Ah. It’s time for one of those super sentimental posts. I’m totally in awe of how much my blog has grown in the past month. In the past month, my blog has surpassed both the 6000 and 7000 page view milestones (the big 10000 is so close!)
There have been so many lessons learnt. Blogging has been so important for my personal growth, and has definitely contributed to my outlook on life.
lesson one: thousands of followers don’t guarantee your success as a blogger.
fun fact, as of right now I have about 8000 followers between my two Twitter accounts (yes, I have two, it’s a long story) and about 2000 on Instagram. I know of local bloggers who have double that… but they’re very ‘disconnected’ from their audience. The numbers don’t matter if you can’t influence and relate to your readers.
on that note… lesson one point one: there’s no guaranteed way to blogging success
Also, social media is not a good thing to base your self worth on. I’ve been there, and it’s a hard lesson to learn. Rather, base your self worth on how you treat others, and how you make a difference in the lives of others.
lesson two: stay authentic
you may have noticed – there are a couple of bloggers who are almost identical in what they post and how they write and you can feel come across as fake. I found the second I steered away from that style of blogging and made it genuine, and my own little blog community grew exponentially. I’ve been applying this in real life – authenticity – and my personal relationships have become so much better and freeing…
It’s hard to fake being someone you’re not for a long period of time, it becomes draining and you start losing sight of who you really are. Stay true to who you are, and you’ll find yourself being happier.
lesson three: the scars you share…
“The scars you share become lighthouses for people who are headed for the same rocks you hit”
I posted something personal on my Instagram a little while ago and the response was overwhelming. So many people can learn from your mistakes and experiences. I think that’s what blogging is about though – many people now look for people they can relate to.
Real life application? Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. If you attend a church and they have small groups – go to them and share. Use your experiences to help others. You could even use blogging (if you’re not already a blogger) or Twitter or Tumblr or Instagram. There are entire online communities out there that I bet you never knew existed… but can relate to. Go hunting. Get sharing.
To my readers though, thank you so much for being part of this journey, You make me so happy and I am so appreciative of all the support you’ve shown me. I hope that you stick around for many more milestones (: