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Blogging: My Thoughts 6 Months Into It

June 22, 2017

Well it’s official! I have reached the 6 month mark as a Blogger. It feels like it has been longer though. Especially since ideas and research to start one had been swimming in my head for several years prior to that first initial scary click of the “publish” button. Which by the way, that publish button is still terrifying to click! Talk about anxiety EVERY SINGLE TIME!! Please tell me I’m not the only one. Or better yet, please tell me it gets better. lol πŸ˜‰

Since my first post hit the cyber world I have had a whirlwind of thoughts, emotions, and opinions on this whole blogging thing.Β While I could probably list several, I’m going to share 4 points that has stood out the most for me within my first 6 months of blogging.

 


One: Blogging is so much more than writing blog posts and taking pictures.


As mentioned above, prior to my launch I had done a lot of research about the blogging scene; however nothing compares to experiencing it head on. As some of you know only a few short weeks after Textures of Grace launched I was offered an internship for Houston Blogger, Dawn P. Darnell. The experience has truly been amazing and I’m so grateful for this door God opened in my blogging path. I have been given the opportunity to witness and learn first hand what all is involved in this business. Working with Dawn and watching her shine in her craft has been awesome to say the least. Her heart, drive, and diligence has been unbelievably inspiring. Her guidance and friendship in my own blogging journey has been a God send.

I very quickly discovered that a huge amount of effort and time goes into a blog behind the scenes and can often feel like a never ending revolving door. There is ALWAYS something to do to keep a blog going. And a lot of it involves your face and hands engulfed in your phone! Let’s just say I experienced Carpel Tunnel for the first time due to blogging! So needless to say implementing the knowledge I was gaining within my internship immediately after my blog launch felt in a way like being thrown into the fast lane! No joke!!

Now you have to understand, I am very much a thinker. I LOVE thinking time and often NEED thinking time to function. I prefer to ponder, reflect, and ease into my decisions. So the whirlwind I mentioned above was basically me processing AND pursuing so many new territories rather quickly into my blogging start. And many of those territories touched areas way outside my comfy little zone. So I eventually realized that moments of decompressing were a MUST for me to fuel my inspirations. Giving myself permission to do so was a challenging decision to make as I shared here. But I’m so glad I did and will continue to allot recharging moments throughout my journey.

Much like any business you have to put yourself out there, engage, and network. And in many cases these attributes to your success can often take more of your time than your actual blog posts do. IF YOU LET IT! It is so easy to consume yourself in the required social media aspect of this business. While this area is important, if not careful you can easily find yourself lost in the shuffle of this highly saturated business and lose sight of your “why” – The Blog. Which leads me to my next point.


Two: Blogging Is Not A Race


So that fast lane I spoke about…is crazy town lol! And although you may have no intentions of jumping on that band wagon you can easily get caught up in it before you know it if your not careful! There are a gazillion tips, how to’s, and resources out there to help guide us through as a bloggers. And while they can be very beneficial, it is so important to never lose sight of your vision and what sparked your reason to start a blog.

The band wagon is not an evil place by any means, it is just a place that everybody is trying to get on to reach “success”. Plus, I have crowd anxiety so any wagon with everybody on it is way too crowded for me. πŸ˜‰ Β I am “me” and want to continue to be “me” in my blog. My way is not necessarily going to match all the “how to’s”. Β There is only one “me” and naturally THAT is what is going to set me apart from everybody else. I share more in depth on this area in my blog post “I Choose To Be Me”.

I personally am in no rush for that end result that we bloggers are aiming to achieve (whatever that may be). For me the success is in the journey. Β I want to enjoy the process, soak up the experiences, and be present in the path God is guiding me through with Textures of Grace. The successes, achievements, and dreams are all “within” the journey.


Three: Family and Friends will not be that primary support needed to reach “blogger success”.


