It’s finally Friday! And Fridays mark each week that I’ve been blogging. I can’t believe it’s already been one month – Happy one month birthday to Diary of a Twenty Something!
It has been unbelievable how quickly I’ve settled into the community. I’ve made 400 followers in 4 weeks on Twitter, almost 150 on WordPress and we seem to be going strong. Every single person that has engaged and followed or liked and commented has meant so much to me – I know I keep saying it, but for a blogger just starting out, it’s amazing to know people are reading the blogs that you pour your time and love into and that they actually like them.
I’ve learned that the most important thing as a new blogger is engagement with others. You can’t rely on just submitting a post and hoping someone might fall onto it. It’s about having confidence in your content, and sharing it with pride. Not being afraid to say ‘Hey, I think you’ll like this post. Come give it a read!’. But it’s also about taking the time to read other blogs, engaging with authors and sharing between you. I have come to understand how hard that is to slot into a busy lifestyle but if people are reading your stuff, it’s courteous to read theirs too.
I’ve learned a lot about myself too in the past month. My post about the struggles I was having at work which led to the realisation that I was actually doing an amazing thing for two kids who need support and guidance has really changed how I approach the session now. I am proud of what I do, and I am now able to share that with people who are in the position I was in 4 years ago starting out as a work placement student. I have explained to them, since my realisation, how important the session is and what developments we have made in just 9 months – and they have started to pour their soul into it too. It’s incredible – and that came from me ranting about it. It took for me to get those words off of my chest to actually see what a difference I have made.
My blog has already started to change my life in positive ways – for me and my personal development. I feel I have something that’s my own, something for myself that I pour my energy into. It’s an extension and representation of myself in words. I started this blog when I thought I was at a crossroads – I was worrying about turning 27 (happening in just over one week!) and thought this was going to be a blog about me worrying about that. But it’s turned into something completely different. I’ve realised that with age comes experience and life lessons. Yes I’m older than some, but that means that I have something I can share and hopefully help somebody else avoid the mistakes I’ve made or try something I tried. I have a history and it’s helped me get to where I am.
So, I’m looking forward to celebrating more months with the blog after seeing how far I have come in one month. It has been amazing so far, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way. To my regular readers and comment-ers, you are my driving force and thank you deeply for coming back and keeping me inspired. To see your names when I’ve wrote a new post, liking and commenting, it means so much to me. To the friends I have made along the way, who motivate me to keep going and support my blog, who share my content and only hope to see their friends do better, you have become close friends who I trust. You’re my blog squad, my gif champions and my dear friends. I look forward to moving forward with you all on your journeys.
Happy one month to me!