Happy Birthday, Storybook Apothecary!
Can you believe I’ve been blogging for 4 freaking years?! I can’t. I literally can’t even. I know, way to be a basic b*tch, Tianna, but I find it shocking how fast the time has flown by.
I feel like it was literally just yesterday that I decided to start this weird blog. It felt weird to do it then and I still feel weird now, but I do enjoy it and that’s what counts, right? I never know how to celebrate these milestones so I normally just buy some chocolate and call it a day. Maybe I should start throwing parties, but I don’t know enough bloggers to invite to any events and I think if I invited my friends, they would think I was a weirdo LOL. Sounds like a great way to coerce gifts out of people, though.
4 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging for 4 Years:
- Blogging is hard work. People might scoff at bloggers all they want, but blogging is hard work and it’s often unpaid and unappreciated. Having recently gone to my first trade show as a member of the press (fancy), I can tell you that people seemed to either love or hate me once they saw I was a blogger. It’s a thankless job, that’s for sure, but worth it to those who really enjoy it.
- It’s all about stories. I used to think blogging was all about whoever had the flashiest sh*t to show off to their readers and whoever did the most giveaways, but the truth is that people want to connect with you in some way. I use weird, funny stories about myself as well as personal experiences to connect with others because that’s the best way I know how to relate to others and the most enjoyment I gain from blogging.
- Content is king. It’s true what they say. Good content reigns and for good reason. Making your blog a useful resource for others will bring them back to your blog again and again.
- You should do what you want. Too much time can be wasted trying to run the rat race that is blogging, but there’s no secret formula. You probably won’t go viral and people will like you no matter how hard you try to please them so you might as well do whatever the hell you want and enjoy yourself.