When I first started blogging eight months ago, I was super excited, I tell you. I was excited to meet new people, get new opportunities and expand my thinking. But after eight months, I realized that most of all the things I hoped for when I first started blogging isn’t as I thought it would be. Today, I present, “8 things I learned in 8 months of blogging”.
1. YOU DON’T MEET PEOPLE
Yes, I am exaggerating this a little bit, but in the eight months of blogging, I made one friend and a few acquaintances. Unless you go out and reach out to other people yourself, they won’t come to you. I have made a wonderful friend, Soo, who also has a blog called Hey, Soo Hyun. Meeting and making friends is probably one of the most important thing when you’re blogging and to meet people, you’ve got to reach out.
2. THOUSANDS OF VIEWS? YEAH RIGHT
Seriously, when I first started blogging, I thought that I was going to be big. No kidding, I was so proud of everything I did and I was sure that thousands of people were going to come read my blog every day. Well, let’s just say that it took me half a year to reach 200k views, and I’m pretty sure mine were counted as well. People don’t just find your blog out of the blue, it takes time for people to find links that you post and take the time to read your blog; I found that out the hard way.
3. THEY ARE ALWAYS BETTER THAN YOU
To be honest, every time I finish customizing a part of my website, I always thought that people were going to look at my blog and fall in love with the design. Truth be told, a few days later, I end up changing the design because I get sick of it. When I look at a blog who has an amazing design and graphics, I get the urge to change my website even better than them. Of course, it ends up that the blogger has been blogging for six years and they learned code. I always have remind myself to not compare my beginning with someone’s middle.
4. YOU WON’T ALWAYS HAVE BLOG POST IDEAS
Recently, I was in a serious writer’s block and I was absolutely clueless on what to write about. I wasn’t traveling nor going anywhere because of school and other issues. What I found helpful is that I found something to do with my blog to keep me occupied. I re-designed the whole entire blog from top to bottom, and I felt refreshed. It gave me inspiration and new ideas for a blog post, and I really recommend to bloggers that when they’re in a writer’s block, just let it go and find something to occupy yourself.
5. IT’S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO BECOME A PART-TIME BLOGGER
This is definitely a personal point, but I am borderline obsessed with my blog. It is currently 12:30 AM and I just came up with this post ideas so I started writing. I stay up late at night customizing and fixing my blog and honestly, I love it so much. I wanted to become a part-time blogger with school full time and maybe a job, but I don’t think it will be possible for me to do so when I’m staying up this late doing my blog and it’s still summer.
6. COLLABORATIONS COME IN LATER…WAY LATER
With photography on Instagram, I have collaborated with many brands and it was an amazing opportunity. I thought that creating a blog would help me collaborate with more brands, but boy was I wrong. There are so many, thousands, of other bloggers with much better content, traffic and everything overall. It takes time for your blog to build it and when you do, that’s the later.
7. EVERYTHING YOU SEE BECOMES A TOPIC
If I am at target and I see a nice picture, if I learn an amazing recipe on TV, everything becomes a topic for my blog posts. Everything is an inspiration and it keeps your head rolling about a topic. You’re consistently inspired by the small things and you can’t wait to go home and start writing. That is definitely a habit that I learned I had recently, and I am standing tall and proud. Yup, bloggers, don’t be ashamed! (I am half asleep right now and I have no idea what I’m writing)
8. IT’S BIGGER THAN YOU THINK
When I first entered the “blogging world”, I never imagined it to be so big. I guess I thought that blogging was old since I first did it when I was eight with my dad, but there’s a really, really big world out there and I am so excited on what it will bring me. It’s like a book that keeps on getting exciting and you just can’t let go. It’s a really big world and in all honesty, I can’t wait to go out there.