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My Honest Reflections on 6 Months of Blogging

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My Reflections on 6 Months of Blogging

I really enjoy blogging, but the truth is that there are definite pros and cons to it that I want to be honest about. Six months of blogging doesn’t make you an expert, but it does mean that you haven’t quit. Technically, it’s been approximately seven months since I’ve started blogging and I want to tell you how I feel.

Evaluating Your Time and Energy

Blogging takes an incredible amount of time and energy. From a creative standpoint, I really enjoy placing my time and energy around something I really care about. For me, I believe that women and men should have a way to learn about money without feeling ashamed about money mishaps or feeling pushed to make a financial decision that doesn’t align with your values.

I’ve found that when it comes to blogging, I can definitely get so excited about a topic that I can spend hours creating the perfect graphic, writing an awesome post, or posting an amazing video. I think to myself, “This is awesome! People are going to love this!” And once I post it, the crickets start chirping and my mom replies with, “I love you. Great job, honey!” Thanks, mom, but I rather hope that other people will like it too. *Fingers crossed*

Even though I hope my blog will become a success, my real value is my family. So, if that means I close my laptop and spend an evening in with the husband, it’s not a loss. For me this is a consistent battle to trust in my faith rather than in my own work and to truly give my best to my friends and family, even if that means saying, “not right now” to my Twitter.

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Marketing Mania

Marketing can be a bit like chasing after the wind. You feel an immediate sense of thrill when someone is added to your social media accounts or likes a post, but you feel dreadful when someone unfollows you or EVEN WORSE no one follows you.

Recently, I advertised on Facebook for a personal finance event, and I had over 1,000 impressions, but ZERO enrollments. I’ve recently started asking myself, “Why am I even doing this?” But the answer always comes up as a fire in my belly (no not tacos) as “I want others to have a better life than I did.

If I can develop and sow into another person, I will feel like I am making the world a better place.”

Comparing is Useless

I find myself comparing myself to other bloggers and wishing I could be more like them.

Let me say that the personal finance community is extremely supportive, and I’ve loved being a part of it all. However, it’s easy to get caught up in seeing how many followers, comments, or likes someone else has rather than focusing on the small accomplishments you have made.

Note to self, “Stop trying to be like somebody else. You’re pretty awesome the way you are.”

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Consistency is Key

This one feels like a horsepill down my throat. I love all you bloggers out there, but I struggle to keep up with the 3 times a week posting. I have a full time job, happen to be going to grad school, and also am adopting internationally. *Gulp*

I may not have the capacity to blog every day, but I will do my best to post as consistently as possible with the help of some amazing blogging friends.

There are also some cool tools I use.

Check out my Social Media Weekly Planner

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Conclusion

In the end, I think that what I’ve created is awesome. Am I making six figures blogging part time? No. Do I have over 1,000 followers? No. Am I learning something new every day? Yes!

Am I being a part of a community that loves to teach and learn alongside each other? Yes!

Am I part of a group of people that believe that the world can be and will be a better place by investing in others with their time and energy?

A resounding 100% yes, yes, yes.

 

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If you are blogging out there, what do you guys struggle with? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share?

8 Comments

    • Melody

      Yes, Stacey! It’s so easy to compare yourself to other people that it’s hard to remember in the middle of things how important *your* message and your individual personality is what sets us apart! Keep up your writing! I love your stuff.

  • Dragon Gal

    Hi Melody! First of all congrats on your wonderful blog! We just passed our six month mark, and I agree with so many of the points you’ve included here. It’s definitely hard not to compare. I struggle with that too. Keep writing and hang in there!

    • Melody

      Thanks, Dragon Gal! Yes, it’s an ongoing battle, but there are definitely days when I feel like it’s almost therapeutic. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Yann

    Even if only a few people are touched by your articles, it’s worth it. It inspires people. Make them think. Thank you for your hard work

    • Melody

      Thanks, you! I think it’s a great way to give back to the community but I do need to remind myself of this every now and then. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Ariel Shanelle

    I’v e also been blogging for around 6 months and I wish I knew back then what I knew now. I just started getting some traffic to my blog a month and a half ago. Plus, I feel like I should have more posts up by now. By it is extremely time consuming. It’s so difficult with having a full time job, a husband, and a child who all need my undivided attention.

    I’m doing all that I can and saving for another blogging course that I trust will help me on my journey. And that’s really key: to remember it’s a journey. I’ll constantly be growing with my blog and my goal is to become a stay at home mom. I couldn’t imagine having another child without the means to be present.

    • Melody

      Wow! You are doing so great! I saw your posts on Pinterest community board and followed them. Great job! Yes, I work full time and am married and can’t imagine what it will be like when I start a family. I think we all need to be kind to ourselves and remember that we are doing the best we can. Feel free to ask me any questions or guest post! Would love your input.