It’s been a little over three years since I started A Blissful Haven. In those 3 years I’ve learned a lot about blogging and even more about myself. A Blissful Haven was created as a way for me to escape my reality. Living in a one-bedroom apartment with my new(er) boyfriend and working full-time after quitting college was tough. I was having a huge identity crisis when A Blissful Haven was born. Now, after 3 years, I love reflecting over the lessons that blogging has taught me. While the purpose of A Blissful Haven has changed, the passion is still burning.
What Blogging Has Taught Me:
How To Take Risks //
Blogging is a great risk in itself. Now factor in announcing to your friends and family you started a blog and then pitching this brand you’ve created to companies and you’re a real risk taker. When I first started ABH, I blogged somewhat anonymously. I was so scared about what others would think of me that I kept this part of me to myself. Looking back I was crazy!
Self-confidence is something that everyone deals with at some point in their life. I’m currently going through it, well, was going through it. Blogging has taught me to love myself and love the changes that my body has made since graduating high school 6 years ago. After a lot of self-pity, I started to embrace my new body. That’s when the fashion posts started to appear on ABH. I’ve always loved fashion and at a young age I’d beg my mom to let me buy the newest issue of People’s Style Watch at the store. This blog has taught me to love myself, love my passion, and love the journey to becoming a girl boss.
To Take Pride //
It’s taken me a long time but I’ve finally learned to take pride in my work. Pride pays off. The more time, energy, and effort put into something, the greater the reward. The biggest reward is happiness. I’m so happy to see where ABH has gone in 3 years and I know that there is still so much work to be done but that’s what keeps me focused. I can’t wait to see what the next couple months and even years bring.
There’s Always More To Learn //
Blogging is constantly changing. Whether it’s a new algorithm change, a new trend, a new social media outlet, a new visual layout, and so much more. I hated learning in college because the topics never struck an interest with me. Now, with blogging, I love to learn. There are tons of free webinars that I sign up for in hopes to gain 1 or 2 things that might be new or I might have needed more coaching on. Recently, I broke down and invested in a paid course. To be a better blogger, I must be willing to invest in myself to learn more. Just when I think I’ve heard and learned it already, something new will pop up that I need to learn.
Not to compare myself to others //
The comparison game is real, yo! Every blogger faces this at some point. You’re constantly comparing your body, your content, your following size, your photo quality, and so much more. While I suffer from occasionally, I can only do my best. At the end of the day, if I look back and say that this blog post is the best I can do, then I’m happy. There are so many crazy social media algorithms that are preventing bloggers and creatives from being seen. I can make a choice to let it get to me or decide to keep putting my best foot forward. In the last few months, I have made the decision to stop comparing myself. At the end of the day it doesn’t make me a better blogger, it stresses me out. Comparison leaves me feeling overwhelmed which doesn’t benefit myself or my amazing readers aka you.
Blogging friends are the best friends //
While I love my real life friends, there’s just something about the amazing friends I’ve made through blogging. Not only are blogging friends sweet and caring but they get every aspect of you. They’re bloggers just like you so they understand the frustration of social media and pitching to brands. They understand the joys of reaching the next 1,000 on social media or having a pin go viral or crossing off a major blog goal. Blog friends just get it.
Looking back, I’m so glad I took the leap to join this crazy world of blogging. The lessons that blogging has taught me have shaped me as a person. There are so many more lessons that blogging has taught than the six mentioned above. I’m so extremely grateful to be on this journey.
Are you a blogger? What’s the biggest lesson blogging has taught you?
If you aren’t a blogger, what’s the biggest risk you’ve taken? Was it worth it?