On Blogging – One Year In

One year ago today I started this blog. 

This was my first real post. It’s kind of embarrassing. But blogging is always kind of embarrassing, right?

I’ve learned a lot during my first year of blogging. In the beginning I knew nothing. I had never heard of link ups and had no idea sponsorships existed. The idea some people pull in a steady blogging paycheck each month blew my mind.

Last August I was a sparkly newlywed full of hope and ready to start something new. One of my freelance employees suggested that I start writing articles sharing  my personal perspective on life as a newlywed. I was a little hesitant, but the fact that he was paying me for each article made me try it anyways. 

Soon after writing these clichΓ© newlywed articles for him I decided to branch out and start my very own blog, writing about whatever I wanted. I have since stopped writing the for profit articles. They felt false and forced. Probably because money was involved. 

What I’ve Learned Since Then:

Blogging is hard. Much harder than I thought it was.  It takes time, effort, and a fearless attitude.

The Best Advice:

The best advice I received before starting this blog is the best advice I also give: Be authentic. 

It’s very easy to lose sight of your true self in blogging.

You get lost in the comparison game. In the number game. In blogging just to blog. You get lost feeling like you have to blog every damn day. Your voice gets lost. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers. Even when you say, “No, no I could care less about the numbers, I’m writing for me!” Please, if you were writing for yourself, you’d write in a private journal. A little piece of you will always care about the numbers. 

Other bloggers will start to feel like the mean girls that would never invite you to the cool high school parties. But remember, the good people always, always, out weigh the bad.

One day, you’ll see 15 bloggers blogging about the very same topic. Sponsored posts take over and you wonder “What’s the point?”

Like most things in life, my blogging goes through ebbs and flows. I’ll have a month where I can’t get the words out fast enough. I’m filled with ideas and questions. Other months I’m at a loss at what to say and fall back on recipes, lists, and link ups that end up feeling un-authentic and dry. And still, other months I feel so disheartened by blogging. Times when it all feels like a big pointless game I just want to shut it all down.

I’ve learned to take blogging breaks. Breaks are okay! A week or two off here and there will never hurt you. I’m learned to leave blogging behind for a bit and to let new ideas come in. To gain a fresh perspective. And then I come back with a new whole passion for blogging and sharing. 

There are no set rules. Make your own and follow them. 

Blogging will always be weird, a little nerdy, and very narcissistic. People will judge you but a few people will connect with you. Even if one new person connects with you, it is worth it.

I’m not sure what the future of this blog holds for me. I hope you continue along on the journey!

xoxo Katie

  • i’m glad you have kept going! happy one year blog anniversary!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you for continuing to read and check in! It means a lot to me.

  • Congrats on the first year! This post echoes my thoughts entirely … especially right now on the breaks and all. No post today because its partially completed and real life has gotten in the way lately!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Christina! And thank you for being such a great blogging friend and following along.

  • i wanna scream YESSSSSS from the rooftops. yes to all of this. everything.
    i’ve become way more authentic with blogging once a week or whenever i feel like it. instead of feeling like I HAVE TO post and stressing over just getting something thrown out there. quality over quantity!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes! So glad that my thoughts resonate with you. I used to put so much pressure on myself, for zero reason. This is supposed to be fun right? And I want to write about things that are important and fun to ME. Not just put blabber out there on the internet for no reason. Quality over quantity all the way.

  • Happy one year anniversary! πŸ™‚ It’s comforting to read this post… as I often feel this way (I’m about 6 months in) – we are all going through this blogging craziness together!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! Blogging is seriously crazy and I think we put way too much pressure on ourselves. Yes, we are in this together, lets act like a family rather than competitors, right?!

  • Happy One year!! πŸ™‚ May you have many more years to celebrate. I always try to just be “me” and no on else when I blog. Hopefully it works πŸ™‚

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Angie! Being you is the only way to go, with anything in life. I think we can all agree on that, now if we can stick to it 24/7….that’s a whole other thing πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on making it through your first year! Here’s to many more!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! First year was probably the most bumpy with learning all the ins and out and then settling on just doing my own thing anyways!

  • Happy happy one year! So happy you decided to start blogging–you are wonderful!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you for always being so supportive!

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    Happy one year! πŸ™‚

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you!

  • I will definitely follow along! I enjoy your blog so much and think you do an amazing job at it. Keep up the good work…but in whatever way feels right for you:)

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Amanda! I appreciate your support and blogging friendship.

  • Hello! Thank you for writing this post. I am a brand new blogger…and it’s not easy, I’m definitely already learning that! It’s easy to feel like I can’t connect with any other bloggers because they already have their blogger-friends. I’m starting blogging for a similar reason as you, and this post really encouraged me to keep going and not get discouraged or focused on numbers!

    Thanks again πŸ™‚

    • kwalshmac

      I’m so glad you could relate to this. I think that’s one of the best things about blogging, just getting that “me too!” moment. Keep up the blogging and don’t let others discourage you, just stay true to what you want to say and talk about. It’s a big (blog) world out there. πŸ™‚