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End of Year Gratitude: 10 things learned as a new(-ish) blogger

A few months ago, I tentatively decided to start a blog.

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I wrote a few posts and saved them as drafts and thought about it for quite awhile before making them visible in a piecemeal way over the next few weeks.

Then, I kept writing.

I wasn’t sure what to expect because I truly didn’t have an agenda, I mainly wanted to create positive content that was uplifting or elevating in some way – especially after all the stress that the pandemic had brought into so many of our lives.

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I’m happy I decided to hit “publish” because this has been a positive and life expanding experience for me. Since lists are everything (!), here are 10 things I’ve learned as a fairly new blogger.

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  • I truly appreciate the feeling of community on WordPress. There are so many thoughtful writers who are experts in their different genres and who support each other on a daily basis. I wasn’t expecting that and it has been a pleasant surprise. I enjoy reading blogs and engaging with others on different topics. Thank you to every one reading for being there!
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  • Writing is therapeutic and refreshing. While views matter, writing for the sake of writing is just as valuable to me. Writing gives me that personal time to sort out my thoughts on a variety of subjects.
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  • The length of the post doesn’t matter. I used to give myself arbitrary minimum or maximum word counts – I’m finding that a creative burst can be short or extensive and both of these are equally as important.
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  • It is okay to press publish even if the post isn’t perfect. Perfectionism can often take over when I’m editing a post. Rather than dwelling on the minute flaws, I think it helps to figure out if you’ve communicated everything you want to communicate in the post. If you’ve reviewed your work and ensured that there aren’t any glaring flaws then it is okay to press publish and let it go.
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  • Taking the time to read others’ blogs and respond to comments on your own and others’ blogs makes all the difference. I think we all expand as humans when we read about different perspectives and engage with others. I’ve also found that my own writing evolves when I take the time to read more.
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  • It is important to have a running idea list that you can add to in the middle of the night when an idea occurs to you out of the blue. I find myself wanting to jot down ideas at the oddest times and every time I do take the time to write down that germ of an idea, I come away with more to write about at a future time.
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  • What you planned on writing and what actually gets written can be worlds apart. It is good to let go of structured expectations. I think that allowing for the free flow of creative thought makes for more interesting content. If an outline for a post doesn’t resonate any longer, it is worth it to revise your original train of thought. I find that taking time away from an initial draft and then coming back to revise it makes for a more cohesive post.
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  • Writing in blog format provides an avenue for creative expression on many different subjects. Blogging is a truly unique form of writing. Unless you have a very specific and narrow blogging niche, this form of writing can give you the freedom to express your ideas on different subjects and in different ways. You can write a short story, a poem, a few thoughts or anything at all on any given day. This opens up so many different avenues for being creative.
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  • Consistency helps with being consistent. This sounds like the cliche it is – but there is so much truth to this. If you write even on days you don’t feel like writing, your ideas will flow more easily over time.
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  • Taking the time to learn the basics of how content can reach more readers (key words, types of titles etc.) is important. This is something I need to understand more and do more of – those few tweaks can be easy to do and helpful for the growth of a blog.

I’d love to hear from you. If you write or blog, what are some of the things you’ve learned along the way? Do any of these points resonate with you as well?

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33 thoughts on “End of Year Gratitude: 10 things learned as a new(-ish) blogger

  1. I can relate to every single one of your points. I’m heading towards three years of blogging and I have learned so much. It’s fun to look back at my earlier posts and see how far I’ve come. And the best part is, there’s more to learn!

    I’m happy we connected this year and I look forward to reading more of your work in 2022. Happy New Year!

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    1. I haven’t been blogging as long as you have but I can relate when you say you’ve learned so much overtime! I’m only half a year in and I’ve had to go back to my old posts plenty of times to brush them up.

      My biggest learned thing was hitting publish even if the post isn’t perfect. I would’ve wasted so much time fixing nothing if I had kept prolonging the publishing.

      Great and relatable list!

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    1. I want to truly thank you – you were one of the first people to start commenting on my posts and I suddenly felt like maybe I should continue writing. Thanks for reading and also for having an interesting and thought provoking blog that I always want to read. Wishing you a very happy 2022!

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  2. Hi. Your blog seems so accomplished I thought you’d been blogging for longer. I agree about the WordPress community, it’s a very creative and supportive place to be. I’ve learnt that I prefer blogs – including mine – with a small engaged audience – rather than constantly looking to expand. Size isn’t everything with blogging, and you can get lost in a blog with millions of followers and reactions to posts..

