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Top 5 Things I Learned from Blogging the Past Year

If you don’t know this about me already, I’m a super nostalgic, touchy-feely, emotional type. I’ll take any excuse to recap, reminisce, look back or any other form of remembering the good times.

So, lucky you! I’ve been blogging consistently for one whole year, and I’ve learned a lot of important things, which I will now share with you. :) I really believe we can move forward best by looking in the past and seeing what things were successful and what things we can improve.

Top 5 Things I Learned from Blogging the Past Year:

1.Blogging is one of my passions. I love writing, and I love the outlet that blogging gives me. Especially when I’m writing about another one of my biggest passions: reading.

Thanks to everyone for listening! Your comments and encouragement mean the world and – to you other bloggers – you continue to inspire me.

2.Blogging is hard work. I thought I knew this going into blogging, but I don’t think it dawned on me until I was a few months, getting 200 page views a month and feeling seriously discouraged.

If that’s you right now, please know that it gets better. You keep pushing, writing and commenting and people will come! It may take up your time, energy and some of your sweat and tears (no, blood, please, that’s just nasty), but your blog will grow, I promise.

3.I could not have imagined how proud I feel. A few years ago, I was in a job interview and the interviewer asked me what I was most proud of that I’d accomplished in my career. Having really only been in the workforce for about a year, I felt myself start to dig deep to come up with an answer.

Then, she amended herself by saying that it didn’t have to be related to my current position. Like the sun clearing through the clouds, I had my answer instantly. My blog.

I put so much of myself into this tiny spot of the Internet, and I sincerely hope it shines through. I love sharing book reviews and coming up with fun new features.

There’s nothing in the world quite like looking at something and saying, “I made this from nothing.”

4.Reaching out to others for help is a beautiful thing. For some reason, I think there can be this weird intimidation thing in blogging. Bloggers with more followers, experience or page views can seem these unreachable people who are so high above us.

I’ve learned that yes, some people are busy and unavailable, BUT the majority of bloggers I’ve reached out to have been simply amazing. They’re helpful and kind and are willing to help another blogger out.

Here’s a HUGE thank you to all of you awesome people out there who have been there for me over the past year. It’s been amazing to get to know you, and I only hope we meet in real life one of these days. Warning: I’m a hugger. :)

5.Try new things – you never know where they might lead. I love being creative and coming up with new ideas. My blog is the perfect outlet for that, but sometimes I have thought too much about if something will fail or not.

Over the past year, I’ve learned that this is a dynamic place. I can try something one day, see if it works and if not, move on the next day. I am losing my posting inhibitions (like in my frist In My Mailbox vlog), which may or may not be a good thing for you. ;)

As I’ve said throughout this post, THANK YOU!!! I could not do all this without you! Thanks for reading and commenting and being amazing overall. You ROCK!!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://profiles.google.com/lisaschensted Lisa Schensted

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your top five things you’ve learned. I can’t WAIT to see the new things you’re trying in the next year.

    Thank YOU for putting out creative, well-written and fantastic content. Your corner of the internet is one of my very faves!

  • http://verification.blogspot.com/ Mita

    This is great, I have a blog, and when I first started, I really didn’t know how much work it would be to keep up, but at the time…it’s just so much fun that I don’t want to stop. I enjoy it :-) Also, I wanted to tell you that your blog is fantastic, well-written, and you’re spot on with your thoughts on YA novels. :-) Keep it up!!

  • http://www.deadtreesandsilverscreens.com/ Deadtreesandsilverscreens

    I am amazed that you have only been blogging for a year! You have done so well. It will be a year for me in July and I feel so far behind. I only have about 100 subscribers and that can be embarrassing when you see those with thousands. It makes me want to give up sometimes but I love what I do so I keep on doing it for myself. I agree, the hardest part of blogging is getting the readers to come!

  • http://twitter.com/MelLHay Melissa

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Wow, a year already. Or I should say only a year! :D I have to agree with you. I’ve learned these as well, and enjoyed every minute of it. :) Here’s to another several years blogging!

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