What a Difference a Year Makes

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?

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  1. That is fabulous advice. I can't believe it took you so long to hit Publish! I, for one, am very glad you did.

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. Wow! I just dived right in and started to write! Sometimes I wish I had taken my time to really think about my first posts. So glad you have this blog! And, it is true, my husband does not understand the blogging bit at all!

    Congrats on a year!
    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. Aww...what a cute post. I loved it all! Happy Birthday to you!!

  4. I'm so proud of you, Megan! I love your blog so much.....and I'm grateful to have stumbled upon it. Your #10 cracks me up!!! My husband is totally lost or makes fun of me when I talk about blogging......

    Third Grade & Lovin' It

  5. Congrats Megan! I just love reading your blog & I just adore your blog designs!! I "spit" laughed when you said, I guess I peaked early. haha.

    You're right that your SO will not get this one darn bit....


  6. Happy blog birthday to you! I remember blogging to no one, it was so hard. I'm still working on figuring out my voice and purpose (after 100 posts you think I would have this figured out)as a blogger. Thanks for all the advice (and cute blog design). I like #9 - I may or may not (for sure may) be guilty of this. Thanks for sharing the poster - I fell in love with it in your last post.

  7. Thanks for all the encouragement! :) Having just started my blog, I need all the advice I can get! Also, I LOVE the printable. I am printing it and having it framed for my little sister graduating from college this weekend!


  8. Yay Congratulations! You inspire me :) ALL THIS IN ONE YEAR!? Great job!

  9. Hi Megan,
    Great post- not at all too sappy, really. You are one of the bloggers that inspired me to start my own blog recently (maybe I'm the sap!), and I want to thank you for all your tips on "BlogBaby Blog"! I learned so much from you and what you have shared here, including today's advice- especially #8, finally go that one sorted out!

    Your posts sound true to who you are, and I love that! Congrats on your blogiversary :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  10. Thank you for those encouraging words. I have been hesitant & started "draft" posts. I seem to struggle with clicking post. I will give myself a deadline & hit publish! Thanks again for the tips & encouragement!

  11. What a great post! Congratulations & what a year! I was really worried about hitting "publish," too! Now I just blab on and on ;)
    I LOVE the picture - thank you so much! That quote is my avatar for my personal facebook - I've always loved it.
    Take care, Jen

  12. Happy blog birthday! I love your blog and design work. Great job. Thanks for all the advice for us new bloggers.


  13. Congrats on your blog birthday! Your advice is so true, thank you for sharing!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  14. Great advice! I love the bloggers you meet through the process as well!


  15. Congratulations! And you are right - it DOES take courage to hit that "publish" button! I still get a prickly feeling every time - like jumping off a diving board.


    Mrs. Allen's 5th Grade Files

  16. Congratulations! Your words are so true...and inspiring (especially the one about the significant other not understanding!)! :) Thanks for always giving such good advice!

    Third Grade All Stars

  17. #10 is SOOOOO true!! :)

    My husband keeps telling me he doesn't even know what a blog is. After all this time..... :)


  18. Yay Megan!! Congratulations on your blogiversary! I'm so glad that you hit publish! And, I'm so thankful that you designed our cutie patootie blog! I'm so happy for you! All of your truths are very important!

    Thanks for being a friend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  19. So sweet and happy blogiversary!!! I was so excited when I made it to 1 month. :). Your blog is fabulous.
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  20. I'm just starting out so thanks for the advice! Very encouraging :)

    The Organized Señorita

  21. I am just starting a blog as I begin my first year of teaching in August. I've always loved looking at other people's blogs and I am excited to start my own. Thanks for the advice :)

  22. Congrats Megan, love reading your blog then and now:) And Blog Baby Blog has saved me so many times.

  23. Hi Megan!
    I just graduated college and would love to start a blog! Im not sure if I have anything to really say though...or how to say it. I had an amazing and intense student teaching and I want to share what I have learned from that but not sure where to start. Any help you can give me would be great!
    Thanks for you amazing blog!

  24. You are AMAZING! Your content posts have helped me be a better teacher and your blog tutorials have saved my life!


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