While everyone is outside in this belligerent, and disrespectful cold celebrating the new year, I am inside trying to keeping warm and trying to be introspective about what this year in blogging has taught me. Btw, that real feel is serious at minus 11 degrees!
The third anniversary of my blog has just passed on Christmas Day, and starting a blog was intended as a present to myself of sorts. I deserved it, and I decided to use it as a creative outlet to rekindle my artistic side. Along the way, I have learned so much from that thoroughly thought out decision I made sitting in my living room three years ago. This past new year, I was asked by the talented couple, Lynn and Justin from the MadHattersNYC to come off as deep and write some thought-provoking stuff about my last year blogging. So what did I learn? I know that I have forgotten some lessons from the months passed, so I’ll give it a shot.
In This Last Year, What Did I learn? Hmm, I learned…
- That even though it hard as hell to be consistent, it is a code that I have to crack in the end if I want to keep people reading. There are times where I’ve been burnt out AF and I can’t string a sentence together properly from exhaustion, or written and rewritten the same sentence five times from lack of oxygen or food, just trying to finish a post to keep its relevancy. It isn’t a process that makes for the best content, so being kinder to myself and better planning produce quality work.
- That a camera is necessary for my blog because my phone continues to let me down on the regular like a freaking cheating boyfriend. I learned that at Coney Island this year. Also that the quality of my images along with my content has to keep getting better.
- That blogging isn’t just about sitting behind a laptop remaining anonymous, the way I like it. It involves constant networking and putting yourself out there, which for me is a Herculean feat. But I did it this year and met some bloggers in my niche. It was truly amazing making those connections.
- That blogging is actually a full-time job no matter how you slice it. In between, social media, writing blog posts, editing of pictures and copy, setting up accounts, hosting, and maintaining them, I clock over forty hours easily and I am still working on finding my equilibrium there.
From Here On Out…
- I won’t be so hard on myself about my blog baby. It is always going to be a learning process and I will never be perfect but I like that about blogging. It’s not that serious in the scheme of things, even though I am serious about it. I’m writing about travel, food, and life and it’s supposed to be enjoyable.
- I want to write what makes my audience happy to return over and over. I want to continue having engagement with my subscribers and have them feel that they are peeking into my life.
- I will continue to find my voice in my approach to my blog, there are so many blogs out there and I am happy that you choose to come here. I don’t ever want to be another cookie cutter blog.
- I am going to keep putting myself out of my comfort zone, because that is where the magic happens, right? And I am always looking for more gold glitter and confetti in my life and that will be in the form of more adventures, travel, taste experiences and me meeting more talented people.
Do you have any comments about my blog and what you liked or didn’t like this year? This is the perfect time to point it out. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, keep following me or subscribe if it is your first time here.
Until our next rendezvous…