I wrote my first post a month ago today so I thought I would write something to reflect on my first month as a blogger. Whilst still a total newbie in some aspects (how the hell does Google + work?!) I feel like I am getting there in other ways.
So without further ado… what I have learnt in my first month as a blogger:
That I have missed writing more than I knew. As a schoolgirl I was desperate to be a writer, I loved English at school and was always writing (I even got an article published in a local newspaper when I was about 16, get me!). I took business studies at sixth form and decided to then go on to do business at uni. Somewhere along the way I stopped writing, and whilst I frequented parenting and money saving forums I didn’t feel I was ever writing enough to satisfy that need and have that sense of clarity you get when you pour your fears and thoughts onto a page. I hadn’t realised how much I missed that part of me until I started writing again.
That social media can be a real time sap. Seriously, where do the hours go when you are on twitter? I love it, but I do need to keep my beady eye on the balance to make sure I put down my phone and make sure we get enough quality time as a family.
That there are so many interesting blogs to read. I set out to blog with the intention of just writing, but I am enjoying the reading side just as much. I have found some brilliant blogs to read and love it when my favourites post something new!
That there are so many kind and supportive people willing to give you advice. Some of these people have so much going on in their own lives the fact that they take time out to help and support others is amazing. The support I have seen given to others is really humbling.
But you can also have lonely days. At some point in the early days we are bound to wonder if anyone will ever read what we write. The blogosphere can feel very isolating for newbies as it feels like everyone knows each other and you worry about butting in.Everyone has been so friendly though, and I’m starting to feel more involved now and starting to feel like I know people through their blogs and Twitter. I found that talking to lots of other newbies helps too as you can all support each other.
That checking your stats too often is not productive. There really is no need to check them more than once a day, at first I was checking all the time, which was just a waste of time as you can’t do much about it!
That I’m lucky to have a techie hubby. Without DH to help me when I get stuck my blog would be a total mess. I am just starting to get to grips with widgets and plugins after having a mess around the past few days, but I’d have had no chance without DH’s help setting up. I also feel rather giggly when I tell him I’m playing with my widgets hehe!
That I can write about what I want. When I decided to start this blog I read a few articles that all said I needed to find a niche. I didn’t think this was me, and I didn’t want to narrow my options for what I could write about. So I post as I live; we review things, I post recipes we try and I also write about things going on in our family. Our life doesn’t fit into a niche, so my blog doesn’t either. I wouldn’t enjoy being restricted so decided to do it my way and I’m glad I did as I still have so much I want to write about!
So cheers to a really enjoyable first month blogging! I hope I can carry on posting every day, particularly when new baby is born! Big thank you to everyone who has read my blog, tweets or offered words of advice this month – it is much appreciated,