What I Learned From Blogging This Year

I’ve been thinking about blogging quite a bit lately. When I started my first lifestyle blog back in August 2012 (Quite the Blog), I had no idea what it would lead into. Even though Quite the Blog no longer exists, it has sparked several new ventures and even though I miss it from time to time, I have learned a lot and I’m excited about MorgHarpNich.com

Well, I have this post by Belinda to thank for the inspiration, but here a few things I’ve learned this year from blogging:

1. Blogging is fun for me

I have changed blog styles/domains/themes a lot in this year alone. At first, I felt bad for it, but like I said in this post about moving again. I have decided that I won’t worry that I keep starting over. I have to remind myself that I got into this for fun, and with that in mind, that means I have accomplished what I set out to do.

2. You have to stay active

This year, I took entire months seasons off. Even with hobbies, I realize that I have to be some-kind of consistent.

3. WordPress is my friend

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I would have never, ever dreamed of leaving Blogger (especially after finally reached 1,000 GFC followers). But somewhere along the line, I stumbled upon a Tyler Moore YouTube video showing how to create your own self-hosted WordPress site for just $8 a month. I know that sounds like an advertisement, but it really isn’t! I am just so happy to have full control over my blog over at WordPress. I do miss Blogger everyone once in a while, though…

4. Starting over is hard

Even though blogging is a hobby for me, I will say that packing up and moving to a new domain/platform is far from easy. Like I mentioned earlier, I lost all of my GFC followers when I left Blogger and some of the links I had worked hard to build on Pinterest and Google are now dead, or having to be redirected.

It’s not the most ideal to have to worry about that, but with every move, I feel that I am getting closer and closer to what my blog is supposed to be.

What have you learned from blogging this year?

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  • http://nine-fortytwo.blogspot.com Emily

    good tips! i’ve found that having like a consistent them of some sort helps too, so like people know what they are going to be seeing, ya know? lol. idk. oh and like a good mix of images and text.
    xoxo
    e
    nine-fortytwo.blogspot.com

  • http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com Neatly-Packaged

    I love this post! I am a new blogger and I have loved starting up a blog :) Thanks for sharing!

    neatly-packaged.blogspot.com

  • http://www.thefashionstirfry.com Busola Coutts

    Congrats on the growth and taking charge. You have a beautiful blog and everything is a learning process. Just take it one day at a time. Good luck in everything.

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog. Totally sweet of you and i hope you make it to Baff one day soon,

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

  • http://www.thefashionstirfry.com Busola Coutts
  • http://www.ArtisticOdyssey.com LeeLee

    Great lessons and tips. I agree with all that you have mentioned. The key is consistency.

    Hope you have a lovely holiday season. :)

  • http://notesonlifestylebygeorgina.com Georgina

    Wonderful lessons Morgan (and these apply across the board to so many other aspects of our lives!)
    Wishing you the absolute best in 2014 xo

    • http://morgharpernich.com @MorgHarpNich

      Thanks Georgina! And thank you for stopping by!

  • http://www.chimerikal.com Erika

    These are great lessons to share. I think sometimes blogging can be intimidating because a lot of people seem to be “effortless” about it and have everything figured out, but the more you do it, you realize it’s a journey and that part of it is figuring out what works for you. It’s like that whole concept of comparing your beginning to someone else’s middle… Anyway, I’m glad that you enjoyed this past year and I wish you the best in 2014 for your blog! :)

    • http://morgharpernich.com @MorgHarpNich

      I totally agree with you, Erika! I cannot tell you how many times I have revamped my blog because I felt like it wasn’t good enough. You’re right. It’s journey. Wishing your blog the best, too!

  • Vanessa

    i’m a blogging newbie but i’ll definitely keep these tips in mind.
    :)
    vanessa
    grace-and-gratitude.blogpsot.ca

  • Faith

    Love this post.

    I learned that no matter what blogging has become a great outlet for me and I could never give it up. At least not anytime soon.

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