    • Totally! I used to think the same way and thought I needed 20 million followers like NOW! Lol – I had to take a step back and remember why I started! Thanks for following 🙂

  • Great post! I’m almost finished with the book, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and it talks about exactly your point in #4! How we should create (write) for no purpose but enjoyment for ourselves. Not for likes, for money, for fame. And I completely agree! Once you get over that, it is so much more enjoyable 🙂

    • I need to check that out! Thanks for sharing that… There are so many things that come with blogging and I think that was my biggest concern. Its definitely not about the likes or followers its what you share with the world. 🙂

  • Loved reading this post! It’s so true that the friendships made through blogging are what get you through. It’s amazing how many sweet ladies like yourself i’ve met through blogging and I wouldn’t change it for a thing! 🙂

    • I totally agree… That’s probably my favorite part is the friendships and community! Thanks for the kinds words… I’m so glad we met through this crazy world ❤️

  • lifewithashlee

    I absolutely LOVED this blog! You really made great points and touch on topics not many people wouldn’t talk about like wanting to grow followers (which I’m really one of them as well lol) but it all comes in time. I’ve made awesome friends through social media and it’s awesome when people from different parts of the world share a goal/interests… I am a mother of 2 little ones as well, Blogging is like my “mommy time” where I can sit and relax and enjoy every min of it!

    • Thanks so much! It’s totally true and I think all bloggers go through that phase… This blog is my outlet from everything and I love it! Being a mommy is amazing and exhausting so having something all to yourself is a great feeling. Thanks for the kinda words ❤️

  • I couldn’t agree more especially with what you said about friendships. To others it might seem odd that I’m great friends with people I’ve never met in person, but it’s so true. I value the friendships I’ve made online just as much as my other friendships. I’m so glad we found each other and even more glad that I’m coming to Texas and we’re going to get to meet (hopefully)! I love this post so much because it’s things I’ve thought along the way. I blog as a hobby and for fun and I want to keep it that way. I had to learn really quick that comparing myself was only hurting me. Enjoying what I’m doing, having fun, and making friends are all more important than numbers. I’m so thankful for blogging and for you <3

    • Soooo true!!! I am so excited you are coming to Dallas! Its amazing you can make friends with people on the other side of the country you have never met… Yay for blogging! 🙂

  • sweetandmodern

    I love these tips!! Especially about not comparing and just enjoying 🙂

    • Thanks girl! Its so true… Love the blogging world and connecting with amazing ladies like yourself 🙂

  • Hi there, thanks for visiting and liking my blog! I’ve followed you and can’t wait to read more of your posts. These 5 tips are wonderful for new bloggers who are just starting out! x

    http://avecvalerie.com

  • urbantutu

    Beautifully written