Hi Guys! So I’ve been blogging for about a month and a half and I’ve hit two small but awesome milestones!
My first milestone:
I am in the midst of changing my site to a self hosted blog and I’m tirelessly looking for a new theme that will highlight my content and engage my readers. While I was searching every corner of themeforest (check them out if you are in the market for a cool new theme on wordpress.org) I checked my stats and realized I had made it to 1000 views!! 1000 VIEWS! Such a small victory compared to the mega blogs but who cares! I’m just starting out and I could not be more excited. Thanks so much to my readers, subscribers and those that have been with me from the beginning! You have no idea what it means to me!
My second milestone:
You are currently reading my 20th post! That’s crazy to me. I never thought I’d start a blog but to be honest I love it more and more each day!
As you know, the focus of my blog is to follow me as I start my creative business and I already have some great things in store for the coming year, including interviews with women who own creative businesses, giveaways, a relaunch of my online store and OF COURSE more DIYs and new blogger tips and tricks! Check out the current POM if you haven’t already!
But let’s get down to business… lets talk about what I learned this week. What I like to call my Friday “Gems”…
I’ve been reading so many blogging and branding books lately (post on that later) but as I start to really get serious about blogging, I find myself constantly saying 3 things.
1.) “Stop thinking.” I don’t know about you but I am VERY analytical. I was a math major for goodness sake so all I do is analyze and try to make sense of things. This means that when I am doing things as crazy as blogging and I can’t rationalize it I immediately tell myself to “Quit, this is crazy.” So to combat that I found I have started saying to myself “stop thinking” anytime I get the urge to quit.
If you love something as much as I love to DIY and teach people and you can’t stop thinking about that one thing why would you quit? It’s at these moments that I realize following your passion doesn’t always make sense but if you can’t stop thinking about it and it is ingrained in you “STOP THINKING” and just do it!
2.) “Don’t think. Act.” Another mantra I’ve been saying to myself to get out of my head. There have been some things behind the scenes that I’ve been working on that required me to reach out to people and companies that I am very intimidated to contact. These collaborations are on a very small scale but whenever I get scared I say to myself “Don’t think. Act.”
Think back to some of the best moments of your life or the greatest successes. Mine were all situations that I never thought I’d be in. I took a risk without worrying about the consequences and trusted myself. The biggest rewards come with the biggest risks so just trust your gut and GO.
3.) “Be who you are” This is actually harder than it seems. I consider myself to be a very confident person. I’m just wired that way but there are certain times and situations where I just don’t feel comfortable in my own skin. This could be because I’m slightly socially awkward and a really outgoing and over the top introvert but what I’ve had to continually say to myself in starting this blog is “be who you are”, say what you’re thinking and be comfortable in your skin because no one is like you and your blog will be the only blog like it.
Overall, my small but awesome milestones have inspired me to keep going. Thanks again to all my subbies and can’t wait to continue to bring you awesome DIYs and projects! Muah!!