Way back in Oh-10 (2010 for those of you who don't speak the same language as my boss), I started blogging. Well, scratch that. I had a LiveJournal back in like 2004 but Oh-10 was the first time I started blogging for an audience other than myself. I just jumped into it. I saw other people doing it, and getting a good response and I thought, "I can do that". Back then, blogging was just breaking into the mainstream.
It wasn't a bajillion blogs vying for the same piece of blogland real estate like it is today. I kind of miss that. Today's blogland is much more competitive. Social media interaction is paramount to have a successful blog. A blog isn't just you, writing in front of a screen, anymore - it's you, the brand, writing in front of a screen, brainstorming content, hoping that it will get you seen in a world full of Martha Stewart's, HGtv-ers & Pinterest-perfect beings.
I wish there'd been how to blog tutorials when I started blogging, although honestly, I probably would have gotten burned out a lot faster trying to keep up every day. When something you love becomes a chore, it's time to step back and reevaluate.
It's not that I lack vision, it's that my vision hits a creative roadblock sometimes. I don't want to pigeonhole myself into a 'must be a certain kind of blog' mentality. Tried that. Didn't work.
I wish I'd remembered that blogging is supposed to be fun. It became work. It became very not fun. I have to make sure that doesn't happen again. I wish I'd thought to get a blog planner. To have something to jot down ideas on.
I wish I would have known not to let myself get overwhelmed. I'm only human, right? (cue Christina Perri) I wish I would have known not to stress. Stress led to a cold turkey shutdown. I wish someone would have told me that I got this. Because I so do.