I've been officially blogging on my little corner of the internet for a year now! My blogiversary (is that even a real word?) was on Sunday and I totally forgot about it! Well I just had to do something to celebrate it, so what better to celebrate my blog's birthday than getting some cake?
Who am I kidding I don't need an excuse to buy cake, I'm an adult! But really I kind of just wanted some cake...
Anyway, I wanted to share a few things I learned over this busy year through blogging and give a few tips to those who want to start a blog of their own!
One of the most important things that I've learned is that it doesn't matter if 100 people view your post or just your mom views your post, you should be blogging for yourself. Don't try to please other people with your content. As long as it makes you happy keep posting it, there will be someone who enjoys exactly what you do!
Another thing about blogging that you don't really understand until you do it is how much hard work it is. When I first started out I thought I could whip out a couple posts in a day like it was nothing. Ha! It's a surprising amount of work that goes into a post, especially if that post includes a graphic! Sometimes writer's block is constant, and nothing seems to be worthy of inspiration. You just gotta keep pushing through and eventually something good will come out of it!
All the hard work is totally worth it though. The blogging community is truly a wonderful place to be a part of. I've befriended so many great people through blogging, and hope to continue building on the wonderful relationships I've made!
A few pieces of advice...
1. Start Your Blog
I know a bunch of people who, after looking at my blog, have said "I've always thought about starting a blog!" Go ahead and start one! Getting your foot in the door and taking that leap onto the internet is the first step. If you have something to post on, you're more likely to post. Simple as that!
2. Choose Your Name Wisely
Make sure you pick a blog name that you'll like for a very long time! I first started off this blog with the name That Collegiate Girl, but I realized that when I end college that name will no longer be true to who I am and what this blog will be about. I chose the name The Classic Brunette (even though I'm a red head right now, oops!) because it's reflects on who I will always be (you know, after the red grows out).
3. Have Fun
I said this a little earlier in the post, if you post to please others, then you might as well not be posting at all. This is your blog, and you should be interested in everything you write! If you start to find yourself annoyed or bored by the topics all the other bloggers are doing, then start writing about something else. Whether you choose to write about fashion, home decor, music, history, movies, or something completely different, make sure you're passionate about it!
Other bloggers, I would love to know some of the things you've learned from joining the blogging the community in the comments! And for all my readers I want to know more about what you would like to see on the blog and if you have any questions about anything.