Today is consistency celebration day. After trying, getting tried, but persisting nonetheless, this blog is 3 years old today! I thought it’ll be nice to put up a blogiversary post and share a few things I’ve learnt over the last three years on this blourney (blog +journey, feel me? 😎) Maybe not but …
- Enjoy the initial butterflies. When you decide to start a blog, there’s an excitement as you think of the many ideas you want to share with the world. You want to post everyday, and everything is content in your eyes. Ride on that wave while it lasts. Write down the content, perfect it and leave it in your folder for the day you’ll need it. Don’t post too often if you know you can’t keep up. Pace yourself.
- Perfect your post. Don’t hurry to post something just because you have to, if it is not excellent, at least up to the reasonable man’s standard of perfection. Some typos can be pardoned but some are just too obvious to be ignored. I know that after reviewing a document for a while, it’s easy to read over your typos and miss them, so ask a trusted person to proofread for you before you post.
- Don’t compare yourself to anyone or by any other standards except the one you set for yourself. If Mr A posts on his blog every day and Mrs B three times a week, that’s great, wonderful in fact. But if I decide to post twice a month or once a year, then that is the only standard I should hold myself to. If I try to be like Mr A, I will end up posting irrelevant crap just to meet up, and that’s not of value to my readers nor does it speak well of my efficiency as a person. The internet never forgets and you do not know who will stumble across your page. Your blog represents you, dress it as nicely as you would yourself.
- Trust your journey, enjoy the process. Give your best to everything you write. Enjoy the comments, good, bad and when there’s none at all. Stay consistent, and when you fail at it, continue. It doesn’t always feel like you’re making a difference, you might feel that you’re wasting your time, but just keep at it. As long as you’re adding value through your words, someone is being affected positively. People will read your stuff and learn. Believe it! I got an email once about how something I wrote helped someone restart an uncompleted project and it gave me so much joy. Even if just one person is the better for it, it is so worth it.
- Appreciate whatever help you get. Words are great but nothing speaks louder than actions. People can offer to help, but those who actually follow through and help are rare. Don’t take their support for granted. Tell them how much their help means to you, no matter how little it is.
- There’s always a lesson. Or maybe it’s just me, but in every conversation, movie or situation, I find a lesson. That lesson is a potential post and what is a blog without posts? Write it down, tweak it, throw in some of your imagination if need be, make it your own, and alas, you have some content! #LessonHunterForever 🙅🏽
- Appreciate, admire but don’t plagiarise. Plagiarism is taking someone’s work or idea without giving credit, for instance, stealing stuff of a blog and writing it on yours without saying so. NEWSFLASH: it’s a small world. You will be nabbed. Give genuine content. You can look at other blogs and maybe adopt some ideas, but do it in your own way. Don’t copy and paste. People are more conscious of intellectual property theft so it’s important to beware so you don’t get yourself a lawsuit.
- Remember your ‘why’. Your why is the reason you started. What is your purpose for blogging? To make money, get famous, make impact? I wanted to record my thoughts and I felt they would be beneficial to others. I had certain areas in mind and I built my content around those areas. If you decide to go in one direction, don’t go Jon Bellion. (No, I didn’t 🙈) Remember your focus and keep it at the fore. It keeps you grounded, it helps you stay consistent. Knowing your why helps you appreciate other bloggers without feeling like you need to do what they’re doing. Knowing your why helps you stay in your lane.
- Open your mouth…and talk. Tell people about your blog. It doesn’t have a mouth, or it will probably have sold itself. My blog was under wraps for over a year after I started it. I was afraid it won’t be good enough, that I’d have to apologize too frequently for not being consistent. I wanted it to be a piece of myself on the World Wide Web that I’d disclose in my will for my children to go and discover after I die and be amazed at Mother’s hidden e-journal. Lol. I guess someone changed her mind. And I’m glad I did. I decided I won’t get pressured to post and I’d go at my pace, and thankfully, so far, so good. People can be enlightened by the stuff you know and write. Tell them. Tweet about it. Put it on your Instastory. Make some noise about it. It’s yours and no one’s going to hype it for you until you start.
- Jesus. The best author, the best Father. Jesus is my biggest inspiration. He gives me ideas all the time from the most random things. He drops topics in my mind, and fleshes them out for me later. This blog is courtesy of Him, really. He gave me the idea of starting it. I’m just the apprentice. He gives me strength on the days I want to give up. And how cool is it that this anniversary falls on Easter Sunday? The period in which he died to save the world. We’re so blessed to be called by Him. He’s last on this list because I saved the best for last.
That’s my list. I thought I’d have five but I guess I learnt a lot more. I’ll be doing a giveaway to celebrate. I’ll be giving 3 people airtime (call credit). To qualify, you need:
- to be in Nigeria or have a Nigerian sim,
- be following the blog (click the Follow button at the bottom right corner of your screen) and,
- tell me your best 3 posts on the blog and why they are your best.
- Please leave your answers in the comment section of this post.
Winners will be selected randomly and sent an email to receive their airtime. This is open to anyone who can do all the above stated requirements.
PS: If you want to give a gift to the blog, please holla at your girl. We’re gladly accepting. 😊
Love and hugs this Easter season,