It’s safe to say that nobody likes making mistakes, it kinda sucks right? And yet despite it being really uncomfortable, painful and often embarrassing, it’s also a necessity and it’s one of the many ways that we learn important lessons in life.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learnt a lot of lessons in my life and on a smaller scale blogging is exactly the same. I’ve been blogging for four years now and these are the mistakes I’m glad that I made and the lessons I learnt as a result.
Spelling mistakes // I’m not the best speller in the world and sometimes my grammar is a bit sloppy so I have to be extra careful when I’m writing a blog post. A few months ago I was publicly called out on twitter for making an error in my post and in a way I’m really glad that I made it. If I hadn’t have made that mistake and as a result hadn’t been embarrassed on social media I might not have improved by editing as I much as I have done. One to Kay, nil to the troll.
Relying on people finding my blog // When I first started blogging I had absolutely no idea how people found websites, how to ensure that your site was visible or how to use social media so I largely relied on people stumbling upon it. It took a long time for me to feel confident sharing my blog on my personal social media sites but it was a lesson I’m super glad that I learnt because without it I might never have taken the step.
Not telling people about it // Similarly to the above I was also extremely nervous and reluctant to tell my “real life” acquintances about my blog and was really shy about sharing. These days pretty much everyone knows about OhKay-DohKay and I’m pretty sure some of my friends are sick of hearing about it!
Underestimating how hard blogging is // So you write a few blog posts, snap a few pictures and click publish and before long the opportunities and the hits come flooding in right? Wrong, so wrong – said in the Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls way – because blogging is a hell of a lot harder than that. It takes a lot of time, effort and commitment to successfully manage a blog and four years in I am still trying to grip it.
Losing my authenticity // A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how torn I was over the content that I had been creating and I’ve learnt that it’s a huge balancing act. Writing blog posts that are both interesting and genuine is really hard because sometimes I want to write about something I’m passionate about but I then question how it fits with my blog and if you guys will want to read it. Ultimately it’s a huge risk and finding a balance is incredibly hard, I recently feel as if I might have found that.
What lessons have you learnt?