Life & Learning

7 Things Blogging Has Taught Me

I’ve got 7 things for you. Seven super simple things! With 3 years of consistently learning this blogging skill, I have some important things to pass along.  I may not be a PRO, but I’m confident these things will be helpful to you. And today, that’s what I want to be—helpful! I hope this encourages you and gives you new energy to continue blogging even when it’s hard and slow.

So here we go!

BloggingLessons

1. Be just as confident with 5 followers as you are with 100+ followers.

We shortchange ourselves all the time. I only have 5 followers, so basically no one really cares about my blog. I only have 19 followers, it’s going so slow. Why should I even write? Maybe all of us bloggers have been there…??

But here’s the thing, have the same attitude with 5 followers as you do with 100+. Write with the same passion and the same confidence. Strengthen your community. Thank them for being there. Enjoy when you grow. Enjoy when you don’t. A fall in stats should not make you re-think your entire blogging career. Just keep writing. Keep enjoying the 5. Those 5 turn into 100.

Enjoy the process.

2. Spend two hours every week just getting to know your blog.

It might be hard to find that kind of time in this crazy thing called life. But if you can dedicate at least 2 hours of your week to figuring out your blog, your widgets, your set-up, your design, then your blog will improve by eons. You will start to really understand how you want your blog to look and what kind of content you desire to post.

Two hours goes a long way, and all the behind-the-scenes work really pays off! Continue reading “7 Things Blogging Has Taught Me”

Life & Learning

A Cup of Chai Tea with This Busy Life, Please

I just wanted to share with you some of the happenings in my life. I so often share thoughts and short stories that I neglect to show you the personal side of my life. It’s been a full and busy month of September and October has just seemed to be even busier. Is that possible?!

I began my teacher/assistant/secretary/throw me anywhere job near the beginning of September. The whiteout abounds, and the class preparation becomes easier and harder at the same time.

whiteout
To read more about this teaching experience: http://sierrabrock.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/whiteout/

I went to a Teacher’s convention at the beginning of October and my, what a wonderful experience that was! However, I did happen to lose the hotel room card in the beach sand, though I later found it….phew! I also realized that beach sunsets are far less enjoyable when Ben isn’t with me. They are still beautiful, but just not as enjoyable. I settled for a simple phone call instead. Continue reading “A Cup of Chai Tea with This Busy Life, Please”