So I have been blogging (consistently) for about two months now, and I was thinking about everything I have learned and everything I have yet to learn. I’ve recently taught myself a bunch about going self hosted and I’m still trying to figure out certain things. Along with this, I feel like I’ve learned some things about myself, too. There is so many different aspects when it comes to blogging and I’ve kind of figured out the things that I like and the things that I don’t like. I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of the things that blogging has taught me about myself.
For starters, I’ve realized that I like writing more personal posts. The whole reason I started blogging was because I wanted a place where I could talk about all my thoughts, ideas, etc. Blogging has kind of become like a friend, as weird as that sounds. When I published my previous post, I had reread it and thought about how much I enjoyed writing it. It was personal and I loved that people could get a better sense of who I was through it. It felt as though I was having a conversation with a friend or writing in my journal. I’ve always been the type of person who likes to talk about my feelings and have deep conversations and so I think personal posts will sum up a lot of the content on my blog in the future. I am also currently thinking of different kinds of series that I could start that involve others from the blogging community.
The next thing was that I was never going to be a blogger who had a niche. When I started blogging all I kept seeing everywhere was “you needed a niche”, “you needed a niche!”- I’ve come to the conclusion that my niche is a little bit of everything. I don’t like the idea of being stuck to only talking about one thing because I just want to write about whatever on my mind at that moment. Thats what blogging is about anyways, right? I honestly should of seen this coming since I’ve never been the type of person to only have one interest. I mean, it took me two years to decide on a major. The only downside of this is that I’ve been having trouble figuring out how to make so many categories while trying to still keep it simple and organized.
I have also learned that I feel better about my blog when I use my own pictures. Even though they aren’t the best quality and not really that creative, I’m trying, and I like seeing my own photos attached to my posts. It just feels more personal to me and I honestly just like the way it looks on the home page of my site. A weird part of me also like challenging myself to get better and better and photography! I’ve been trying to replace all the images that I used from Pexels with my own. I’ve also downloaded a ton of new editing apps and its been fun trying out different editing styles and seeing how they look with my posts.
I also realized that I am terrible at making featured images. This one sort of goes with the photography one but also has to do with the set up of my blog. Right now, I have this little slider on my home page that shows my latest posts. I’ve become obsessed with making all the pictures match a certain “aesthetic”. I really want it to be the prettiest part of my blog since its the first thing other people and me, see when they look at my site. I haven’t found yet, what exact theme I want to go for and its so frustrating but slowly I’m trying to change things and try out new looks which is why my posts pictures have been changing kind of often. Hopefully the next time I do this kind of post, I can say I’ve improved.
The last thing I learned is that I am a total perfectionist (and its annoying). I’ve been noticing this a lot lately that when it comes to my creative side, I can not do anything unless I’m happy with it. If you are curious as to how bad it actually is, the trash section currently has thirty five posts. These are filled with multiples of the same post, that I’ve rewritten over and over because I don’t like the way the last one sounds. I cannot be the only person like this and I imagine that there are other bloggers who are just like this, so please let me know that you understand me.