POST 100 | What I’ve learned about myself through blogging

Anchored to Sunshine 100 post

OMG… How on earth is this my 100th blog post?! For this “special” post, I thought it was appropriate to write a little reflection piece on blogging, or at least my blogging experience so far.

Here are four things I’ve learned about myself through the process of starting Anchored to Sunshine.

1) I have very organized weeks, and very unorganized weeks

As every blogger knows, you have some weeks where blog ideas come pouring out, and other weeks where you feel as if your mind is blank. Or, you may have ideas, but just don’t have the time to sit down and write something. I hate to admit it, but most of my blog writing occurs at 5am before I get started on the rest of my day. There is just no other time I have found when the world in quiet enough to let me blog in peace.

2) I’m not a photographer

I’m just not the best photographer (note photo above), I’ve always known this. My photos have gotten (slightly) better since my very first blog post, but there is still much more room for improvement. Also, I get easily embarrassed taking pictures in public of myself or my food. I will sometimes even force the boyfriend to take the pictures of the food or random items in a restaurant (ex: this wonderful picture taken by the boyfriend to capture the awesome exploded barrel chandelier at a local wine room).

3) I eat my meal before I remember to take pictures of it

Seriously, this is a problem for two reasons:

A) I can’t resist food the moment it’s placed in front of me.
B) Look back at point 2…. I’m not the best at picture taking, but I’m working on it.

4) I need to blog for myself, not others

When I first started blogging, I expected followers to flood to my site. Hundreds of clicks, dozens of followers a day… that just didn’t happen.

I would sit down every morning to see if my followers increased at all, usually it was just by one person (if any at all). Of course this made me feel a bit defeated.

One day (after looking at my stats for the 5th day in a row with no new followers) I made a rule: I can only check my number of followers once a week. That made me focus more on the blogs and less on gaining followers. I decided to focus on blogging for my own enjoyment, and that made blogging a much more positive experience. I’m blogging for me, and I love it! The followers will come one day :)

Did you feel the same way when you started your blog? Any helpful tricks or tips you have learned along the way? I have found the best resource to turn to are other bloggers, so any advice is welcomed and appreciated!

9 thoughts on “POST 100 | What I’ve learned about myself through blogging

  1. Carly (@carlyblogshere) March 27, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Hooray for 100 posts! I can definitely relate to a lot of this– I’ve had months that are good and I have posts planned out in advance, and then some months are just not so great!

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  2. lizzysimpson March 29, 2015 / 5:19 am

    I’ve just hit 100 too and agree totally. Reading back over some of my posts it’s nice to have a record of the things I’ve achieved, my thoughts and feelings at the various times and it’s great to have slowly gathered readers on the way!

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  3. Amrit March 30, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Congrats on your century. :D
    I am also new to blogging and your tips have given a nice picture of the purpose of blogging and all.

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  4. Danika Maia March 31, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    I can totally relate to a lot of this. I wouldn’t have started blogging at all if it weren’t for my boyfriend taking all the photos :)
    Definitely can relate to the followers too. I switched to a self hosted site very early in my blogging and then the number of followers started to slow down a LOT because you don’t show up in Reader anymore if you’re on a self hosted site – and this really bummed me out! But it’s slowly picked up. Hey you have a new follower in me now!

    Danika Maia
    http://www.danikamaia.com

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    • Amanda B. April 1, 2015 / 6:49 am

      So sweet! Love you blog! Thank goodness for boyfriends being such good sports about picture taking :)

      Like

  5. travellousworld April 3, 2015 / 5:28 am

    Congratulations on the 100 posts hit! I’m just starting out myself and still trying to find my way, but I’m enjoying it so far! And I agree with you, there’s no point in being too obsessed about the follower count. That you have fun writing and publishing these blog posts is all that matters!

    On to the next 100a

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    • Amanda B. April 3, 2015 / 9:09 am

      Thank you :) Love your blog! I used to live in London when I was younger so it brings back fond memories. Happy Friday!

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      • travellousworld April 4, 2015 / 7:32 am

        You’re very welcome and thank you! London is fantastic. I hope to move there soon. Have a wonderful Easter weekend :)

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