Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lessons Learned

Today's topic is an interesting and difficult one for me. I've been doing this for almost two years and I still don't quite have the hang of it. I still question half of the things I post. And I still wonder of anyone actually reads this thing. 

I'm supposed to give tips/advice on blogging. But I'm honestly still lost in abyss as well. Who am I to tell anyone how to so this? Half of the time I post things I look back and wonder why I ever thought that was a good idea. 

But I think that's actually my advice. Write about things you care about, not what you think you should be blogging about. And write it in a way that works for you. Don't try to "create" a voice. Be yourself. Write like you are writing to a friend. This isn't a research paper. It's you. Chatting with your readers. 

So yeah, sometimes it gets messy and jumbled. But that's probably who you are. A messy and jumbled person. Or maybe that's just me. 

But that's honestly the most important thing I've learned in my two years of sitting behind a screen and sharing my thoughts with the world. 

That favorite blogger of yours that's been doing this for several years? She's going to write differently than you will. She's going to write about different topics than you will. She's going to have sponsors that you don't. And that's because she's taken the time to find her voice in her blog. It will change over time and develop, but just keep doing what you feel is right, and the readers will come. 

Be yourself. It's simple. But it's easier said than done. 

What have you learned about yourself from blogging? What's your biggest challenge? 

xoxo, jgp

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