On how to grow as a blogger or become a better one
It’s been little over a year since I started writing in this personal blog.
I don’t remember the exact day I started with WordPress. I could check. But it’s not that important. Sure, numbers are an important reference to look at to analyze stuff. But I find time is an unreliable metric. Because I could have been blogging more actively in some months and being more passive in others.
That’s why I’d rather celebrate the day I wrote my 100th post than the 1-year-blogging anniversary.
And now I have published over 150 posts.
I started blogging about real practical things. About stuff I thought would make me win quick traffic from Google (and other search engines, but let’s not lie: Google is the boss).
So here you have my most visited posts about these topics:
As I continued blogging, I saw that there was an important topic that could drive traffic to my site as well. As I was investing so much time reading about “how to blog more efficiently” and “how to become a better blogger”, why wouldn’t I incorporate my point of view on blogging as well? There was nothing stopping me to write posts related to blogging.
Like these ones:
However, I not only expanded my topics in terms of categories. I also started -as you may have noticed by now- writing in English.
One year ago, I started to write in Spanish. I am Catalan. So friends -like the one from this picture– would ask me: why don’t you write in Catalan? Why are you writing in Spanish?
To what I would answer: I will have a bigger scope of readers if I write in Spanish. Nobody would read me in Catalan. My parents do not count.
But at some point, that wasn’t enough for me. I started to think whether I should write in English or not.
I am not a native English speaker, so it occurred to me that people would criticize me for my poor grammar. I’d be awful at writing in English. That would be shameful.
But hey, I can’t learn unless I try and fail. So what the hell. I am still 22 years old. So I guess I am allowed to still suck at things. I will blame it to my naive youth.
So of course, I had to add an English category to my repertoir after deciding to go for it.
Hold on. That’s not all: I love reading.
I love writing as well. But I started reading way before I started writing. So I thought to myself that I should also share one of my biggest passions with my readers. I should share the books I am reading. Or that I have read. And above all, that I have loved.
I started a Youtube channel solely about books early in 2013 while living in Amsterdam (don’t bother looking for it, I closed it and deleted all the videos). The problem was that it required lots of time and effort to record a video (you also need to look presentable in front of the camera, which I am terrible at) and edit it. I had an old laptop that crashed every time I tried to cut a clip. So I would invest 10 hours editing and 4 hours uploading the video on Youtube. A pain in the ass. So frequency was not possible with that format. Hence, the quality was awful. That’s why I deleted them all. It was a great learning process, though.
But in late 2014 I started my current personal Youtube channel. It’s an extended version of my blog in audiovisual version. Because apart from taking pictures, I love making short clips and sharing stories. And storytelling is more than needed nowadays in companies. So now I can add that to my CV.
But anyway, after all this effort and over 150 posts written, there’s still lots of room to improve.
We’re amateurs at everything we do. We become experts by practicing our whole lives. And by telling ourselves we’re good at something.
Have patience. Practice. Hustle. And then repeat.
To evolve as a blogger, keep writing. Keep sharing.
To evolve at anything in life: keep hustling. Hustle all your life.
My first boss taught me the most important thing needed at work: consistency. She was the most amazing professional I’ve ever worked with. I was 20 years old when I met her. Two years later I still hear her voice telling me to be consistent.
Here’s my progress shown to you, and one thing I know for sure: I’ll keep writing.