Reflections: My First Year as a Blogger

Woah. It’s been a year that I’ve been blogging. 2016 flew by like a freight train. Insanely fast. But not at all in a bad way.

I interviewed myself. Yep, that’s right. I asked myself questions and then I answered them. Here’s how the interview went: (enjoy!)

Why did you start a blog?

Mostly because I felt led by Holy Spirit. I felt like I needed to put some of my ideas and faith out there with the pure hope that it would lead a reader to Christ, or maybe learn something new about Him.

Also, I love writing and I felt that I had something – many somethings – to say…. to someone other than my husband or guinea pigs.

What did you discover about yourself through blogging this year?

I discovered that I have a writing style. Actually, if I’m being totally honest, I’d have to say that I have two writing styles – it’s the Gemini about me. Sometimes I’m more serious and other times I’m lighthearted with my writing, but both styles fall under the same umbrella of writing how I talk. If I were in front of you right now, I’d be saying this… hopefully that makes sense. 😉

I rediscovered how much I love writing. I used to write songs and poems as a teenager – it was my way of journaling back then I think. I put pen to paper and wrote for hours. I also wrote short stories and created books as a little girl. Blogging has ignited that dwindling flame, which I’m really excited about.

What are some things that you wanted to accomplish through your blog that you didn’t?

I really wanted to make an income – anything would’ve been fantastic – but I couldn’t spend enough time to take the steps necessary to do that. I just had too many other things happening my personal life to do that, I suppose. And that’s fine, because I grew spiritually and personally – and look! My blog is still right here, waiting for me patiently 😉

I intended on writing an ebook about goal setting. It’s still a goal of mine, because I love writing and I love planning, but I don’t think 2016 was the year to accomplish that. I’m nudging that goal into 2017 with a whole bunch of knowledge about writing and publishing ebooks that I didn’t have in January 2016.

How is blogging different than you thought it would be? 

Well, I thought it would be easier. It’s a lot more technical than I imagined. I know more about coding now than I did from my college course on coding – which totally bored me to death.

I also thought that I would get more followers faster than I did. I wonder if all new bloggers think that way?

Lastly it takes more time than I thought it would. It’s not really just writing a post and then publishing it. I have to make images for social media, for the posts themselves and a header. Then, if I want people to read it, I have to put the post out there into the world. People don’t just find me randomly online – I have to throw each post into the mix of all the other awesome blog posts and hope someone sees it. That’s where images come in – I’m getting better at it, but still have a long way to go.

What are your big Goals for 2017?

  • Write 2 posts a month every month
  • Make an income from my blog
  • Stick to just 3 main topics
  • Grow The House of Seventh Heather to 1000 members
  • Change my blog theme
  • Upgrade to new email service
  • Ask 2 of my favorite bloggers to do guest posts

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I’m super excited to start 2017 – I’m always excited to start a new year. There’s a newness to it, an opportunity to start over and recharge. Every day is like that, I suppose. God makes each day new with the promise of so much opportunity! Praise Him!

Lots of love to you, sweet friend.

Heather

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