The Golden Girl Diary turns ONE today, well technically it was yesterday! My posting schedule is a little thrown off this week so I'm celebrating today instead. In honor of the birthday, I decided I would share some of the things that I've learned about blogging this past year..
ONE | Prioritizing tasks is much more difficult than I anticipated.
After I became a full-time blogger/stay-at-home dog mom/baseball gypsy I thought I would be able to commit 100% of my time to TGGD. While I dedicate a bulk of my time to it, I've struggled with finishing my weekly task lists. I'm still searching for a better way to utilize my time to include all the many responsibilities of owning a blog, caring for our two dogs, and supporting Christian at his games/events.
TWO| a consistent schedule is a good thing.
When you don't have a set schedule (like working a 9-5) it is easy to get off track. In regards to blogging, posting consistently among all social media platforms drives engagement. And for bloggers, engaging our target audience is what we are aiming for. The days where I am not posting according to my planned schedule, I notice a difference in my followers and how they engage in my posts. I've learned the hard way that it is best to stick to a schedule as best as possible.
THREE | EVeryone marches to the beat of their own drum.
In the world of blogging, it is easy to feel small especially as a relatively new blogger. Each person and each blog has something unique to offer. It can get to be discouraging at times but I've learned that in order to remain true to who I am as well as remain driven, I need to focus on myself and my blog. I try not to compare myself (and my blog) to other bloggers. Instead, I like to support fellow bloggers because we're all aiming to be successful. We just have to wait for our moment for it to truly happen!
four | there will always be someone with more followers.
This kinda goes along with what I just previously discussed. There will always be someone with a larger email list, more followers, and more engagement. Unfortunately (for new bloggers), growth takes time. I've learned that in order for me to do my best work means that I must focus on how I'm doing, not how fellow bloggers are doing.
five | a strong support system is so necessary.
But even the strongest people have their days. For the most part, I like to think that I have it all together but even I have my days where I feel a little bit defeated. Whether a potential collaboration idea doesn't turn out or a post doesn't get much engagement, it still feels like rejection. However, having a support system to keep your spirits up makes all the difference. I'm so thankful for my boyfriend, Christian, because he has always been my biggest supporter in this adventure.
six | there is no such thing as a day off.
I know you're probably thinking she's crazy, her entire life is a day off. But in all honesty, it's not. I'm constantly running around and always thinking about my blog. I'm always thinking of post ideas or something along those lines. My phone is filled with notes that I sporactically write just so I don't forget the idea. I wish there was a such thing as a day off, but even on "our off days" include a photo shoot or work of some kind.
seven | you'll never know if you never try.
This is something that I've recently dipped my toes into since I'm really trying to build/strengthen my blog. It didn't make sense to me until Christian finally said it one day. I was talking about companies or businesses that I would like to collaborate with. In all honest sending a proposal for a collaboration is so intimidating to me simply for the fear of being rejected. But the fact is, I'll never know unless I ask. (Speaking of, I've got a great collaboration coming soon that I am the most excited about!)
eight | stay hungry.
I say this all the time to Christian since he's a professional athlete and all, but it really relates to any profession. It's always important to "stay hungry" meaning that one should keep going even if you're doing well. There's always a way to be better and to do better. Keep striving to be better than you were yesterday.
It was a little bit lengthy, but I truly hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!