I recently replied to a tweet that asked bloggers to share their first blog post. Before posting the link to it, I took the time to read my first article.
It was amazing to see how much I had grown as a blogger since starting “All Things Beautiful” almost a year ago.
Blogging is a constant learning process, and if you don’t learn, you won’t grow.
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
I decided that one of the ways that I wanted to grow was to create a logo for my blog. This is something I wanted to do before my one-year bloggerversary.
I didn’t know where to begin, but I knew the look I wanted. And I knew exactly who to talk to about my new logo.
My son is very creative, and when he isn’t attending college classes, he creates gaming related content on Twitch and YouTube. We discussed where I could start the creative process, and he knew exactly where to go. After a few hours of design and testing, the logo for “All Things Beautiful” was born.
I created a white and yellow logo that shows up beautifully on most photos. The same logo with a bolder background is great for photos that have a lot of white in the lower right corner. I also had to learn how to add it to my photos. The watermark feature in Photoshop Express has proven to be a great tool.
In addition to creating my logo, I also created a customized notebook on Shutterfly. Before I designed my notebook, I was writing my blog ideas on random sheets of photocopy paper. Now all of my ideas can be found in one place.
“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” – Dan Stevens
The other thing that has helped me grow is to step out of my comfort zone. I included a small interview on my last blog post. Before my husband recorded the interview I was very nervous. My first thought was, “I am a writer, not a vlogger!” After the interview, I realized that the conversation that was recorded enriched my article.
Because this was my first video containing a person-to-person interview, I wanted to ensure that my audience could understand the dialog between myself and the interviewee. Therefore, I learned how to add closed-captioning to my video. The task of publishing a video with closed captions involves a lot of time and video scrubbing.
And patience. A whole lot of patience.
It’s not easy to do something different, but taking the risk is worth it!
“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.”
– Philip J. Runkel
I created a logo, took a step outside of my comfort zone, and learned how to do something new.
These were all ripples in my blogosphere that led me to think about what’s next.
Quite often when I meet people we end up discussing my blog. Most recently, I was running errands and started chatting with the bank teller handling my transaction. I told her about my blog, and she asked me for the website address.
I had to write it down on a piece of paper. I would have preferred to hand her something that looked more professional.
This was an ah-ha moment.
I’ve spent the past year learning, growing and writing, and it’s time for me to create my first business card.
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
I’m excited about what’s ahead. I’m always learning, and it’s an exciting and fantastic way to experience growth.
If you are new to blogging, how have you grown in your first year?
If you’re an established blogger, what did you learn in your first few years of blogging that would help a new blogger grow?
Share your comments below.