I just hit 6 months’ mark since I’ve set up this little blog of mine. Whoa! I never imagined I would stick to it for this long. 6 months, 85 posts and 12 subscribers later…
Yes, you read that right. I am going to be honest with everyone here and put it ALL out there. I have 12 subscribers, none of whom are my relatives or friends, meaning there was no ‘convincing’ or ‘threatening’ involved to subscribe ;). Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, please know that I appreciate you very, very much.
It has been a nice ‘hobby’, perfect rainy evening activity (such as tonight) and an excellent way to discover some new interesting blogs and e-meet some great people as well.
What I’ve Learnt After 6 Months of Blogging
1. It IS OK not to make money doing it
And I am a walking proof of that (well, not counting the $41.16 in my AdSense account that I have made so far. Ha!). Have you ever read at least one or two or five posts on ‘How to Make Money Blogging?”. Yep, me too! It takes not just time but real work and commitment too. It is OK not to make your blog your work, whether it is your personal preference or simply you have no time to work on it several hours a day and monetize it.
It is ok to treat is as an outlet for whatever it might be, it is ok not to write sponsored posts or e-books, just as much as it is ok to write them too! My point is, it is OK to do whatever YOU want to do with it.
2. I want to stay ‘me’
It is so, so easy to get discouraged when you are just starting out. There are so many amazing blogs out there focusing on the same or similar niche as yours. I was asking myself if I was not much better off to just read other blogs, blogs that already have been producing amazing content instead of me writing up stories that no one may ever read. I think that’s the feeling that causes more than 90% of aspiring bloggers quit after only a few months after starting. Well, at least according to some online sources. And yet I kept writing and enjoying it as I know that the worst thing that may ever happen is that I would just keep writing for myself and I am ok with that.
I am making it mine and I am being ‘me’. In the big ‘blogo-sphere’ there is room for everyone. Make it yours and as long as it brings you happiness, just keep writing.
3. There are great people out there
who are like minded and awesome! I have e-met some good and inspiring people. Whether by me stumbling upon their own blogs through Pinterest or by them stopping by and making a comment. I am getting to witness an amazing net of bloggers who are all about supporting and encouraging one another.
4. There is so much to learn
Well, I knew it before 😉 but just by discovering new bloggers and going over the resources lists that they created, I discovered so many free websites & platforms that I am either already using or planning on using in the future. The list is long and contains free graphic design programs, foreign language learning platforms, homeschooling resources, DIY / sewing patterns and so.much.more.
If YOU are writing a blog, what are the things that you have learnt from it? Do you care about readership or are you ok with writing just for yourself and any readers is just an extra ‘bonus’?