It’s My 1-Year Blogaversary! Here’s How I Began, the Lessons I’ve Learned, and Where I Am Today.

How It All Began

January 2020, I decided I would start a blog. Late one night, I googled blogging sites, chose a host, and never looked back. I began writing and saving drafts of my work until I had about a month’s worth of posts. I had no clue what I was doing, but I started creating my site anyway. I looked to others that had been in the business longer. I took inspiration from multiple websites, and Hanging With Lady B was born.

On February 28, 2020, I launched my website! It was one of the most exhilarating days of my life. I knew coming into this, I would share personal stories and experiences, so it was a bit nerve-wracking too. Putting your business out for any and everybody to see is scary. There is always a guarantee that you will be judged and scrutinized. However, I knew that the impact I wanted to have on others outweighed the potential heartache, so I’ve kept going.

Some Things I’ve learned

Support

Unfortunately, family and friends are usually the least to support. That may not be the case for all, but I hear it more often than not. I’ve also experienced this lack of support for myself. While some did come through when I initially began, most have fallen off from reading blogs, liking, or sharing any posts. The majority of my backing comes from strangers (now community) that I have met online.

Planning and Content Batching

Planning posts and content is a game-changer. While I started this way, I did not continue the pattern. Most times, I am writing posts at the last minute, which can become stressful. I have recently taken the time to get more focused and plan out my content in bulk. It has made a huge difference in my schedule and allowed me to handle more tasks.

Time Blocking

I created a schedule that assigns responsibilities at specific times. When I follow this plan, I feel productive. I get more tasks completed because I stay focused on one item at a time. Once that time is up, I’m either finished or at a good stopping point for that assignment. I’m still working on this particular area. Sometimes I get caught up on a job, and I don’t want to stop until it’s completed.

Engagement

I totally disregarded engaging with other bloggers when I first began. I didn’t have a clue about this and was only doing what I knew. I wrote and posted blogs to my site. However, I learned from others that I connected with in this space. They taught me how they grew their blogs, and engaging with others was high on the list. I get off track with my schedule sometimes and miss a day or two of reading blogs. However, I try to ensure that I’m interacting with several blogs very regularly.

Marketing the content

When I started writing, I scheduled the post, and I was done. A setting on WordPress allows me to auto-post to a few social media sites. For Instagram, though, I have to post about my blog manually. However, I learned sharing once about my blog was not enough. I had to start creating more content that promoted the blogs I’d written and published. I still have so much to learn in this area, but I have grown a lot.

Connections I’ve made

Since diving headfirst into blogging, I’ve met some fantastic people. I have learned and grown so much because of their input, collab opportunities, and successful blog experiences. Their invaluable information and pure hearts are unmatched. From their blog posts to DMs and emails, it’s been a blessing connecting with them. I want to take this moment to thank Shelly, growingwithspawn, and Olivia, olivialucieblake.com. I have met other incredible bloggers in this community, but these two ladies have been exceptional teachers and motivators! Be sure to check out their websites. Both ladies are a breath of fresh air and a wealth of knowledge!

Collaborations I’ve had

Blogging has brought on several opportunities to collaborate with others. I’ve had the chance to team up with a skincare line and be a guest blogger on various sites. I am currently starting a makeup brand ambassadorship, and I will be a guest on an upcoming podcast speaking about my debt-free lifestyle. I have two other collaborations in the works, but I will keep quiet until they are secured. Wish me luck!

Giving Thanks

I thank God for allowing me to be consistent this past year. I am incredibly grateful to my husband, Ejuan, for his support. Supporting my decision to leave Corporate America almost two years ago has made this lifestyle more convenient. I also thank everyone that has helped me grow. For every like, save, share and comment on social media, I thank you! For those reading my blogs then and now, I appreciate you! I’m nowhere near the place I plan to be, but I’m further along than when I began. Everyone started at 0, so I will not despise the day of my small beginnings.

