October 15, 2015

Things I Wish I Knew...

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.