One year ago, I started this little blog. I actually started it in my mind in December, by design in March, but didn't have the nerve to press Publish until May. I'm not exactly a leap before you look kind of girl.
And what a difference a year makes. Be prepared for some sappy here.
A year ago, I was scared to click Publish. I had never designed a blog except for the one no one was reading. I barely knew what Teachers Pay Teachers was. Pinterest and Etsy were fun places to peruse online.
But, I clicked on Publish. And loads of things have happened that I would have never expected. Good things, happy things. I just had a big, fat giveaway, so I won't drag you through that again.
Thinking about starting a blog? Here are a few tidbits I learned along the way. Some of them the hard way . . . .
1. Just do it.
2. It's hard. The content posts I write take me five times longer than the quick, fun posts. You should have more content posts than quick fun posts.
3. A cute design does not hurt. (Says the blog designer, so take that with a grain of salt.)
4. Nothing is more amazing than your first pin on Pinterest.
5. Do not get hung up on numbers. Think in terms of percentages. If you go from 6 followers to 9, you've gone up 50%. Yea you! But . . . .
6. Be yourself. Sounds simple, but nothing is a bigger turn off than an inauthentic post. Things will happen the way they're supposed to happen. Do not blog to get people to follow you. Blog to reflect on your teaching and share what you've done. Build it, and they will come. Veeeeeeerrrrry slowly, but they will come.
7. Having nobody follow you is no fun. BUT that's when you learn to write and who you are as a blogger. It's an important time. You may think nobody is reading, but my most pinned post is from when I had 0 followers. I guess I peaked early.
8. The best way to make real bloggy friends is to make sure you're not a no reply commenter. Find out here.
9. Break up your posts. You should not have a hunk of text together. You'll lose readers.
10. Your significant other will not understand any of this nonsense.
Here's a little inspiration for you. I made this for my sister for Mother's Day, but I don't think she'll mind me sharing.
**Click on picture to download.**
The beautiful balloon is by Angie Makes.
So, there you have it. All the wisdom I've gained in a year. Where will the next year take you?