Today I woke up to an exciting WordPress notification: a trophy congratulating me on gaining 500 followers. When I started my blog almost two years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I’m so proud of how far I have come! I have accomplished more than I thought I would, and I have also learned a lot.
In the past, I have written posts about blogging tips (you can find those posts here and here). Today, in celebration of 500 followers, I thought I would write a similar post – except, instead of it being about things I’ve learned that apply to blogging, it is things blogging has taught me in general. Enjoy!
1. Run with random ideas. We all get random ideas that pop into our heads. Some of them are brilliant; some of them are horrible. At first, it can be hard to tell if an idea is great or not. But if we don’t run with our ideas, and at least try to make something out of them, then we’ll never know what they could become.
My blog began as essentially a random idea. My English teacher was introducing a semester-long passion project, where we could work on any project we were passionate about, and starting a blog popped into my mind immediately. At that point, I literally had no idea what a blog was. Despite this, I chose to run with my idea; and today, looking back, I’m so glad that I did.
2. There’s never a perfect time. When I had the idea to start my blog, I could have waited to create it. I could have done a ton of research, and spent time reading other blogs, until I felt more confident in my ability to manage a blog. There’s nothing wrong with doing these things, obviously, but if I had waited until I was confident I never would have started blogging. There is never a perfect moment to do something – so go ahead and do it.
3. Hard work pays off. This is pretty obvious, but my experience blogging has really solidified it for me. If you want a certain result, work for it; your hard work will pay off. For example, it was at least a few months before I began getting consistent traffic to my blog. In those first few months I could have become so discouraged that I stopped blogging. However, I didn’t – because I knew that if I worked hard and kept writing, eventually it would pay off. Today, celebrating 500 followers, I can say that it certainly did pay off.
4. You can be taken seriously by adults – even when you’re a teenager. It has only been in the last few months, and with the Teens Tell Their Story project, that I have begun to tap into all of the amazing teen bloggers on the Internet. Before that, I assumed blogging – and in particular, WordPress – was adult-dominated. In some ways, it is. Yet, as a teenager, I’ve never felt inferior to adult bloggers.
In fact, I’ve been surprised how many people comment telling me they had no clue I was a teenager; and I’ve been even more surprised by the times when people know I am a teenager, but still give me feedback and comments as if I’m an adult. From this I have learned that in any area of life, no matter what factor you feel sets you apart from other people, you can still be accepted.
What have you learned from blogging?