Happy One Year Blogiversary! One year… Even as I write it, I can’t believe that Glitter & Grandeur has been in existence for one year. And what a crazy year it has been.
You know, when I first decided I wanted to start a blog, I didn’t imagine it being anything like this. I wrote my first post in January of 2016 thinking I was creating a musical theatre blog – the chronicles of my audition adventures and wild ride as a performer. I wrote one post and then put it away again until Valentine’s Day when I realized I wouldn’t be joining the performing world as soon as I thought. It was just a draft and didn’t even have a title until March when I was bored on bed rest and wanting to start something new.
I think it took me about two weeks to create Glitter & Grandeur. I have since learned that most people take months to stock up on content, build the perfect site, and create a social media following before launching their blog.
I needed something new – something to be excited about – and I needed it fast.
I started G&G with no idea what I was doing and no clue how much I would fall in love with writing. How much I would love each of you. How time consuming and difficult it would be.
All I knew is that if I couldn’t perform, I needed another passion.
My grandfather had been telling me to become a writer for years. I don’t know how he knew it, but I think writing is something I was meant to do. He is the smartest person I know, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised he was right. Plus, my grandmother (his wife) was a fantastic English teacher and never short of grammatical corrections. I’m sure she would find a few in my writing (although I try to stay on top of things). I’ll never forget the difference between “may I” and “can I” thanks to her. 🙂
I guess it’s only fitting that this side of my family would provide me with my second passion since the other side gave me my love of music.
My dad’s stepmom was my #1 fan since day one when it came to my passion for music. She and my grandfather (her husband) got me to and from many piano lessons and choir rehearsals and have attended every performance I’ve had (either in person or on live stream). I distinctly remember MaMa teaching me a song on the piano. I don’t recall its name but I know there was a bunny on the cover. (MaMa, I expect you to call me this week and tell me the name of that song. :P) So, although it wasn’t pre-planned, it must have been meant for my two passions to collide with a post about Easter Eggs – the first one I specifically wrote for Glitter & Grandeur.
It’s pretty clear to me that G&G is something I was destined to create; although at the time it seemed like pure luck (or insanity).
Anyway, the past year of blogging has taught me many, many things and I figure this blogiversary is the perfect time to share them with you.
Are you ready?
- Don’t compare – Everyone’s story is different and everyone grows at a different pace. Count your blessings and celebrate your victories. This isn’t a number’s game. It’s about building connections and helping people find joy (or whatever your blog’s purpose is). Your journey is just that – your journey – measure it on your own scale of success.
- Take your time – Not only does gaining a following take time; but being a blogger is time-consuming. You can’t just fit it in when you have a spare 30 minutes. You need to commit time to writing quality material and engaging with your audience.
- It’s a process – It’s okay to learn by trial-and-error. Be patient and try new things. I promise, you won’t lose all your followers with one mistake.
- Breathe – ‘nuff said
- Quality over quantity – Don’t push to get two posts out each week if you don’t have quality content. There is no point in publishing sub-par material. Your followers will survive if you miss one week – just give them something great next time. You should also write content in advance and have ample posts to choose from – or so people say… I’m still getting the hang of that one….
- Don’t be afraid to get out there – Join groups! Make friends! Collaborate with other bloggers! It will help you grow, learn, and build your following. I adore the bloggers I’ve been able to work with! One day soon I’ll do a post sharing their pages.
- Trust your judgment – You know what you’re doing. It’s your blog. Do with it what you want and people will appreciate you for it.
- You have followers and those followers are genuine – This goes with the “Don’t Compare” section. Sometimes I find myself wondering why I’m doing this. Does anyone actually read my posts except for my parents? And then I connect with my blogger friends and realize that we are here to support each other and to support our readers. That is what matters.
- Practice what you preach – While I hope G&G has helped each of you become better at finding the positivity in every day, I want you to know that you have helped me do the same. There are plenty of times when I don’t want to be positive – but I remember that I would be hypocrite if I asked you all to find the light and I didn’t. The same goes for my monthly goal posts. I’m so much more productive now that I share my goals with you all. Plus, I want to be a good example and your support helps me do just that.
I know this has been a lengthy post. You know me, I like to talk…I mean, type. 😛 Anyway, before I finish this blogiversary post, I want to say a couple thank-yous. First off, I want to thank my family for always being by my side through thick and thin – for listening to me whine and complain and ramble with joy throughout the past year – for supporting me in this crazy new life journey I’ve started – and most of all for accepting my added passion after all the years (and dollars) we put into music. Don’t worry! I’m not giving up on music; just chasing two dreams at once. 🙂
Thank-you to my friends, new and old, who have supported me and been many of my followers and readers.
Thank-you to my new colleagues who showed me that although I’m self-taught, I know what I’m doing.
Thanks to all of you, my readers, for sticking with me throughout this crazy year! I honestly couldn’t have done any of this without you! Thank-you for being my friends.
Well, I think I’ve written enough for now! Stay tuned for more posts because I’m coming back stronger than ever! It is a new year for G&G and I am going to be active again! I promise!
HAPPY ONE-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY, GLITTER & GRANDEUR!