Blogging | What I’ve learned in 28 days

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I’ve been blogging for 28 days now, and in this short amount of time I’ve learned quite a bit. Believe me, I know there’s much more to learn and that 5 years from now I’ll look back on this post and laugh. Life is short folks. I’m doing it while I can! So here’s what I’ve learned so far:

What I've learned about blogging in 28 days

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1) There are millions of blogs out there! Geesh…I didn’t know blogging was such a “thing.” You can read why I started blogging here, but really I just love to share my thoughts. I’m hoping these thoughts will encourage others. That’s really what it boils down too. I have a passion to encourage others and let them know that they aren’t alone. I know how it feels to be alone and I never EVER ever want others to feel alone! It really is that simple.

2) There are some pretty amazing people in the blogosphere. I’ve come across some really cool people a long the way. Do I actually “know” these amazing people? Nope. But I know enough:-)

  • Jo-Lynne from Musings of Housewife. Jo-Lynne is actually the one that inspired me to start a blog. When I was throwing around a title for my blog, I sent her an email asking her opinion…she promptly replied with “If it’s not already taken take it!!”  So, I immediately bought the domain “One Stylish Mom” and here we are. Since then I’ve sent Jo-Lynne 2 or 3 other emails just asking questions. I find it really cool that although she probably gets tons of emails on the daily that she takes time to respond to mine and answer my crazy questions. I’ve asked other bloggers questions and I’ve yet to not get a reply. So sweet!
  • Shanna from Because Shanna Said So, and Michele from Red Tag Chic LA.  I haven’t had as much personal contact with these lovely ladies but I wanted to mention them simply because of the pictures they take. Go take a peek at their pages. They truly exemplify happiness. I love their photos– they inspire me. They inspire me because I have a hard time taking photos of myself. It makes me feel like I’m being vain, or “hey look how cute I am,” or something… but when I see their photos I don’t see that from them at all. All I see is genuine happiness. You can tell they love what they do, and they have a passion for it.  I love looking at their pictures. It may be fake -they may not be happy at all (I doubt it), and it really doesn’t matter…what matters is how I perceive them. Their pictures make mine look like they’ve been taken by a 1st grader’s disposable camera! I’ll get there one day…maybe. If I don’t, it’s okay!
  • Amy from The Real Arnolds. This lovely lady is right in my own backyard. Not literally. But she’s from Tulsa! We met for coffee today and I was so pumped! Amy is beautiful. I knew I loved her when I saw her in those rockin’ yellow neon shoes! She really is such a beautiful person on the inside as well as the outside. In the short hour that we met it made me a better person!

3) Blogging takes time and planning. I’m learning that it could easily turn into  a part-time or even full-time job. It’s not as easy as just writing your thoughts down and boom they’re published. I wish it were that easy!

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4) Blogging means a lot of time on the computer. It takes a lot of time researching. This is something I didn’t think I’d like…but ya know, I do! I like it! Of course the typing.. this is the downside for me because it means I get knots in my back. Dear Lord those knots…I’ve gotta figure something out about that!

5) Feel your fears. (I’ve learned to feel mine, and quite honestly they feel pretty good.) Do you realize how scared I was to hit send on that first post? And it was SO scary blasting my weight to the world. I’ve learned that I’m more insecure with myself than I thought but that I CAN empower others though Him to do great things! I’ve received such sweet feedback and it literally makes me cry. Because I chose to feel my fear others have been touched. That means the world to me. It means I didn’t do it for nothing…although for myself it was completely freeing to tell the world how much I weigh!

6) You can not succeed at blogging without others. I can not succeed without YOU. I just can’t. I can write this blog by myself, yes. But I want..no I need others to get something out of it. I’m not doing it for me. I’m doing it for others. I want to speak LIFE. I want to ENCOURAGE. I want to make others HAPPY and LAUGH. If I’m not doing that, I’m not succeeding, and it takes YOU in order to that.

7) Being real works. I kinda already knew this, but I’ve realized even more that being real works! I don’t know why anyone would blog if they can’t be real. Why would they want to? Gosh how stressful would that be?? The fact is, if I can’t be real, I might as well give up. People want REAL. They just do. Fake only goes so far. I love life. I really do. I am so happy with mine. But let’s just be honest…life does suck sometimes. Disappointments happen. Hurts happen. Frustration happens. BUT- Happiness happens. Joy happens. Exhilaration happens. Might as well blog about it! All of it. Even the sucky parts. People need to know that they are not alone!

