Anniversaries are weird sometimes. I give side eyes to the couples that celebrate things like 1 month anniversary and whatnot. Oh well, what’s my business? If I was to get married, I think I’d do a 6 month and 1 year anniversary, then 3, 5, 10. After the 10th one, I’d celebrate majorly every 5 years. For my kids birthdays, I want to mark things the same way, with major parties at 3, 5, 10 .. okay there’s also 16, 18 and 21, but we’ll see.
I was a bit on the fence about writing a post on blogging for just 6 months. I wondered If I should just leave it for the one year mark. However, I do want to note it, just as a way to see how far I’ve come. I’m also going to try and avoid being cliche as much as possible, because we are probably familiar with how these blogger-versary posts go:
- It’s either a (insert number) things I’ve learnt from blogging in 6 months post, OR
- How blogging has changed the writer
Actually, these posts aren’t too bad when done well! I like learning lessons, especially for blogging, from other more established bloggers. So, I’ll try and make mine interesting too.
On the 24th of April, 2017, I made my first blog post on Mind of Amaka. Prior to this date, I’d had the name of the blog on my mind for so long. Everything was leading to the moment I’d create the blog, because I had tried opening blogs before, but closed them due to me just not ‘feeling’ the blogs. I tried names like The Introspect Closet and i,Amaka and way before that used the name Amateur Nigerian Girl, but they never survived more than 3 months. I don’t know what pushed me to finally open the blog, but I can honestly say, I do not regret it!
When I opened the blog at first, I was trying to figure things out. I was trying to find my voice, as well as figure out what exactly I wanted to talk about. I had a lot of thoughts on my mind, and wanted an avenue to air them. Thus, my initial posts were quite scattered, here are the first 3:
Looking back, some of these posts were pointless. They didn’t have the certain vibe I wanted, the certain voice. However, as I continued to write, the creative juices kept flowing. Here I am now, 6 months since the day I first posted. I feel so glad that I’ve actually stuck to this.
I feel like blogging is really for me. I had the name of my blog in my heart for so long, and I’m glad I grabbed a bowl of courage and decided to open it! I wouldn’t really say that so far I’ve had challenges, because I’ve enjoyed every moment. A teeny challenge is still finding motivation to carry on with school work, when my mind floats to my blog most times. I try and find inspiration in the little things, from a heated argument at Area 1 to two girls walking alongside one another, carrying trays of corn and groundnut. I have a long way to go, and a lot of things I want to achieve from blogging, and I feel I’m doing great so far.
It’s still weird to call myself a blogger, but when I’m in circles such as The Blogger Point and The Bloggers Advocate, I feel comfortable. Out and about in the real world though, a lot of people don’t know I even have a blog. I’m quite fine with it for now, and I want to still establish my footing even further.
The Glow Up
Here’s some things I’ve progressed at since I started:
- Photography: I think we all can attest to this. Before I started blogging, I only appreciated things like flat lays from afar, but now I actually take my own flat lays! It’s one of the most awesome activities I’ve really gotten into.
- Embracing Myself: I still have a long way to go in the self-confidence department, but I honestly love the way I write. I love my writing voice, and I love when people also pinpoint it and tell me they love it too!
- Instagram Feed: For many years since I opened Instagram for the first time, I’d always struggled to maintain a theme. This time, I was determined. It all started with white cardboard. I wanted to really nail this flat lay thing, and so I began my journey with white cardboard and Snapseed. However, I got tired of always having to edit, so I switched to pink. Blue might be my favourite colour, but pink is quickly taking a permanent spot in my heart. This is the first time I’ve maintained a consistent feed, and I’m proud of myself!
TIPS FOR NEWBIES
And well, there’s also a few tips I have for people who are even younger in this blogging world.
- Be consistent: Don’t put a schedule you know you can’t maintain. Take into consideration your life, and what you’re trying to achieve then work with it. I post once a week, because I know that If I try and push myself to post 5 times a week, that would just be gross. When there’s an abundance of creativity and time, however, I can achieve this.
- Be Yourself: Please, no matter how much you admire another blogger, don’t try and copy them. Trust me, we want the real you, baby!
- Be a Learner: Always look for avenues to learn something new. Go on Youtube, read blog posts of other bloggers in regards to blog improvement. I have a section called ‘Blogger Box‘ which I hope to keep updating with things I learn, as I progress in my blogging life.
- Be Creative: You might not have your own domain name, but you can still make the most out of your blog! Use CANVA and beef up your blog, treat it as your baby! Say no to ugly, scattered themes. Read Blog Turn Offs to get an idea of how to improve!
- Be Active: Interact with other bloggers! Find groups that can help you become your best self! Leave proper comments on other blogs. I’m sure some people know me for this. I can write comments! Putting ‘nice’ and dropping your link is actually kinda rude. Demonstrate that you actually read the post, without having to be fake either.
Also, don’t compare your growth to others. I have a lot of things that have contributed to me learning quickly. I started with a laptop, and a phone with an awesome camera (iPhone 5). Internet access is also quite easy for me. I also stay in a room that has nice access to lighting, aiding my flatlays. There’s just so many factors at play! Don’t be down because you don’t have those same things. Use what you have, and make the most out of it!
I’d honestly keep rambling, but I’ll save it for the 1 year celebration! I thank you all who have joined me in this journey into my mind, I hope I don’t let you guys down! Help a girl out, and answer this: What is your favourite post of mine?
Do you have any post suggestions? Any improvements you want to see? Help a sister!