R & R Workshop: What I've learned from blogging (so far) & a Printable

What I've learned from blogging (so far) & a Printable

Wow. 6 months has flown by but at the same time I feel like I've been blogging longer than that.

I needed this little blog. Just a little space in this world wide web to share things I love, learned, created, and what inspires me. I can't believe where this little blog has taken me in just 6 months. I wanted to share some things that I've learned from blogging(so far). I'm not an expert. Yes, I'm sure there are things I might be missing but these are the important things to me at the moment. 

But first I want to say, thank you. Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, liking and pinning. This has been such a fun adventure and I am grateful for you. 

5 things I've learned from blogging(so far):

1) Have a goal. I wanted to start my blog to share my ideas with family and friends in other states, but it has been really fun to have readers I have never met like my ideas as well. I would love for my blog to grow more and more so its important to make a goal. I would love to attend a blog conference next year so I am working towards that goal right now. I felt it was too early for me to go this year and hope to be more established by next year so I can go!

2) Be true to you. This was so important. I have had multiple ideas that I wanted to post and would tell others and some would have negative feedback. Feedback is wonderful, but be true to yourself. If you love what you are doing, it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks :)

3) Talk and get to know other bloggers. This was huge! I had no idea that Idaho had a bloggers group. It has been such a wonderful experience meeting and talking with other bloggers. Everyone shares advice and tips and it really helped me understand bloggers better. Instead of feeling like we are all in competition with each other, I felt like it was a whole new group of friends who understood the late nights, need to be crafty so on. We recently had a meeting and meeting all the girls face to face was even better. So get to know those in your area that blog! I've enjoyed meeting bloggers through their awesome link parties or finding their great projects or post.

4) Write your name on your pictures! This is a biggie guys. Not only will someone be able to refer back to your site just by seeing your name on the picture, but you've worked so hard on that post! It would be ashame if someone took credit for something you did. And make sure you spell your blog name correctly. I've done this. ugh. TRUE STORY: Back in April, I guest post on another blog and didnt post it on my blog until recently. well.. I didn't notice the typo. And turns out Jamie, from I Heart Naptime, pinned it (while I was frantically fixing the error). While I could change it on my end, I cringe when I think of all the people pinning that picture with the typo. So lesson learned! Double check if you spelled your name right!

4) If you have questions, ask or read about it. I had multiple evenings that I spent googling and reading other posts about SEO, Twitter, etc. I learned a LOT. And I'm still learning.

5) Determine what is more important to you and prioritize. This was huge for me. I tried posting daily at the very beginning. But with a husband in school and two kids under the age of 5.. it was a struggle. I learned a lot about balancing my time. Somedays I just had to let things go. And something I've learned the most- God will take care of the rest. As most of you readers now, I'm a mormon. And my faith plays a big part in my life. I have a lot of opportunities that I know didn't just happen because of me. Kind of hard for me to explain. I recently read a post by Emily from The Jones Design Company. I was stunned when I read one of her "Truths about blogging""If you are blogging with the right heart and are being obedient to what the Lord is calling you to, He will bless it. That may be in the form of growing readership, or it might be in transforming your own heart, but simply by being aware of what He’s asking of you, you will be honored." I so agree. And really couldn't put it in better words.

This is one of my favorite quotes. It comes from the talk "Happiness, Your Heritage", by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Its a wonderful talk and I hope you take the time to read it if you can.

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Thanks for reading along and I can't wait for the next 6 months! 


Shatzi Webster said...

I love that quote from Pres. Uchtdorf! It's one of my favorites! Great post, too!!!

Lauren Lanker said...

Congrats on 6 months of blogging! This post is full of wisdom...you're so generous to offer it up to blogland. It has been great engaging with you through comments and social media these past few months. Looking forward to all that lies ahead for you!

The Thinking Closet

Jenny Lynn said...

I needed to read your post. You have offered some good words of wisdom and inspiration.

Stacy Risenmay said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing the link with me. I have gained more out of blogging personally (friendships, life lessons, etc.) than money, or anything else. I know I needed my blog to get me through tough times and to help me grow. I am so happy for you that you have reached such a fun milestone :) Hopefully I get to meet you at an upcoming conference.

naz khan said...

Thankyou so much for all your wonderful advise.. Im so glad to have found this article, post... really helps..

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