Yesterday was my 3rd year Blog Anniversary. Wow. I can’t believe I just wrote that. I still remember the week before launching my blog. I still feel the goosebumps before hitting that ‘Publish‘ button. And 1.907 days later, here we are. First of all, I wanna say thank you. Thank you to everyone who supported me and my blog since the very beginning. Thank you to the new people who recently discovered my blog, for reading it. And thank you to everyone who still reads my blog whenever I post a new post. Second of all, rather than just doing a ‘thank you‘ post, I thought I could also share with you all things that I wish I knew before I started this blog in 2016.
What I Wished I Knew Before I Started Blogging
1. Go for it.
I’ve had the idea of starting a blog since 2014, but it wasn’t until 2016 when I finally decided to start a blog and sometimes I wish I could say to my 2014-young-self to stop overthinking and just go for it. At that time, I had nothing to lose and only my own thoughts were stopping me from doing what I wanted to do.
2. Blogging isn’t easy.
When I first joined the Blogosphere world I knew it would be hard, but I actually had no idea how hard would be. There’s a lot of hard work behind writing a single blog post, such as thinking about the topic, doing (or trying to do) SEO research, taking and editing blog photos… There’s also another side of blogging, when you’re not having a good day and you’re trying to write a blog post and nothing comes out of your mind and you get stuck in a mental block loop. My advice? Stop writing, do something else, go for a walk, get inspired and when inspiration comes back, get back to writing. Blogging isn’t easy, but nothing in life is easy, right?
3. Quality over quantity
When I first started blogging, I was maybe too excited for this new chapter of my life that I wanted to created a lot of content in a very short amount of time and I would end up being so overwhelmed by the amount of work that I had to do. They say you learn from your mistakes and that has definitely changed over the years. Don’t make the same mistake that I’ve made and focus more on the quality rather than the quantity.
4. Don’t give up.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve thought about giving up on my blog before. Not only once or twice, multiple times for different reasons, but here I am, still going strong. The reason? I love writing, I love taking photos, I love doing what I do. And I hope the love for all these things never end.
It may sound cliché or whatever, but I live for the quote “Do more of what makes you happy“, ’cause when you start doing things that make you happy, you will start doing things from another whole perspective, if that makes any sense.
5. Taking a break is okay.
I was one of those people that would feel bad about themselves if I ever skipped a new post day. Maybe because I felt the pressure and need to post something and that’s something I really wished I knew before I started blogging. But over the years, I’ve learned that taking a break is okay. Wether it’s a week, a month, three months or a year break, always put yourself and your mental health first.
These are 5 of many things that I wished I knew before started blogging. If you made it to this part of the post, thank you so much for reading and I hope this post helped you to make the decision on starting a blog and, if you already have a blog, I’m pretty sure you can relate to at least one of the five things I’ve talked about in this post.
I started this blog three years ago and I have to say, it’s really been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Words can’t describe how blogging makes my creative side and me happy. Here’s to many more years!
Do you have a blog? Leave it on a comment below and I’ll check it out!