Year One

So I was going to post about something else today that was on my mind but I got one of those notifications that say, “Hey! You’ve been blogging for a whole year! Congrats!” and I figured I should probably share that with you all dear readers.

I know when a lot of people hit awesome milestones, they like to share what they learned and offer advice and all that. I’ll keep it pretty simple and tell you what seems to work for me.

When I first started blogging a year ago, I blogged everyday. About halfway into the year, I realized that everyday blogging is completely unrealistic for me. Blogging is a hobby. I do it for fun. The minute it started to feel like my job, I started hating it. Just like a regular job, you need days off to stay sane and between writing my own content and making sure I check blogs from my regulars, it just became too much. So, I say to you, find a rhythm that works best for you. If you don’t post every single day, don’t sweat it. The people who love your content will be happy to see a post from you whenever you get one out there. Trust me. Those are the people you write for; the ones that keep you motivated. If blogging is your job, well, I’m jealous. πŸ˜›

The second most important thing I learned is write whatever the hell you want. Seriously. Don’t worry about what people are going to think or say. They’re going to think and say whatever they want anyway so you might as well get it out of your system. You’ll feel great about sharing your thoughts, ideas, art, what have you, and even if you have a negative Nancy, you can handle it. It’s your blog. Do not let other people dictate how your write and certainly not what you write. You need an audience, sure, but your audience comes from various backgrounds, shapes, colors and creeds. Some will relate and some won’t. Doesn’t matter because you are writing for you and that’s ALLΒ that matters. If someone doesn’t like your blog, they don’t have to look at it and feel free to tell those people that. If someone loves your blog, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them whether that be just in the form of a comment or visiting their blog and getting to know them better.

Lastly, and it’s the best one yet, have fun! I don’t know about you but I’ve been super creative this last year content wise. I’ve talked about all kinds of stuff! Food, books, TV shows, emotions, I even shared some poetry from high school. I’ve made some really close friends around the world who I just know will be my forever friends and I thank this blog so much for that. So, to all of you who have been following Reactionary Tales sometime in the last year, thank you. I hope to continue bringing you creative, original stuff. I appreciate you all on this sunshiney, snowy (at least where I am) Monday morning and I hope you all are having the best start of the week even if the team you were rooting for lost the Superbowl last night. πŸ˜‰ (For the record, I know nothing about sports so that last bit was for fun)

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40 thoughts on “Year One

  1. Congratulations on your one year anniversary Nel!🍷😊 I do appreciate all you and your blog bring to the community. I have learnt so much through your blog especially as it relates to endangered animals. Thank you for that. Best wishes to you and may blog continue to be a place of laughter and learning.

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Cherylene for such a beautiful comment! I’m glad you enjoy the content here especially the endangered posts. I aim to please so I definitely will continue to provide laughs and education to beautiful souls such as yourself. πŸ˜€

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  2. Congratulations on one year! I can’t agree more on “Write whatever the hell you want” you can’t please everyone with what you write so please yourself first and foremost. I love your endangered species posts the most, but I can honestly say I have found all your posts to be entertaining, amusing or facinating. Keep going and thank you.

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    1. Agreed Cim and it’s too much work to try and please everyone not to mention it’s not in our job descriptions. I’m glad you love the endangered posts; they definitely seem most popular but I”m also glad you find some of my other pieces amusing. πŸ˜‰
      Thank you more for sticking around! πŸ˜€

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  3. Great advice, Nel! Congrats on your one year accomplishment! I didn’t realize we started our blogs around the same time. You already know how I feel about our friendship, but I’ll say it again, you’re awesome! Thanks for being you and for being my friend. I appreciate you so much. πŸ˜€

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    1. Really? You’ve only been blogging for a year too?! I would have never guessed that. You’re such a pro! You are awesome too and beautiful and funny and I look forward to all our conversations and you give great advice and I could go on forever. Thank you right back! ❀

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  4. Congratulations Nel! Thank you for all that you said. It made me feel more relaxed about blogging. I really enjoy it and your re right – it is for us – and whoever likes what we blog – great. If they don’t – so be it. It’s cathartic and fun and I really like the friends I make here! I recently passed the one year mark and it is something to be happy about!

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad I could help you feel more relaxed because that’s definitely the way it should be! I hope you continue making more friends because yes, definitely, makes the this world so much more fun!
      Congratulations on your one year as well! Yay!! πŸ™‚

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  5. I hope you had cake to celebrate this milestone Nel, congrats! I love your slice of life posts best, I love that peek into other people’s lives, whether you are telling a funny story or musing on keeping secrets, great stuff! Then there are the book posts, it’s always fun to find an author in common, then the movie or TV show ones for great recommendations. Oh and the food, did I mention the food? You’re a treasure Nel, look forward to another year of awesome posts from you!

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    1. Hahaha! Thank you Ms. Bad! No cake in the house but I did indulge in raspberry cheesecake ice cream I’d that counts! πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you enjoy the varied posts. I definitely like to keep it interesting especially since my life is a whirlwind. I actually planned on talking about TV shows and movies today but it’ll make for a great post tomorrow I’m sure. Anyway, thanks again! I hope to continue to keep you entertained my friend 😁

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  6. Happy bloggiversary!!!! I love your blog so much and actually can’t believe it’s only been a year, cos it feels like such a huge part of the blogosphere for me!! πŸ˜€ Here’s to many, many more years!
    And yup- I completely relate to what you’ve learned- especially taking it easy (this is actually one of my “off” days- shh don’t tell anyone I’m here when I’m not supposed to be πŸ˜‰ ) And yes to saying what you think and having fun!!
    (hehe I’m clueless about the superbowl- all I know is that there’s lots of ads)

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    1. Yaaaaay! Thanks! I feel the same way about your blog too and sssh I check yours on my days off. I just can’t resist cause your posts are always so fantastic 😁. Yes! Many years indeed!
      Hahahaha yes, lots if commercials and trailers released. I always figure I’ll get all the hours recap in 10 minutes in Facebook, lol. People are very good at summing these types of things up for you which makes social media, in that aspect, so nice! πŸ˜‰

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  7. Congratulations on your blogoversary. I agree, you write for fun and what you want. I enjoy reading your blog. If something doesn’t interest me one day, I just stop reading. Continue with what you are doing and I will keep reading. Having fun is the most important.

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    1. Thanks Carla! I’m glad you enjoy it here and are honest about your interests which is great! I hope to keep you coming back and hopefully entertain you whole you’re here. 😊

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  8. Belated congratulations! πŸ™‚ ❀ It feels like you've been around for way longer than only a year! πŸ™‚ I mean it in the best possible sense,e of course and your advice is sound! very very sound and well put! πŸ™‚ ❀

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