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:
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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!
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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