I remember when I first decided to have my own blog. I had been around the internet long enough and seen how the pros did it and I wanted mine to be as perfect from the start. I tried out themes and shuffled widgets but never releasing any post—I just had to be sure it looked perfect first. This was my routine for weeks. Eventually I posted something but didn’t announce it. I kept it all to myself. As far as I was concerned, my blog didn’t have that perfect look yet. That became my new routine.
Until someone stumbled across it, liked it, and started to follow it. Imagine my first reaction: shock, joy and then panic. In that order. A dozen questions plagued my mind. What if my posts are not impressive enough? What if I disappoint? What if I can’t be consistent? What if I don’t sound professional enough?—and the questions could go on. In the end, I had to calm down and toddle on in my baby steps.
Let me tell you what I’ve learned so far.
I tried a lot of things that I saw others do and thought I liked. Even added some ideas of my own. Over time I discovered that my blog started to evolve. Some things I had started, I dropped because I couldn’t keep it up. I ran out of juice, and because they were not my thing as much as I thought they were, they just dried up. Most of what I do now was never even part of the original plan but I love them so much I can see myself continuing for years to come. I have learned a lot about myself and I’m loving the new things I’m discovering every day. I’ve learned what I truly love to do and what I should keep away from, if this will work. And this experience has helped put a lot of things into perspective. I discovered my true niche and I’m getting comfortable in my spot.
This experience has narrowed what was a bulk of mess into a straight path that keeps smoothening as I move along. It has helped make me make better decisions concerning my goal in blogging. There are so many rules out there, and I have learned that not all of them apply. I know those that work for me, and more importantly, why they do and I know those that don’t. No more am I the gullible greenhorn that took every and any advice from every “successful” blogger out there (Don’t get me wrong. Advice is good. You just need to understand whether you should apply it, and if so, why and how). I’ve slowed down and I’m enjoying the scenery as I pass by in my journey. I’ve met wonderful people along the way and still doing so. I wouldn’t trade this experience for another.
But I had to begin at some point and not be afraid to chat my own course.
So here’s my advice—stop fretting. The blogging experience is not as mind-boggling as it’s been made out to be. Take your time to figure out who you are, what you love and what you hope to achieve with your blog. It might involve an evolving experience like mine but that’s okay. You’ll pick up a lot of wonderful things along the way. Whatever you do, don’t cling to an idea that you have to struggle to maintain. Keep what comes naturally to you so that you can enjoy your blogging experience. The last thing you want is for it to become a chore. Be aware of all the rules but only apply those that are healthy for the growth of your blog.
So there you have it. This is my blogging experience so far. Please, feel free to share your opinions and your experience.
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