I recently discovered, haha by accident mind you, that I’d passed my three year blogversary on Untemplater! I remember being much more aware of time at my six month and one year mark, but got lost in the blur of things after that. I can’t believe year two totally passed me by. Goes to show how quickly time goes when you’re having fun!
One of the main reasons I’ve lasted as long as I have, which I explain over on Yakezie.com, is because I love to write. I think it’s really hard to be a blogger long term if you don’t like to sit in front of a computer and type out your thoughts. It’s a commitment for sure, but it’s been a fun one for me.
Believe It Or Not, Writing Is My Weakness
I’ve known since the very beginning of my blogging career that I’m not a strong writer. I think my writing is decent and I always take my time to be thorough, but I consider it to be one of my weaknesses. Why? Well for starters I’m slow. I’m not as slow as I was in my first and second years, but I’m a perfectionist by nature, and it can literally take me anywhere from 2-6 hours to write one post.
I’m not really sure why exactly it takes me so long to write. One theory that I have is that communication in general is challenging for me. I’m an introvert and even amongst good friends, I tend to struggle with getting my thoughts into well articulated sentences. I often pause mid sentence trying to figure out how to explain myself lol. So I’m always impressed by naturally sociable people who can strike up a conversation and easily express themselves without ever stumbling.
I find myself wondering a lot if my struggle with verbal pauses is the same type of struggle that makes me write slowly. Seems logical. I just don’t know how to get rid of my mental delays. Maybe I need some beta blockers lol. I saw clips of a documentary recently about how more and more people are taking beta blockers to help them focus and have less anxiety especially in public settings.
I want to continue improving my writing though because I know there are more ways than just speed that I can work on. I’m going to try and be more focused, my posts have been getting rather long lately, and share more of my own experiences and thoughts. It’s not always easy opening up and going public with things, but as a wise blogger once told me, incorporating personal touches takes writing to the next level.
I’m No Stranger To Failures And Losses
Anyway, it’s fun to look back on the past and look at wins and losses. To start with the losses, I’ve definitely had plenty. I totally dropped the ball on the Untemplater Newsletter – sorry guys! I was doing pretty good for the first year and had multiple free giveaways for some lucky readers. Then I made the mistake of setting a goal to send a newsletter once a month, and I think that overwhelmed me just thinking about it that I didn’t end up sending any for gosh probably a year now. How embarrassing!
Another one of my fails is with social media. Man, I suck at it. I haven’t done a very good job at all with marketing and promoting Untemplater. And I don’t tweet or post on Facebook often enough. If I spent the same amount of time on social media as I spend text messaging I’d be in good shape though haha. Something to work on. And another big fail was I totally fell through on my goal of writing an ebook last year. I am not giving up on this goal, it’s still on my bucket list, but I realize now how huge of a commitment it really is. And just saying I’m going to do it is not going to cut it.
We Need To Celebrate Our Wins More Often
Fortunately, the last three years were not only full of failures. I’ve been fortunate to have many wins, but I realize that I didn’t celebrate nearly often enough. Why work hard if we don’t celebrate?! I’m proud of my involvement with Yakezie.com and consider that one of my wins. I became a Member of the network, have gotten to know many fabulous people, and recently got my Blackbelt which was one of my goals for 2014.
Another one of my wins was getting my first Google Adsense check. I was skeptical about signing up for the longest time, especially because of all the horror stories out there by other bloggers, but things have gone just fine. I’ve had some mixed feelings about Google over the years, but I owe a lot to them, including most of my search traffic. Google also has a huge impact in the Bay Area where I live, which is pretty neat.
And another win is all the many things I’ve been able to learn so far over the last three years from blogging. And I have no doubt I will continue to be able to learn more. I’m also proud that I made the time to create my bucket list a couple years ago where I’ve been able to keep track of things I’ve done and also remind myself of what I still want to accomplish. If you’ve ever thought about creating your own bucket list, definitely check out these 55 bucket list ideas. It’s really fun to make your own list!
Thanks For Three Great Years And Here’s To Three More!
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Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence says
Congrats Sydney, that is quite the accomplishment!
Thanks Pauline! It’s been fun following your blogs too 🙂
I hear you on the social media aspect of things, why do we have to live in a world where we need to promote ourselves so much! I think that’s my main problem too.
Three years is impressive. I only have a few jobs that I’ve ever been at for that long (and one of those might be being a parent to my dog!)
Poor Student says
Happy blog anniversary! I think a bucket list is a great way to keep us accountable for our goals. We might not achieve the goal within the initial time frame, but it reminds us that the goal is ‘there’!
Congrats on publishing a couple posts a year for 3 years! Funny how you didn’t even realize it.
I wonder what those beta blockers really do. Give it a go and let me know 🙂
I think we should try new writing strategies and promotions to grow. I’m going to experiment with different posting frequencies and shorter posts myself now. We’ll see.
Thanks Sam! I definitely have been stubborn with writing. Writing is such a personal thing because we hear our own voice when we write and reread our posts. So receiving constructive criticism can feel like a personal attack even if it’s anything but that.
I think I’m also sensitive about my writing because I know I could do so much better. I hope to keep evolving and getting better. I will never surrender. 😉
Financial Samurai says
Definitely. But I have found that those who accept constructive criticism are the ones who change and improve the most.
I’ve taken a very happy-go-lucky type of attitude when people online ask me for advice. “Just do what makes you happy and stop doing what makes you unhappy.” How can one argue with that? 🙂
Haha yeah. Well a lot of people would quit their jobs in that case. People who are lucky enough to find a way to make money doing what they enjoy, which also brings them happiness gotta treasure that!
Oh and haha maybe I’ll ask my doctor about beta blockers next time I go in for a visit. Gotta look at the side effects though. Probably bad for my liver!
Brian @ Luke1428 says
I’m nearing the end of year two and can’t believe how quickly time has passed. I was amazed ready about your personality, writing challenges (slowness)…sounds much like myself. I’m really working on speed as I want to up my writing content in the months to come. But I won’t sacrifice quality content just for the sake of speed. To me a post has to be worth publishing. Anyway, congrats Sydney. Enjoy celebrating your 3-yr. mark!
Thanks Brian! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who has struggles with writing speed. I have noticed that it’s a lot worse on some days more than others. When I feel tired or get that writer’s block feeling I’ve tried to recognize that and not even try to write. So far looking for pockets of time when I have a burst of inspiration or feel rested after a good night’s sleep have helped. I’ve had days where I’ll struggle writing even two small paragraphs in an hour if I’ve had a tough day at work, so I try to skip writing on those days. I need to get my bum out of bed earlier and try writing in the morning more often.