I’ve been blogging for a whole year now! I’d never thought I’d make it last, I thought I would burn out after a few weeks. Or that I would get discouraged by the fact that no one was reading it. Some people are reading though, and that was exciting on its own. Then I was thrilled when I’d gotten my first subscriber/follower. I’ve learned so muc overr this year from blogging and I’m going to share it with you.
- Social Meadia is your friend. I am the worst at social media. Because of my anxiety I don’t tweet a lot. I worry that I’m bugging all of my followers, because they only followed me so I could follow them. However, it’s the fastest way to get your blog, and posts out there. I don’t know how many Blog posts I find through twitter.
- Writing a blog a post takes time. When I started my blog, I thought it would be no problem writing a post. That it would take an hour to write something up and post it, but it’s not. It doesn’t help that I have the attention span of of a puppy. I Struggle trying to deciding how and what I want to say.
- Boundries are important. I have two instagram accounts. One that’s private and personal, and one that’s for my blog. I work with children, I also take tons of pictures of them. I then like to share those pictures on Instagram so their parents can see them, so to protect their privacy I started a second account where I don’t post photos where you can see their face.
- Switching to self hosted isn’t everything it appears. If you want to turn your fun little hobby into a potential job, you will need to be self hosted. It looks more professional, and some free sites won’t allow you to monitize. I started on WordPress, it has a reader tab, where you pick a topic, tag, or category and it pulls up tons of posts to read. It makes it so easy to find and follow interesting blogs. It also makes it easier for other people to find your blog too. What I didn’t know was that when you “migrate” your blog to a self hosted sight all that moves over is are your posts, and the comments. Your stats are reset, and followers are lost. I’ve only got one person who followed me with my move, and she’s my cousin. I’m slowly staring to rebuild my followers.
- I’m not alone. I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I was 14 when I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety. I had started pulling away from my friends and tried convinceing my mom to let me be home schooled. She talked to my doctor, and I was diagnosed. I had never felt so isolated, anxiety wasn’t a thing then, and now I have this disorder, have to take medication, and go see a councler. it wasn’t until last year that I realized anxiety was a common problem. That I’m not alone trying to deal with it. No matter how much my family wants to understand they just don’t. I mean they understand what it is to feel anxious, and overwhelmed. But they don’t understand that despite the simplicity of the task, most things are so much more difficult then they appear. Its comforting, just knowing that there are people who understand it, and have to deal with it as well.