What I’ve Learned–Happy One Month, Little Blog!
Today my little blog turns one month old. I started blogging on the more private level about a year ago as a way to keep track of all the books I was reading. After I lost my perfect job as an English faculty member due to the school closing, I went into a tiny depressed state. Sure, I was able to find another part-time teaching position. But I think lacking a career path caused a lot of things to happen in my life. This biggest and most prominent issue I’ve had over the last year is feeling like I lack any sort of purpose. I spent a lot of time with my cat and books and eventually I found writing. So I kept blogging these little blurbs to keep myself sane.
After a few people mentioned that I should write for more than just myself (and still no permanent career in sight) I decided to create this very public place for me to write. And I’ve learned quite a bit over the last month of being *public*.
I’m Still Embarrassed
You know how when you record yourself and hear your voice, you typically respond with, “do I really sound like that?” Same thing goes for writing. I write the way I talk in my head, but when Nathan reads my blog out loud, I tend to get weirded out. Not only does it not sound like me, but it’s also pretty embarrassing. Because I can’t seem to get over my embarrassment, I have only told five people in my personal life about my blog. Yep. Five. And my mom is one of them. In hopefully the near future, I plan to just suck it up and hit that share button to my personal accounts.
This Blog Thing is Actually Really Hard
Holy crap. I started my blog thinking that all I had to do was read a book or travel to a place, take some photos, and then write about it. L.O.L. Work is never done with a blog. Your blog will grow as quickly as you want it…as long as you put the work in. Miss a week of blogging? Well, there went ten followers. Stay up all night networking with fellow bloggers and book lovers? Gain twenty followers. Have a lazy day by not networking? Gain zero followers. Your blog will not grow unless you do.
Also, after watching countless hours of YouTube tutorials by fourteen-year-olds, I still cannot master the Instagram theme. So, I have given up. For now. But probably forever.
LOL @ My Goals
On the first day of launching my blog, I set a bunch of goals for all of my platforms. I set goals for one week, one month, three months, six months, and one year. Some of my goals, I completely knocked out of the park. For instance, Instagram. I didn’t think anyone would follow my Instagram of just books. But then I found #bookstagram. At one month, I had hoped for around 50 followers on Instagram. My Instagram sits around twice that. I’m pretty dang proud of that one.
But then there are my Pinterest goals. *sigh* I thought I would have around forty Pinterest followers by now but I haven’t gone over 15.
One thing I am proud of myself for, is trying to build actual connections and not just numbers. It won’t matter to me if I have 10,000 followers, if none of them are reading or enjoying my content. So to my little band of book worms and travel bugs, thank you.
Even though I’ve found this to be a lot more time consuming than I originally thought, the blogging community makes it allll worth it. All of you have been so supportive and kind…even those of you who have over 300,000 followers. I love reading through comments and seeing so many positive words and phrases of wisdom.
So thank you to all, I can’t wait to see where this goes. Cheers to one month!