Good morning and guess what? As of March 1, I have written 50 blog posts! That seems crazy to me since I’ve only been blogging for a short time. I am really proud of this milestone. Writing has always been a great outlet for me, but blogging has given me a new kind of energy and enjoyment.
I want to thank everyone who has commented, shared, liked, or followed my blog. I am BEYOND flattered and so grateful that you find my blog worthwhile. It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I am connecting with other people.
A few people have asked me how I manage to blog 5 days/week while working full-time and taking care of two littles. Because I get a lot of pleasure from writing, it doesn’t feel like I am adding anything to my workload. What I am writing about is interesting (to me) so I have yet to feel burdened by blogging. Also, it’s just a hobby for me so there is zero pressure. When writing starts to interfere with my priorities or be anything but gratifying then I will reevaluate things. But, I’m not there. Not even close.
Although I have been blogging as part of my day job for the last couple of years, personal blogging is new for me. I thought I’d share some things I have learned in my limited time blogging at A Fit Mess. Maybe this will give you some insight into why I write or maybe you will want to join in the fun. If so, I would love to have you contribute to my blog. Please send me a Facebook message or comment below. I want to hear from you!
Oh, and since blogging isn’t my full-time job, I’m not going to address any analytics or technical aspects. I’m sure you can get that from someone much more qualified.
5 Things I’ve learned from blogging:
- Blogging is a way to find your voice. I’ve shared my own struggle with acceptance on the blog. Writing was a big part of my life as a child and in my teens. I kept countless journals and notebooks filled with thoughts, fears, and stories. It was a way to express myself and safely share my thoughts. I stopped journaling when I entered my 20s. (I’m sure the lure of friends, boys, and parties was responsible.) I’ve been reintroduced to my old habit through blogging and it has allowed me to share my thoughts in a whole new way. I’ve learned a lot about myself – and others – through writing.
- You become connected to others. It surprises and terrifies me when someone tells me they read my blog. My initial reaction is usually like, You DO?! To be honest, I started my blog with the understanding that it may only be read by my family and a few close friends. I had no expectations. It feels incredible that I am able to connect with people by just being myself. I read every comment and notice every “Like” and it means the WORLD to me.
- Bloggers are super supportive. No lie, there are probably a billion bloggers out there. Everyone has different interests, purposes, and niches. I’ve been surprised by how supportive and encouraging the blogging community has been. It seems like bloggers genuinely want one another to succeed. If you comment on someone else’s blog, it’s likely he or she will reciprocate. I think it’s awesome to know other people are experiencing the same excitement and joy that I am. I would love to collaborate more with other bloggers in the future.
- Learning is limitless. I have learned so much by reading other blogs. Sharing information, even repurposed articles, can be so powerful. I love when I discover something new, whether it’s substantive or just a new perspective, from someone else. Often this can generate new ideas for me. There are so many creative and bright people out there sharing useful and relevant information. And, there is room for all of us to coexist and create together.
- Readers want to learn from you and about you. Before I post something, I usually ask myself: Will this be useful to someone else? What would they want to know? So, in other words, I try to picture what others would gain from reading my post. That being said, my most popular articles continue to be the ones in which I share personal information about myself or my everyday life. This leads me to believe the following: you will attract readers if you can provide helpful and relevant information, but you will maintain readers if you can connect with them on a personal level. My favorite blogs tend to be the ones where I feel like I know the blogger and his or her personality is similar to my own.
Again, thank you so much for all your support!