It's our Blogiversary!
Thank you for joining me on this rollercoaster I call "My Crazy Hectic Life."
This past year has been just that. I've done everything to getting my first apartment to declaring my major. You have been there by my side the entire time. Thank you.
I'm having a really hard time believing that it has been a year already (if anyone has a clock flying gif, send it my way).
It wouldn't be me if I didn't write a long post to tell you all of the things I love and don't love about blogging. So here's to one year of blogging:
There are so many things to love:
You actually have a voice in the things that matter to you. There's always going to be at least one person to "listen" (I guess it's considered reading, but it feels like someone is listening), even it it is just a bot. Feel free to go on a rant. Some will agree. Some will disagree. You should encourage both to comment so that way Google takes note of it as engagement ;).
The shameless self-promoting. I used to have a hard time coming up with a "fun fact" about myself during those introduce yourself to the team/class/club/whatevers. Now it's super easy. "Name, major (or like whatever the gathering is about), and my fun fact is that I'm a blogger." It pretty much guaranteed me to a new follower or at least some willing to visit one of my social media accounts.
Virtually meeting new people. Bloggers are so supportive of other bloggers and it's an amazingly unique thing. We have one rule: don't steal our stuff. Besides that, all of the bloggers that I've met through social media are so open to sharing tips and relate to you on a level that most people have a hard time understanding. For example: let's just talk about the uproar rumors of an algorithm change cause ... actually let's not talk about it. Just know, it's a huge headache.
Learning psychology. As bloggers, most of our posts are calculated. We've figured out how to peak your interest, while also effectively use SEO to our advantage. We've also learned what fonts people are eye-grabbing, the importance of layout, and how to strategically craft pins for Pinterest. As your tastes change, so do ours. Personally, I love learning about people. My blog has pretty much been a huge thought-experiment over the last year.
Having things in common with others. Maybe it's just me, but when I get into my feelings, I sometimes alienate myself from everyone. Blogging reminds me that there are people going through similar situations that are also willing to talk about it. Can I get an "amen" from the college bloggers that sometimes feel they are in over their heads?
Your friends will want to start blogging. If you have a friend that blogs, treasury them. My friend has a poetry blog, and talking to her about blogging while we eat at some healthy-ish restaurant is so much fun. Your other friends will ask you about starting a blog & you have to give them all the tips in 2 minutes (it's impossible, but we try).
New reading material. Books can get expensive. When I don't have time to commit to a full book, I catch up on some of the posts I've missed by my favorite bloggers. Also, bloggers often have the best reading advice, whether it be a new love story or a self-help book.
There are also things that you won't love:
Blogging can get pricey. If you don't receive free product or have not monetized yet (like me), everything you do for your blog costs money. Logos, font kits, templates, hosting, etc. There are little things that can add up if you let them. Blogging is worth every penny. I love buying planner stickers and washi tape for my Happy Planner so it can look cute when I post it on Instagram! I also love not having to figure out coding because Squarespace does all of that for me.
Most importantly: I'm a huge believer that you invest in the things you love. For me: that is writing. (If you don't believe me, ask my mom about how picky I was with notebooks growing up!)
Making time is hard. Between work, school, and my two clubs, time is limited. At times, I just want to throw in the towel because I feel as if my readers (you) deserve better. Some of my automated posts were written at 3am or in my boring gen eds because those are the only times I am somewhat free.
Most importantly: My parents have always taught me that you make time for the things that are important to you.
Thank you for one whole year of fun and great experiences!
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