Hi friends, how are you? Today is very special to me because it’s the day that I reached 1000 blog subscribers! I’m so happy and grateful for you all and for reaching this milestone in less than a few short months. December 4th will forever be remembered as the day I reached my first 1000 subscribers! But you will probably be reading this on Monday the 10th because I can’t get myself to stray away from my regular posting routine. With that being said I just want to say;
Thank you very much for reading my blog posts. Thank you so much for liking, reblogging and commenting on my posts. In all honesty I feel really nervous each time before I hit publish because I don’t know how you will receive my words or if you will value what I have to say. The entire time I’m writing I don’t have a care in the world except that I am happy and glad to be sharing something from my heart. It’s in the moments before “share with the public” that a rush of anxiety sweeps over me and I feel so overwhelmed that I don’t even monitor how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ my post is performing till hours later. Despite all the fear and anxiety I still go ahead and share my words with you and you have the kindness to take time out of your day to read my posts, for that I am very grateful. Thank you so much for your support, you make my creative journey so much more with it!
Things I’ve learned along the way.
So I thought it would be valuable to also share what I’ve learned throughout my journey because that’s the fun part about all of this. Getting to experience new things, writing about them and informing others so that they can learn from your life as well. That’s another thing I like to consider when I write, to be able to share things from my own life so that people can learn from my experiences. So here it goes, some things I’ve learned on my creative journey:
1. Never give up. This is not my first blog. I had five more before Words by Wildflower (formerly known as Living Simple and Natural; but that’s a story for another day) and over a period of four years (2014 – 2017) I’ve switched between WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger.com, Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, Wix.com, now i’m back here at WordPress. Yes, that is a lot. I feel like I never should have left this platform in the first place but I needed to in order to make mistakes, learn, grow and know what was truly best for me. It’s stressful but things always work out in the best way even if we don’t see how it will happen.
2. Ask and it shall be given. Knowing exactly the kind of rollercoaster blogging can be and after making all my mistakes there was only one source that I decided to look to for help when I decided to start writing again this year. I felt like I needed solid guidance on how to create something I was going to be truly happy about. The reason I drifted so much in my journey was because I was never truly happy about my creations. I never felt content about my theme, layout, my content, the topics I wrote about, nothing. That and there are just some things you can’t learn or find on google that will effectively help you realize your dreams. So in my first blog post I put up a bible verse that explains everything, I will quote it here;
“But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” James 1:5 (Common English Bible)
3. Support and encourage other people. WordPress.com isn’t like other blogging platforms because here you can connect with people who share the same interests as you, it’s basically a community of readers, writers and creatives (which is what I love so much about it). In the past if someone liked, commented or subscribed to my blog I wouldn’t acknowledge it that much I was just happy that my numbers (which weren’t that many) were going up. But now I genuinely enjoy interacting with other people, encouraging them and being thankful to them because we all have something to learn from each other and besides, where is the fun in only being concerned about one’s own creative journey?
4. Be very grateful. Gratitude is a very important aspect of my life. I am still learning to practice and incorporate it more and more into my daily routine and one thing I can say is that I always say thank you at the end of each post. “Thank you so much for reading” to be exact and I will continue to do so, for as long as God permits me to keep writing and sharing with you. Learn to incorporate gratitude as much as possible in your creative journey by always saying the magic words ‘thank you.’
5. Surround yourself with supportive and encouraging people. At the moment there are only four people in my personal life who know about my creative writing and my blog. They are the only ones who know because I find they support and encourage me the most and seem genuinely happy for me when I tell them something concerning my dreams. I’m very grateful for these people and their encouragement. I believe that a good support system is important when your trying to grow and create something meaningful. The last thing you want is to be around people who will give you all the reasons in the world why you shouldn’t/can’t pursue something, that you’re not good enough/worthy or you don’t deserve something. Do yourself a favor and start cherry picking who you tell your dreams to.
6. Don’t be realistic. Yes you read that correctly. I’m one person who likes to believe that there is no such thing as a predetermined list of people who are supposed to win in life and those who aren’t. There are multiple bloggers and creatives (all ages, shapes, colors, and sizes) who have hundreds of thousands of subscribers/readers who genuinely love what they have to share. Those same people were once where you and I currently are and if they could do it (in short periods of time even) what makes you believe that you can’t do it too? I don’t think I would have reached 1000 subscribers in less than four months if I had only set ‘realistic goals’ for myself.
7. Your writing should help, inspire or teach others in some way. I think it goes without saying that people are drawn to what they find most interesting and beneficial to them. This post could have been all about reaching my goal and how thankful I am, but apart from sharing this moment with me, there wouldn’t have been anything else for my readers to benefit from unless I included something helpful or inspiring. It is for that reason that I also included what I have learned along the way because some might be able to learn from my experiences (as I mentioned in the third paragraph). This is why I write. I write because I genuinely enjoy it and because I also want to help, teach and inspire others through my own experiences. It has taken me four long years to learn how to incorporate writing for myself and also write for others without feeling like I’m being forced or pressured into a certain writing style or aesthetic.
I didn’t want this post to be all about my milestone. I wanted it to have meaning and be relatable to someone who might possibly be in the same situation or inspire someone who thinks that reaching 1000 subscribers in a few months is not possible for them or it seems unrealistic. It’s very much possible and if I can do it so can you. But before I end this post I have a few questions to ask you? Have you recently reached any milestones in your creative journey? Do you mind sharing them? Do you have any goals you would like to achieve for your blog or social media in the coming year? Do you mind sharing them? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, your always welcome here. Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post.