It has officially been one year since I published my first blog post and I can’t even explain how crazy that sounds to me. I feel like I have grown so much over the last year, both with the blog and personally. You don’t really know what to expect when you hit publish for the first time and everyone’s journey looks different. But there is always so much interest around blogging and what it really entails. I admit when I started I had no idea what I was doing! I had done a little research here and there but it was an unknown world.
The physical act of starting a blog is time-consuming but pretty straight forward. There are plenty of blog posts that detail “How to start a blog” all over Pinterest. What no one can tell you is what to do after you have your website up and running. That is the scary part but also the beauty of a blog. It’s all you and your creative thoughts. The responsibility falls on you to keep up with your content calendar and to keep your inspiration flowing.
I’ve experienced so many emotions throughout the first year with Waketon Road. I can still remember my elation the first time I had a company reach out to me. That was something I thought would happen so far down the road that I couldn’t even comprehend it all. Every milestone felt like a huge sigh of relief and a step in the right direction. There were plenty of moments of doubt and frustration along the way, too. But in the end all completely rewarding.
I cringe a little bit looking back at some of my first blog posts, but I keep them there as a reminder of how far I have come and how much further I have to go. No one starts a blog and becomes an expert over night. It takes time to find a rhythm that works for you and to curate your style. Over the year I have found a routine that works for me but it is almost becoming too comfortable now. I have to keep reminding myself to be challenged and to keep taking things to the next level.
I can remember so vividly sitting at my computer a year ago with so many thoughts running through my head. What would people think? Would I give up after a couple of weeks? Is this even worth trying? So many questions that held me back for so long. Questions that I don’t give a second thought to today.
A year into this journey everything comes so much easier now. My confidence in what I am capable of is stronger and I know the areas that I need to work on. This week I am going to be sharing with you what I have learned and the tools that I use as well as answering a few questions that I have gotten over the year.
On a personal note I just want to say Thank You to every single one of you who supports me. Waketon Road would not be possible without the support of my friends, family and readers. I cannot express to you how much it means to me that you take the time to stop by here, like a picture, leave a comment or show any kind of support. I am so grateful that you are following along on this journey and that you inspire me to keep going. I’m excited to see what the next year has in store! Thanks as always! xo Bryn
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