June 1, 2017

Q&A: Reflections on One Year of Blogging

Today marks one year that I've been blogging! One year, two domain changes, two design templates, 200 blog posts (today's is the 200th!), and approximately 8,739 social media posts later, here I am. I'm so happy— and honestly, proud— that I'm still online. Creating this site and associated social media accounts was a big deal because I don't have any personal social media accounts (unless you count Snapchat and an abandoned Twitter profile).




I asked you guys on Twitter and Instagram, and in my newsletter, to ask me questions related to blogging or online business, and I got a few good ones. Much thanks if you sent a Q my way! I also wrote a post on lessons learned after three months of blogging, if ya want to check that out.


Q: What's been your biggest accomplishment in your first year?

Honestly? Probably that I’m still doing it haha. But really. I started blogging (again) last June because I had some time between the semester ending and my summer job beginning, and I wanted to do something productive. I’ve managed to post consistently every single week, excepting a few vacations, for a year. I’m not a quitter by any means, but I’m so proud that I was able to stick with this project and watch it evolve into something completely different (and so much better).

Q: What are your blogging visions for the future? Have they changed from when you first started your blog?

My vision for the future is to expand my online business and establish a stronger presence on social media by implementing a new social strategy. 

My blogging vision has completely changed since I started blogging. I wrote more about this here, but essentially, I started without a niche, tried to niche, tried to re-niche... and ultimately discovered what I want to write and share after a lot of trial and error (and a series of name changes and domains haha). 

Q: Did you have an idea of your blogging direction when you started, and have you changed your direction since? 

My answer to this question is pretty much the answer to the previous question, but no, I did not start out in any real direction. 

Q: What's the most important thing you've learned about blogging so far?

That there’s a lot of inauthenticity and sameness in the blogging community. That there are a lot of people who are in it for the wrong reasons and that followers can be purchased and that engagement is so often fake. That there are spammy giveaways and illogical brand deals. End rant.

But the most important thing that I've learned is that there is a community of real people— of people who love to write and share online, who work hard to build genuine relationships. I've also learned that so much goes into blogging. Sure, anyone can start a blog, but how many people can stick with it and grow it?

The second most important thing is probably that growth is often slow. In just the last two days, I've lost over 20 Instagram followers. My page views are not crazy. I see people post in FB groups about how they've garnered 2K views just five days after launching, and I just don't understand how. But I have seen growth. It's slow, but it's steady.

The same people frequently comment on my posts and reply to my emails, and that's really cool because I know they're coming back to read and reply to what I've written because they care about what I have to say. And that's kind of really awesome.

What has blogging taught you? What has changed since you started?

2 comments

  1. Congratulations on you first year!! Blogging is amazing and really fun! But also it can be really stressful too. Or it's just me? Because I can stress over the smallest thing hahaha.

    I'm starting my third month blogging and I have learned many thing. Like, Pinterest is really really important!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! And congrats on three months of blogging! It's not just you— blogging definitely stressful haha. I've learned to not focus too much on what everyone says is super important. Pinterest can be a huge traffic driver, for sure, but I'm not about to go spend hundreds of dollars on a course that will teach me how to use it the "right" way. Blogging is all about finding what works best for you!

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