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 ;)
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!