Now I was warned about this realization and actually experienced a little bit of this in previous en-devours so I was prepared for this one. However prepared or not, it can still be painful. I mean as bloggers we are expressing our heart and soul in this thing and naturally want all of our current peeps to feel that passion right along with us, right? Β It was important to understand that my blog is “my passion” not theirs. And while they do support me, more than likely they will not utilize the “participation method” required for blogger success (aka business opportunities). They mostly will be in what I like to call the “Ghost Follower” category. They are watching and reading without saying a word.

If you think about it, we all “ghost support” other peoples content (FB, IG, Blog Post) from time to time by not providing any feedback. It doesn’t mean that what we read or saw didn’t impact or inspire us in one way or another.Β Ghost support is still support. The content is being seen and that is what matters.

In most cases they don’t even know that clicking that heart/like button and providing comments is the acknowledgment required for advancement in this business. So for anyone that struggles in this area as a blogger, you are definitely not alone. The fact that I was warned from the get go proves it is very normal. So we can’t take it personal. Unless they too are in the blogging scene they simply don’t know how the business side works and what aids our potential growth. Which brings me to my last point.


Four: The blogging community is an amazing support system and great source for inspiration.


There is something about surrounding oneself with like minded individuals that can inspire us to pursue our own individual dreams and passions. While their dreams may not be our own, their drive to pursue and grow are the very thing that can keep our visions alive. This is the community that will provide the support that feels lacking in the point I described above. Our fellow bloggers know what we are going through and the hard work that goes into it. It is so important to involve yourself within a blogging community that fuels you with positive energy.

Now building that community of like minded individuals takes time. But if we stay true to ourselves and visions and engage with those that inspire us and support us, the genuine connections will happen naturally. The blogging community has touched my heart in so many ways. I am so thankful for the relationships I have made through blogging. Their passions inspire me to pursue mine and I genuinely enjoy cheering them on along the way. It has been one of the most rewarding pieces in my blogging experience thus far.

It has often been said that many don’t surpass that 6 month threshold. And I see how that can easily occur. Especially if the reason behind it all is for all the wrong reasons. It is a lot of consistent hard work and a lot of learning as you go. It involves finding your unique voice and then speaking that voice at the right times with hopes that “someone” is actually listening.

I can honestly say I absolutely LOVE blogging! Some of the most amazing things about blogging is the sky is the limit, the opportunities to be creative are endless, and the platform to inspire and encourage is powerful. I believe without a doubt that blogging at Textures of Grace is exactly where God wants me to be. I look forward to the journey God continues to pave for me along the way.

Dawn, thank you for always being there, believing in me and my vision, and pushing me to step out of my comfort zones. Casey and Silvia, it has been a complete joy getting to know you these past 6 months within our internship. I consider you all dear friends and I’m so thankful God brought us all together.

*This picture was taken in January at our very first Dawn P. Darnell team meeting to kick off our 6 month internship. πŸ™‚Β 

Me|Silvia|Casey|Dawn

Thank you to every single one of you out there that has supported Textures of Grace in one way or another. It means more than you know.Β I look forward to what blogging will surface next.

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Also – I have linked similar pieces below to achieve a similar look reflected in the images within this post.

AnnetteΒ β™₯

WEARING:

TOP Zara // SHORTS Gap // WEDGES Target // BAG Vintage

 

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  • Reply Samantha Kuzyk-Raising Twincesse June 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Love you’re style! You always look so trendy and classy! And as another blogger, this post was so great to read! So glad you took that leap into the blogging world!!!

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thank you Samantha, I really appreciate your kind words and stopping by to read. πŸ™‚ Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend. xo

  • Reply Madi June 22, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Congrats on six months! And thanks for your insights, I can totally relate! Especially about friends and family being ghost followers! haha

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Madi. That one is definitely a tough one to work through sometimes. I believe many experience it to some degree when one is making a big step towards their dreams…it’s nice to feel that support. But unfortunately in the blogging business that extra step of acknowledgement is needed for growth and advancement so it can seem a little tougher to deal with. Fortunately through time and hard work we grow new peeps. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for reading. Have a great weekend…it’s FRIDAY YAH! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Charity June 22, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Loooove this! Congrats on the first 6 months! It does feel longer! I enjoyed seeing you grow and really excited what 1 year will bring!

