Today is my 100th post! Can you believe it? It’s been a little under a year since my first post, and I really can’t fathom that I’ve somehow managed (in between work + printing + life) to post 100 of these. One Hundred. I’ve learned a ridiculous amount about myself, and what this whole blogging thing is about and I hope I’ve shared a thing or two that have helped you in one way or another.
And in celebration…
100 things I’ve learned about life from blogging:
1. try to keep your camera with you. not the phone one, that’s pretty much worthless.
2. sometimes you spend hours working on a blog post that 6 people read.
3. don’t make things more complicated than they need to be.
4. comparison is the thief of joy.
5. never stop adding ideas to the running list you keep in your phone, good or bad. they’ll save you.
6. when in doubt, take a break.
7. it’s better to have a few faithful readers/friends than many shallow ones.
8. sometimes at 11pm, it’s good enough.
9. there’s nothing quite as difficult as producing something creative (and good) on command.
10. having to capture your life for others makes you acutely aware of everything you take for granted.
11. there’s something quite satisfying about emptying your mind to a bunch of strangers.
12. you are good enough.
13. there are days when it isn’t fun AND it doesn’t pay. suck it up.
14. get organized.
15. social media is still in it’s infancy and rules are still being defined and people are still figuring out whether they want to be privy your dirty laundry or not.
16. pinterest is more valuable than you realize.
17. writing about your day to day life on the internet is vulnerable as hell.
18. planning ahead (ie. brainstorming, taking photos) makes life so much less stressful.
19. but with that being said, sometimes it’s those moments when you’re scrambling for ANYTHING to post about that you find something truly magical and unexpected.
20. life is a constant battle between wanting to improve yourself and wanting to love yourself exactly as you are. we’re all in that boat together.
21. sometimes playing outside in the sunshine is more important.
22. ask for help when you need it.
23. be gentle with yourself. chances are nobody thinks as critically about you as you do.
24. it’s more important to get out of the house and actually live life than it is to blog about it.
25. success is liking who you are and what you create.
26. be kind. speak kindly. write kindly. live kindly.
27. it’s okay if you don’t care what other’s think (more power to you!), and equally okay if you do.
28. the mundane can become extraordinary with well taken photos.
29. telling your own story is healing.
30. without fail, you will never be able to predict which posts will be popular. don’t even try.
32. sometimes failure is a necessary part of the creative process.
29. the simple pleasure of good food/drink is universal.
30. compliments are nice, but don’t expect them.
31. some people you know are going to worry about your presence on the internet, those people mean well.
32. don’t try to figure out everything all at once.
33. focus on what matters to YOU. you’ll attract the right people, and they’ll stay loyal.
34. be as you wish to seem.
35. deadlines help get things done.
36. try not to complain about what you do. YOU have chosen this, and choose to continue to do this every week.
37. making stuff with your hands will make you more grounded, more skilled and frankly, more happy.
38. you are more creative/smart/interesting than you realize.
39. being an introvert serves you well as a thinker and a writer. embrace it.
40. be daring.
41. be unapologetically yourself, people really dig that.
42. sometimes you don’t realize what you feel until you begin to string the sentences together.
43. be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
44. it will always be a shock (the best kind) when you run into a random acquaintance and they mention a specific blog post of yours.
45. turn off the internet every once in a while.
46. optimism just feels better.
47. your unique way of seeing things and approach to life can be valuable and inspiring to people you don’t know.
48. fake it ‘til you make it.
49. you know the truth by the way it feels when you write it down.
50. perfection is annihilation.
51. Seasons in the Pacific Northwest are not created equally as far as photography is concerned. Starting a blog in summer leads to a major letdown.
52. don’t covet your ideas, share them freely and openly.
53. blogging leads to research which leads to learning A LOT. Soak it up.
54. it’s okay to follow trends.
55. you should always be able to back up your claims.
56. sunday, tuesday + thursday seems like everyday. two posts a week is much more humane, especially in the winter.
57. come up with a simple format for posting photos and text, and stick with it.
58. being happy is more important than being productive.
59. don’t compare yourself to anybody, but especially not anna rifle bond of rifle paper. you’ll want to cry.
60. embrace the messy, the unfinished, the imperfect.
61. allow your vision to change along the way.
62. create + write as if you are the only audience.
63. don’t shush your inner voice, but try not to let your inner critic paralyze you. she’s kind of a bitch.
64. if you share the things that make you happy, it will be contagious.
65. writing first thing in the morning and last thing at night keep your mind more alert and aware than they would otherwise be.
66. so what if a million (slight exaggeration probably) other bloggers have posted about oil pulling? do it in your own original voice and people will be interested.
67. save your work. save. your. work.
68. not everyone will appreciate what you put out there, but the people who do will be pretty wonderful.
69. make time for play.
70. don’t let the opinions of others consume you, good or bad.
71. finding the perfect quote is like finding a needle in a haystack. patience is mandatory.
72. don’t be offended if people you are close with haven’t read your blog in a while. everyone is busy with their own lives and there’s no sense in taking that personally.
73. it helps if you get genuinely excited about things.
74. it’s often hard to get inspired sitting at home, get out and play!
75. do not believe all of the things you tell yourself late at night.
76. cocktail posts always win.
77. it’s okay to start over.
78. having a super talented, crafty husband is definitely a blog asset.
79. building up a readership takes time, and A LOT of social media savvy.
80. the things that made you awkward and weird as a kid will make you a good blogger.
81. when in doubt, post pictures of fleur. people are crazy about french bulldogs.
82. blogging is like a time capsule that you’ll be able to refer back to forever (we all know nothing on the internet ever dies). be smart about what you write, but also honest.
83. it’s vital to celebrate and reward yourself for the work you do; sometimes you are the only one who will.
84. connect with people who do what you do and collaborate if possible.
85. create a space and routine that encourage focus and inspiration.
86. listen to your friends when they mention off-hand things they’d like you to blog about, they’re likely speaking for a larger demographic.
87. have a plan b, and c, and d, if possible.
88. explore your amazing city every chance you get.
89. there’s nothing wrong with your mom being your most loyal reader.
90. execute boring ideas beautifully.
91. networking is a thing you should probably get better at.
92. there is no limit to how many things around the house you can diy if you put your mind (and muscles) to it.
93. don’t second guess your instincts.
94. sleep is more important.
95. inspiration is often right under your nose.
96. creativity ebbs and flows; don’t get discouraged.
97. preach what you believe in with conviction, but do it gently.
98. if nothing else, blogging for the last year has been an incredible lesson in proving to yourself (and the poor friends and family that were subjected to your brief former blogs) that you can stick with something for a decent amount of time.
99. it matters.
100. 100 of anything is ridiculous (i learned this just now).
Did you make it all the way down here?
I hope so, because this is the part where I thank YOU for stopping by here and sharing in this crazy thing with me.
You’re simply the best.
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