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What 24 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

  1. Learn to post on time. Otherwise you’ll be celebrating your two year blogversary ten days too late.
  2. Listen to your audience. As much as you’re writing for yourself, you’re also writing to help your readers traverse this veil of tears safely, so give them what they want sometimes.
  3. Trust your voice. In the beginning, it’s tough finding what exactly makes you who you are as a writer, but if you keep at it long enough, and if you practice, you’ll find out who you are. Until then, don’t stop searching.
  4. Build your niche as you go. Don’t expect your blog to stay the same forever. Experiment as much as you can in the early stages. Find what works for you and what doesn’t. Which font suits your blogging style? Which background? What kind of humour makes you and your readers happy? Never stop asking yourself these questions, and perfect yourself as you learn more.
  5. Invite criticism. Ask everyone and his brother to come and give you advice on how to make your game stronger. Doesn’t matter if they know anything about blogging or not. The beauty (and irony) of the online world is that everyone has opinions, so use it your advantage.
  6. Keep your first blog post online. They’re usually the cringiest pieces of baloney you ever could have written and you can look back and feel proud about the progress you’ve made. Reader, I beg you, don’t read my first blog. Please.
  7. CONNECT. The whole point of blogging, in my experience, has been to reduce the amount of loneliness and complacency in the world by creating a personal, safe space for online and irl discourse, so by all means, keep all lines open.
  8. Keep your ears peeled. Listen to any advice, inspiration, or benign idea that comes your way. Trust me. You’ll never see an idea coming, so stay alert or it’ll sweep you off the ground before you can make heads or tails of it.
  9. Surround yourself with writers who inspire. Although blogging is largely a solitary experience, it doesn’t always have to be. Consciously make the decision to be around the kind of people who literally, through their energy, compel you to write more. Luckily, I found my people very early – I have my closest friends, and I have writers who are equally as passionate about life as I am – but I encourage you to never stop looking for more reasons to write, and here’s why:
  10. You will want to stop. One day, it will seem worthless. The words will stop. Your fountain will run dry. The fear of judgement will kick in faster than the speed of your thoughts, you will curl up into a ball of comfort and all your beautiful dreams, like all beautiful things, will die of neglect and resentment and disregard.

Don’t stop. don’t. stop. Post a word a day if you have to, but don’t stop. Take a week’s break if you have to, but come back. This is not only a matter of not giving up, it is a matter of staying true to who you are. Speaking your mind is a brave, brave thing. I need you to be brave. Put your heart and soul out into the world, because people will see it, and people will continue to believe in the power words have. And one day, you’ll have an amazing story to tell.