Before I hit publish on my first post ever (this one), I spent a ton of time reading other wonderful blogs out there, paying special attention to posts featuring tips on what you need to know before starting a blog of your own. There was a lot of great information out there and the main tips I picked up were:
- Have lots of content ready before you start
- It's more important to post regularly than all of the time
- Find your niche and stick to it
- Be active on social media
- Have bright, big, high quality photos and a clean layout
- Be a part of the community - read other blogs, comment always and genuinely get to know your fellow bloggers
All of these points center around the idea of having great content, getting people to visit your blog so that they can see your great content and giving them a reason to come back. I figured that I could follow these rules - I was already reading lots of blogs and posting daily on Instagram. I knew that I wanted my blog to be based primarily in fashion, with some posts on nail art, music and fitness added in. So I would begin to create content, with the promise that I would post 3 times a week.
Well that plan kind of went to crap as soon as I'd written that one post. I was too excited and proud about it to wait to publish it. And shortly after that I had failed on many of the other points too. But do you know what's awesome? It doesn't matter!
I didn't get into blogging to become famous, or to make money. Sure those things would be really cool, but it's not why I'm here. I'm doing this because it's something I genuinely enjoy (when I have the time for it). It's an awesome creative outlet for me and I was feeling that was a lacking area in my life. It's pushed me, in a good way, to get out of my comfort zone. In short, I am doing it for me.
I don't want anyone to take this the wrong way and think that I don't care about the people who read my blog because I do. I care a lot. But life is a balancing act and sometimes there are more important things than this blog.
For years I have been working full time, as well as taking a 60% class load at the University of Regina (which the government still counts as full time - YAY for tax breaks!), living on my own and looking after my sweet dog, Mira. I've had several friends tell me that they don't know how I can do so much at once, but in my opinion it's just a matter of priorities. First and foremost is mine and Mira's well-being, then my job, then school, then this blog. This means that sometimes I'm not going to do great in school and I've accepted that. And sometimes I won't be able to post for a while (like my recent month long post hiatus).
Perhaps one day I will have less going on so that I'll be able to post 5 times per week. But if I've learned anything in the past few years it's that my life isn't constant and I don't think it will ever be. And I love that. I have the soul of an adventurer and each step I take is meant to bring new, exciting things into my life. This blog has already taken me to some amazing places and I can only hope that there's more incredible things to come.