AKA The Author has three HUNDRED followers. What? I can’t believe it. Wow guys, this is so crazy to me. Three hundred people read what I write and comment on my life, when you have no obligation to. You don’t have to pretend to like me, you really do. It blows my mind.

I’m sitting here, wearing the shirt I bought the week I gained 100 followers almost one year ago.snapchat-3866310595637311783.jpg

And, excuse my bias, but you guys are the best.

Thank you all, so much. You have no idea how much this means to me. I could be like every other person on this planet, but this blog makes me feel different. I love talking to all of you and making friends around the world. You guys are like family to me. I’m so grateful to know that I have people to talk to, people who actually care.

So, to celebrate the 300 followers this blog has gained in 14 months- I’m doing 14 things I’ve learned about blogging. 

  1. Background doesn’t matter. Let me explain- we all come from different countries, families, situations, etc. But we come together as a community regardless of the differences in our lives. As soon as I joined I felt extremely welcomed. It’s surprising how comforting it is for people to know who you are around here.
  2. It can be hard. Sometimes blogging feels like a job to me. I remember that I need to post or whatever, and stress out. But that’s because I love this “job” and I care about blogging and the community.
  3. Writing down things in your life is important.  I think of my blog as an online journal. I love how easy it is to go back and read through posts of what I have done- the pictures are also a fun touch.
  4. Interacting with readers is extremely important. Not only for the success of your blog, but in order to form friendships which make blogging really fun! Get involved!
  5. Post what you want to post. I’ve had to get over this one myself. But it’s your – if you want to rant about something, just do it.
  6. Live a life outside of blogging. Every once in awhile I find my thoughts being consumed by blog posts or what I’m going to do, and I have to remind myself to just put it away sometimes. It will be right there when I get back.
  7. Always write down your ideas. Too often do I find myself having a great idea for a post, and then forgetting to write it down somewhere. There goes a great original idea, right down the drain.
  8.  Disagreement and hate are very different.  People have a very difficult time with this one. Just because I don’t agree with you, does NOT in ANY way mean that I don’t like you. No two people are ever going to agree with one another 100% of the time. Agree to disagree.
  9. Strangers, aren’t all that strange. It’s always very intriguing when you find people who are more like you than most of the people you’ve ever met. I can easily say that I’ve never even met some of my best friends. However, always be cautious and smart about it.
  10. Emotion is a very large motivation. Whether this means sadness, anger, happiness, or humor, emotion will always play a large part in what you post and how often you post. If something with a large amount of emotion happens, we tend to want to post about it.
  11. We’re all broken. In my opinion, most bloggers don’t post just the happy parts of their life. We all share out struggles and speak up about how we really feel. You are NOT the only one. We all have a hard time, you’re not alone.
  12. Read. Reading other people’s blogs is extremely important, its a way to easily fit into the community and to get to know people.
  13. People like poems.  People like to read short and meaningful things. And poems are perfect.
  14. My opinion can make a difference here. Blogging gives me a very large area to spread my opinions, beliefs, and ideas. It’s a great way to promote ideals that I think are important. It gives me a chance to change something in the world.

 

That was 14 things I’ve learned in 14 months of blogging! I hope you guys enjoyed it! Comment down below something you have learned from blogging. Thank you again SO SO much for all of your support, I hope you know how much it means to me.

(Do you think we could try for 350 or 375 by 2017? I want to say 400 but that sounds a bit ambitious)

Love y’all- Aspen AKA The Author

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