November marks a very special occasion over here at Kaci Ventures. On November 6th, 2018, I published the first post! How exciting!
I honestly can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I’m still nowhere near where I want to be with this website, but I’m so grateful to have this past year’s experience.
In honor of Kaci Ventures’ birthday month, I’m looking forward to doing a few special posts. Don’t forget to check out Favorite Things About Blogging, what I hope to see for Kaci Ventures in the future, and how blogging helped me find my voice. Today, however, we’ll be taking a look at a few things I’ve learned from blogging.
I used to have a hard time finding things I enjoyed to do. I was focused on clocking in and out of work and coming home to completely forget about what I viewed as dead-end jobs. I’d been so focused on just forgetting about work, that I lost sight of all the things that really made me enjoy life.
This past year I really found my drive and desire to go above and beyond. My daughter was a huge part of that. I wanted to be more for her and show her things that she could be proud of me for doing. That desire helped me create Kaci Ventures and has helped me find my own place and voice in the world.
When I first started Kaci Ventures, I had no plan. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was content with squeezing some writing in while I took care of my daughter. Now I wake up and think about what I’m going to write when I can write it, and I’m jotting notes down throughout my day. It took me a good part of the year to really get me to this point, but I’m glad I stuck with it.
I like to think I dream big. Certain ideas can get me really excited and then I run with them before I put thought into how much work it will be in the long run. I have a number of “paused” and abandoned projects because I didn’t control myself.
This past year I really learned the importance of control. This year I frequently burnt myself out creatively. I worked myself until I had nothing left to give, took a hiatus, and then started all over. Now I’m balancing everything out much more.
I still let myself run with projects for a little bit, but I don’t drown myself in them. I also have a few, not work tasks that I make sure I complete every single day. I have to care of my daughter and dog and see my husband of course. Aside from that, I make sure I do some self-care. I make time for reading, exercise, and meditation every day.
It was really hard for me to juggle writing and taking care of the house and my daughter at first. It seemed like it should’ve been really easy. Sometimes there’s a lot of things that need to get done on the blog though. There’s a lot of different aspects other than just posting.
I’m still not the best at managing my time. I’m definitely still learning. However, a year later, it’s a lot easier getting enough time on social media, writing/editing, Photoshop, and taking care of the house/daughter.
I probably should’ve been way better at managing my time at the beginning, but I wasn’t prepared for the freedoms that running Kaci Ventures gave me. It was the first time I was truly in charge of what I wanted to do throughout the day. Plus, with P being my first baby, I was learning a lot of different things at once.
To Take Risks
I was really safe with my writing in the beginning. I stuck to strictly what I thought I was good at and I didn’t put any variety into my work. It worked for me, so I didn’t see a need to mix anything up.
I very recently started experimenting with my posts. I’m trying to change my writing style and trying to change what topics I write about. It’s my blog, my space. So, I’m finally trying to use it to challenge myself and find new things that me and my readers are interested in.
I really figured out that it’s good to have fun and enjoy writing and everything that comes with running a blog. I took it really seriously in the beginning. I still take it seriously, I care about putting out good and interesting content. That doesn’t mean that I can’t have fun while I do it.
I try not to get too wrapped up in “oh, this week’s views were terrible”, “why didn’t this post do better?”
I do find checking statistics like that important, but I don’t base my value or my enjoyment on those numbers. My writing really suffered when I let myself feel terrible about those things. Now, if I do feel the strain with the blog, I take a quick break.
What are some things that blogging has taught you? Let me know in the comments below!
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Thank you for reading. Please be kind to one another and have a good day!