Is it too late in the year to still be posting about things I learned in 2015? I hope not. I have only recently had a chance to catch my breath and realise that it actually is honest-to-goodness new year. Not “woot woot baby new year – let’s do this thing” but “school has started, the business year has started, it’s gotten real and I actually do have to do this thing” new year.
The part of the year where it’s time to put plans into action. The GSD* part. A time to consider what worked, what didn’t and what I might like to change. If you aren’t a blogger or business owner, this post may not be of much interest, but you might like Little things to make life easier
*GSD – get sh*t done (just not normally a sweary kind of girl – but I don’t mind if you do)
I give you what I learned about blogging in 2015 …
- There are approximately three gazillion blogs out there. The only thing that differentiates mine, is me. Perhaps it’s not much — but it’s all I have. So, I’ll stay true to what I like to write. It is hugely varied and so far from any kind of niche it’s not funny.
- I am okay with not having a niche. I am not very fond of being placed in a box in any case. Being niche-less doesn’t amount to aimless. It just means I have a wide variety of interests. Like pretty much everyone else I know. Niches and riches only rhymes in America anyways.
- I have a blog. That’s it. The internet does not owe me readership by virtue of its existence. Brands don’t owe me advertising. I am not waiting by the post for gifts. I can work towards each of those things. But it is a different and seperate layer of work to writing posts. One I find a little daunting but am very grateful for when it comes my way. But it doesn’t come with writing alone – there is a building business aspect that needs to be attended to.
- There is value in tending to the older words. Over the past year and a bit I have built up quite a lot of content. I tend to throw it away and not return to it. I’m always on the look out for the next shiny object — the next idea. Then I might read an old post and realise that it still has value and that I could update it or promote it. I am going to work harder on actually doing that this year.
- 90% done produces 0 results. Finish things. Oh, the things I have on the shelf! So nearly complete. Then something happens and I just don’t finalise. I am not sure if it’s because I fear sending my work out into the world or some shiny new object has caught my eye or a combination of both. But the work is so nearly done. This year is the year I finish things.
- I don’t want anyone to read out of obligation. The blogging community is a lovely and supportive one. People comment, share the love, create communities and build friendships. I adore that. But I would hate, hate for anyone to ever come and read this small part of the internet out of a sense of obligation to that community. I want my words to find an audience they truly resonate with. I don’t want it to feel like blog homework.
- Don’t compare and don’t assume. You might know the feeling. You are a bit down about your own journey and all you seem to see around you is success, success, success. And you just want a tiny little bite of that, but it seems jealously guarded and no-one is prepared to share their slice. It’s an illusion. A complete illusion. There is no limited pool of success. There is no jealously guarded secret. Let the comparisons go. Celebrate in other people’s successes – revel in the fact it means that there is plenty of opportunity to go around. Be open. Be supportive. Help others where you can. If you really want something, maybe ask for it. Find your thing and do it.
- I can take a break and the world won’t end. Over the Christmas break I found small spaces of time to write and schedule posts. I spent very little time interacting with other blogs. I tended to write in bulk and then leave things for a week or two. I felt terrible about it. But you know what? The world didn’t end. I don’t think anyone hated me for it (actually, I doubt anyone even noticed). And my head felt better for the space. This blog is not the start and end of my world. Sometimes it’s good to remember that.