Hey guys, gals and everyone else!
To blog or not to blog! What a silly question really…. I started blogging because my college graduation was looming on the horizon, and I could already feel my soul becoming lost and confused. (I actually covered this in a ‘why I blog’ post awhile back. Oh how much has changed.)I sat with a degree that I loved learning about, but that I wasn’t sure I wanted to work towards for the rest of my life. I knew I loved design, and writing, and deadlines. So I decided…I’ll start a blog…and this is what I’ve learned from that one little thought.
*If you cry for help,they will answer.
I’m not one to ask for help. I was raised (mostly) an only child, and with that comes self reliance (my parents call it stubbornness). For a long time, asking for help -to me- meant relinquishing control and failure, but in the blogging world that isn’t true. I was amazed at the support I got from friends, family, and internet strangers as I started my journey. I learned that *shudder* I couldn’t control everything, and I needed their support.
*I’m pretty beast at coming up with ideas
Not to toot my own horn but….I got 160 blog posts, but a problem aint one. That’s not how it goes is it? Anyway, I love coming up with blog post ideas. Which is probably why I made a blog post…about blog post topics. Believe it or not…160 ideas is just the tip of the iceberg. Which is probably why I’m working on YouTube now to accompany my blog! I love brainstorming, and I’d call it one of my strengths. You can say come up with an idea involving ‘X’ and I’ll give you the pros and cons of 6 different ideas in a matter of minutes. Sometimes…you gotta brag when bragging is due. And this is that.
*My budget made me think in more creative ways
I love adobe products, but my wallet doesn’t. So I had to learn to be creative with my blogging adventures. Right now I have my own domain…but not self hosting. BUT my pins look pretty decent. In fact I make my pins in Microsoft Paint…ya know the free software? And they seem to be pretty well received.
*Blogging ‘voices’ are weird.
Everyone has a voice they speak in, the vernacular they use, the tempo, the pitch etc. But people also have a blogging voice. It’s the voice in which they write. For a very long time I thought my blog voice had to be like everyone else’s. It had to be overly optimistic, and use words like ‘lovely’ and ‘adorable’. Now I use those words when they fit, but I also through in an occasional f-bomb…because that’s me. And that’s part of the charm of staywithme.
*I’m really freaking lazy
Remember when I said I loved deadlines? In high school I really did. I would get a weird writers high in Newspaper and Yearbook when we HAD to get spreads done today or they weren’t being printed. That went on to a few close calls (but only one all nighter) in college with papers. And yet…here I sit…the same age as my friends in college, and I can’t get myself to write anything. Now once I start I get in a groove, but it’s a lot harder to stay accountable when you’re your own boss. Many a blog post has been pushed days and days past the original date…because I’d rather take a nap after work.
What have you learned from blogging? Let me know down below!
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Stay Sunny ❤