I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for almost eight years! It has been an interesting journey that has taught me a lot about myself and places I’ve lived and experienced.
Naturally, I reflect on what the past year has been like to find ways that I can improve or things I can do differently. This year, I chose to share a handful of the things I’ve learned from the past seven years. I hope they inspire you to think about your blogging journey or to start a blog.
Try new things.
I’ve always been a selective eater. It hasn’t completely changed, but I’m more likely to try new things now than I was when I started my blog. Trying more things when it comes to food has helped make me more open to doing it in general. It’s a great way to open your eyes. If I hadn’t become more open to trying new food, I don’t think I would’ve ever tried a peanut butter bacon burger.
Also, COVID’s impact on the food and beverage industry forced me to try new content topics in the blogging space. I like sharing things I’ve learned with other people. If I can teach one person based on my experience or research, that truly feels amazing.
Don’t be super attached to your plans.
Things can change at a moment’s notice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited a restaurant during a busy time and needed to find another place to eat because I’m super hungry. Or when a friend has to cancel last minute. You can only do but so much to prepare for unforeseen situations. To prepare myself as much as possible, I create a list of multiple restaurants in the area so I can go to a different restaurant if needed.
Food is a connector.
My closest friends are people who love food just as much–or more–than I do. It’s often incorporated somehow when we meet up. Experiencing new restaurants has helped me connect with people on a different level.
If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s to keep learning even when things are uncertain. I’ve learned more since COVID-related changes were put in place than I did last year. YouTube videos, blog articles, food news…I read and viewed whatever I could to become a better blogger and content creator.
It’s okay to go solo.
When I started college, I wasn’t very comfortable going places by myself because I was in a new city. Luckily, by the time I started my blog, I knew the city a lot better and still and so much to see and learn. You can’t wait for people to do anything. It’s okay to enjoy your own company. I personally liked working that way a lot better. I loved hanging out with my big group of friends, but I loved being able to do whatever I wanted on a whim while I was by myself.
You truly never know when things might change. Whether it’s a life shift or the Instagram algorithm, you have to be able to adapt to changes and try not to dwell on what things used to be. (I’m talking to myself, but raise your hand if you can relate.)
Change isn’t always easy to handle, so make sure you give yourself the space and grace to shift.
What is one thing you’ve learned in the past year? Share in the comments below.
Until next time.