They say time flies when you’re having fun, lol. This month marks my second year of blogging, and couldn’t be prouder of myself. You always hear start, and I’m here to say that you never know where you will end up if you start. When I started my blog two years ago, I never knew I would gain self-confidence and learn a new skill. If you haven’t checked out my blog post last year of what I learned from my first year of blogging, you can check that out here. So let’s get to all the gems that I learned this year.
Pivot, Pivot, Pivot
So this time last year, right after writing what I learned from my first year of blogging, we entered a global pandemic. No one saw that coming, and it was a shock. Of course, besides being afraid of Covid-19, we entered a shutdown and was forced to stay home. If you were any content creator, that meant creating content from home and no fancy photoshoots and being your most creative self. I learned that anything could change at any point, and you have to use your resources. It was back to basics using the famous self-timer and just me being my most authentic self because it was and still is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
Video is the Future
So last year, I also started a Youtube channel, which was a challenge within itself. When I hit my goals, I will get more into that, lol. But last year, we saw the uprising of video content, especially short-form video on Tik Tok. I’m not going to lie; I hated every second of it, lol. I was finding my groove, and I had to learn something new, especially when Instagram introduced Reels, another form of Tik Tok within the app. I learned that you must always be ready to learn something new. I’m no Tik Tok or Reel connoisseur, but I had to implement short videos within my content last year.
Growing is Hard
I spoke about this last year, and it’s still valid and can honestly be a little discouraging. I have never seen so many changes on Instagram more than I have this year. The whole app has pretty much changed in its entirety, which means it’s tough to grow. I’ve learned more than ever you have to adapt. What worked on Instagram last year may not necessarily work in 6 months, lol.
What Works for You
As much as it’s essential to learn different skills and platforms, I realized it’s also necessary to create what works for you. When Tik Tok blew up during quarantine, I felt like I needed to be on the app. It was honestly so overwhelming and not fun for me, lol. I felt like an older woman trying to learn how to use technology, lol. Everyone who can use Tik Tok to its full potential is amazing and oh so talented. But it didn’t work for me, and that’s ok. I learned to streamline my platforms and create what works for me.
That is everything I learned during my second year of blogging! I look forward to writing this list every year, and here’s to a fabulous New Year! Whatever you have been thinking of starting, Start!