It’s my one year blogaversary y’all! Oh my God, has it really been a year?! So much has happened in the last year. I’ve been featured on blogs and newsletters, snagged a few sponsorships, and I even wrote a book !! Yes, you read that right. Growing Girls With Curls is a book now! Starting my blog was hands down the best decision that I’ve ever made (besides birthing the minions). Blogging has opened so many doors for me, but things weren’t always sunshine,skittles, and rainbows. In the last year; I lost my main source of income, was kicked out of more than a few blogging groups (Kanye shrug), and I’ve experience writers block/burnout more than a few times. In the end, this last year of blogging was epic and I’m excited to see what the future has in store.
Consistency is key:
If you’re a blogger and you’re reading this, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Writing blogs is the easy part, getting people to READ what you wrote is where the work comes in. I’ll never forget how bummed I was my first few months blogging. My content was great, but my views left much to be desired. I wanted to give up, but my pride wouldn’t let me. Consistently posting on the blog and social media is what saved me. I wrote, even when I felt like no one would read it.
Everyone wants to see you do good, until you actually start doing good.
I cannot count the number of friends that disappeared when opportunities started to present themselves. I’ve even had family members dismiss my blog like it was nothing. I learned quickly that blogging is just like anything else. You have people genuinely rooting for you, and you have people who will root for you as long as they feel they’re doing better than you. It’s up to you to work past it, or let get to you. I chose to work past it.
It’s not what you know, but WHO you know.
Networking and building relationships is everything. I’ve met so many amazing mom bloggers this year. There are a few that I talk to everyday! They’re the best friends that I don’t really know, but I know lol. We’ve all bounced ideas off of each other and helped each other with blog related opportunities. Big thank you to the ladies of Mom Bloggers Unite and Not Your Average Mom Blogger for making this year of blogging epic!!
Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery, it’s annoying!
Let’s talk about popcorn bloggers . . . People that pop up wanting to blog because they see it working for you. I’ve always been the type to do my own thing, so I struggled with keeping my mouth shut when I noticed this. There is nothing more annoying that being passionate about something and having the next person copy you just because. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to check myself within the last year. As annoying as it is, there IS enough internet for everyone. Besides, if their heart isn’t in it, they’ll give up eventually.
Social media algorithms can be your best friend, or your worst enemy.
Before I started blogging, I had a Facebook and that’s it. I didn’t care about followers, views, or likes. I didn’t know what an algorithm was, and it didn’t effect my day. Now, I LIVE on social media. If I’m not on my Instagram page, I’m posting to my Facebook or Twitter. Pinterest is life, and the word algorithm makes me cringe. I seriously have this love hate relationship with social media. I love connecting with my readers, but I hate trying to one up the latest social media algorithm.
When I started blogging, I literally started from the bottom. I had a Facebook for personal use, but that’s it. I didn’t know anything about using social media for traffic, and I was hesitant to try. I read A LOT of blog posts about social media marketing and I did a lot of learning through trial and error. I’m extremely proud of the growth I’ve experienced this year. I can’t wait to see next year’s update!
Did I mention that today is ALSO my book release? I’ve been taking pre-order’s all month, but today is THE day! Growing Girl With Curls is now available for sale on the blog AND Amazon.com. Six months ago, I was jobless and one unemployment check away from homeless. I literally put what little faith I had left into writing and finishing this book. Now, I’m a Medical Receptionist, mom blogger, and PUBLISHED AUTHOR. You can’t tell me that God isn’t real after what I’ve experienced. You can purchase your copy on the blog here. If you’re Amazon prime members, you can click here to order your copy from Amazon! Don’t forget to leave a review!!
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