Reaping The Benefits

It does not always feel like what I’m doing is serving a purpose. Like all things, growth takes time. That’s why I enjoy the DMs I’ve received on Facebook and Instagram, showing me appreciation. Ladies have told me how my stories have helped them improve areas in their marriage. Moms showed gratitude for my transparency about raising my sons. They’ve shared how my posts came right on time for their specific situations. My husband has received praise about me from others, sometimes from local connections and mutual friends. Every bit of praise and recognition is a reminder that my mission is being accomplished.

Celebrating 1 Year As A Blogger

Tomorrow is the official day I will celebrate the birth of my blogging journey. Hard work and consistency have gotten me to where I am today. However, without support, my blogs and content I share on social media would have no value. Therefore, my Blogaversary is more than a celebration. It’s also a public display of appreciation to the community that keeps me going. I chose a small group from my top supporters, and I will show gratitude by celebrating this milestone with them.

Are you allowing excuses to hold you back from pursuing an idea?

Until next time, I’ll leave you with this. Please don’t allow fear to stop you from pursuing your dreams. Do not worry about what others will think or doubt yourself because of your age or lack of skill. It’s never too late to learn different things or start something new. If you want it, give it everything you’ve got. What’s meant for you will be! I hope that my story has convinced you that you’ve still got time and will win if you don’t quit.

Thanks for hanging out with me for the past year! Please continue to follow me on this journey as I continue to grow.

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22 thoughts on “It’s My 1-Year Blogaversary! Here’s How I Began, the Lessons I’ve Learned, and Where I Am Today.

  1. Your 100th post! What a milestone. You are amazing and such an inspiration to so many of us.
    Thanks so much for the lovely mention. It has been such a privilege to get to know you and support you and your blog. Keep doing what you’re doing and inspiring others. God bless you Toni🤍

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    1. Thanks so much, Olivia! You are an inspiration as well, and I appreciate all the information you have provided and support you’ve given to help me become a better blogger! Many blessings to you as well!

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  2. Oh Toni this is lovely! I’m so glad your blog is growing and that you are getting opportunities from it. I absolutely love interacting with you because I learn so much from reading your posts and chatting to you. You are an amazing woman, incredible wife and awesome influencer! I have been watching your Instagram growth and have yearned for an ounce of the creativity you have 😊 Don’t forget me when you’re famous!

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    1. HA! You’re hilarious, but I do appreciate your confidence in me. Thanks so much for all the support, encouragement, and invaluable information you have given to me! I appreciate you wholeheartedly!!!🤗

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  3. Fire pics as usual!
    And such a great read with all of this enthusiasm!
    I’m an avid follower and love how you’ve handled this past year!
    Onwards towards more bloggerfame!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I appreciate you reading. Thanks for the well wishes. I don’t know about any fame, but I’m working on something. LOL!

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  4. Congrats again CB! You’ve accomplished so much in a year and I’m looking forward to seeing what is next for you. I’m grateful to be riding along with you as you are an inspiration.
    Continued blessings!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, CB! I appreciate all of the support and encouragement you have given. You are an inspiration as well, and I’m glad to have connected with you.

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  5. Wow! Love your story! Congratulations on your 1st year of Blogging! It’s not easy but yet you’re focused! Makes me think about my journey. Right now I’m in school taking all of my science again to improve my grades. This year I’ll be applying to Physical Therapy school to become a Dr. And the thought is scary to get rejected bc im 30 year old. But last year around this time I was lost and didn’t want to become anything else but a physical therapist.. but like I said I allowed fear to hold me back. I talked to God and he told me to Go after it! So I’m currently working at a physical therapist clinic as a tech, going to school and raising babies lol. God has shown me visions of what when I’ll become a physical therapist! And I’m excited but scared at the same time. Your story was inspiring! Thank you Lady B!!!

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    1. Oh wow! Reading your response has me grinning from ear to ear. I am sooooo proud of you! And when did you turn 30? Wow!!! Keep going after it dear and let me know when you cross over. LOL! I’m so excited for you! Thanks for reading my blogs and for supporting me!!! See you tomorrow!

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