I can’t believe that it has been one year already. Time sure does fly. I remember how excited I was to begin the blogging journey in June 2018. I never knew what I was going into, what sort of dedication I needed and what was required of me. Well, it was the best thing for me because I have learnt what it means to fall, rise and walk. Today, I will share my one year journey in blogging and the life lessons that I learned with each experience.
If you are not really interested in the journey; scroll below to view the life lessons.
No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.
Any venture in life can give you incredible life lessons.
In June 2018, I did not know much about writing. All I knew is that I loved writing and I wanted to reach the world and inspire people. I was sure that all I needed was to be real and write out my heart. That is exactly what I did and not many people responded or even bothered to read what I had to say.
Then, I discovered that I needed to do some marketing and that involved social media. I have never been the biggest fan of social media so for sure this was a huge task for me. Where was I going to start? What do people even post on social media? I knew I did not want to fill the blog’s page with my photos – I did not even have enough because taking photos has never been my thing. And that was my first hurdle!
After that, I needed to know how social media works. That was like taking a course in university! I can’t proudly say now I know the tips and tricks because I barely know half of how it works.
I spent a lot of time doing some research trying to see what works and how others did it. For the whole year, I spent a lot of time doing trials because I knew I had a very small audience. Therefore, I could try a lot of things with minimal risk. I focused on seeing what did well and learning the skills that I did not have.
At the same time, I was in my last year of campus which demanded a lot of my time leaving me with very few hours to blog. Somehow, I managed and completed campus with the blog still hanging in there somewhere. After campus, life changed and dealing with the change is something I am still working on.
I have wanted to quit plenty of times, but this blog is the one thing that I own. It is my first project and quitting would mean that I will never succeed. I had a dream for it and I was not willing to let go. Each time, there was a different challenge and sometimes I failed terribly and went into hibernation for months.
One Year Later
After the first year of the blog, I cannot say it is a success. It is not anywhere near success even, but I have learned a lot. I have learned how to deal with failure, what it takes to make decisions, how to deal with bad decisions and to focus on one thing at a time.
Hard work pays but nobody tells you after how long the hard work will pay. I think this should be life lesson number one. It is extremely challenging to keep doing something and not reaping any fruits. What it teaches you is to learn to motivate yourself. If it means taking time away to refocus or gain a bearing, you are allowed.
You will never know the taste of success if you do not know failure. Life lesson number two right there! Sometimes I would get so overwhelmed that it made sense to take a break. I always wondered what I will say when I came back.
I have read people’s story saying how their first year was a success. For me, it was a complete opposite. It was not the best year but there are many more good years to come.
However, there were days that brought so much joy. These were the days that made me know that one day when I choose to be serious, I will succeed.
I am hopeful with what the new year brings. At least now I know quite something, and I have a plan per se (the reason why you should subscribe). With all the mistakes and challenges I am better equipped.
Life Lessons Learned
All the life lessons are inspired from what I went through in the first year. I can’t identify which one was the best or hardest to learn but they all took time.
1. Follow your dreams.
Regardless of whether people think you can make it or not. There is no sweeter joy than looking back and seeing yourself grow. Nobody will get you whether you try to explain yourself or prove that what you are doing is valid.
2. Hard work does not pay immediately.
Just because they say hard work pays; it does not pay immediately. It may take one day, one year, ten years whatever. Learn to persevere and enjoy the moment. Most importantly, don’t let your lack of patience be the reason why you won’t succeed.
3. Derive your joy from within.
Don’t wait to get joy from statistics/people. Derive your joy from what you do and in my case, blogging not from how many people are reading my blog. That way, you will avoid getting depressed. In life, do not wait to be happy when the world approves you. Get joy from within.
4. Always be willing to learn.
There is always new technology, new algorithms, and new everything. You just have to learn and keep learning. We are told the only constant in life is change hence we can never stop learning.
Do your research if you have to. Read as many books as you can. Do not ever think that now you know it all! You don’t and never will. Keep learning!
5. Accept change.
Things in the digital space are always changing. Each year updates are released and you have to deal with it because it is beyond your control. A lot of things happen in life that are not in our control and we need to learn to accept them. Don’t ever oppose change because you will suffer.
6. Be real.
Stand out by being real. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on material things just to prove a point. Learn to accept who you are. Just be yourself and do what you love. Faking it till you make it requires a particular mindset and you have to prepare yourself.
Hear from me: You Are Good Enough!
7. Accept failure.
Accept failure when it comes and deal with it. It is also good to know that success won’t come easy so most of the time you’ll be failing and the faster you get up, the faster you will achieve your goal.
8. Take a break!
Take a break when you feel you need to. This is your chance to refocus and get new ideas. Even in life, sometimes you need to press pause otherwise you will end up depressed. Once in a while take time and focus on yourself especially when you feel the burnout.
9. Don’t compare.
Do not compare yourself or anything you have with anybody or anything. This is a recipe for disaster because you get obsessed with someone’s passion and forget yours. Do not lose your uniqueness. Likewise, with you, do not compare yourself with anybody. You are enough!
10. Light at the end of the tunnel.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Regardless of how dark things are looking, trust that there will be light. You just need to keep moving because if you stop; you sure won’t see the light. Even after taking a break, come back and be ready to pick up from where you left off and go!
There is a lot of power in focus. When you choose to focus on something you will break through. The mistake we make – myself included – is wanting to work on a million things at the same time. It is one step at a time otherwise you will not succeed.
12. Instant gratification is an enemy of success.
This is a dangerous drug and I knew its danger because I fell in its trap. What happens is that you want to see yourself grow and grow really fast. You get addicted to the numbers! It takes a really long time to be known and you need to be patient. Always remember that all good things take time.
13. Treat yourself like someone you care about.
Many people tell me that I am too hard on myself. That is true but it is what gives me energy to keep pushing myself to achieve higher. On the other hand, sometimes it makes me hate myself. Once in a while I tell myself that it is okay for me not to be where I had planned I will be. I also treat myself and show myself how to let go.
Celebrate your milestones no matter how small they are. This is part of treating yourself like someone you care about. If you don’t celebrate who will? Do a happy dance for everything small you achieve.
If blogging has been your passion, just start. You will spend so much time planning but will not execute. I did so much research before I started and still after starting realized it was not enough. Now after one year is when I can say I have a clearer vision and goal of what I want with this venture.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.Martin Luther King Jr.
As I wish my blog a happy first birthday, I hope that the second year will be better and that next year I will be saying that I am closer to what I hope to achieve with this blog. I look forward to inspiring more people to love their life. It is my hope that I will achieve everything on my agenda for this year.
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