Reflections on “The First Year”

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The actual date it turned 1 (first year/live post) was probably between now and the next couple of days. That is irrelevant, the point is the blog is officially a year old! *breaks open wine*. It has been one exciting journey for me. One, that I am happy to say, I will be continuing on with. If you have been keeping up with the blog, you may have realized that I slowed down on the amount of posting. That is something that I will be changing however, as I prepare for the release of my upcoming novels! I am looking forward to sharing my work with you all, and getting some of your feedback!

As I continue this blogging journey, I reflect on the many things that I have learned this first year. Here are some of my biggest takeaways from my blogging first year.

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4 Things I Learned About Blogging in My First Year

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  • It’s not Easy

I don’t say this at all to discourage anyone. I feel that when starting my blog, I had the best intention: to share something with someone every day. However, life does happen, and every day posting something wasn’t always possible. It was discouraging at first, but I realized it’s not about being stuck, it’s about staying stuck. I love my blog, it’s readers and sharing posts, but it’s not as easy as it sounds or seems. I could have forced myself to post something each day, but it would lack any real quality. That’s not something I would like to be known for, since writing is what I love to do. I say all that to go into my next point:

  • You have to “Dig Deep”

I learned that sometimes, you may feel un-inspired. Lack of inspiration to a creative, is torture (at least that’s the way I feel on a personal level). It’s during these times that you have to dig deep inside yourself to remind yourself why you started. Getting lost in life, can sometimes kill or strain one’s creativity. Some days, it may be all one can do to even engage with other people, relating to their business. Establishing your “why” before you embark on a journey like this one, will help you get back into the swing when you fall off.

  • Learning Helps Unblock Creative Flow

When I say learning, I don’t mean sitting in a classroom either. There are so many ways to learn and get tips on not only becoming a better writer but blogger too. During the times I can’t figure out what to write, I use that time to learn that day. My go-to learning involves listening to audio books, reading e-books and books, and adult learning applications (i.e. Curious) Audible has a great selection of Great Courses, where you can learn so many different things. So take a break and learn something new.

  • Resources are Your Bestie

There are so many different resources available to help get you through your first blogging year. In fact, there are quite a lot of FREE resources to use. One great sources is Facebook groups. You can find mentors, and lots of free relevant information through genre and niche specific Facebook groups. You can also find a lot of free tips and hacks on Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn too.  I have had some of my hardest questions answered through these resources, not to mention learned a lot! You can also find a list of resources I personally use on my resource page!

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