L’air de rien (quite unexpectedly), I’ve been blogging for 3 years now. I think that deserves a bit of a celebration!
…because starting something from scratch, which you know practically nothing about, and sending it into the universe is kind of a little insane. I’ve learned a lot in these three years and hopefully you’ve noticed some of the improvements.
My goal has always been to turn this blog into a full time business, or at least a side hustle, and although I’m not there yet, I’m really proud of what I’ve done up to now.
What I’ve learned so far
Consistency is a bitch, but I’m tenacious
I have so much admiration for journalists, editorialists and bloggers that can pump out interesting and meaningful articles day after day.
I love when I write a post and ideas just come effortlessly. But that doesn’t happen very often. Actually, it’s quite the opposite.
To help myself, I mark out time in my planner to write at regular intervals. At first, it’s painful. Inspiration is not always there, ideas collide in my head and sentences don’t come out perfectly formed. But I keep at it for a while and can usually come up with something that will eventually turn into a post.
I’ve learned to embrace that uncomfortable feeling.
There is a lot of advice out there, but my gut is more important
Since I started blogging, I decided, against all blogging wisdom, which suggest I should post as often as possible and at least once a week, that I was going to write ONLY twice monthly and only once if life got in the way.
I didn’t want to make it another HAVE TO in my life. I wanted to enjoy this endeavour as much as possible and have time to learn on my own at the same time. So far, it’s going well and I’m on schedule to produce around 24 posts this year alone.
As for the “experts out there“, I’ve learned that everyone has an opinion, even people that don’t own a business or have a blog. So I take what fits right now for me and let the rest go. Otherwise, I could make myself crazy trying to listen to everyone.
Everything has been done before, but not in my voice
If you are reading this, you are part of a very select group of people and I THANK YOU for taking the time. Growing an audience online is way more complex and hard work than I ever imagined. Sometimes I feel like no one reads my posts and that tiny voice in my head that says “well what do you expect, you’re not writing anything earth shattering“ is pretty loud and discouraging.
But then, some of you have said that what you like most is the fact that you can hear my voice in my posts. I’m not sure you guys realize how much that means to me. Being authentic is something I highly value and I’m so happy you can feel this through my writing.
I’ve come to realize that there is a place for every single one of us, if only we are willing to create what’s in our hearts and put it out there.
I’m sure I still have lots to learn and I’m looking forward to getting this little blog of mine to new levels.