The 100th Gallantly, gal post on the 1 year anniversary 3

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It is a time of milestones! This is the 100th blog post on my blog, Gallantly, gal, and it is almost the one year anniversary. I cannot believe it! It’s been a long journey, filled with both challenges and rewards. Let me tell you what blogging means to me now.

I began this journey with the idea that I will have more written works for my portfolio and a side hustle as an extra source of income. I played around with schedules, styles, and more, stressing myself out trying to fit myself into the mold of a typical blogger while refusing to conform to one niche. I started releasing three blog posts and one podcast episode a week. I tried to create an aesthetic for Instagram with the hopes of posting once a day.

Guess what? I failed in every single respect. Sure, I may have more writing samples, but the style of blogging is fairly different from the style of professional publications. I tend to use more traditional articles rather than blog posts as samples for my writing career. The blog is certainly better than nothing and maintaining it enables me to practice my writing, so I won’t consider that a complete failure, but my perspective has changed on this.

This is a side hobby, sure, but not entirely a side hustle yet. I haven’t been making any money from it and haven’t even written a post with affiliate links in the longest time. My schedule has been thrown out the window with me posting less frequently and consistently now. I constantly abandon my Instagram after a few days of posting, and guess what?

I don’t freaking care.

I do not care about any of that.

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Because I embrace those failures while knowing that those failures do not define me, they are not shortcomings, and they are simply unfinished stories–because the tale goes on. This journey continues. It doesn’t end here on my first year anniversary with the 100th post (I actually have a great guest feature coming up next). 

Those failures do not define me, they are not shortcomings, and they are simply unfinished stories–because the tale goes on. Click To Tweet

I am more comfortable than I have been in a long, long time as a writer, blogger, and person. I’m learning to go with the flow, figure out what works best for me, enjoy the process and growth, and learn to get to know my blog as its own person–or as a mirrored version of myself.

I feel freer without a schedule, and now successfully love myself to a degree that I don’t shame myself as I would have in the past regarding my “lack of discipline.” Blogging is something I want to love and continue loving. I want to develop a relationship with it, and you don’t force yourself to hang out with the same person every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the hopes that a budding friendship results from this. You reach out when you want to get connected, you create quality time with them, and you don’t only give, give, and give expecting to receive, receive, and receive. 

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Instead of constantly shooting out blog posts in the hope of growing followers and making money, I’ve come to really realize (well, I’ve already known but this appreciation grows stronger with time) that I’ve always been receiving,  through people simply taking the time to read my stuff and reach out to me in comments. I’ve come to meet some amazing bloggers and converse with them even outside of the blogging sphere through emails–people who are as close as the next state over and as far as the UK!

I think that’s the most valuable thing I got out of blogging so far. They stick around and read my works, waiting patiently, even if it takes longer than it used to because they appreciate the content and want to genuinely listen to what I have to say. That’s what’s special about blogging, and I’m content with that being the only thing I get out of it now. Nothing else particularly matters anymore. 

You don't only give, give, and give expecting to receive, receive, and receive. Click To Tweet

So after a year of so many highs and lows and experimentations, I feel like I am really coming into my own as a blogger. I will continue to develop and change. I won’t give up on trying to make this a form of business, whether it’s in a very small scale or a much larger scale. I won’t give up trying to express myself and connect with others.

And that’s all that’s really important one year and 100 blog posts in! Thank you for being with me all this time, whether you read one post or every single one of them. I hope you will continue to stay with me as this blog grows to two, five, and maybe even twenty years! How grand would that be?

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Gallantly,

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12 Comments

  1. Audra Edmonson

    November 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Happy blogiversary! ^^ I’m so glad you’re feeling happier – I remember when I first started blogging years ago, I had all these grand ideas of monetizing my blog (basically I wanted to be another A Beautiful Mess), and making all kinds of money and being able to travel the world. And when it didn’t happen, I was crushed. But I’ve learned to enjoy the process, and above all, the connections. I have so many blogging friends who are dear to me, including you (!), that make it all worthwhile.

    So keep at it!

    1. gallantly gal

      November 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Aw thank you! Same here with starting the blog. I think sometimes we think so much about the results we don’t enjoy the process of getting there until we take a step back and realize it’s all about the journey. And awww thank you! You are dear to me, too! Makes it all so much fun 😀

  2. Roacilynn

    November 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I totally know how you feel. I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve had plenty of ups and downs. Wondering if I should stop blogging entirely. But every time I think of stopping, I can’t bring myself to do it. And I’ve realized I really do enjoy it. It’s therapeutic for me. I can write about anything I want. Express myself completely. I too don’t really have a niche lol I try and fail. So…just like you I threw it all out the window. I decided to just write. Whenever and whatever. No pressure. I think if you really enjoy doing something, you’ll always do it. Regardless of money etc. You’re going through the motions right now. Feeling things out. I think it takes awhile to really discover what your heart truly needs to feel alive. I’m barely entering a place where I’m sure of myself in regards to what I want to do. Didn’t come fast and easy. For others it does ( lucky them). Anyways I’m ranting 😂 I think you’re right in just going with the flow right now. We’re all too hard on ourselves. I too have made some real connections online. People who’ve helped me along the way that my physical relationships haven’t been able to. So I’m grateful for that. It’s pretty amazing. So keep dabbling and dancing 😁 I’ve realized with all the goals I’ve accomplished…the journey, the hard work is what I value most. One thing I wish I didn’t do so much of is beat myself up when I failed. I know better now. I better stop before this becomes a book 🤦 😁

    1. gallantly gal

      November 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much for this post! It means a lot to me. I read every single word with a smile on my face. Never worry about ranting or writing a novel on my blog post! I love thoughtful comments like that, haha. I definitely don’t want to give up the blog because of all the hard work on it, and I’m excited to see how it evolves and to look back on posts I wrote in different times in my life! Thank you for being one of the people I can connect with through blogging 😀

      1. Roacilynn

        November 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        Okay, I have the green light to keep ranting lol. And thanks for connecting with me! I’m grateful to have real connections with great authentic people 🙂

        1. gallantly gal

          November 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm

          I love rants! Haha. And thanks for connecting with me, too! I feel the same 🙂

  3. eunitato

    November 12, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Happy anniversary to your blog!! Such an uplifting post. I don’t consider myself a blogger like you are, but reading this made me feel better about how infrequently I write in my own personal blog too. I love your positive, accepting, and self-loving attitude towards your blog/writing! It’s easy to be negative and focus on “failure,” and I feel like people tell us to wallow in shame all the time, but it’s never that big of a deal, it’s just what you make of it. It’s been so much fun reading your writing this past year, here’s to many more years to come! <3

    1. gallantly gal

      November 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Awwwwww thank you girl! I was wondering when the last time you posted something was! I miss your writing! Share something with us 🙂 Yessss so much wisdom and kindness in your words. Thank you so much ❤ ❤ ❤ lots of love!!

  4. Claudia

    November 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Happy 1 year and 100th post!! It’s been amazing seeing you through this ride.

    1. gallantly gal

      November 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Aw thank you for joining me on this ride 🙂

  5. Kasey Ma

    November 15, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Happy bloggiversary! You’re right blogging is such a journey and there are definitely ups and downs. I am glad that you are coming into your own and have found something your are so passionate about!

    Kasey Ma
    thestylewright.com

    1. gallantly gal

      November 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you!!! I am glad, too, and grateful for having such encouraging readers as yourself 🙂

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