What I’ve Learnt during my First Year of Blogging

As you might have probably read in my previous post (if not . . . check it out!) my blog turned one this week! And I’ve decided to write more about my experience as a newbie blogger. The first post is all about the stats and achievements. This post is a little similar, with lessons I’ve learned…

  1. PATIENCE: It takes a lot of work to see some real results when you open a new blog, unless you’re lucky, which is not me. Everybody says that, so what’s new? Nothing really, if everyone says it there must be a reason right? Some have it easy, like myself, who’s probably the most patient person ever
  2. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES): The saying goes that the more you nurture your creature, the fatter it gets. Meaning: If you don’t write content, you don’t get traffic. One advice, stop looking at your Google Analytic. NOW. Trust me I’ve tried and no, the graph doesn’t grow by just staring at it! You need to work hard for that, but more on that on a later post . . .
  3. GIVE GIVE GIVE: During this past year I (slowly) realised that people are interested in what you write, only if there is something in there for them too, so let’s forget about “me , me , me”. I also noticed one curious thing: The more I get intimate and talk about things that are personal, the better. People like informational/useful posts, true, but they also appreciate when you put your face out there. Having an opinion, being yourself, open and honest makes a big difference. Your reader is looking forward to connect with you, and with your experiences. It’s not always easy (not for me at least)but is very rewarding.
  4. SUCCESS IS A RELATIVE CONCEPT: These months of blogging made me think about the word “success”. What is it really? Having many visitors and views on your blog? Popularity on social media? Getting paid to blog (Oh, I wish!)? As soon as I think that I’m “getting there”, there is always something to remind me that everything is relative. People who think I’m a pain or I’m wasting my time “playing on the internet”, when I actually have a job to do during the day. In the end, I think I finally figured out what success means to me: Being happy with my choices, doing something I love and I believe in. If I see an improvement, I see “success”.
  5. I’D LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT . . . EVERYTHING!: This is the most amazing aspect. I may have been blogging for a year, but ask me what SEO is and I’d probably stare blankly at your face. But slowly and gradually, I’m learning all the terminologies and jargon that come along with blogging. It’s not just the jargon that I’d love to more about. It’s new blogging methods, new bloggers, new types of blogging and also experimenting with my own blog.

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23 Things I Learned in 23 Years

So it’s my birthday tomorrow! And I am turning 23 years old (or… young…), and I had quite the eventful life. To celebrate my first birthday blogging, I decided to post everything in my favourite colour, purple, throughout the month of February, and dedicate this post with twenty-three things I’ve learned every year of my life, in no particular order…

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You are your biggest critic. Cut yourself some slack every now and then.

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Say yes more. It’ll prevent those ‘I never do anything fun’ feelings. Even if things turn tits up, at least you’ll have a story to tell!

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Don’t take texting too seriously. One emoji too many means nothing.

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Remember that you don’t know everything about a person’s life. Everyone has their own battles. Don’t jump to conclusions. Be sensitive.

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Scream-singing alone in your car can fix a lot of things. So can a long shower… while scream-singing alone. Can you tell I like scream-singing alone?

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Sometimes you need to let go in order to be happy. Not necessarily forgive or agree, but accept that you can’t do anything about it. Move on.

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You are capable of so much more than you think you are.

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Some things aren’t worth getting upset over. Don’t ruin something good over something that will be irrelevant in an hour.

 

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Your friends will talk about you and get annoyed with you. It doesn’t mean that they don’t care about you. It means that they care more than you think.

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Things are cool, but experiences are cooler. Spend your money wisely. (But treat yourself sometimes too. But not too excessively.)

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Sometimes good people do bad things. You can’t expect a person to be anything more than just a person. Nobody is perfect.

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You have to work for what you want. Both big and small, nothing is going to change unless you take action. Happiness is in your hands.

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Different doesn’t mean better or worse. It means different.

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You don’t have to please everyone. And don’t try so hard to do so, because people will notice. Say no when you have to. Take care of yourself.

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Surround yourself with people who build you up and make you want to be better.

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Keep at least €200 in your savings account for emergencies. Because, you know… emergencies happen.

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If you feel like something needs to be said, say it. It’s better to go that route than to let things eat away at your mind.

18.

There is always more to learn. You will never know everything, and you are never done growing.

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Stand up for yourself. The way you let others treat you reflects how you view yourself. Be strong. Don’t let people treat you like shit.

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Compliment others at least three times a day. It feels nice to be nice. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

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Make sure that the important people in your life know that they are important. Make sacrifices for them, check in on them.

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Accept that sometimes bad things happen for no reason at all. You can’t help it. All you can do is keep the ball rolling.

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Take things a day at a time. Don’t stress about the future or how things will turn out years down the road. Focus on the now.