My Honest and Hilarious Blogging Journey So Far

honest blogging journey

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.

 

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Love, Naomi Noel


25 thoughts on “My Honest and Hilarious Blogging Journey So Far

  1. LOL!! Why did I start singing “A whole new wooooooorld” when I read that!?

    We have the same blogaversary month!! I started mine in February too. Wow, I hadn’t realized that it had been six months already.

    Girl, I hear you! “…one of the things I have talked myself into believing, is that I am behind.” I have the same problem. The reality of it is that everybody’s journey is different so we have to believe that we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be. Like you, I have a full-time job, a husband, a daughter, and other business ventures that I am trying to balance. I feel that I can never give any one thing the attention that it deserves. But as you said, I am always striving to learn how I can be/do better. I am blessed to have met you along with other bloggers in this awesome community. It’s truly been a blast and I look forward to growing together.

  2. I started a year ago and I’m just learning the ins and outs, updating the look, etc. I had no idea until the last couple of months how intricate this whole process is. Best of luck! Have a great day!!

  3. Hey Naomi,

    Couldn’t agree more with you on our regular excursions for ootd and praying to the weather gods for good weather!
    It isn’t an easy journey but I am Glad to have met really nice fellow bloggers, including yourself, along the way that makes me feel encouraged and motivated.

    Congrats on your blog anniversary and here’s to many more fun times! CHEERS!

    Much love from Singapore,
    Everest

  4. I loved this post! I started blogging about ten months ago (I had to google OOTD too!) and am honestly just beginning to learn the language (and as for the technology I’m often totally bemused!)! Strangely enough, one of the things I hate is that I am always thinking ‘oh, that would be a cute picture’ when I just want to have a fun day out with my family!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences so far and Happy 6 month anniversary!
    Julia x

    1. Yes it is hard because when I am out with my family I see cute stuff to take pics of but I want to be in the moment. I have to catch myself sometimes haha. I’m like its just a hobby but there is a lot to learn for sure 🙂

  5. Girl I feel the same way. Behind. But we all have our own path and each day is a day we can better ourselves and our blogs! Thank you for being so candid and honest about your journey. ❤️

  6. I have totally been there and I think it’s normal. Try not to look at what’s happening around you as competition or what you should or shouldn’t be doing. Be you, celebrate other’s success and always remember why you started blogging in the first place. Blogging is a crazy journey, but you just have to be along for the ride. You got this lady!

  7. This was too funny and I appreciated the honesty in it. I too am one of those people who feel like blogging is a race and I really have to tell myself to stop comparing what I do to everyone else. Everyone’s blog is different so it will all grow differently! Congrats on making it to 6 months! Can’t wait to see where you are at, at the one year mark!

  8. Love to read your take on blogging! My husband I started blogging last Nov, so we are new as well and we have learned so much this year!

  9. Thank you!! I promise we are not haha! We still have so much to learn. 🙈😝 but making progress everyday!

  10. This is so incredibly relatable! I’ve been blogging for right at a year, but there’s always so much to learn and so much work to do to stand out in a saturated market. I love your honesty, and the look and feel of your blog is also very streamlined and professional (:

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