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Lessons Learned After 3 Years Of Blogging

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Three years ago yesterday I hit 'publish' on my first ever post.  Time flies when you're having fun!

I never would have guessed what this blog would become to me.  A place to store fun memories, a place to connect with friends all over the world, a place to share things I'm loving and a place to document my life.  I treasure the fact that I can go back and read about my wedding day, my honeymoon, my pregnancy, the birth of my daughter and all those little days in between.  Not many people can say that and it's a special thing!

Over the past three years, there have been ups and downs, but I've learned a few lessons through blogging that I thought I'd share today...

Write about things you truly love and your personality will shine through.

Respond to all the comments you get!  Even if it's just a quick 'thank you' - your readers will appreciate it and keep coming back for more.

Don't commit yourself to a schedule.  I used to do 'Meal Monday' way back when and would get so stressed over trying new recipes on Sundays because I had to have something to share (and because I'm a procrastinator).

Pick up a white poster board.  We all love the white flat lay photos ;)

Be honest.

Don't publish a post you don't believe in/totally agree with just because you're getting paid for it.  Not worth it.  But on the other hand, don't work for free.  Those companies that want you to work on a post for them just so they can *possibly* share it on social media?  Not worth your time.

Invest in a nice, clean blog design from the start.  You don't have to spend a lot - there are plenty of cheap, pretty options out there.

And while we're on that, if you're starting a blog - do it on Wordpress!  I do use and love Blogger, but  Wordpress offers so many more options and I'm now too lazy to switch everything over.

Take time off when you're not feeling it.  I promise the world won't end if you don't post for a few days ;)

Always give credit where credit is due.

Ignore the haters.  Not everyone is going to like everyone and that's okay.  Don't stoop to their level.  Delete and move on.

Get out from in front of the computer and live your life.  That's where the best posts come from.

And finally, have FUN with it!  Blogging has changed a lot over the past few years and sometimes it can feel like we're constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses, but you just do you.  Share the things you love, what makes you happy, the little memories you want to remember.  I promise you'll never regret starting a blog!  

As for me, I plan to keep on going with this ol' blog.  I know my posts have been sporadic this summer, but holy cow does having a baby throw your life and routine for a loop!  I thank you all for stopping by here while things are all over the place and for your kind words over these last few months.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

31 comments

  1. Congrats on 3 years girl! So happy to have been coming to your space for 3 years now!! And I second everything you said...especially how amazing it is to look back on your weekends and the special memories over time! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Yes yes and YES to these! Knowing when to just take time off from posting instead of publishing fluff content is so important!

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  3. I love this! I started my blog about 9 months ago and I love getting advice from other bloggers. I love your little space here. Keep it up girl :)

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  4. I love all of this! Happy three years, babe! So glad you are going to keep up with the blog!! I need lots more Haddie pictures in my life :)

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  5. Congrats on 3 years gurlie! And love love love this list, all so true! I used to stress myself out with a schedule too, and it was exhausting! I feel so much more refreshed now especially when taking much needed breaks. So glad to have found your blog over the years sweet friend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  6. Love this - and yes, my favorite thing is going back a few years or so and reading "A Day in Our Life" - way better than any photo album ;) Happy three years!

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  7. Great lessons for sure! I used to stick to a concrete schedule and it just got to me too much. I realized that not all of my posts felt authentic. So glad you have this blog! Love keeping up with you each week.

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  8. I agree with you 100% on every single one of these! These are OUR spaces... why waste time trying to make them sound like someone else????

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  9. LOVE this! So so true. Also, just so you know, I used Designer Blogs to switch be over to wordpress a year ago and it was amazing. It wasn't expensive and happened over one weekend, and now all my links and old blog posts are all merged to wordpress. Its so much better :)

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  10. I've learned that people will stop by and read but not always comment, which is a downer sometimes, especially when one asks for advice. But I've never let that stop me from blogging the way I do, or reading the people I read! :)

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  11. Great post!! Love all your lessons learned and happy 3 years!!

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  12. Such great advice and happy blogiversary!! And I want to switch to WP so bad but it's so expensive... ugh!! Hopefully soon though :)

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  13. Yes yes yes I agree to all the above!! I have been pretty slack recently because I just haven't been feeling it. I'd rather take time off than publish crap posts just to get a post up. Love your blog!!

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  14. Getting out from behind your computer and live your life. Yes!!!! That is seriously the best takeaway. Blogging can be all consuming right?

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  15. I'm coming up on my 10 year blog anniversary & need to do a post on what I've learned about it... a lot has changed, that's for sure.

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  16. You have the best reason to be sporadic in posting, but glad you're still around after baby! Happy 3 years and how fun that you can look back on all the big moments, that's one of my favorite things about blogging. And the friendships...who would have thought people you've never met, but know "online" could be such great friends!

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  17. Happy 3 year blogiversary. It's crazy how quickly time flies. I can't believe how long I've been reading your blog now! Love all these lessons. Blog because you love it and embrace the wonderful community that it is!

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  18. YES TO ALL OF THIS! I have been blogging sporadically for 5+ years and I'm finally working on a space that I think embodies my style. Jess at Just Jess

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  19. Yes yes yes to Wordpress! Happy Blogiversary girl! You started blogging on my birthday!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  20. I think taking time off is so important. It can be easy to get blogging burn out, but taking some time to re-focus is key! Great lessons learned!

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  21. Happy 3 years!!! That reminds me that my four year anniversary should be coming up in the next month. I need to look back at the exact day. I love your list, it is all so true. I try not to stress over my blog because it is a fun hobby for me and I never want it to not be fun.

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  22. These are all great and true tips! Happy blogiversary!

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  23. I love everything about this post! It's crazy to think that we've been at this thing for three years already, but I love that we started around the same time and have been able to follow along with each other's lives! :) Your advice all is spot on, especially getting away from the computer and living life.

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  24. Happy three years! So glad to have connected with you through blogging. :) Love all of these tips! I think it's so important to take a break every once in a while!

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  25. All such wonderful tips and so true. Happy 3 years! I love how many things blogging has brought me, it's so great to get to know so many people...like you :)

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  26. Enjoy reading your blog & following you on Instagram. Feel like I somehow know you!

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  27. Don't commit to a schedule is my favorite! People like to tell you to post on a schedule and that has NEVER worked for me in 6 years of blogging.

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  28. Happy 3 years, sweet girl! I am on 5 and it's crazy to think that I've documented that much time now. I love it! I haven't been too good about sharing lately - 3 kids has really thrown me for a loop, and I just haven't hit my blogging stride again. Hoping it will come back soon, but like Owen commented above - I won't be publishing crap posts just to publish something. I also am still in the this no man's land of private blogging which makes it hard to know if what I'm sharing with such a small audience is even worth my time....sigh. Decisions, decisions.

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  29. I love this post - all of these lessons are great!!

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  30. i love this! i agree with everything - though i don't own a white poster board lol - and think the overall thing to do is stay true to yourself and just do you. who likes the joneses anyway lol

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  31. More people should treat blogging like a fun hobby again, instead of trying to make it their day job. I hate when every other post on a blog is sponsored and the blogger has no personality anymore.

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