Hey all! So it’s been a year since I started this blog, wahoo! This time last year, I was about 8 months into my pregnancy with Joelle while taking on this blog.
I knew nothing about website design or blogging however, I did know that I wanted a place where I can write about nutrition and fitness, and a place to share my adventures going into a family of four. For sure, it’s been a learning process starting this blog. I’ve felt overwhelmed and caught up with a perfectionist personality to the point where I’ve stalled out and lost energy and momentum. Hell, it took me three years of knowing I wanted to start a blog but I was stuck coming up with the “perfect” name! Still working on letting that “perfectionist” side of me relax.
Here are some things I’ve learned during my first year as a blogger.
- Building a blog takes understanding of you, the author and your reader. You have to know what you want to write about, your niche. Most likely, you’re not alone in the niche so you have to find readers that want to read what you write. Yet, writing about what you’re passionate about is the first priority.
- You can’t please everyone. I learned this one the hard way. If you write something with a strong opinion about a controversial topic, be prepared to ruffle a few feathers. But stand your ground on your opinion, show some strength and stick to your guns.
- Someone is always doing something better than you. I had to learn this one quickly. I’d check out certain blogs that I’d try to emulate and yet, my site never looked like I wanted it to. I had to realize they are probably paying a professional to design their site. Or, I’d be jealous of the amount of followers my favorite bloggers have. And then I have to remind myself that of course they’ve been doing this longer than me, so again, it takes time.
If you’re a newer reader and haven’t been with me since the beginning, I’m going to share my favorite posts as well as the ones that created the most discussion and comments from you. Some of the themes I talk about above are incorporated in some of my favorite posts.
Not including today’s post, I have created 88 posts in my first year. Not too bad I’d have to say. Balancing my family, busy teaching schedule, and blogging has been hard but for the most part it’s worth it. I just have to learn to adjust my expectations. A widely read blog takes time to establish and may take more than 2-4 hours per week during naptime ;-). I’m hopeful this will change as my kids grow and I might come across more free time.
- This post is one of my favorites because I’m honest about my parenting before Joelle was born. Read about the 4 parenting declarations that I’m eating being the parent to a toddler. It’s quite hilarious!
- Here’s another funny parenting one. It’s about a few confessions I do to deal with two little girls that do not like sleep.
- Here’s one that shows my writing style and attitude perfectly while talking about breastfeeding while maintaining an exercise routine.
- Learning to be patient. It’s not just something your mother tells you. It’s something that is learned, forgotten, learned again and so on. Can you relate?
- Finally, the post that got me 100x more views that any other post. This one was a game changer for me. It made me appreciate my strength to stick to my opinion regardless of differing voices that always scream the loudest. I even lost a few “friends” over this post. Yet, it was something that was bubbling inside of me that I had to write it.
I’m big on baby steps as it’s the road map toward reaching my goals. As I look forward to year two, of course I want to grow my blog in many ways. I want to re-vamp my website to express more of my creativity. I’m doing behind the scene work to improve the look and usability of the site. Also, I set a goal to establish my private practice that will be associated with my blog. That’s a work in progress too. I’ve created a deadline of October of this year to have it up and going. That way, when I attend FNCE, a professional meeting for dietitians, I can promote it and learn from others.
Phew….. it’s been quite a year! Still going strong. 🙂
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