So I’ve recently gone without celebrating my one year anniversary of my blog. That’s probably due to the fact I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I made myself uncomfortable af and started taking blogging seriously.
It’s been a year where I’ve met so many people. Learning so much about myself and others has been pretty interesting. I’ve learned about the nitty gritty side of blogging. A major lesson I learned was, how important it is to stay true to yourself and your brand even with the temptation of a few coins.
As I’ve developed my brand and continue to do so, I’ll admit that there are times where I have gone weeks without blogging. I’m not perfect and outside of blogging, I have other things going on and a little human that depends on me. So yes, I take breaks and work on being centered, while remaining my own biggest critic.
I’ve had friends who have talked about taking that leap into the blogging world. My advice to them, just do it. Don’t over think it. If you’re interesting, people will read your nonsense like they read mine. So here are a few tips I have for someone who is aspiring to become a blogger.
- Just do it! It’s fairly easy to say you want to blog but I also understand that it can be a little challenging to start but just take the leap and go for it. What do you really have to lose?
- Always remember it’s YOUR platform. You have creative control over what goes on your platform. Don’t allow someone else to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do with YOUR platform.
- Go into it without feeling obligated to write when you aren’t inspired. When I went into blogging I made the choice to be selfish. I didn’t want to feel pressured to write. I wanted to feel inspired to write. Most of my content is written based on personal experience and real life shit. Based on the feedback I’ve gotten, people have found my raw content to be my best work.
- Social media and traffic. Dont get so hung up on those things. Lately with the way the algorithm on IG and other social media outlets, people are seeing a decline in post engagement. Dont get so hung up on the numbers. Continue writing and publishing your content. Allow your work to speak for itself.
- Blogging will help you learn things about yourself and open you up to different opportunities even if you remain authentic. I’ve recently had the pleaseure of cohosting on The 3C’s Podcast. Who thought I’d ever be on radio? Not me. But I loved it!
While there is more to be said, I’ll stop here. Just remember, your platform, your rules. Get uncomfortable af!