Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. – Harvey Mackay
Time is funny.
Sometimes it seems to pass so quickly. At other times it seems like a snail could outrace it.
Today marks six months of blogging for me. That is one hundred and eighty-one days.
I have written and posted eighty-one posts (including this one).
I have gained seventy followers (thank you everyone!).
And I have learned so much about blogging, writing, and myself in these past months. Today I would like to share with you six things that I have learned in these six months.
These are not in any particular order. Hopefully this will help you with your own blog. I know that I’ve learned a lot from these kinds of posts.
1. Blogs are more difficult than they may first appear
When I first started this blog I thought that it would just be spending about an hour or so writing on this a week. I did not think that I would have time to do more on it.
Well, actually I didn’t really think about it before I started this blog. I mean, I had kind of been thinking about it for a few months, but I never thought that I would actually start one. Then one night I thought that it would be really cool to start a blog. The next day I mentioned it to my Mom, and she suggested WordPress. I looked at it, and I ended up starting my blog that very day. I know, not the most sensible thing to do, but it is not something that I regret at all.
Blogging is much harder than I first thought that it would be, but it is worth it.
2. It is possible to write posts while watching a movie
Before I started blogging, I had never had the need to write while watching a movie. Or if I did write it was never more than a couple of sentences.
Now I can write almost an entire blog post while watching a movie.
And it is actually a skill that I have found to be very useful. If I was not able to do this there would be several times that I would not have been able to get my post out on time if I had not been able to do this.
3. Sometimes things have to change in one’s blog
The reason and purpose that I started this blog has not changed, but sometimes things within the blog have to change.
Since I started this blog I have been writing three times a week. But now I am going to cut back to twice a week. It is not because I do not enjoy blogging, it is because I do enjoy blogging and do not want to be burned out.
This blog is something that I hope to keep going for a long, long time. Although I do not know how long.
And sometimes in order to do something things have to change.
4. Planning ahead is very important
When a person is trying to write three posts a week that each take at least two hours one has to plan ahead. At first I often would not even start writing a blog post until the very day that I wanted to post.
Since then I have learned about how WordPress has a scheduling thing and that has helped to make things easier. I can write things way in advance and schedule them for weeks or even months in advance. Although I have not gotten so that I can schedule more than a few days in advance.
Also, if I know I would not have time to write a post close to when I am supposed to post it I can always schedule it when I don’t have a bunch going on.
5. Stats don’t show everything
Stats are not everything. A bunch of people may not read and like and comment on a post, but that does not mean that it does not affect the thoughts and/or lives of those reading it.
We may never know who or how we affect people with our posts, but nonetheless our blogs do affect people.
6. Blogging is amazing
This is probably the most important thing that I have learned about blogging and it is something that we all need to remember.
Blogging is amazing.
It is a chance to connect with people. It is a chance to affect the lives of people who may live on the other side of the earth.
Blogging is something that I started just six months ago, and I feel privileged to have gotten involved in it.
It is not something that I plan to stop doing anytime soon. Though since life happens starting next week I will just be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays, instead of the Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays that I have been posting on.
What have you learned as you have blogged?