September marks 6 months of Fortunate House! Really, this isn't very long at all but I love this little space so much. I didn't really know what to expect when I started. I was so scared and nervous and excited all at once.
Would anyone ever read this? Would people think it's silly? What would I write about? How often will I write? Would I give up after a month or so?
It was a very sharp learning curve and I definitely picked up a few tips along the way.
1. The beginning is slow
When I started out, I had 0 readers. And I was fine with that. I had very low expectations and didn't know much about the blogging world. Slowly, people started finding my little slice of the internet and eventually kept coming back. It's still very teeny tiny around here but I'm cool with that. Which leads me to...
2. Set goals
I'm all about mini milestones. I patted myself on the back for writing my 50th post. I hurrayed at getting my first bloglovin' follower. I'm jumping up and down for being here for 6 months! Little by little I keep on trucking and I love it more every day. I still have so much to learn though. Maybe paying a little bit more to HTML in high school would have helped.
3. Big stats aren't the only indicator of success
Some blogs are all about the income or the pageviews. And that's totally cool but that's just not me. I don't ever expect to make a penny off of this or have a billion readers. I don't use Google Analytics or promote anything on other social media. For me, success is feeling good about my site and maybe even helping a person or two with some advice. I am so happy to treat this as a little hobby and it really helps keep me busy while Mike is watching sports.
4. Be you
So typical, right? But so important. I'm not in the business of faking it. I ain't got no time for that! I love reading other blogs and the ones that are the most honest are the ones that keep me coming back.
5. The friendships are real
One of my favourite parts about blogging are the friendships that are formed. I love to follow along with other blogs and keep up with my online friends. It's hard to explain and I don't think nonbloggers will ever really get it, but it's real! The conversations that can stem from posts are great.
6. The blogging community is kind
Yes there are haters all over the internet, but luckily, I have not encountered any. Almost all of the people I converse with are other bloggers that are truly positive and always uplifting. I find such great support in this virtual world. You ladies are the best!
7. Learn from others
Another amazing benefit is learning from other bloggers. I love reading posts about product reviews, travel, recipes, and parenting advise. Someone else out there has likely been through what you're going through and blogged about it. I'm such a researcher and I can't even count how many things I have bought on recommendation from others. Word of mouth is huge!
And with that, I want to shout a big THANK YOU for reading what I have to say! You're the best. I mean it. Really. Muuuuuah!