Things I've Learned in My First Year of Blogging

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Today is my blogiversary which means I have been blogging for an entire year! In some ways, it feels like I've been blogging forever, but at the same time, it's hard to believe it's been a year already. I have learned so much about HTML, SEO and a bunch of other things (many of which also have acronyms that I didn't understand a year ago) and have met so many amazing bloggers from all over the place. I thought today I would share some of the most important lessons I've learned about blogging through the past 150 posts and 365 days.

Be bold.

One of my favorite parts of blogging is collaborating with other bloggers and brands. While it may seem easier to just sit and wait for oppurtunities to come your way, I find it's best to be the one to reach out. Don't be afraid to reach for an oppurtunity, even if you feel that you don't have enough pageviews or Twitter followers. You may be surprised what comes your way!

Think things through.

I've mentioned before that I spend a ridiculous percentage of my blogging time editing old posts. This is because I didn't think through what I wanted my brand to look and feel like before I started posting. Of course, a lot of this was because I still had to figure out what I liked and what worked for me, but I definitely could have figured out some things a lot sooner. I'd really recommend sitting down to create a style guide and define your brand (Regina of By Regina has a great resource for this in her email newsletter.)

Be yourself.

Authenticity is one of the values I cherish most in people, especially bloggers. Since you don't usually get to meet bloggers in real life, it's so much more important that they stay true to who they are so you can connect with them. I've also realized how much I appreciate vulnerability in bloggers and vloggers and hope I can work on that in the next year.

Those are just a few of things I've learned this year (trust me, there are a lot more where those came from!) I hope you enjoyed them and have a great rest of your day!

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