Stan is now a year old!!! *hurls coffee beans and confetti and happiness*
I can't believe I've now been blogging for a whole year. It doesn't feel like that long. Like, HOW? I am so, so glad I started it though. I have not had a single moment of regret. Blogging is such a blessing to me, and it's a way to share my thoughts and ideas with other writers in a beautiful way.
In typical Hannah fashion when she reaches a milestone like this, I'm going to give you a list of things I've learned from blogging.
#1: Just do it.
"I don't know what to post about next week. Maybe I'll write about vulnerability ...?" *Friday comes* "Um...." then you gotta JUST DO IT.
(also, no. i am not promoting Nike.)
But I'm serious. A lot of the time, I'll have a post and it's midnight on Friday and I need to sleep, but I just don't feel like posting it cause what if it's not good? What if I'm not coherent? What if people think these brain thoughts of mine are just silly and stupid?
You just gotta do it. And what happens, happens. And that's life for you.
#2: Make a schedule and stick to it.
This was a big "guideline" that I knew in a subconscious sort of way before I started blogging. I knew that if I wanted blogging to go well for me, I needed to set a schedule and stick with it. Otherwise, all order would collapse and I would get nothing done and never post and Stan would remain a tiny little creature and no one would ever come by.
Which might not have happened to that extent, but I would not have just reached 10k page views *goofy grin* and I would not have 88 followers.
Stan's been growing slow, but steady. And I think keeping a consistent posting schedule has really helped with that.
#3: Write what's on your mind.
The best posts I write are usually written in a single sitting the day before I need to post.
I like to ponder what I'll write about during the week, and when Friday night comes I'll sit down, crack my knuckles, and get to work. It usually takes me ... an hourish? I think? *should time myself sometime* If I've been pondering it all week, it comes easier. Then it's just getting a cover photo together.
In terms of building an audience, I would suggest ....
#4: Visit other blogs and comment.
#5: It doesn't have to be perfect.
This ties back into the "just doing it" aspect of blogging. Blogging is an art form in itself, and art isn't supposed to be perfect. You have typos? That's okay. You have a few grammatical errors? Fine. Some analogies that are limp as wilted lettuce? Let it go.
Which leads to my last bit of advice to you guys.
#6: Let it go.
Just like you have to let go of your story, let go of each and every blog post you put up. Once you hit that publish button, it's out in the world. There's no taking it back. It's gone - bye bye. Which means it isn't yours anymore. Not really. In all likelihood, every person who reads it will take something from it differently than the other. Some meanings they derive may be ones you didn't even intend to incorporate.
But such is the beautiful, slightly messy way of art.
And I lied. I have one more point.
#7: You have a voice.
Back when I first started, I was kind of insecure. I didn't know if I really had anything to contribute to the blogosphere. There are lots of other bloggers out there who are much wiser and more experienced than myself. What could I possibly have to offer?
It took me some time to discover what kind of posts hold my heart, and what the bulk of what I say here on Stan would be about. Encouragement rather than techy stuff. And that's okay. Encouragement is amazing, and so is the techy stuff. They're all good.
You have to find what you love and enjoy and embrace it. Don't feel bad about it since you might be different than others. Differences are good. Embrace them!
Another funny thing: I didn't really think I had a voice? Which is, ehem, stupid. Cause everyone does. But I felt like I was just a bland strip of words with no color or texture. I just kind of blended in and meshed with the rest of the world.
And then someone commented and said something along the lines of, "Your voice is so raw. You lay it all out there as it is."
And I was stunned by that. I'd never had the perspective to see my voice as others might, and when I read that comment it brought me a lot of peace.
We all have a voice. But, since it's ours, we can't really see it.
That doesn't mean it isn't there.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I'm sorry I can't do a cool give away or something, but ... I'm poor. So just accept my love and hugs and coffee *passes out cocoa and coffee and chocolate*
Are you a blogger? What have you learned from it? If you're not a blogger, are there any aspects of blogging that you can take away for your writing?