5 Things I Learned My First Year of Blogging
- Quality is Better Than Quantity. Don’t get me wrong consistency is amazing, however, I think that during my first year it was much more important to a create a small body of work that I was proud of than a larger body of work that I was not.
- Invest in Business Cards. When I first decided to relaunch this is the first thing that my mother made me do. Yes, it may feel a little old school, however it shows that you take yourself very seriously and is another means to help people remember who you are/what you do. Never underestimate the power of a business card!
- Be Yourself. This sounds super cliche, I know, but it’s true! I won’t act like it’s not tough to do, especially in such heavily populated digital space. However, no one else can be you, talk like you, act like you, and that’s your power. Some of the best advice that I received from a peer was instead of searching outside one should look within, because that’s where you will discover beauty of you.
- Trust the Process. One of my favorite quotes says the dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into blogging! Often I find myself wearing a ton of different hats and sleep deprived. I won’t even lie, sometimes I wonder what did I get myself into? A mentor of mine told me to trust the process when I first brought up the idea of blogging again TWO years ago. I’ve continued to do this, and although it is not easy it’s some of the best advice that I’ve ever received, hands down!
- You can do anything, but not everything. This was key in making my first year of blogging work. I had to identify where I needed the most help. For example, one area that I needed the most help was photography, which why I began to work with some of my favorite photographers around the city to help me create consistent content. For me, this was one of the best decisions I made, and really taught me to never be afraid to ask for help!
I’m really looking forward to what Year 2 brings, this year alone has been phenomenal and I am so grateful for each of you who continue to read and follow along my journey. Cheers to 2018!