Personal / October 30, 2017

1 Year Blogiversary | My 3 Takeaways

Three takeaways from my first year of blogging

Roughly one year ago, I decided to start a blog.

Of course, at the time, it was 100% private, and even if you had the link (which I wouldn’t give to anyone anyway), you couldn’t see the content.

I decided to start with an experiment and see if I could post six times in a month. Would I have the time? The ideas? I really wanted to use the blog to share the clothes I was making, but what else would I put on here?

As it turned out, I had plenty of ideas and a decent amount of time, so after a month, I made the site public and gave the link to my mom, my sister, and Matt’s mom. And then I slowly gave it to other people. And mentioned that I had a blog.Β  And owned that I liked to spend my free time getting dressed up and taking pictures of myself. (#sorrynotsorry)

It’s been a pretty eventful year in general (I got married, moved states, etc.), and there are a few blog-related things I’ve learned — or re-learned — over that time, too. Such as:

#1 – I really think through decisions before I make them.

That actually shouldn’t be a surprise. I routinely go to stores, try on items, and go back the next day to get them (after I’mΒ sureΒ I want them). And Matt and I dated for four years before we got engaged. But even in starting a blog (which, let’s be honest, isn’t a particularly huge decision), I thought about it for aΒ while before I actually did it. And then I took my time spreading the word.

Note from Matt: We didn’t wait four years to get engaged because Naomi was analyzing the situation. We just took our time. πŸ™‚

#2 – Schedules can be changed. Easily

Again, another non-surprise. Like the days when I walk past the pool and think, “Oh, I want to go to the pool after work, but it’s a gym day.” And then I have to remind myself that I was the one who decided it was a gym day. I can just skip going to the gym.

Sometimes I have posts that I want to publish on certain days, but the pictures aren’t done or (most frequently), I just haven’t finished making the item. And it’s really not a big deal to post it a week later. Or even a month later. I’m the one who sets the schedule.

#3 – Coding is a super useful skill. It’s just not a skill I have.

I’ve jokingly (but seriously) told Matt that if we have a kid who hates being outside, I’m going to make them learn how to code. But really.

There have been plenty of times when I wanted something to look a little bit different, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. And everything I found on Google wentΒ way further into code stuff than I can understand.

But if we’re being honest, I’m not THAT interested in actually learning. I just acknowledge that it would be useful. πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for following along! XXOO

P.S. As you may have noticed, I now have a new logo and a new site layout!

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