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thank you Charity! πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful for you and your beautiful glowing spirit. Love ya girl and thank you so much reading!! Have an amazing weekend with your family. xo

  • Reply Julie Hood June 23, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging 6 months! You are so legit I would have guessed it had been years!!! And what an awesome internship to get. Hope the rest of your first year of blogging goes super well!

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Thank you so much Julie for your kind words. Yes, I’m truly grateful for the intern opportunity that crossed my path. I think God knew I would need to be thrown in the fast lane right off the bat. Otherwise I might still be “thinking” about what to write for my 2nd blog post. LOL Thanks for stopping by to read. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Allison June 23, 2017 at 5:43 am

    This is a great post! I just started my blog after debating for a while. This is truly motivating to work hard and stay happy doing if. Congrats on 6 months!

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thank you so such Allison. I’m so happy you decided to start a blog. It’s your baby….make it anything and everything you want it to be. That’s the beauty of blogging. I wish you the best in your experiences with it. Thank you for stopping by to read. Have an amazing weekend. xo

  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries June 23, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Congrats on 6 months! I’m relatively new as well, and I agree – this community is just the best!! Best of luck on your next 6 months and beyond!

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much Corey. Same to you! πŸ™‚ I really appreciate you stopping by to read. xo

  • Reply Jessica Bradshaw June 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Your outfit is adorable and you are stunning. Love your reflections. My biggest realization early on in blogging was how much time it takes. That is something I highly underestimated, so I am glad you brought that up. Keep up the great work! Congrats! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Thank you Jessica, I appreciate your kind words. Yes, that realization is definitely a rude awakening! lol Thank you so much for stopping by to read. xo

  • Reply Kristin Davies June 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Oh my gosh! You look FABULOUS! Loving the shorts with the long sleeves and wedges. Killing it girl!

    • Reply Annette June 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Kristin. So sweet of you to say. I really appreciate you reading. Have a good one. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jacqueline | A Classic Edge June 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Such a fantastic read! I’m in my first month of blogging and it has surely been a whirlwind! Posts like this give me motivation, thank you for sharing!

    P.S. your blog is awesome! Keep it up XO

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Jacqueline, I’m so glad you stopped by to read. Congrats on your first month of blogging. It is a crazy whirlwind, but so rewarding once your rhythm kicks. Hope your having a great weekend. xo

  • Reply Summer @ Coffee With Summer June 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats on 6 months, lady!! You’re rocking it out. πŸ™‚ Love how down to earth you are. Also, this top is gorg!

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Summer, I really appreciate your kind words and stopping by to read. πŸ™‚ I hope your having an amazing weekend. xo

  • Reply Jocely June 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Congrats! Also, remember not to get overwhelmed and take your time!

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Jocely! And yes, you are so right. Thank you so much for reading. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Zayda Cortez June 23, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Anette, I want to have legs like yours! Also, love the point about it being “my passion” not anyone else’s! All of your points are truly heartwarming and your writing style is so sincere. HUGS!

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Zayda, I appreciate your kind words. I’m so grateful you stopped by to read. You have been such an inspiration to me. xoxo

  • Reply Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy June 24, 2017 at 6:08 am

    You have made such true points!!! I have made so many “blogging friends” as I call them, and non-bloggers just don’t get it. πŸ˜‰ And yes to the burn out!

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thank you Danielle. The blogging world is definitely a whole other world that is often misunderstood by others soo it can leave you feeling somewhat alone or like an alien (lol) at times. So the blogging support is HUGE! I really appreciate you stopping by to read. Have a great day. xo

  • Reply Lauren June 24, 2017 at 11:18 am

    So true! I’m a new blogger as well and I can say so much blood, sweat and tears go into one blog post, lol!! I especially agree with friends and family not really understanding it. But like you said they’re still ghost supporters which count for something!

