I think the world of blogging is amazing! I mean really, where else can you rant and rave about ANYTHING you want, make it your own, design it how you want, pick your colors, fully customize your layout, and write whenever you want?? I’ve enjoyed it so far, and have learned a few lessons along the way. Mostly lessons about the more mental side of blogging.
1. I’ve learned that you have to stop thinking about what others will think. Blogging is meant to be about YOU, and YOUR thoughts, and YOUR passions. It’s YOUR personality. No one else’s. If I’m going to continue to enjoy blogging, I can’t get caught up on what my friends think, or if I’m qualified enough to even be blogging about whatever it is that I’m blogging about!
2. I’ve learned that sometimes when I can’t think of anything to write about, those are the posts that usually turn out the best. If I don’t already have something pre-planned, it forces me to write about what’s on my mind, in THAT moment. I love blogging for the sense of journaling, and documenting my life and what I’m loving most, so if I were to start blogging a bunch of pre-planned, pre-written posts, it wouldn’t be as genuine and I wouldn’t ENJOY writing them.
3. Sometimes I think I’m 13 at heart. I would be lying if I said Adam had never walked in on me blogging and caught me laughing out loud at some funny picture, or post I’ve found. And usually, it’s something just ridiculous. But, that’s me, and I believe a blog should have SOME humor in it, so that’s why I like to incorporate funny little things here or there. (At least I think they’re funny…)
4. I really don’t eat THAT great. I read all these blogs that constantly post what they eat, and they’re always these mind-blowing concoctions that I would have never thought of. I’m secretly jealous of girls that can whip together amazeball recipes AND have them turn out to be super healthy. I sometimes wish I could blog MY super healthy recipes. But I can’t, because that wouldn’t be ME. I’m not a chef, and I would feel like such a poser if I started posting pictures of things I ate. It would probably be really boring too. I’ve learned that to have fun blogging you have to blog about things that YOU enjoy blogging about. I don’t have a passion for whipping up 100 calorie snacks in the kitchen, but I do have a passion for talking about my run and what I struggled with. Don’t try to be someone else through your blog!
5. Fitness bloggers are SO encouraging!! It may sound super nerdy to talk about your “blogging friends,” but it’s fun to have a little nook where like-minded people are discussing things you love as well. It’s much more valuable to read things you’re interested in, than to read all the junk on the news these days.
6. Believe in yourself. I’ve learned that you have to believe that you can succeed with your blog.
7. Be consistent. Blogging a few times a week is like a mini therapy sesh! I love being able to prop my feet up and write about how my run went, or what’s going on with the pups, etc. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I promised myself that if I was still enjoying it after 21 days I would keep going! And here we are! Almost 2 months later, woohoo! My next motivational goal is a year. In a year I hope to look back at my blog and be amazed at all that’s changed!
8. I’ve learned that the nit-picky details of blogging aren’t everything! Top of the line pictures aren’t everything! Perfectly perfect grammar isn’t everything! I like to blog as if I were sitting down talking to someone face to face. If it doesn’t sound like me, then what’s the point? And I would sound totally lame anyways. And even though I’m a photographer at heart, I’ve gotten over the fact that my pictures on this blog are probably always just going to be iphone pictures. It’s convenient, and there’s less pressure that way. I enjoy running so much because it’s a way to escape from everything, and if I carted my huge camera around with me on my on runs, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much because I would be worried about wearing my “photographer hat.” This is my “I’m a runner, and I love to not care about anything while I run hat.”
9. I’ve learned that you have to still make time for PEOPLE. Social media is amazing these days. Holy moly, you can connect with a bajillion people in one day with the click of a button. But if you’re not being present in REAL LIFE and still hanging out and doing non-blogging things, your relationships will suffer! At the end of the day, I care more about my best friends and my husband than I do how many blog comments I got that day.
10. Blogging has taught me that I have a story to tell that deserves to be told. Everybody does. It’s just a matter of how you tell it.
And what really matters, is that you enjoy it and feel GOOD about it!