In a Nutshell: My First Year of Blogging

It’s hard to believe it’s been [just over] a year since I started blogging. The experience has been challenging in the most fun of ways. In creating the blog, I was looking for a means of motivating myself to try new things and expand on some of my current passions. I had no idea how truly enjoyable it would become.

Since I can remember, I have loved to create: drawings, paintings, picture books, Barbie outfits, fashion doodles, dance costumes, t-shirt designs, taking photos… a right-brained individual, for sure. Funny, considering I landed a job in logistics, a job that could not be more left-brained. Granted, I have a fair share of OCD, so I am not totally exempt from the left-brained world, but that’s what makes this blog so great for me.

Blogging has allowed me to remain in touch with the creative side of my personality. Through my personal style and inspiration, through photography and editing, through my attempts in baking and cooking (fails and all), I have learned so much over the last year.

I learned the difference between self-hosted and free blogs, along with the benefits of each. I learned [the tip of the iceberg on] how to use CSS and HTML to create a more visually appealing site. I learned to create collages, remove unwanted objects  (i.e. zits!), perform basic edits and use levels in Photoshop Elements. I learned [more than I ever imagined I would] about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance with respect to taking photos and using manual modes on my camera. I have certainly learned the benefits of using good equipment, especially lenses. And I truly don’t know that I would have learned any of these things if not for this blog.

However, let me also say that blogging is by no means an “easy” hobby. I put a lot of time into it on a daily basis. I am constantly brainstorming new ideas, taking and editing photos, writing and scheduling posts, and staying connected with other bloggers and social media. All of this while working a full-time job.

There are many days when I come home, exhausted from work, and want nothing more than to plop down on the couch for the remainder of the night. And I definitely do that on occasion. But most nights, I spend at least an hour doing blog-related tasks, and I do that because I enjoy the challenge–despite the fact that it’s hard work.

This blog has been a huge growing experience for me. I am very thankful for all of you who faithfully follow along–and also for those of you are new to the site. Please continue to share your questions and comments with me anytime. I love to hear from readers, and mostly I love when you send me ideas, let me know of new things to try, or let me know how things I’ve used have worked for you.

Here’s to another year: bring it on.

Thank you for reading!

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2 Comments

  1. Lis wrote:

    Hi Lauren! I am new to your blog, and this was the first post I came across. I’m excited to read your other posts as well! I love hearing about new bloggers, and their journey with blogging. Congrats on 1 year!! That is an amazing achievement, and sounds like you have learned a TON! That is so awesome! I am excited to learn new skills as well, especially photography! Thanks for this lovely and well-written post :)

    -Lisa
    everydayelevated.blogspot.com

    Posted 2.11.15 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Lisa- thanks so much for your sweet comments! I always love to hear from other bloggers and especially love to hear that they’ve been inspired by my blog. I can’t wait to check yours out also; thanks so much for reading! <3

      Posted 2.11.15 Reply