I began blogging at Peppermints and Cherries in August of 2015. Little did I know what I was embarking upon when I began this task. I had never read many blogs until around this same time, and after following along on a pretty major blog and a successful smaller blog, I decided to create my own. Thoughts at that time…Let’s see...How do I go about this? Google, ask lots of questions, read posts on blogging…okay… Let’s Get Started…And Fast!
Let me begin by saying I had no idea what I was doing when I launched this mission, and two years later…well, sometimes I still feel that way. Those posts that say…Start a Blog in Ten Minutes…not a possibility! A family friend built my first site, and he did an excellent job helping me learn basic blogging technique. He was very gracious with all my crazy questions, and I greatly appreciate his insight and design. In fact, he designed the Peppermints and Cherries logo that I currently use.
Recently, my husband asked me where I came up with my blog name, and I told him it was just random…kind of like everything else with the start up! I haphazardly thought of two cute food names, and that’s basically how Peppermints and Cherries acquired its name!
After this conversation I began contemplating some of the things I have learned in the last two–and-a-half years regarding blogging, so I came up with Six Things I Have Learned from the Blogosphere.
Number One…Blogging Design is Constantly Changing.
Just when I think I have images figured out, boom, I see something I like better. Editing photos is a trial-by-error experience for me, and I am still learning. I didn’t have any experience editing photos before I began blogging, but it has been exciting to learn new programs and grow in this area. My blog images aren’t perfect, but it’s fun to look back and see improvement from the beginning until now. As I have time, I am currently working on updating images of old posts to make them look better. I don’t have an expensive camera, and I use free editing services, so I work with what I have… And that is okay.
Number Two…Blogging is a Community.
I have what I consider blogging “friends.” Social media is a handy way to collaborate with other bloggers, and the kindness of others in this realm is refreshing. I have contacted bloggers that I do not know personally who have been so nice to respond to messages and answer questions.
Blog link-up parties are also a way to meet and learn from others. Bloggers who host link-ups on their site have a weekly post where bloggers can link in order to meet other bloggers, gain traffic to their site, and just enjoy all the creativity!
Number 3…Blogging is Sometimes Discouraging.
There are times when I write a post and, unfortunately, not many people read it or even see it due to the ever changing algorithms out there! It is difficult building a blog following, but my motto is Never Give Up. So I keep reading, posting, learning, and trying new methods. A lot of the blogging advice out there doesn’t work, so it’s important to keep experimenting to see what does work!
Number 4…Blogging is Time Consuming.
The different steps involved in creating and sharing a post take a lot of time. It’s encouraging that I’m becoming quicker and more efficient at blogging in recent months. I do have to guard my time carefully, and remember to keep my priorities straight. That’s why I type a lot of posts late at night, and hopefully they don’t sound too crazy at that time of night!
Number 5…Blogging is a Way to Exercise Creativity.
Writing, photography, picture editing, formulating new recipes, DIY projects, and technology all come with the territory in my niche of blogging. My teacher roots have grounded my belief that learning is never-ending. We are always learning, and we never know it all! Proverbs 18:15 reminds us that the heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. Blogging is a terrific way to engage the mind and keep it active so it doesn’t deteriorate with age. You know how some people recommend crossword puzzles for elderly people? It’s kind of like that!
Number 6…Blogging is an Opportunity to Practice Contentment and Patience.
The trap of comparison is so easy to fall into, especially in the blogging world. I admire so many beautifully crafted blogs, but it’s important to remember that I am on my own blogging trek. I’m learning and growing, even if it is trial-by-error with lots of error! The Bible teaches us so much about contentment and patience, and it’s important to follow these principles as I learn and grow in my little world at Peppermints and Cherries! (Read Comparison, Contentment, and Compassion…What to Do When Enough Is Not Enough.)
So in my ever-changing experience, these are the Six Things I Have Learned from the Blogosphere.
Fellow bloggers, what have you learned in your blogging journey? Readers, what are you currently doing to exercise your creative talents?
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