7 Lessons I Learned While Blogging to My 100th Post
A few months ago, I reached my 100th blog post.
I am not celebrating. Not at all! I don’t like early celebrations, sometimes I feel that they get people off track. Like early revelers or partiers when a city’s sports team goes to the playoffs or finals. Everyone celebrates and then their dreams are dashed when the team doesn’t make it. That is why I don’t like to celebrate.
Yet, I am happy and thankful for this accomplishment.
So, I decided that I wanted to thank everyone by sharing , what I’ve learned from blogging for 6 months consistently and reaching my 100th blogging post.
So, here it is!!
1- You must Write…and often — For years I dreamed and talked of writing for a living, but I wasn’t writing consistently. One key to being successful at anything, is to do that thing you want to do, and do it “often.” For me, that meant dedicating my time to writing, which helped me to grow in the mechanics of writing, my writing voice, and flow (which I am still perfecting). And I can’t begin to tell you, that when I started blogging, I had nothing to write about. Yes, I wrote a few post about my son and other topics, but my mind was a blank canvas. However, the more I wrote, the more I could see that canvas filling with words and articles. Now, ideas come to me at all times of the day now. That’s only because I write….. and write “often.”
2- Be patient — In the beginning of my blogging journey, I was anxious to build my blog. I wanted visitors to view, follow, like and comment on my articles. Yet, that didn’t happen. There were days when no one viewed my site, or I receive one visitor, one view, and one like. It took a while, for me to put it all into prospective. This will happen in God’s time. And now I see the slow, but steady stream of visitors and views. I have a few followers, to which I am grateful. Yet, patience is the key.
3- Don’t give up — When I started my blog in December 2014, I had this idea that I was going to blog consistently. However, that didn’t actually happen. I blogged sporadically, from December 2014 to June 2015. I then gave up. For 15 months I didn’t post to my blog and it bothered me. It wasn’t until October 2016 that I decided that I was going to take blogging seriously. Since that decision, I have written and blogged consistently. Don’t give up. Stick with it, no matter what.
4- Don’t worry about what people think — When you share with others your craft in any field, there is always a concern about what people think. In the beginning I cringed, when I thought about what others felt as they read my work. I constantly worried about what people thought of my writing. “Will they like it? Will they understand? Will they think that my writing is good or horrible?” All those questions and feelings consumed me, to where I feared sharing my work.
After a while, I realized that I couldn’t concern myself with those opinions. And of course we need feedback, it is great to receive positive and negative reviews of our work. It can be helpful in perfecting our craft. However, I had to understand that I couldn’t allow that to drive my writing. I have to do it, no matter what people think.
5 — Learn from others — Learning from others is important. It doesn’t matter how great you are as a writer, or if you are like me, an educator who teaches elementary school students how to write. That doesn’t matter in the blogging and writing world. I have learned so much from fellow bloggers and writers. Also reading the many books on writing, some I read over the years and some I picked up recently, which are encouraging and inspiring. It is important that, in whatever you are pursuing, whether writing, acting, singing, dancing, (you name it), that you stay teachable. Never get too big or arrogant where learning from others is beneath you. Constantly educate yourself.
6- Believe in Yourself — I know this may sound clichéd but, you must believe in whatever you are doing. When you don’t believe in yourself, there will be no passion, no consistency, no progress, and definitely no success. You must believe that there is a purpose to all the work you are doing. You must believe that your hard work is not in vain and that it is going to pay off in the end.
7- Have fun…ENJOY! — It is important to have fun in anything you are doing. Writing is a lot of work, but it is fun too. I love when an idea hits me, from the rough draft, revision, edit, and the final copy, to when I post on my blog. There is a wonderful feeling knowing that I have created content for the world to see and that it will change lives. So have fun and enjoy whatever you are doing.
So there it is, my 7 things, I’ve learned from reaching my 100th blog post. And as I go to write and edit my next post, number 101, I look forward to the next 100, 200, 300 blog post and beyond, to learn more lessons to share with you and the world.
Charlene is a teacher and writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter at @CharleneB.
Originally published at FaithtoraiseNate.com.
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