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  3. Oh wow, I didn’t know that this was a new blog! It seems so well established and it’s beautifully written! I really loved your list. I, too, am very much appreciating the community aspect of WordPress. I really enjoyed writing the tag post about simple holiday joys, and I even got to interact with Michelle, which was so nice! For me, I started Some Small Things just for fun. I promised myself this time around that I wouldn’t obsess over the stats (and sometimes I still do), but I’ve gotten a bit better about just enjoying the process.

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  4. Like the others who have commented, I didn’t realise how recently you’d started blogging. Your posts are so well written and interesting. I too started earlier this year and totally agree with your list. I usually have about 8 or 9 drafts on the go and often add a few sentences or change something around and then jump to a different one. I also often change direction midway through my post as a different idea comes to mind. Looking forward to reading many more of your posts next year!

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    1. I have so many pending drafts, it’s kind of funny and then when I go back to them, I sometimes have that feeling of “what was I thinking?” :)..which is when the major re-do happens. Have a wonderful 2022. I’m looking forward to your posts in the new year as well.

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  5. Well put! The community here is something else, isn’t it? And boy do I need to have a running list of ideas, or else I wouldn’t be able to keep up my publishing schedule, and I only do weekly. I have no idea how more regular posters keep up. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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  6. I love your list. As an on/off blogger over the years I have come to realize consistency is key. And the ideas list is a good suggestion. I really do need to keep a pen and paper beside my bed so when I think of something during the night I can write it down. I usually tell myself I’ll remember it, but by morning it’s gone.

    I have finally found a topic I love and can write about it, as well as fitting in bits of my life. I think the older we get, the more we learn; and then it gives us more to write about.

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  7. I totally agree that writing is therapeutic! And I hadn’t put my feelings into words as you did so beautifully here, but many of your other points really resonated with me, and some of the others were reminders to me about why I love writing and blogging. Thanks!

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  8. I’m enjoying your blog very much! I started my blog in 2014 because I wanted to write, maybe even write a novel someday. So my daughter told me about WordPress. I only wrote one post that year. I just looked back and wrote one post in 2015.
    Then in 2017 I got my very own personal laptop for our anniversary and I thought this is what I asked for, so what am I going to do with this laptop? I don’t shop online, I hardly shop at all (because I spend probably too much money on my horses, I rarely spend it on me 😆)

    Anyways, I thought I could use my laptop for this WordPress site and so that’s when I began writing. But write what? My life and horse stories started with post after post slowly learning from other wonderful bloggers who told me about using tags. Gosh, there is so much to learn (I’m still learning!) and it took me awhile to figure things out. I agree, reading and commenting on other blogs is fun and rewarding. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with it all sometimes as readership and commenting grows, but I Love it all so MUCH!! I found my voice and write from my heart. I don’t have drafts waiting and just think of stuff to share without any running lists. I guess my lists would be photos. I absolutely Love photography and so my photos lead my posts and my ideas! ❤️🐴🤠

    I’ve been thinking of writing a blog post featuring this topic of why do we blog and share my blogging history. Especially since it is fun sharing here with you as you are very inspiring! I didn’t know you were so new to blogging!! And I’ve been blogging for some years, but I’m no expert. Most often I feel like I’m winging it!! Haha, but that’s my carefree spirit!! Thank you for sharing and WordPress is an amazing community with just amazing people and writers! Keep writing!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I have so much to learn about tags and keywords and all the administrative things! I definitely hear your voice in your blog – I hope you do write a blog sharing your story about how you started and things learned along the way. I’m sure all your readers will enjoy it and also learn from it! Have a wonderful 2022!

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  9. Those are all very good points. I appreciate you stopping by to visit my blog. There are a lot of good people with interesting stories and you can learn a lot from them. Hope to be reading more of yours! Happy New Year. Janet. PS: My “screen name” sounds like Scrap Lady because I am a paper crafter 🙂

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  10. I think your words echo with all of us . . . perhaps what I’ve embraced heading into my second year of blogging is the value in removing ego. It’s so easy to let clicks and likes determine your next step or thought . . . instead of allowing expression to take its course, embracing authenticity, and trusting that the content will find its way to those meant to read it.

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