A very important birthday occurred on Sunday: Five Foot and Fabulous turned 2 YEARS OLD! Blow up the balloons, take a whack at the piñata, and release the doves!
Now that we’re done with the initial celebration, I just want to talk about how thankful I am for this corner of the internet. Blogging has become one of my favorite pastimes, and it’s basically my pride and joy. It gives me an opportunity to connect with an audience that I would otherwise have no contact with, and I value that so much. Over the past two years, I have connected with so many great bloggers, learned so much, and changed as a person (hopefully for the better!).
Before I get into the lessons I’ve learned through blogging, I want to take a trip in the time machine. A Journey To The Past if you will (Anastasia reference). We’re going back to the night of March 26, 2015. The setting is Anna’s freshman dorm room. Earlier that day, I had spent a couple hours coming up with a good blog name. Ultimately, I decided on Pleasantly Petite hosted on the free WordPress site. My first post? College Budget + Expensive Taste = Never Ending Struggle. Please, don’t laugh too hard when you read it. I was just a young lil’ nugget trying to find her place in the world.
Actually, I’m still just a young lil’ nugget trying to find her place in the world. I’m just closer to graduation!
Now that we reached the earliest part of this blog, let’s fast forward to October 2015 when I finally bought the domain name y’all know and love. My first post on the new domain was Ok, But First Coffee. Can we just take a second to note how terrible that picture quality is? Thank goodness for the new one I got for my birthday this year!
Now that Five Foot and Fabulous is basically thirty, flirty, and thriving, I figured it was time to share a few things I learned over the years!
1. Create a cohesive brand
If you want your blog to be successful, you should definitely do your best to create a cohesive brand. If you do so, more people will be able to recognize your posts when they stumble upon them on the internet. Also, it creates a more appealing aesthetic for your actual website and social media!
2. Write with your own voice
Cannot stress the importance of this! Could you imagine Five Foot and Fabulous without my sarcasm, pop culture references, and weird metaphors? It just wouldn’t be the same! One blogger who does this so well is Elly from What Kumquat. Her posts make me literally LOL when I read them. Basically, if you can’t imagine yourself actually saying what you’re typing, then you should change it up.
3. Always try to learn
This goes for both blogging and the real world. Always be looking for learning resources, be aware of changes to the blogosphere, and search the Pinterest archives for new methods to do things. Learning is rad, so stay in school kids.
4. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone
Kind of going off the last one, you can’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Don’t do something that totally isn’t you, but also don’t pass up opportunities for growth. If you’re a fashion blogger, try a trend that intrigues you. If you’re a lifestyle blogger, dabble in something new and tell us about it.
Something I’ve done to get out of my comfort zone is being more personal with you all. You’ve heard me babbling about my political views, you’ve seen the launch of my YouTube channel, and I recap my life in a post each month. I never thought I would share my personal life with the public, but I wouldn’t take anything back.
5. Don’t give a flying fladoodle about what anyone else thinks
Last, but certainly not least, don’t give a FRICK about what the haters say. There will always be someone who doesn’t approve of everything you do, but don’t let them get you down. Do whatever the heck makes you happy, whether it’s related to blogging or your life in general.
What are some lessons you’ve learned in your blogging adventures? Have you ever looked back on your archives? Let me know in the comments!
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