What I Learned in a Year of Blogging

It’s been a year. Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve had such an amazing year writing for you all, and so many opportunities have come along that I never would have expected. I got to work with several brands, collaborate with College Board, and feature many small businesses. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! I’ve definitely learned a lot over the past twelve months so I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you.

1. Write What You Love

If you’re proud of something you wrote but are worried of what people might think, post it anyways. If you’re passionate about something, talk about it! Don’t write about things you’re not interested in just to get views. There have been a few posts I was uncertain about posting because I thought they might not be as well received as others, but I posted them anyways because I was proud of what I wrote.

2. You’re Going to Get Rejected

A lot. Constantly. Don’t let it bring you down. I’ve been rejected for collaborations by SO many brands, but the yes’s have made it worth it. I have reached out to countless companies, only to be told I don’t have enough followers or social media impact to work with them. Regardless of my follower count, I’m proud of the content I produce! The reason I work with more smaller brands than larger brands is that they’re more willing to work with people of my impact level, and I honestly prefer working with them. You can form a more genuine connection with a few people at smaller brand than with an entire PR area of a major corporation.

3. Surround Yourself With People That Support You

When I started a blog, there were more than a few people that didn’t get it. I understand where they’re coming from, it’s something that’s a bit unusual for a high schooler to work on during their free time. However, the friends and family that support what I do mean the world to me. I’m very passionate about my blog and it hurts when people mock me for it. If my sweet supporters are reading this right now, you know who you are! I appreciate you. ❤️

4. It’s Okay to Take Breaks

I love blogging, but it’s not my life. I have so many other things going on that I can’t always prioritize getting a blog post up. I guess that’s a benefit of not relying on blogging for income, but I had to teach myself not to stress about not posting. Living life to the fullest is always top priority. It’s okay to take time for yourself! Just like anything, a good thing can turn into a bad one if you let it control your every spare moment.

5. Being Genuine is the Most Important

Being myself is something that I’ve always struggled with. I tend to put on a mask of put-togetherness whenever I do something around other people or I present myself online. I’m proud to say that I haven’t done that on my blog. 365 days of the real Hannah. I’m not perfect by any means – I’m goofy, sarcastic, and bad at math. If that’s not cool with you, that’s fine! Feel free to unfollow. If you’ve stuck around this long, you’re a real one and I wish I could give you a hug. Thanks for putting up with this messy gal.

This year has been a roller coaster for me, physically and emotionally. A lot of good things have happened, but some really hard things happened as well. I’m so grateful to every single one of you for supporting me! Can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us.

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