8) You have to celebrate often! Celebrate the tiniest of things. I celebrate the sweet comments that others post. I celebrate the encouraging emails I receive. I celebrate when my favorite blogger tweets me!

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I’ve learned a lot actually, but these are the most important. Starting something new is always scary, and although this is a list I wrote as it relates to blogging, it could probably relate to a lot of the new things we do in life. I hope you’re inspired to try something new!

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Until next time, I love you!

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  1. Christina says:

    Hi Shannon!
    I have also been blogging for just a short time about my daycare and growing food with my kids. it’s so much fun, I agree. And I find it amazing how kind and generous other people are about helping. Such a blessing! I just wanted to say that I’ve been following you since your first post and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. thank YOU for sharing!

  2. Yay! Welcome to the world of blogging. It sounds like you’re off to a wonderful start. 🙂

  3. It’s so fun to read the enthusiasm of a new blogger! I remember those days. I still love it every bit as much, but sometimes I allow it to become more of a chore than it should be. I love the pure honesty in this post. Thanks so much for the kind words! xo

  4. Marta says:

    Very well written! I agree with everything you are saying & I’m very new to blogging as well I’m about 4 months in! There is so much to learn, everyday I learn or realized something new and you’ll make mistakes along the way but that’s just how you improve! Great post!!
    Marta, xo
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  5. Amy Ann says:

    Yay Shannon!! Blogging is such a learning experience. I imagine we will be doing this in five years and still learning. Sheesh! I so loved meeting you. You are a true delight, and you have made it more fun for me!! Thanks for the shout out. 🙂

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  6. Rachel says:

    I love reading what other bloggers think of blogging. I agree with bloggers needing to be real. I recently had to unfollow a lot of blogs because of negativity of their content or because they weren’t being real. So thank you for not making me feel alone in this. I love all of your comments, thank you for the encouragement and reading/following my blog, likewise. Rachel xo http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/life/

  7. Ingrid says:

    Dear Shannon, I love this post because I totally agree with everything you said. I started blogging when I was very young and still in middle school- mostly for personal reasons and more like journaling. But as I got older I enjoyed reaching out to other bloggers. Though I knew that blogging was a ‘thing’ i didn’t realize that there were so MANY bloggers out there D:

    But it’s great to meet you and stumble upon your blog 🙂

    xo i
    Style Prosciutto

  8. Mandi says:

    Yes, I’m glad I am not the only one that finds the “Publish” button to be scary! I just did a post on why I took 3 years to start my blog, and all of my reasons were fear-based. I love your advice to “feel your fears”. Godspeed on your new adventure!
    Mandi
    http://www.ourlifeouthere.com/why-it-took-me-almost-three-years-to-start-a-blog/

  9. First off, I’m shocked that you’ve only been blogging for 28 days! Everything looks amazing here. Seriously, you must be off to one of the best starts ever. I’m pretty sure that my first month was laughable. 🙂

    Second, you will learn something weekly, if not daily. That’s what keeps blogging fun! It’s an adventure for sure, with lots of ups and downs. Just enjoy the ride!

  10. Theboxqueen says:

    Love blogging reflection posts and enjoyed reading through yours 🙂 I nodded my head many times relating to so much of what you’ve written. It really is scary sometimes to put yourself out there, show your real side, and share a piece of you but in the end the connections and interactions make it all worth it. <3 Happy you are in the blogging world lovely, XOXO, Elif

  11. Hi Shannon welcome to blogging!! I agree with all of your points, you got the nail on the head. I’m so happy I started a blog. I love every minute and you’re right, there are some amazing people in the blogosphere!

    By the way you are a no-reply blogger. This link will show you how to fix it: http://morefromyourblog.com/no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix-this/

  12. This is such a great post and I agree with every single one of your key points! Keep doing what you’re doing….. you’re doing such a great job! And keep being real! 🙂

  13. First, I’m so jealous that you got to meet Amy Ann! She is such a genuine sweetheart online and I’m sure she’s the same in person. And stunning too! It’s so fun to read other people’s thoughts on the blogging process. It is DEFINITELY more time consuming than I imagined! Everything takes about 10x longer than I thought it would. It does get a little easier and faster with time, but still. Like you said, it can easily be a part or full-time job!
    Gina – On the Daily Express

    • Shannon says:

      She really is such a beautiful person! Thank you Gina for your comments and thank you for stopping by!! xoxo

  14. Erica says:

    Love this!

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