The first blog I ever started was a lifestyle blog called: Living Life Righteous. I started this lonely little blog in 2015 and needless to say, I failed horribly.
It wasn’t that I didn’t try, because I did. My blog failed for more than one reason and it wasn’t for lack of effort. I put a lot of time into that blog, but back then I just didn’t have the knowledge that I have today. I didn’t know how to use Photoshop, I didn’t know how to take pictures, I didn’t know anything about graphic design or WordPress. To put it simply, I didn’t know anything.
I have come a very very long way as a blogger and when I look back to my first blog I just can’t believe how ignorant I was and how easily I gave up. I worked on my blog for about two months before calling it quits and never looking back and I’m still kicking myself for it today.
Back in 2015 I was still in college full time and working a part time job as a waitress. I had no idea what I was doing back then and the aesthetic of my blog was terrible. It didn’t look good at all. It was poorly designed, I didn’t have any money so I was trying to jazz up the free WordPress themes I could find. My writing was horrible and I didn’t even really know what I wanted to talk about.
There was no point to what I was doing. I had no goals, no niche, no target audience. I just started a blog because other people said you could make money off it. My intentions behind starting my first blog were not the right kind of intentions, and I went about it all wrong.
What I should have done was figured out what I would even blog about, and then do my research on a potential audience. Instead I just wrote horrible posts that consisted of a few paragraphs and no real meaning behind them. Nobody visited my blog, and one of the biggest reasons is because nobody would have wanted to visit my blog. There was no benefit for them. Who wanted to read the ramblings of a 22 year old college student?
Thankfully the blogging world, and my own skills and knowledge have come a long way. I wish I had known back then what I know now. I wish I had been able to take advantage of using social media, marketing myself, and creating meaningful content then, because it’s much harder to do now since there are so many bloggers these days!
Don’t get me wrong, I support all bloggers, but there are just so many of us it can be easy to get lost in with the crowd and lose visitors to someone else who has similar content. But if it weren’t for all the incredible bloggers today, I probably wouldn’t have been inspired to give blogging another shot.
In 2015 I had written a max of about 8 posts and nearing the end of 2018 I have almost 70 posts and have had great accomplishments. I wish that I had the inspiration and the dedication back then the way that I do now, because things could have turned out much differently for me.
Oh well, you live and you learn. My mistakes brought me here, and for that I’m grateful because the way things are now, I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world!