We celebrate turning 21 in society, so why not celebrate it in the digital world as well? Today marks my 21st blog post, and boy, do I feel old. Just kidding, but I have learned a lot during these 21 posts. I’ll share the top four things I’ve learned on this blogging journey, along with some resources I use for success. One of my posts got over 50 hits in a day. To some, that may not seem like a lot, but I’ll take that since I’m such a newbie in the game. This post might be 21 (a full adult). HURRAY!! All of us over the age of 21 know that 21 is still a baby...kind of. With that being said, I don’t know it all, and I’m still learning. I am simply sharing what has worked, what hasn’t, and what I’ve learned. I love myself because I am highly educated, yet I am still willing and eager to learn from anyone. I hope you can or have learned something on this journey to 21.
21 blog posts have shown me that...
- People are not nice. Every comment or email is not always positive. I have dealt with racism and nasty comments. But, I push through by not focusing on the negativity. I’ll revisit a positive email, message, or comment to remind me of my WHY. Revisiting the positive comments give me the inspiration to push on. I appreciate every person that takes the time to visit my blog.
- People prefer entertainment versus inspiration. I’ve noticed that my historical blog posts get the most hits, comments, and engagements. I believe it’s due to the nice relatable images I’ve attached to the material. My inspirational blogs get the least engagement. However, that does not discourage me not to post them. I have learned that people follow the person behind the blog, so ultimately the content is getting utilized.
- I am totally ok with not being perfect. I make mistakes, and I’ve embarrassed myself in public. Every photoshoot is not done in a secluded area. Most times, I’m in public, and folks are staring at me like I’m a crazy person. One time a lady pulled over to just stop and watch. It was weird. I can understand why they stare and maybe take photos. If you’re having a picnic and you randomly see a person dressed in a Victorian gown skipping down the street, you would stare too. I am very thankful for these moments; they have really allowed me to come out of my shell a lot more. I am weird, and that’s ok. Me being a nerdy-weirdo makes A Girl In A Museum World fun to manage!
- Selling, networking, and communicating are siblings. You can’t do one without the other. I never thought this platform would be the resource that it is now. When I am genuinely talking about the mission of A Girl In A Museum World, I am unintentionally selling my products and networking with more people. I’ve learned that it’s all connected.
As promised, here are some resources/tools I use for success:
- A business planner. Business related tasks are separate from my personal planner. Keeping it all separated helps a lot. It narrows my focus down.
- A business Journal. I only write business-related things in my journal. It helps to have one central place for ideas and thoughts.
- Keynote. You can use this to make great graphics and mini videos that you can then use for Instagram and your blog.
- Collage apps: They save space on your blog, which helps your site from lagging.
- YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. You can learn anything and everything from YouTube.
As I stated, I am totally ok with not being perfect and having fun is essential in your small business. My YouTube channel is a platform for unstructured and organic creativity. Check out my first video and others while you’re there.
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