It’s Kat Letter Box’s first birthday!!!! I started this little blog one year ago today just to have a creative outlet, and I have to say it has become so much more!
I was terrified to start this adventure. I knew I would really be putting myself out there, which always feels like a big, scary leap. I really have put myself out there in the last year, and really pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone. So, in honor of KLB’s first birthday I want to share with you what I’ve learned over the last year.
1. There is never a “right time”. I talked about starting my blog for years to my husband, I had even purchased the domain, but I never launched. I was waiting for the right time to smack me in the face and say “let’s go” and realistically that wasn’t going to happen. There will always be something going on, work, trips, family matters, so don’t wait around. If there is something you’re really wanting to do, just take the leap!
2. Getting out of your comfort zone can be fun! I was terrified when I first started because I was really putting myself out there. Sure, I am outgoing and will share with friends, family and strangers face to face, but something about putting written word out there and opening myself up to judgement was terrifying. It still can be. I’ve just learned to stay true to myself, and to be proud of what I’m saying. If people judge me for that, well that’s on them. Plus, I have met so many amazing ladies through this bloggerverse that I wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise, and that alone has made stepping out of my comfort zone worth it!
3. Blogging takes a lot of time & hard work. I think that in my mind I was just going to write some stuff, and it was going to be easy peasy. Sometimes the ideas for what I want to say are just that, but it takes a lot of time and effort to put a website together. Not to mention that if you want to gain traction, there is networking and even more work to be put in. I have learned how to set aside time to work on my blog, so I can help it grow into something great. Maybe even a little side hustle 😉
4. Don’t get caught up in the numbers. When I joined the bloggerverse, I call it this because it’s like its own universe of people, it became very easy to get caught up in the numbers. How many people read my post, how many people liked my social media plug, etc. I’ve had to remind myself a few times not to focus so much on the numbers, and to focus on putting out good content for my readers. Growth will come with time. I’m still a small blog, but I’ve come miles from where I started & that’s good enough for me!
5. Build community over competition! This kind of goes along with the last one. It is so easy to see other bloggers out there, and focus on what they’re doing or how many followers they have. But I learned very quickly, that I just want to be me. As I mentioned before, I have met so many great local bloggers IRL, and many not locals over the web. So many of these girls have been so sweet about sharing tips, tricks, and just offering support to a newer blogger. I have really made some great blogger friends. It has been so important to see these ladies as a community of creatives rather than the competition. There is definitely room for a lot of voices!
6. Have fun with it! I started KLB as an escape. A place where I could talk fashion, what I’m loving around town, and what’s going on in my world. It was always meant to be fun! I hit a time where it really started to feel like work, and I had to remind myself why I was doing it. No matter what your venture, have fun with it.
I have learned so much about myself over the last year. I am more confident in my voice, and I feel like I have really learned a lot about saying what I mean and standing behind it. Thank you SOOOOOO much to those of you who have been following along since the beginning. It has been quite a year, and I can’t wait to see where the next one takes KLB!