Blogging has impacted and taught me so much.
From improving my writing, introducing me to reading (aka my love), to of course, the wonderful, amazing friendships I’ve made, there’s so much I owe to this blog or my first child. The past 2 years, a lot has changed for this blog and I as a blogger, and upon reflection, I wondered how much it was comparing to when I had first started.
Today, I’ll be talking about some things I wish I have known when I first started out blogging! I thought that it may be a fun and sentimental post to write about, and I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I had reminiscing :)) Before I start, I’d just like to note that the following are just what I wish I had known for my own blog, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the same for yours! Everyone’s blog and style is different; let’s cherish that and celebrate our differences 🙂
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
I wish… I knew why I wanted to blog before I started
To be fair, at that time I wasn’t at the best time of my life, so for some reason, one day I just decided to start blogging. Even though I am SO happy that I did, sometimes when I read about how others started blogging, I wonder what it would have been like if I had a reason as to why I did.
I wish… I knew that stats don’t define me as a blogger
This is something that I dealt a lot awhile back, which actually, almost led me to completely stop blogging. I used to be somewhat ashamed to admit, but now I don’t when I say that I am a slower blogger. For some, their first post may get dozens of ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ and reach 200+ follows within their first month. While for others (like me), it takes a longer time.
And that’s completely okay.
There is no “right” way to blog, and there definitely isn’t any “checklist” to being a “perfect” blogger. Stats shouldn’t be used as a validation point for ourselves and that it doesn’t brand us as a “successful” or “slow” blogger. The fact that there is never two of the same domain names says it all: every blog is different, and that’s what makes the blogosphere so special.
I wish… I knew that finding a niche was important for me
Again, because I didn’t exactly had a reason I started blogging at that time due to personal reasons, this was of course, something I had not thought about. To be honest, I wasn’t even posting anything I really loved. When I started to get to know what a niche was, I basically began to doubt myself (!!).
Finding my passion and what I want to blog about ultimately was one of the main points that turned my blog around. Not in a statistical way, but more of as the turning point for me to actually enjoy blogging because I had a purpose for it.
Most of the things I find online say that it’s important to stick to one specific niche. About a few months ago when I started to post bookish content, I seriously thought about if having three (lifestyle, bookish, motivation) was okay. *cue self doubt* Even though this is something that apparently not a lot of people suggest, I find that finding my niche(s) has helped me to shape my blog into what it is now.
I wish… I knew that I don’t have to feel bad for taking a hiatus
Ahh, overworking. Something I am extremely prone to, and also something that I must change. Well, I guess this also applies to blogging?? I wouldn’t say that I overworked on my blog, but I was strict to myself to committing to a posting schedule. Of course, if I could stick to one, it would be great, but I’ve tried countless times and it has never been successful. As a student, it was SO much more difficult that I had thought about balancing school, life, and blogging. Yes, even though I do think that I have a commitment as a blogger to my blog, but I still stand firm that it should never feel like a burden.
Sometimes we need a break. And that’s okay!! There’s nothing to be sorry about or wrong about it. If you feel like you need a breather and go on hiatus, please allow yourself to, no matter how long you need.
I wish… I knew that quantity doesn’t always equal quantity
Ugh, if I could go back in time to smol Kimberly, I’d tell myself to stop! Don’t post just for the sake of it; publish something I am genuinely proud of and want to share! It took me a long time to figure that out, and I think after that, I have enjoyed blogging so much more, and that each post I write is equal to my child I love dearly.
I wish… I knew that some of the best ideas are born from the most unusual places/times
Aka when I’m reading! Or watching TV! Or walking to school! Ahhh I wish I didn’t spend time actually trying to come up with blog post ideas 😭 Even though yes, some were stirred up from those brainstorm sessions, but I got to tell you – some of the most viewed posts on my blog weren’t from them, believe it or not. I honestly don’t know why… maybe my brain loves being creative at the most random times??
I wish… I knew that even though blogging takes up so much time, it would be all worth it in the end
I have so much to thank this blog for. Free Perspectives has given me literally: love, patience, and (emotional) pain.
Even there were several times I was so so close to stopping, looking back thank goodness I didn’t. I have gotten so much from blogging, learnt some important life lessons, and like I said, made some amazing friends I don’t know what I’d do without. Y’all know I hate being cheesy, but it’s true: blogging has changed me in the best ways possible, and I’ll forever be thank u next ful for it.
*hehe me trying to squeeze in a good reference
** the patience was eventually learnt
how long have you been blogging? how has it changed for you, if any? your thoughts on being a blogger? let’s chat in the comments 💕