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