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It's hard to believe that this blog is already one year old. I remember sitting on my couch, one year ago, and I decided I would create this blog. I had no idea that I would still be doing this one year later. I honestly thought that this blog would just disappear after a few months when I would have to return to work after summer ended. But here we are, one year later, I have over 90 blog posts, 28,000 page views, and a Google AdSense account (not earning much, but it's something).

I honestly don't know how I wanted to go about writing this blog post, but I knew I would just throw down my thoughts and what I have learned this past year. Before we get to what I learned, I just want to give a huge "THANK YOU!" to everyone that I have met and that have supported me on this journey. Not only have I connected with amazing bloggers, but I have also connected with amazing musicians, on a local and large scale level. As I said, if you would consider yourself a supporter, there are not enough words to express my gratitude for all of you.

Now, onto some things that I have learned...
Treat your blog like a hobby, NOT a business. Is it nice to earn money? Of course! However, if you start to treat your blog like a business, you are going to lose motivation quickly. The more I didn't think about money, the more fun I had with my blog posts. It's easy to get distracted by stats from time to time, but once you have a large library of blog posts, it will start to do the work for you. Success doesn't always happen overnight and you need to give it time.

Connect with bloggers and fans/supporters. Bloggers likely are going through a similar journey as you are. They might be growing faster, or slower than you, and that's okay. If you have questions, it's okay to ask other bloggers. Find a supportive blogging community that will help you grow.

Stay away from controversy/politics. Unless you're a political blog or a "drama" blog, stay away from these topics. While it may be fun to look into, the last thing you want is a bad reputation for your blog. If you're going to partake in some of those topics, try to do it on a personal account or anonymous account.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate the support and love I have gained during this journey.

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  1. Happy Blogiversary! Great tips! I especially like the one about thinking of your blog as a hobby rather than a business. I'm going to give that a try!

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