    Lauren
    http://www.basicbabelauren.com

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Congrats Lauren on blogging! πŸ˜‰ Yes to blood sweat and tears going into a post. I am often drained after writing one (but in a good way lol). Yes ghost support is definitely good stuff too. πŸ˜‰ Warm wishes on your blogging Lauren. Thank you so much for reading. xo

  • Reply Emmahlyn June 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I absolutely love this post and you hit everything right on the dot! It truly does take a great deal of hard work and your passion and drive is something not all will understand. But all these inspiring women, such as yourself, help to keep me motivated and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. You are beautiful, I love your style, and I think you are definitely on the path you were meant to be on! Happy 6 months! xx
    ~ Emmahlyn

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Emmahlyn, your kind words made me smile. πŸ™‚ Thank for you for that. You have been such an inspiration. I love watching people glow in their element and you definitely shine. Thank you for stopping by to read. xoxo

  • Reply Silvia June 24, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I’m literally in tears!! 😭😭 You are seriously the sweetest and I’m so glad you made it to your six months! I still can’t believe in a little over a month I’ve been doing this for a year! 😳 I’ve loved this journey with you and the girls. I’m so glad I got to meet you all and these lessons you’ve listed are so true and everything. I can’t wait to see what else you have to share. ❀️

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you so much Silvia. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you grow over the months. Your such an inspiration. Love you bunches! xoxo

  • Reply Amanda June 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Happy 6 Months! I’m nearing 7 myself, and it’s still terrifying to publish things (even though they’re non-controversial thingsπŸ˜‚). And you are so right! Family and friends are definitely the “ghost followers” a majority of the time! I do always need to remind myself that so long as my content is helping someone, I’m doing great!

    • Reply Annette June 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Yah – congrats on your 7 months Amanda. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one that is afraid of that publish button. lol And yes, those constant reminders are needed on my end as well. I really appreciate you stopping by to read. Best of wishes on your blogging journey. xoxo

  • Reply Ashley June 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations on hitting the 6 month mark! I completely agree with all your points, Especially the one about your friends and family not understanding. It can be so frustrating when you work for three days to get one small thing right on your website, only to not have anyone to share that success with because no one understands! I’m so glad I’ve some great communities to be involved in. Your pictures are stunning! Here’s to many more successful months!

    • Reply Annette June 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Ashley, I appreciate that. Yes, the blogging community is so key to keeping our spirits up in that area. I really appreciate you stopping by to read. Have a blessed week. xo

  • Reply Brittany Daoud June 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Loved these points! Looks like you’re doing well for only being 6 months in, congrats to you!

    • Reply Annette June 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Brittany, I appreciate that. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Annie June 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Yay happy 6 months of blogging! I’ve been at it for almost 2 years now and I swear there’s always something I want to update or fix or change. My blog is ever changing and that’s the fun of it! The blogging world is so amazing and huge and there are so many great people to meet through it!

    -Annie
    http://www.discoveringyourhappy.com

    • Reply Annette June 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you Annie. πŸ™‚ Totally agree with you…the freedom to change as we so desire is amazing. Thank you for stopping by to read. Hope you have a great rest of your week.

  • Reply Connie July 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations Annette on your six months!! Hard to believe that much time since you started has gone by. You are a blessing to many people. Don’t get discouraged, especially since God has placed this in your heart. Love you, Connie

    • Reply Annette July 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you Connie for the kind words. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Connie July 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    The word God gave you for this is the same word to sustain you. Also, Jeremiah 29:11

  • Reply Casey July 26, 2017 at 11:45 am

    This is my favorite post of yours so far! I completely agree with your thoughts. I am so happy that we met and I definitely consider you a great friend! Can’t wait until our next meeting!

    • Reply Annette July 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Awe thank you Casey for your sweet comment. I too am so thankful we met. What a blessing for God to pave that path for us together. Im very much looking forward to our next get together…I’m going through withdrawals. lol

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