I started my blog in July 2010 and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t put very much thought into it and didn’t know what kind of direction I wanted to go in.
For the first 4 months or so, I see glimpses of myself in the posts I wrote back then but not the real me. I tried so hard to be the cutesy mom blogger who loves every single second of motherhood but it’s obvious even back then that I just wasn’t that way.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned as of now; when it comes to having a blog, stay true to yourself and write whatever you want. If you have a blog that family and/or friends know about and you find you really have to censor yourself, start another one and don’t tell anyone else about it.
At the very beginning of blogging, I could care less if anyone read it. Then I was hoping people would read it and I was hoping for more blog hits. Then I went back to not wanting anyone to read it, back to wanting more blog hits, rinse & repeat.
I’ve learned blog hits don’t mean dick. It’s about you enjoying your blog.
When people relate to a post and leave sincere comments, even if it’s just a few, it means more than several comments from people who didn’t even seem to read the post or they say something like “I started following you, will you check out my site and follow me.”
Stab, stab, stab.
So kiddies, what did we learn?
If you’re thinking about starting a blog or just started, don’t tell family and friends about your blog if you really want to write what you want to (unless, obviously, you can trust them), don’t worry about blog hits, have fun, be patient, and don’t worry about being popular or the next big thing.
Also, make sure to put plenty of Ryan Gosling photos on your blog. There can never be too many.