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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.
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.
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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