What I have learned in my first month of blogging

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My blog is officially a month old today, which still really shocks me. This is something I have always wanted to do, and I just never thought I would be good enough, or even comfortable enough to do it. This day last month, I was sitting on my couch, watching Vanderpump Rules, drinking some sweet tea, and decided it was time. Thanks to my extremely supportive boyfriend, I took the plunge. Personally, I am not a technologically savvy person. I have normal experience with the internet, computers, cameras, etc. So, this entire thing is brand new to me.

  1. The creativity involved is a serious issue. Will you have similar posts with someone? Of course, there are only so many things we can talk about as humans. My process whenever I choose a topic, or come up with an idea is to not even look at a topic that is similar. This almost stems from doing some sort of research for school. I want the content I provide to you to be completely me (Hopefully that is good? haha). I do this because I love to do it, and I want that to come across to you.
  2. I am still new! This is probably the thing I fight with the most. I want to have amazing photos, I want to have Photoshop skills comparable to Zeus, and I want to be able to reach as many people as I can. Guess what, that takes time. It is something I definitely have to remind myself of all the time, and I am very happy with where I am at, and I feel successful to myself, which is the absolute most important thing. Even figuring out WordPress was a skill I had to learn. For example, it took me about a week to figure out my navigation categories. You can ask my friends and family, when I figured that out, I felt like I could run for president myself. It just takes time, and that definitely has to be something in review. While we are on this subject….google analytics…good lord. It took me like a week to figure this out, and yeah, I read articles about how to read your results, and how to do all sorts of stuff, but it did not help. I just had to finangle with it until it worked out.
  3. God, it is so fun. I love waking up and knowing that I get to network with people who do similar things as I do. I love coming up with random topics, and being excited to come home and get started. It even keeps me from going out, which is something that I find so funny. Would I rather go to a bar, or do I want to participate in the twitter chat happening at 9pm? For me, since this brings me so much joy, bring on the chats! Don’t get me wrong, I still love going out and having fun, but I think this is always something that I find exhilarating.

According to Google Analytics, I have almost 1000 views, which is….holy heck. Really? Y’all like me? Haha I am kidding, but knowing that many people have seen what I write, is amazing. It definitely is something that helps with my struggle with feeling like I have nothing to offer anyone. I think the most important thing that I have gathered from this process is that you need to do it for you. Do not do it for money, do not do it to get famous, do it to make a difference in the world. All I really hope is that my advice/feelings/knowledge about random nonsense can help someone eventually. If you have ever considered starting your own blog, do it. What are you waiting for?

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9 Comments

  1. Happy blog birthday! Totally with you on number 2. I’m new as well and learning to do things gradually. Can I ask how you did Google Analytics? I’m using WordPress too, and I can’t figure it out! I read somewhere that you can’t install it on WordPress.

    1. For sure! I placed the tracking code in the CSS editor under header.php, which is located on the side panel. I also added a site map to google analytics because I read somewhere that it would help. (I will try and find the post that helped me) I also installed the analytics plug in through WordPress šŸ˜Š

  2. Congrats on your first month! I agree with you on #1–my blog is still in it’s early days, and I’m struggling to find a niche because I want to write about everything! Picking which topics to write about is still a bit of a struggle, but you seem to have it figured out šŸ™‚

    1. Awe, thank you! I just write about what I feel like is a good thing for me that day. It is not about success, it is about making content that I would want to read, which is what I think helps me out, thanks for your comment!

  3. Quick question,does Google analytics count the times you viewed your own block as well and add it with everyone else’s views?

    Hopefully that question makes sense. I am a new blogger as well and I agree there is something satisfying being able to network with others with similar passions šŸ˜Š Great Post!!!

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