It’s my blog’s first birthday!
I honestly never thought I’d make it to this point when I started out – I wasn’t sure it would go anywhere at all or whether I’d be motivated to keep it up. I don’t profess to be an expert or think that this blog has been life changing to anyone, but I amassed hundreds of you along this journey who are interested in what I’m saying, and that’s pretty cool.
You may have noticed that I’ve had a little rebrand too. Moods, Meds and Meals was my first idea and I feel very attached to it, but over time my content has changed a little and I wanted to allow for that. Mental health will always be the main focus of my writing, and that’s never going to change. It’s the reason I started a blog in the first place. But over time I’ve realised how much I want to share my love of travel and talk about other parts of my day to day life, and I feel like Cara’s Corner allows me the freedom to talk about other things yet remains personal to me.
So in the spirit of reflection, here are the main three things I’ve learnt over the year.
Blogging requires commitment.
I definitely didn’t anticipate how much work it would be keeping up a blog! It’s probably the only thing I think I’ve shown this much commitment to as an adult except my career. I find the process really cathartic mostly, but sometimes trying to write and keep up a semi regular schedule (I’ve never had a regular schedule!) whilst having a full time job and trying to keep some sort of a life outside of said full time job does sometimes feel like a bit of a chore. I’m so grateful to every guest blogger I’ve ever had that have allowed me to have a break and still put a post out, and to every single person who has left me a lovely comment. That’s what makes me keep writing.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the stats.
We all have our own reasons for writing. My main reason is to help break down stigma and discrimination around mental illness, and that’s the driving force behind my blog. With that said, it’s really hard not to get caught up with the numbers and stats sometimes. If I have a slightly better month one month and not such a good one the next, I immediately start to question what I’m doing wrong. But then I remind myself of the reason I started in the first place, and hopefully I am doing that no matter how many page views I get week to week.
You can’t expect engagement if you’re not engaging with others.
Blogging is a community, not a one way process. Putting out content is obviously the biggest part of it, but you can’t just expect people to flock to your site to read it if you’re not willing to do the same for others. Plus, looking at other blogs isn’t only a great way to get inspiration, but also to make new friends!
Thank you everyone for joining me in this journey and motivating me to carry on putting content out there when I’ve hit a creative wall or got inside my own head.
Here’s to another year!