Recently I celebrated my 1-year blogging anniversary. When I started this adventure last August, I really didn’t expect it to turn out like this. The blogging world was completely new to me. I had to do research upon research in order to even understand how to create a blog and manage it properly. I just knew I wanted to write. I wanted to write about my parenting adventure for other parents while communicating with people of the same interest.
Shortly after I started my blog, I hit several road bumps along the way. In which I actually almost gave up blogging. My first bump was switching my domain from one company to another. I have zero experience in this field, so it was a bit of a headache. I decided to switch domains due to limited freedom.
The next struggle I dealt with on a daily basis was the privacy of my family. Did I really want the world to hear our business? After I started receiving feedback on previously published post I suddenly felt at ease. My post was actually helping some people, while entertaining others. I since learned how to share information without giving up our complete privacy. I feel I found a healthy balance between the two.
The last big struggle for me was confidence. I tend to ask myself daily, is all of this time and effort worth it? Believe it or not, bloggers spend several hours a week dedicated to their blog. While some bloggers get paid for their time, others work for free because it makes them happy. However, no matter the decision, I feel comfortable stating that we just want to know that someone is reading our work. You have good days and bad days as any job. I just needed to know that my blog was worth something. Then one day I woke up and ask myself, why did I start this blog? I did it for me, it doesn’t matter if I have a huge follower base and lots of comments. I just need to enjoy what I’m doing. From that point forward, everything started looking up.
I’ve now been blogging a year. Within the year, I published 105 posts and published 2 eBooks. I never excepted to meet so many amazing people while gaining followers along my journey. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions as I don’t always love to hear myself talk lol. Blogging has been rewarding and fulfilling. I’m glad I overcame my fears and pushed through the hard times. I’m not sure how long I will continue to blog, it may be years from now or maybe forever. I’m just glad I chose this journey.
So, my advice to you is to find your passion. Do whatever it takes to pursue it and accomplish it. Don’t let fear hold you back, and don’t let struggles get you down. Even if people don’t fully support you, just do it for you!