I keep reminiscing about how 2017 was a very special year for me – especially in the scope of blogging. It was the year in which I fully immersed myself into improving the quality of my content, making it more relevant and inspiring for you. All the previous years of trial and error are finally yielding something I’m proud of. I haven’t fully mastered my craft yet but I thought I would share some key lessons blogging has taught me so far.
Practice improves skills
I used to admire bloggers with beautifully written reflections on their sites. Articles that were engaging, inspiring and had me wanting to read more. Thinking that I would never be able to create something of that level, it wasn’t until I gave it a try that I realized I was wrong. Practice makes perfect. I must confess I’m impressed at how much my writing has evolved. Part of the credit goes to finding a niche and a voice. By deciding on what I want to communicate, I’ve been able to put effort in improving my vocabulary and sentence building. English isn’t my first language, but at this point I believe it’s the one in which I write best.
Aside from writing, my eye for photography (and locations) has also improved. What I deemed to be a good photo a year ago, wouldn’t make the cut today. Constantly observing bloggers with a style of photography I admire is part of the reason I’ve improved my own.
You get what you give
Engage and get engagement. Compliment and get compliments. Visit and get visits – it’s that simple. And although I’ve known this rule for long, I only began to practice it last year. During my university days I was eternally depressed. Blogging was my happy gate-away, but it was almost impossible for me to set aside time to visit and engage with other bloggers. On my spare hours all I wanted to do sleep deeply to recover from badly executed assignments. Most of my posts before March ’17 have no comments. Since that date though, I’ve been giving and getting. Nothing makes me happier than reading your positive and uplifting words.
Confidence becomes a MUST
This is hands down the best trait blogging has developed in me – confidence. Not only confidence to show my face and my body, but to also share my thoughts, my ideas and my personal opinions.
It takes confidence to carry on posing while everyone stares.
It takes confidence to write your heart.
It takes confidence to press publish.
It takes confidence to be a blogger.
There’s space for everyone
Granted everyone sticks to being themselves. For instance no one is me. No one has my vision nor my writing and photography ideas. Same applies to you! By going around the community I often bump into blogs that are pure underrated gems. The content is so enriching that my memory instantly saves the blog’s name. Just like we watch many series and remember the name of all the characters. If something is relevant, it will be recognized.
The more you create, the more creative you become
I believe time and wisdom serve us with improved creativity.
Let me know your thoughts on the comments below!
And if you’re a blogger, what lesson has blogging taught you?