It's My 1st Birthday!!!
Today this lovely blog turns a year old! Can you believe it? I'm still in awe at the fact that something that started as a way to express my thoughts freely, has connected me to some amazing people and has taught me so many things about my writing.
Like a child's first year of life, I learned some valuable lessons about this blogging thing by trial and error. So I wanted to share the things I've learned and the things I'm still learning.
First, find your unique writing style and voice. There are dozens of blogs being created everyday, what makes yours stand out? For me I've always admired bloggers like Tyece of Twenties Unscripted or Demetria Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn because their voices are loud and speak to my spirit post after post, they perfected their voices so well that it would be hard to imitate. So I had to find what worked for me and it was 100 words, literally, and it isn't easy, but I've received compliments from fellow bloggers about my being able to express my life in those short amount of words.
Second, don't let the numbers bother you. It's every blogger's dream to have close to thousands maybe even millions of views, but the reality is, that's not always the case. I had to learn that blogging takes time and patience. My very first week of blogging I had no views at all. I would get intimidated because I saw other bloggers with hundreds of views and comments, and over time my views and hits began to grow. It will be slow in the beginning, but focus and create relationships with the small group of followers that you do have and watch your numbers grow.
Third, build relationships with other bloggers. Blogging, especially as a woman of color, sisterhood is so beneficial. I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend "What Binds Us Together" a brunch by the amazingly wonderful Erica of Everything EnJ and to be a newbie to the blogging game, every woman at that table made me feel welcome and like a sister. I love the hashtag #blackgirlswhoblog as well because it's introduced me to some amazing and inspiring writing. There's no better feeling then to get a tweet from a fellow blogger telling you that something you wrote touched them or to quote something you've written. Connect with other bloggers, you'll make friends and potential writing collaborators. Lastly, Do you! This is your platform, express yourself freely and without shame. People will love you, and some will hate you. Some will praise you and others will ridicule you. But out of all those things be yourself, unfiltered.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who read, comment, tweet, Facebook, my work. It's you who inspired me, motivate me and makes every day I post a joy. I promise to continue sharing my life and writing pieces that will help you, make you laugh, make you think, or entertain you when you need a quick read.
To my sisters in blogging, thank you so much for your constant support and advice. I wouldn't be able to make it to a year without you. Let's take over this blogging ish!
To my family and friends, thank you so much for your support, inspiration, and love. Blogging isn't easy, it requires you to give your all and to go to some of the darkest places in your life in hopes that you can help someone, but if it wasn't for your love and support I wouldn't have been able to share those things.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIFE IN 100 WORDS! CHEERS TO MORE YEARS!
p.s. This party ain't over, I'm hosting a giveaway! Just comment below your name and why you like this blog and I'll pick the winner randomly and he or she will be announced March 1st!
peace and love,