Lessons Learned from One Year of Blogging
Hello, friends and welcome to another day, another month, another post! I’m so excited that it is October. In general, it is one of my favorite months- the weather becomes a bit chillier (well, in New England at least…), pumpkin spice and apple desserts are everywhere, and its sweater season. 🙂
This year, October is insanely busy, but should be a lot of fun! Today is actually my husband’s birthday, so we are starting off the month with dinner out to celebrate 29! Then, in just two weeks, Jarrett will be the best man in our friends’ wedding, so that will be a full-to-the-brim weekend! I actually just got my dress from Lulu’s and its beautiful. So excited to wear it!
I also have my sister’s bachelorette party in Charlottesville, and have just about finished our ideal itinerary. I have been once before with Jarrett, but if you have any tips or places we should go, please let me know!
Anyways, today is all about my One Year Blogaversary! It’s crazy that I have been writing on here for a year now, sharing details of our wedding, tips on travel, and my favorite recipes! I hope you all have been enjoying my posts and are looking forward to my continued progress on this fun little project of mine. Please let me know if there are any topics you want me to focus on in the upcoming months! I’m breaking this post down into a couple sections- things I’ve learned, favorite posts, and plans for the future.
Lessons Learned from One Year of Blogging
Oh boy, where to start with this one. I have learned quite a few things about both myself, and blogging in general during the last year.
1. Blogging is time-consuming! Looking back, I feel like this should have been obvious. But, on the outside, you think about a blog and forget that there is photography, marketing, social media, etc. that also goes into a successful blog, outside of the writing.
2. Turns out, I love writing! I was initially interested in blogging because I love photography. However, over the course of the last year, I have realized how much I actually enjoy spilling words and honestly, I think I’m kind of natural at it! I have had a number of people tell me that they really enjoy my style of writing, so I hope you are in that bunch!
3. Technology is frustrating! Now, I tend to consider myself pretty computer-literate. Once I had to engage in website design and code, I was at a total loss and can say I have had a few too many meltdowns over the past year, about ads not working or formatting being screwy. I still have yet to figure out how to get a subscription service to work, so if you have used Mail Chimp, please help a girl out!! I’m begging you.
4. The key to views is marketing. People will not be able to read your blog if they don’t know it exists. I have been using Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter to get the word out, but Pinterest is, by far, the platform from which I get the most views.
5. This is the creative outlet I needed. I started this blog because I was un-inspired in my day-to-day job, we had just moved to Virginia Beach from Massachusetts, and I was overwhelmed with wedding plans. I can’t say I have loved every minute of this last year, but I can 100% say I have loved documenting the craziness that has been our lives.
Favorite Posts from My First Year
Here are a few of my favorite posts from this insane first year at Will Daytrip For Donuts. I wrote over 80, which is nuts! Talk about a passion project. Ha!
Future Blog Plans
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I hope to have accomplished for the blog in the upcoming months, years, etc!
First things first: I have mentioned this before and I am struggling hard to get a subscription email service to work. HELP! This is still a priority for me. Additionally, I really want to work on my Pinterest growth. I recently started using Tailwind, but do you have any tips?
In terms of the upcoming months, I am going to try to continue to produce two posts a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. This seems to be working for my schedule, and hopefully you look forward to new content on those days!
I am continuing to work with brands and love having a set project and deadlines to work with! If you are a brand looking to work with bloggers, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email. Regarding this, I only work with brands whose product is something I am genuinely interested in and think you all would also enjoy.
Basically, right now this continues to be a passion-project, creative outlet, whatever you want to call it. But would I be opposed to it turning into more of a career in the future? Definitely not. 🙂
I am probably going to do a more in-depth post on blogging tips and tricks I have picked up over the last year, but I definitely do not consider myself an expert by any means. More recently, I have been seeing higher view counts and more interaction on social media, so I am very excited about what is potentially to come!