Tuesday, June 14, 2016

1,000th Post -- 10 Lessons I've Learned From Blogging

Never in a million years did I think I would ever blog for as long as I have. This past March, WMM turned 4 and this post is my 1,000th published post. ONE THOUSAND!! It's hard to think that I've shared so much over the years but here we are, at this big milestone. Blogging has given me so much more than I ever imagined. Never did I think sharing our daily lives and things we love online would shape our world like it has. In honor of today's milestone, I want to share a handful of lessons I've learned along the way.

You can be best friends with people you've never meet before. Never did I think I would come to love and cherish people that I've created online friendships with so much. We moved from daily reads to friends we text with daily, FaceTime with and have long phone calls with about motherhood, relationships and life in general. These friendships have been the surprise and biggest blessing.

I have a creative side after all. Growing up, I never would have considered my creative. I was an okay writer who loved to read and discuss/talk with others. That love has allowed me to share so much on my blog, things that have connected with others on levels I never really considered. This creative space has always allowed me to grow as a person as I stay at home with Connor.

Making money doing what you love is a ton of fun. Before becoming a blogger and SAHM I had a career I loved, one I miss from time to time. But I've been blessed with the chance to make a small bit of money sharing products and reviews with my readers. This income, while very tiny, has allowed us to do some really fun things that we wouldn't have considered doing otherwise.

People can be really mean when protected by a computer. While I've never had to deal with such ugliness, internet trolls are a real thing and often making blogging harder than it should be. While I welcome feedback on my blog and any other, I think it should be done tastefully and with care. After all, we are being very open and vulnerable when we publish such personal pieces.

Blogging takes a ton of work. I've grown Wife Mommy Me and my social media sites a ton over the last 4 years and while I am, in no way, a big blog, I have a pretty amazing following and it took a major amount of time, effort and desire on my end to make it what it is today.

Giving up is harder than you think. I've considered quitting blogging a handful of times but never have. Why? Because I would miss the community that blogging has to offer. From the friendships to the posts that have helped me to the pieces I've written that have touched others, I just can't call it quits yet. Blogger is part of who I am.

You get what you give. If you are trying to get other people to always give you more value than you give them – in real life or on your blog – then you suck the positive feelings out of the place. And people will become less and less likely to want to hang around and interact with you. I have found that supporting other bloggers not only benefits them but me as well.

Page views and social media follows don't define your worth as a blogger. I would be over the moon excited if I had big numbers across the board but when it comes down to it, I want to be reading something real from others and I expect the same thing for myself. So while big numbers are nice, they don't make you as a blogger. The connections you make on a personal level is what is gives you the best return on investment.

There is always more work to be doing. I've came along way since the first 2 years of blogging. My space has grown into more of a lifestyle blog and less of a baby book for C. I've grown so much as a person thanks to this outlet. I am more confident, more knowledgeable, even more forgiving. Self-improvement is a never-ending story and the more effort you put in, the more benefits you'll see.

Being you, the good, bad, the messy you is pure blogging gold. I've never shied away from who we are, who I am and that has allowed others to feel like I'm someone that they can relate to. It's easy to get caught up on being perfect but I'm here to say that being imperfectly perfect is much better. Being raw and honest gives others something to relate to and after all, don't we all want to belong?

Blogging has been the biggest surprise blessing. I don't know where I would be - as a friends, wife, mother - if it weren't for blogging. To all of who you read each post, who have been there from the start, who have just recently joined us on our journey, THANK YOU! Without the support of my husband, my friends - real life and online - I never would have been today, clicking publish on my 1,000th post.

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