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2 Year Blogiversary
Time really does fly when you’re having fun, right? I seriously can’t believe that I’ve officially been blogging for two whole years now, but here we are! It’s been such an incredible journey and I can honestly say I’ve learned more in the last two years about myself than I could have ever imagined.
Related: One Year Blogiversary
To think this time two years ago I was sitting around wondering “what if”, but I thank God that he gave me the courage to finally take that first step forward in putting myself out there and following my dreams.
This past year, in a nutshell, has been insane. Up until August, I was working full-time (doing multiple jobs in my workplace I might add) and blogging on the side. But if I’m being honest, I’ve been putting in well over full-time hours with my blog for a LONG time, so when the opportunity finally arrived for me to really pursue blogging full-time, I jumped on it.
Related: Moving Forward- A Huge Announcement
If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that you can spend your whole life waiting for that “magical golden window of opportunity” but truthfully you sometimes have to just take a leap of faith and go for it.
I’ve did a lot of soul searching this year and had many nights where I questioned whether or not I was doing the right thing. (And I’m sure I’ll still have more of those in the future, because let’s be real- blogging is a journey.) But at the end of the day, I’d rather take a risk and be proud of the fact that I at least tried, then spend my whole life living with regret over the things I didn’t do.
Advice for New Bloggers
The further I get in my blogging journey, the more I realize that I truly want to help other bloggers out there who are wanting to pursue going full-time. So for that reason, I’ve put together my top 3 tips for new bloggers below.
Go After Your Dreams Wholeheartedly
One of my favorite quotes ever is “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” (Bonus points if you can name what movie this was in!)
It can be so incredibly easy to let fear and self-doubt get in the way of not doing something or going after something you are passionate about. There’s always so many “what-ifs” and “I don’t knows” but the truth of the matter is this- just because you’re scared doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Just because you have people in your life telling you it’s a stupid idea or that no one will ever buy what you are creating, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still do it.
If you want to do it, then do it. If you love it, then put your whole heart and soul into it and never look back.
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Trust me when I say, there will always be people out there who don’t believe in you, who won’t support you, and who will try to tear you down every chance they get. Don’t listen to them. Surround yourself with great friends and family members who do believe in you and let the toxic people in your life go.
And feel free to delete any rude comments that random people send your way. Nobody likes trolls and you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken
When I first started blogging, I remember looking up to so many successful bloggers out there for inspiration and ideas. And while gathering inspiration is one thing, downright copying is no bueno. It’s unfortunate that too many bloggers out there try to copy others instead of just being themselves.
At the end of the day we’re all unique and we all have different things we can bring to the table. Be you, and don’t try copying anyone else out there. Find what it is that you can connect with your readers on and focus on building upon that.
You’ll hear a lot of bloggers out there give the advice “Find your Tribe” and it’s honestly such great advice. You won’t always be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay. Focus on finding the people you can connect with, and be the real, raw, honest you.
I’d much rather connect with my readers on a real level than try to ever pretend to be something I’m not. God made you just the way you are, so rock it!
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Invest in Your Dream
One of the things I wish I had done sooner in my blogging journey is invest in my dream. Yes there are a ton of great resources on Pinterest and other blogging websites for free, but at the end of the day if you’re someone who wants to really take your blog to the next level and monetize it, then you have to spend money.
Once I started investing in my self and my blog by enrolling in courses and purchasing helpful tools, I noticed a drastic improvement to my blog’s readership and it has helped me better understand just what it takes to be a successful full-time blogger.
I’m currently working on an in-depth post on all of my favorite courses, workshops, and blogging tools that have helped me exponentially, so let me know if there’s anything specific you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on!
In particular, if you’re looking to start working with brands on sponsored posts, I highly recommend checking out Boss Pitch! My girl Erica from Coming Up Roses created this course based on her marketing expertise and her own success in working with brands.
I was smart enough to sign up for this course when it was first released this time last year, and let me tell you friends, it was the best money I’ve ever spent on a blogging course- hands down!
Since taking Boss Pitch, I’ve increased my blogging earnings by almost 500%, and that’s just been from blogging on a part-time basis. You can check out detailed information on Boss Pitch over here, as well as tons of amazing testimonials from other bloggers who have found success in taking the course.
In celebration of my 2 Year Blogiversary and because you all rock, I’m giving away a pair of Ruby Black Frame- Grey Gradient Lens DIFF sunglasses for one lucky winner! As you all know I’m a DIFF Ambassador/Model and I absolutely adore both the look and quality of DIFF sunnies! Even better, for every pair of sunglasses purchased, they donate a pair of eye glasses to someone in need, which is amazing!
For two entries in my giveaway, simply complete my reader survey below and comment on this post letting me know you completed my survey! That’s it- easy, peasy!- Update: Giveaway now closed!
*Contest runs from November 06, 2017 – November 10, 2017 at Noon EST. Winner will be chosen via random generator and will be notified via e-mail to confirm acceptance of prize. Giveaway is not associated nor sponsored by DIFF.
As another year has already come and gone, I’d love to hear from each of you! Please do me a huge favor and fill out this brief survey to help me better understand what content you love most on my blog! It’ll only take a couple minutes- plus it’ll enter you for a chance at winning a gorgeous pair of sunnies! 🙂
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From the bottom of my heart, thank-you to each and every one of you for following along with me and taking time out of your busy worlds to tune into mine. You truly don’t know how much I appreciate you and having loyal readers on my blog is such a blessing I’ll never take for granted.
As always, thanks for stopping by! – Cara