Saturday was the official birthday of The Christian Prepster! It is crazy to think that I have been blogging for three years. The amount of growth and progress I have made is amazing. Each year I try and share the lessons I have learned and some of my highlights. This year I want to change that up a bit. I want to share some of my failures.
The things I have learned from and will NEVER do again. I hope this helps any newbie bloggers and humors those of you who have been following me for awhile.
I was way to set in my ways//
When I started blogging, I thought there was one way. You have to be a super cute person with a super “blog worthy” lifestyle. Thankfully I have deleted my very first post (it was tragic… very bad, never to see the light of day ever again)
Honestly, I don’t have a super adorable life. I don’t have great style and sure don’t have the means to travel the world. You don’t have to have those things. Blogging isn’t about living a life people want to hear about. It’s not about self-promotion or becoming famous. Blogging, for me, is about having an outlet to share what the Lord is calling me to. I fell into this cookie-cutter blogging when I started. I wanted to be cute and become famous. But that was not what I actually wanted.
So, my tip for any starters… take some time, sit down and really think about the unique gifts God has given you. Don’t try to fit into a mold you weren’t created to be in.
I thought people weren’t reading and therefore didn’t care//
This was the thing that hurt my blogging the most. I didn’t believe in myself and my blog, enough to actually think people read my blog. I had followers but thought that were people who just stumbled upon my blog and accidentally pressed the “follow button.” I thought that people didn’t read or enjoy my posts so if I skipped a week or rushed through a post, it didn’t really matter.
That mindset caused my blog’s quality to plummet. I started rushing through and blogging because I liked the idea of blogging. Thank goodness that changed. Hobbies should be fun, not forced.
I was satisfied//
This sounds great. Satisfied with my blog, my content, and thought it couldn’t get better. Yet another destructive mindset. When we become satisfied with where we are in life, we stop trying to improve. I didn’t have a good social media presence and didn’t try to fix it. Word to the wise, keep improving, keep striving and give yourself a chance.
I left out prayer//
This sounds terrible but honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind. I would write a post, press publish, and keep trucking. Then suddenly, I just started praying for my followers, for their lives, that my words would help them and reach them. I started to pray for topic and content. This made the difference, Prayer took my blog from just another thing on my list to being a part of who I am.
I kept to myself//
Blogging is like a family. Bloggers are some of the friendliest people I have met and they love connecting with other bloggers. When I started I thought that people just kept to themselves and I was very nervous to reach out. When I started blogging I was really young and had no idea what I was getting into. I needed advice and help. Eventually, I mustered up enough courage to email/DM some pretty well-known bloggers (and prayed they would respond to a lowly nobody like me) and low and behold… THEY DID.Thank you to those bloggers because they were so sweet, helpful, and could very well be the reason I am still blogging today.
Because of that, I always try to go out of my way to welcome and help the newbie bloggers. I still have so much to learn but know that those who are called to blog, may be scared at first.
Over 1,095 days of blogging have taught me so many things about myself and my calling. As I welcome yet another year of blogging, I am even more passionate and excited to continue my blogging journey. I hope this helps some of you all or just gives you a glimpse into my blogging journey. Here is to MANY more years of blogging!!
Love you all!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster