Wow! Time sure does fly. Yesterday I celebrated my one year anniversary. I seriously can’t believe an entire year has already gone since I started I decided to take this leap of faith on this little venture of mine. At the very beginning I was clueless of what to do and how to start. I had no idea that the support and love would have been so great. But here we are today, one year later and I am still in awe that I made it thus far, it all seems so surreal to me.
For those of you who do not know or some of you may know, running a blog is no easy task. I am still learning the trade and yes I am still struggling to balance, work, family and blogging. I am a wife, mom and I work a full-time job so it is lots of work but I am managing pretty OK!
Today on TailoredbyTerrieann’s one-year blogiversary, I am sharing with you a few things I’ve learned along the way in my first year of blogging. If you happen to be curious about blogging, hope to one day venture into blogging yourself or perhaps you’ve just started your own blog, I hope these blogging tips will help prepare you for what’s ahead…
1. Just START! There is no such thing as the ‘perfect moment’
God Bless the day I met Carlana Charles. She was the driving force behind me getting up and getting started. Up today I still admire her craft, her passion and her burning desire to see in you what you can not see in yourself. She is the main reason why I started and I am still going strong today. Oh and my the way she gave me the name “Tailored by Terrieann” – it does not mean seamstress – because I don’t know how to sew. It simply means ” Helping inspire, empower and influence women from all walks of life through fashion, style, beauty, lifestyle and social events.”
Listen to me, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. I can tell you this because I struggled with doubt for a very long time. So stop doubting yourself and stop focusing on whether you will be successful or not. Stop thinking about the number of followers you will not get or will not get if you start. Instead work towards making a positive impact and on being significant, unique and influential and believe me the success will naturally follow you.
I love blogging so much now that I wish I started blogging years ago. Ha! Ha! Ha! If you’ve been with me from the start then you would know that I launched Tailored by Terrieann at the end of August last year. Well, funny enough I started my blog the year before that with a few blog posts, but I was too scared to share it with the world. I constantly keep questioning myself (What if my photos aren’t good enough? What if I am not pretty enough? What if my writing is no good? What if people laugh and criticize me?) and the questions continued until I found the courage to defeat doubt.
If you were to ask me if I have any regrets, my answer is I just wished I started this earlier.
2. Find your PASSION
If you are considering blogging, then you need to find what truly sparks your interest/s. Think on things that you are truly passionate about and what you have to give, teach or inspire out from your passion. Just discover your passion and blog about the things you love and the rest will be history.
When you start your blog, you will quickly realize that your readers can quickly sniff out authenticity as fast as they can see the fakeness. If you are genuinely passionate about something your readers will notice this and they will keep coming back for more. You have stay true to yourself and to what you are truly passionate about. Believe me when I say that your followers will love you for your authenticity.
3. You can’t expect EVERYONE to LIKE YOU
Oh Boy!, I had to learn this the hard way!! So when I tell you prepare yourself ahead of time for this one, because this is something you need to realize if you plan on being serious about blogging. Not everyone will understand why you blog, and that’s perfectly okay. Once you start you will quickly realize that people you never would have expected will turn out to be your biggest supporters.
Once I started to blog I felt naked and out of place but because I was growing to love what I do I could not care less of what people said or think. Putting yourself out there makes you vulnerable because you are willingly sharing your thoughts and opinions to the world and although it has its bright side it also has a very dark and scary side too. Don’t let peoples criticism get to you and you also should not let their compliments get to your head either. Never take what internet bullies say to you too seriously, people who are mean and hurtful are only reflecting how they feel about themselves. Always remember it’s not you, it’s them.
4. Surprising Support and “God Sent”
This one really hit me pretty hard in the beginning because I expected to receive the most support from my friends and family, but this was not the case. The real support that I received from outsiders, strangers and the “God Sent” as I term it, was perhaps the most surprising part of this past year. Some of my biggest supporters are from acquaintances or total strangers. Another surprising thing…some of the people who you expect to be your biggest fans may be the least supportive or very disinterested (puzzling right?). What I am trying to say is your support may come from unlikely places. You really never know who you’re going to attract or I suppose who you may turn off.
5. Learn! Grow! Expand!
NEVER EVER STOP LEARNING! Every day I learn something new. Soak up as much information as you can. This will help you become more informed, become a better writer, marketer, designer and a better human being. Value the people you meet and the connections and don’t underestimate the power of your own personal network. As long as you take care of those around you, your network will continue to grow and expand.
6. It won’t always be Fun
You will have days when you will feel discouraged, overwhelmed, fustrated and feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, & when you do feel like this my best advice would be to acknowledge those feelings. Don’t bottle them up! You need to sit yourself down and determine whether the feelings are temporary and will pass or if the feelings are something you need to pay attention to. Always remind yourself why you started in the first place.
7. Have Fun & Be yourself!
I’m sorry if I’m rambling on and on too much (but you can tell how excited I am) but I had to add one last thing. I know that this may seem pretty cliche but I think this is one of the most important lessons for all bloggers to realize. When it comes to blogging nothing is more important than having fun and being true to yourself. You really can’t take yourself too seriously. Blogging should be fun, at least this is what I think, and if it’s no longer fun for you, then it may be time to stop. Now, I for one know that blogging really isn’t all fun and games but the overall experience should be enjoyable—you shouldn’t have to force yourself to do something that you don’t enjoy. So stay true to yourself, WHOEVER you are and HOWEVER you are and enjoy every bit of your journey.
And there you have it,7 things I learned in my first year of blogging. If you too are a blogger, share with me your tips and things you’ve learned from blogging in the comments below! Talk soon, Thanks for reading ♥