Photography: Luisa’s Secret
Okay first – I’m FAR from an expert on blogging. I’ve been blogging for 5 months and have absolutely everything to learn. I’ve been following blogs for years and started my blog from scratch in February – forcing me to learn every detail of the process – *sweaty smile emoji* So even though I’m an extreme novice, I do feel that I have a few nuggets of information that may be useful to someone who a.) wants to start a blog or website or b.) anyone who’s just curious about blogging. Plus today is July 5th/I’ve been blogging for 5 months so it’s a very blogger thing to do to post 5 things I’ve learned so here we go.
1. Blogging helped me learn I could be creative – I never thought I was a creative person until I started writing. I started writing for fun in the last two years of college – mainly journaling at first, but eventually organizing what I was learning in a bible study type format. This process of writing out my thoughts and prayers and then sometimes turning it into something educational (literally just for myself), was really cathartic for me. It helped organize the millions of thoughts in my head which helped decrease my anxiety and the stress of college. It was during this time that I found my writing voice – which for any writer is big. This transition into feeling like a super UNcreative person into someone who could give real encouragement to someone through writing was really powerful.
2. The technical side (AKA website, hosting, etc.) brings a tough learning curve – LOLZ I am truly a WordPress master and never wanted to be. Still don’t really want to be TBH. In my previous job and current job I’ve had to create two WordPress sites from scratch, but had never dealt with hosting. It’s a whole new world. When it came time to choose which site I wanted to use (WordPress, Blogger, or Squarespace), the obvious answer seemed to be WordPress, but I wasn’t super pumped about it. I had to seriously put my skills to the test to build She’s Taylored – now I can tackle any plugin, any weird design problem, and almost any code. HECK YEAH. I legit have “Advanced in WordPress” on my resume and I don’t care who knows it. Thank you, blogging.
3. The blogging community is really sweet – Again, I’m such a newbie, but I’ve had nothing but a good experience even just 5 months into this whole thing. Yes, there are 10 zillion blogs out there, but within that giant number there are also a ton of small pockets of genuine women who want to encourage and support one another. She’s Taylored isn’t a fashion blog, so I don’t know what genre I fit into yet, but the longer I write the more clear it becomes. It’s a weird, fun world and honestly I’m having a blast and I’m excited to get to know even more sweet blogger gals!
4. Blogging will test your priorities – This is true of any passion or hobby. Blogging can be done with so many different kinds of intentions. Based off the number of blogs out there, the sheer number of them can make it feel really competitive. It can feel like you have to write a certain way about certain things. This inner competition can then make you feel like you have to look a certain way, spend a certain amount, and literally be a certain person. I know every blogger has felt this way at some point and some people feed that competition. You can see it in quantity AND quality of the content shared. It’s hard to see because I’ve felt that pressure. What keeps me grounded is my mission and values: I want She’s Taylored to be a place of encouragement and honesty, with content that’s backed by biblical truths. If you remain true to your mission – whatever that is – fashion blog on a budget, lifestyle blog for the working girl, whatever! – your blog will reflect it and people will see that you’re genuine.
5. You will give up if you don’t absolutely love it – This one sounds a tad bit harsh, but it’s so true. There are times when I’m not super stoked to write a post, when I couldn’t care less about Instagram (which is a lot), and when I don’t want to take outfit photos. But the truth is – blogging is a dream that’s finally coming true. It’s a manifestation of several things that I love all in one place. It’s something that I know I’m supposed to be doing right now. So every time I have a moment of feeling blehhh about blogging, I push past it and I do it anyway. As soon as I do that, I’m pumped all over again. Blogging is straight up EFFORT. It’s a hobby, but it’s also a passion – which adds a certain amount of fire to everything you do. 5 months later and I still feel that fire. I still have the desire to learn all of the bloggy things and create meaningful and useful content.
The blogging thing won’t be stopping anytime soon for me, but it’s good to pause, reflect, and use the little knowledge nuggets you gain along the way. Like I said in THIS post, I’m launching my YouTube channel on Friday! I’m also announcing something else that’s super fun in that video too so check that out on Friday if you wanna!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow for some sweeeeet encouragement!
– Caitlin –