This month I celebrated 6 months of blogging. That doesn’t seem like a long time but I have lots of honest and hilarious things to share about my blogging journey so far. Originally, I thought about blogging, before blogging was a thing. Read more about that in my very first blog post and read the story behind my blog name Finite1. Check it out here.
I started my Instagram account 3 years ago with anything but what you see today. For at least 2 years, I was the gal with OTD’s (of the day) but my OTD’s were pictures of COTD (cloud of the day) and DOTD (dinner of the day). My Instagram was random and well normal.
Outfit of the day (OOTD) was not on my radar till this year because honestly, I had to Google what that hashtag was. When I started my blog in February, I just posted a quick post with a few pictures and literally did nothing else. It hasn’t been till very recently that I discovered how deep blogging can be. Blogging is another language and I am far from bilingual in it yet. This blogging situation opened up my eyes to a whole new world (cue Jasmine and Aladdin on the magic carpet ride singing) Any Disney freaks Yes? No? Sorry not Sorry.
Over these few months, not only did I start learning the language of blogging, but I began to see things differently and do things differently. As a blogger you start seeing the world as “Oh that would a cute picture”. You do photoshoots on the regular and pray to the wind gods that the wind either blows your hair back like a supermodel (preferable) or just goes away for an hour. Is that too much to ask? You start talking to the sun and the rain to cooperate, because you have deadlines, and don’t have time for any funny business. Blogging can get crazy!
Blogging has forever altered my ratings of photos. Instagram is the prime example. Instagram for a blogger is like a movie commercial for your blog. You want people to want more and to go see your blog. Because Instagram is the social media star of the blogging world, average pictures just don’t make the cut. When you’re a blogger, you can have a photo gallery full of cute pics that did nothing wrong, but are forced to stay in time out or are sent to the safe, non-curated world called Facebook. All of a sudden curated counts and having a theme on Instagram counts. Who knew pictures on a free social media app could be so complicated?
Among the silliness I have discovered about blogging, there are parts of blogging that have been great for me and some that have not. This month, I decided to shut down my blog and update the whole look of my website. I wasn’t satisfied with it and I felt like it wasn’t user friendly. Now I feel like I am starting all over again. That can be a discouraging feeling, because one of the things I have talked myself into believing, is that I am behind. Like there is some race in blogging to figure out everything and excel right away. Sure there are bloggers out there that really skyrocket fast. I am not one of them. I have a regular full-time job. I am an everyday Jane with zero technology skills, who does a whole lot of Googling. Blogging for me, and for any of us, can have a way of making of us compare ourselves to others more so than ever. I have to be extra careful and we all do.
The greatest thing that has come out of blogging for me, has been the gems I have met. I have already met a blogger friend in a different state. I have connected with bloggers that are genuine, real, honest, and super smart. I look up to my blogger friends. We have been each others cheerleaders and that is so amazing.
Who knows where this blogging journey may take me? I may just be the blogger chasing good lighting and rocking out my $6 dollar sunnies from Forever 21. But I have learned about myself in this blogging process. I didn’t expect that. I think in life it is important to always be open to learning. As I say we are never really teachers of life but students of experience. The more we are willing to pull up our chairs to learn at the desk of life, the more we will get somewhere. That “somewhere” looks different for each person’s journey.
If we experience things but we never learn, we never grow. So here’s to growing more as a person, learning more skills, and making more friends in blogging but most importantly in life.
Love, Naomi Noel