I struggle with anxiety and opening up to people has always been hard for me so blogging would have been one of the last things I would ever imagine myself even thinking about doing. Two years ago today I launched my blog and decided that I was going to make my blog public and share it with friends and family. My blog has been active longer than that because I was kind of embarrassed of it and I wasn’t sure if everyone else would feel the same way. Making my blog public was one of the most terrifying things I have ever done but also one of the best things I have ever done because I have built a very supportive community that I would not have if I kept it private. The day I launched my blog is when my life forever changed so I am glad I didn’t listen to that voice in my head telling me not to do it! I haven’t accomplished too many things these first two years but there are a few things that stand out so today I thought I’d share them with you.
I found a sponsor!- When you are a new blogger finding a sponsor is next to impossible! They all want a crazy high follower count that new bloggers probably don’t have so it can be discouraging when you are looking for a sponsor as a new blogger. Since day one I had been looking for a sponsor that would recognize my work and that I could be compensated for it but I was constantly coming up with dead ends! After looking for a little over a year I found a sponsor that recognized my talent and wanted to compensate me for my hard work. I was a little bit shocked and thrilled at the same time because I never thought it would happen.
Let my sponsor go- Bloggers have to make so many decisions for their blog outside of creating content it’s unreal! After I was finally able to find a sponsor I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Someone saw talent in my blog enough that they were willing to pay me to promote some of their content and that within itself is something I never thought would happen! The sponsor I was working with worked out for several months but when I was being asked to promote disability is a burden as a subject line I knew it was time to let them go. Sometimes I hate being in charge and the only one running this blog because if I feel like something isn’t the right fit I have to put my big girl pants on and say”this is not working out” because I don’t have someone that can do it for me. Letting my sponsor go was a very emotional thing for me to do and took me several months to build up the courage to do it because it made me feel like a horrible person but I knew it had to be done. Having a disability has its challenges but it is not a burden and that is something I strive to teach you guys! Every post I have written says disability isn’t a burden and now you want me to contradict that and tell you it is? Yeah, I don’t think so!
Hit ten-thousand views- When I launched my blog I was not confident in my writing so Karly was editing all my blogs until I had the confidence to edit them myself. If you are a blogger you can only imagine how much work it was to edit someone else’s blog posts and create your own content. To be honest I don’t know where Karly found the time to help me but I am glad she did because, without Karly’s help, I would have never gotten the confidence to build my blog to where it is today. Several months into blogging I got the confidence to edit my own blogs and just recently I hit three-hundred followers and ten thousand views! Never in a million years would I have ever thought my blog would reach that many people and although it’s not a huge number I would definitely say it’s an accomplishment!
What it takes to create a successful blog is unreal and most people are not cut out for it! Building a successful blog takes a lot of time and dedication despite every article you read on Pinterest saying otherwise! A very small percentage of bloggers become an overnight success and for some, it can take years. Enjoy the journey and do it right because your blog will fail if you aren’t doing it for the right reasons. There is nothing more frustrating to see something that you are pouring your heart and soul into failing and not working out. Go at your own pace and celebrate the little things even if no one else cares because all the really matters is that you are creating content you are proud of! Blogging is getting hard so although these may be small accomplishments it’s something to look back at and say “Wow I am actually doing good work that people are enjoying!” Bloggers, what have you accomplished this year?