I received a disheartening email the other day, that I had missed a deadline for a sponsored post on my blog.
I was so upset with myself for letting that happen. I’m always on top of my emails! Except, when I really think about it, I’ve let quite a few go unanswered for far too long. This eventually led me down a rabbit hole of self-deprecating thoughts about work/life balance and what am I even doing here, and why isn’t my planner doing its job?!
I’m the one who has failed to use my planner to the best of its ability. I fill up the pages each Sunday and add my tasks and to-dos at the beginning of each day. But those are 90% work related, as that seems to have been occupying much of my time lately. Personal life. Blog stuff. I am letting those things slide and that makes me terribly sad.
I’m taking a page from Karen’s blog where she wrote a post about the 5 things she wish she knew before she started blogging. I could likely write a book about this very topic, but I’ll spare you and share with you just a few things that could possibly have saved me time, stress, and money over the years.
- That blogging requires discipline, stamina, and authenticity. To date, I have published more than 800 posts, suffered from writer’s block on more occasions than I could ever recall, responded to (nearly!) 10,000 comments, and tried to remain my most authentic self always
- That there are cliques and sometimes you’ll find yourself hanging with the wrong crowd. A while ago I wrote this post about getting kicked out of a Facebook group. Yup. That happened. I’m over it now, but the experience taught me a lot—mainly to surround myself with nice people
- That in order to succeed, you have to be willing to learn. I recently signed up for an email marketing course as well as a pitch class. There will always be new social tools, apps, and ways to take your online space to the next level but don’t get swept up in the hype. Focus on one or two things you’d like to improve on and go from there!
- That sometimes it’s worth splurging on someone who can help you with your media kit, website edits, tech stuff, etc. Believe me!
- That so-and-so might be KILLING IT with her blog, but that YOU are perfect just the way you are. We can learn from our peers, but there’s no sense in emulating them, because then we lose our authenticity.
As Dr. Seuss says “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
What are some things you’ve learned over the years of blogging, and how long have you been in the game? Would love to hear from you!