21 Things 8 Years of Blogging Has Taught Me
If someone would have told me in 2012 that I'd still be a blogger 8 years later, I wouldn't have believed them. But here I am, still creating with more passion and determination than ever! I've made a lot of mistakes in my 8 years and learnt many more lessons, but there are 20 things that stand out to me in particular, so I thought I'd share them with you in today's post...
21 THINGS 8 YEARS OF BLOGGING HAS TAUGHT ME
1. Writing helps me process what is going on in my head. And trust me, there's a hell of a lot going on up there. It's a mess until I've got it on to paper.
2. Inspiration can come from absolutely anywhere at anytime. You just have to be open to it.
3. I'm capable of creating and bringing all of my crazy ideas to life. I just have to believe in myself enough.
4. It's impossible to make everyone happy or to make them like you. You can say "Hi" and there will be people who don't like it. Just ignore them.
5. You will get rejected. A lot. It can be disheartening but don't let it get you down too much, instead use it as an instrument for growth.
6. Not to care so much about what others think of me. It'd be totally naive to think everyone liked you. You don't need everyone's approval, just do you.
7. You'll hear "what's a blog?" and "how are you going to make money from that?" more times than you'll be able to count. Every time someone says it, it'll sound judgy as fuck and you'll end up defending your life choices to them. You shouldn't have to justify yourself. If they're not willing to understand what you do or support you, then just ignore them and don't waste your breath.
8. The only people who really understand my life and what I deal with as a blogger, are fellow bloggers. That's why, as a community, we have to stick together.
9. Every day brings an equal measure of challenges and opportunities. Sometimes you won't be able to distinguish the two.
10. Set unobtainable goals. What's the point in setting goals that you know you're going to reach? Set them higher, it makes you work your ass off a hell of a lot more.
11. I learnt a very long time ago that success doesn't come without sacrifice. When blogging becomes more than a hobby, you devote a lot of time to making it work, which means you have to give up a lot of your social life. You may even find that you lose a couple friends because of it.
12. You will get people/brands who will try to take advantage of you. You need to know your worth and stand your ground. Make sure you're getting what you deserve; it's your business at the end of the day. Only yesterday I received an email from a company who wanted to "collaborate". They wanted me to write an article between 300-500 words, include 3 links and promote it across all social media platforms - for absolutely nothing in return. Playing lose with the word collaborate there. You'll get a lot of those, ignore them because you shouldn't put your time and hard work in to something without getting a single thing out of it.
13. Companies and brands don't care if you're feeling low and can't bring yourself to get out of bed. We still have to force ourselves to do the deals and act like we aren't on the verge of a mental breakdown.
14. Blogging isn't just about writing content. We don't work for anyone, we don't have staff - we do this all on our own.We're the writer, the photographer, the editor, the graphic designer, the accountant, the business manager and a dozen other roles that we have to learn and step into.
15. Even though it's hard work and sometimes very stressful, being in charge of everything I do is the best. I get to experiment and create. Everything is mine, and that makes every accomplishment all the more rewarding.
16. Working from home is amazing, and it definitely has it's perks, but it can also become a little too comfortable. It's so important to establish a routine, have human contact and get some fresh air every now and then. Obviously right now it's not that easy, but make sure you take advantage of your one outdoor exercise a day, and FaceTime your loved ones!
17. Your blog can easily consume you and take over your life. Especially when those creative juices are flowing. Don't let it! As much fun or important it seems, it's still only one part of your life.
18. Publishing content can be terrifying, especially if it's something personal. It's hard to be vulnerable.
19. INVEST IN YOURSELF! How much money do you spend per week on things like takeaways, clothes, snacks, games etc. A lot probably - I know I do! Yet when it comes to investing in yourself, you don't want to spend the cash. The best investment you can make is the one in your own future. What do you need to improve on? Buy an ebook, go on a course, outsource some of the work that isn't your strong suit to experts.
20. There will always be someone who is a better writer than me, wittier than me and more successful than me, and that's true to all of us. But it doesn't take away our own level of talent or our own accomplishments.
21. Blogging made me strong and more confident than I ever thought possible, and for that I will always be grateful.
I can't wait for the lessons to come in the next 8 years.
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