It’s hard to believe that my 6 month blogiversary was last week! In some ways I feel like I have been doing this and in other ways I feel like I just started yesterday. I have had a lot of successes in the past 6 months, all of which I am very proud. But, at the end of the day I am still a total newb who is just trying to navigate her way through this crazy blogger life.
This corner of the internet started out as a hobby for me, an outlet. And, in many ways it still is. It’s something that is mine and only mine. I get to experiment, express, and engage. It’s a labor of love for sure. All of that said, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way and so here are 10 lessons I’ve learned.
Almost 2 weeks ago, this post was promoted on the Huffington Post’s Facebook page. It was a blogging dream-come-true for me. For most bloggers, this is the main goal of being a HuffPost Contributor – to get promoted to one of the main pages and shared on social media in order to ultimately drive traffic to your own site and to be able to say you did it. I’ve had a couple posts shared on social media by Scary Mommy in the past (also a blogging goal of mine) and they were mostly well received with just a few trolls here and there. You can’t please everyone, after all. However, this post seemed to spark outrage in the 100+ FB commenters. I tried to tell myself to stop reading the comments throughout the day but I just couldn’t.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook or have read any of my previous posts, you may have noticed that I don’t post full-face photos of my girls or refer to them by their real names (publicly; I have separate accounts that are private). This was a conscious decision my husband and I made when I started this blog.
Have you ever felt like you’ve lost your joy? That in the chaos of being a wife, mother, employee, and all the other roles we play in life, you’ve lost who you were along the way? Have you ever not known what to say when people ask what your hobbies are or what you do for fun?
I felt that way for a long time without even realizing it. I was just kind of floating through the motions of life, thinking I was excelling in all of my many roles when, really, I was probably only mediocre at best in all of them. You see, you can’t pour from an empty cup and I didn’t realize is that mine was empty. My joy was gone.