In the past couple weeks I've read so many great posts about blogging. Yes, I just linked to 7 posts, not to mention all of the conversations on Twitter. They've all inspired me to share my blogging journey.
I switched from Xanga to Blogger in 2007 thanks to a recommendation from a friend. I had a very dull internship and was looking for a way to pass the time. I wrote my thoughts and feelings openly because I thought that only my roommate and a handful of friends were reading. I also used my little space on the internet to keep track of music that was stuck in my head - even back then I posted weekly playlists.
A few months in people who I didn't know in real life began commenting. They would come back daily and follow along with my life. Through their comments I began following their blogs and eventually created friendships. I never felt like an insider in the popular 20-Something blogging community, but I met some truly great friends who shared my interests - something I struggled to find in the real world.
I'm grateful for those 'old days,' but I wouldn't say that I would want to go back. When my blog was young I posted about much of my personal life, I'm still genuine, but I don't share nearly as many details because, like me, my blog has matured.
I'm proud of my blog, where it's been and where it is now, and I'm still excited about the community and meeting new people. I've always kept this space true to myself and the things that I like. I've always blogged on my own schedule and have never been concerned with page views. I plan to keep it that way.
Here are some rules that I try to follow -
- Don't compare! Be inspired by other blogs, but don't compare yours. Do what you love and don't worry about anyone else. Some of the blogs you are drooling over are run by full time bloggers, meaning that it's their source of income, of course they put in extra effort.
- Let blogging be a hobby. Post on your time. I work a 9am-6pm job, so I can't put as much time into my blog as I'd like. I don't force myself to post a certain number of posts, I just write and share when I'm inspired.
- Be true to you. Write about things you like, otherwise it will seem forced. I think Kyla said it best, "remember your story." Every post is another page in your book, make sure each connects back to your overall story.
- Respond! I love my blog very much because of the connections I have made through it. If you comment on one of my posts, I promise I will follow your blog back and comment on one of your posts. You put in what you get out, relationships don't happen if you are merely broadcasting your thoughts.
Now, tell me about your blogging journey!