Aloha mai kākou! 🙂 Happy Friday, everyone! I hope this day brings you happiness and good luck! (*cough since it’s Friday the 13th cough*)
Today marks one month since starting up this blog, and I must say, I really have learned so much about blogging within this short period of time! To mark this special occasion, I’ve decided to share some things that I have learned and gained from this experience thus far.
Blogging can be pretty addicting!
When I began this blog a month ago, I was extremely excited to write posts and share my thoughts with you all! I would constantly be on my laptop either composing new posts or reading other people’s posts to get some ideas on how to present my own self on my blog. Plus once I began posting more and interacting more with my followers, it was definitely thrilling checking my stats and seeing which posts worked well compared to the ones that did not. Thankfully I have calmed down a bit where I am not constantly on this site multiple times a day, though!
Sharing about yourself can be quite terrifying.
When I first began this site, I had connected my Facebook and Twitter accounts to automatically post my published posts onto it, plus I advertise my site on my Instagram as well. During that time, my posts were more on the light-hearted side, so knowing that people who actually know me in real life read my posts was not a concern. However, once I began to write more deep and personal things, I began to be frightened. I tend to keep to myself, and most of the time, I don’t really communicate with people. Knowing that I am sharing emotions and stories about myself that most people do not really know about is definitely a foreign feeling. However, I think I’m more afraid of the opinions and reactions of those who I end up writing about, even if those people may not be a relevant part of my life anymore. Curse the inner nice person in me 😛
People will read your posts, even if it’s just one person.
It continuously shocks me when people tell me they have been reading what I’ve been posting! The natural tendency within me is to brush myself aside. Because I keep to myself, I usually figure no one pays any attention to me or what I have to say. However, blogging is making me (or in a way, forcing me to) have a voice and making it heard. I’ve had people text, message, and comment their own stories, advice, and love after I had posted about my inner struggles in my Being Honest post. I’ve had people share with me their first kiss stories after I shared my embarrassing first kiss story. People have even quoted what I’ve written in my Indecisiveness post! I am continuously baffled knowing that what I’m writing is being read by others, but at the same time, it’s such an astonishing feeling knowing people are actually reading my posts!
The WordPress blogging community is like another family!
When I had participated in The Daily Post’s First Friday for the first time, I was quite nervous as to how others in the blogging community would take to my blog. However, from what I’ve been seeing, everyone on this website is such a delight! People are willing to help new bloggers with their questions and concerns. People truly appreciate the work others have put in in their posts, whether it’s a story, a poem, a drawing, or a photograph. People celebrate your accomplishments and support you in your difficulties. Although it has only been one month, I feel so welcomed and included in this community, and I cannot wait to continue this journey with everyone!
Just do you!
Out of all the things I’ve gathered so far about blogging, this is definitely the most important one for me. There are hundreds of blog posts explaining how to blog, what to write about, and what to do in order to receive hundreds of views and followers. These posts were definitely one of the first things I’ve read when I first began this blog, and they are definitely useful when it comes to my own blog. However, I’ve realized that I shouldn’t try to follow every single advice step-by-step or word-by-word. I’ve taken tidbits of advice that I’ve read, but other than that, I’m honestly just doing me on this blog. I had promised real and honest, and what I am is not a blogging, technological genius. I’m just an average 23-year-old girl from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. As long as I’m staying true to myself and having fun, then that’s the joy of blogging for me! Will I update my website and try to look more professional? Possibly. Will I try to focus on one subject matter or one style of writing? Probably not. As of right now, though, I am still testing the waters and enjoying every minute of it 🙂
Keeping up with a blog has been one heck of a journey so far, but I cannot wait to continue with you all! Mahalo for being on this journey with me! Here’s to many more blog posts!
Me ke aloha,