Happy first birthday to FreelanceStyle — I can hardly believe it’s been a year already! It’s been a crazy year for me — personally more than professionally. But through all the ups and downs, I’ve had a great time writing this blog and connecting with new people! And I’ve learned a few things along the way . . .
Just Do It
If I had known last year just what type of year I was going to have, I wouldn’t have started FreelanceStyle. I would have waited until things were a bit calmer in my life. But I didn’t know what was to come, and everything worked out just fine regardless. What I realized is that there never is a perfect time for anything — and there never will be. So whatever it is that you’re waiting to do, just do it — now.
Keep the Social in Social Media
Early on in my blogging adventures, another blogger turned me on to scheduling my tweets so I didn’t have to be on Twitter all day. And it is an incredible time saver! But I got lazy — with my tweeting that is. With a week’s worth of tweets all ready to go, I would get wrapped up in other duties and not even log in for days at a time. What I learned is that people want interaction on social media, not just links to your blog posts. When I’m not personally active on Twitter, it shows — retweets go down, blog visits go down. When I’m being social on social media, retweets go up, new followers appear, and blog visits increase. Social media is a must-do! And it must be done personally!
Helping Others Helps You
From time to time, I get e-mails and Twitter messages asking for advice or help. Sometimes these requests came at inconvenient times. I always answered these requests, and helped as much as I was able — not always immediately, but as quickly as was possible. What I learned is that helping others helped me — questions asked of me will be used as future blog posts, people I’ve helped are quick to promote my tweets and blog, and quite honestly, it feels good to help others — and who couldn’t use more of the warm-fuzzies?
Sometimes You Can’t Do It All
When I first embarked on my journey as a new blogger, it never entered my mind that there would be times that I wouldn’t be able to handle all that I had to do — kind of ironic when I stop to think that I get paid to write blog posts for others who don’t have the time to do it themselves. But I was a bit naive, thinking my “fabulous” time-management skills would keep me a step ahead. What I realized is that (gasp!) there are times that I just can’t do everything. Somethings going to give, and I have to decide what that something is — family duties, client duties, my own blog. This was hard for me at first, but the earth didn’t stop spinning if I didn’t put up a new blog post every week or if I didn’t do the dusting for a couple of weeks or even if I picked up fast food for dinner three times in one week.
Mistakes Make Great Blog Posts
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
When I started FreelanceStyle last year, I was excited to share my “vast wisdom” with others. But what I learned is that my blog posts that detail my mistakes are much more popular than ones that just give advice. Whether discussing mistakes — and lessons learned from them — makes me seem more human, or whether my readers want to learn what not to do, or even if people just want a good laugh at my expense, mistakes make great blog posts!
Thanks to you all for continuing to visit FreelanceStyle this year — and for connecting on social media. It’s been a lot of fun for me, and I’m excited for year two!