No longer the new girl – Ten things I learned in 6 months of blogging

Bekki Hill SmilingWhen I started blogging, it felt rather like being a little kid entering the playground of their new big school. I’d done several pre-school visits – looking around other people’s blogs. I’d put on my uniform – Penscratch theme – but I was by no means comfortable in it. I was nervous. I was excited. I knew some of the ‘older’ kids, from my life outside the blog-sphere, but I knew there were bullies here too.

I started blogging because I wanted to talk about creativity – but not so much writing. I love to share my writing and reading other’s work, and I love to talk to writers, but I know many writers already. What I wanted to find was a space where I met people who were creative – writers included – but also those who talked about those creative areas I rarely discussed with others.

Proper Woolly Yarn Knitting - Flower Garden Bekki's Socks Frost Flower Lace Scarf and Pattern Close-up Blanket stitch Applique heart Hanging basket Anya - Casting On Applique heart Textured Fleck Lacy Jumper on Circular needle Watercolours and Lace Merino Sock Architecture - Lara Neel Making a Slip Knot Heel Turn Crochet Hook and Wool Crosss Stitch almost finished Cutting Curtain Tieback 2 Ribbing Cross Stitch kit Bethelhem Star Block

After three months of exploring the playground and making some lovely new friends, as well as connecting with people I already knew, I blogged a ten point list about what I’d learned. Reading that back now, it feels like the practical ‘I now know where the girl’s toilets are’ sort of learning. It’s a very different sort of learning to that of the last three months.

The last three months learning is not a 10 point list that others might say, ‘oh yes, I agree with all of that’, but far more personal. I’ve learned:

  1. I often hurry when I don’t need to.
  2. I don’t spend enough time ‘playing’ with my creativity.
  3.  A better perspective on myself and my challenges.
  4. That I can take things far too seriously.
  5. To share my failures learnings more happily.
  6. Not to worry if people aren’t interested in my posts, because the people that are interested are the ones I want to connect to.
  7. To rein back my tendency to leap before I look.
  8. Not to be so hard on myself.
  9. To take a more experimental approach to my work.
  10. What I’m really enjoying and what I’m not.

I’ve learned all these things because of the wonderful people who take time to read and comment on my blog and to share their lives, work and experiences on their blogs. So a BIG THANK YOU to you all for your support, encouragement, advice and friendship over the last few months.

If you’ve got a minute, I’d love to know what your blog’s taught you about yourself?

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49 thoughts on “No longer the new girl – Ten things I learned in 6 months of blogging

  1. I guess it’s taught me that I can write about–and make–things that I like and other people might like them too. 🙂 Which sounds really, really obvious, but I know a lot of people who think that what I make is either really weird or really boring. I sort of jumped into blogging without really expecting anybody to read what I wrote–it was part of a general effort on my part to use my voice, make room for myself in the world, and take up space. And it was a little surprising to find people that didn’t think I was weird or boring.

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean about no one reading it. I used to write a column in a writing magazine and always assumed no on read it (Goodness knows why, I was being paid for it) until people at conferences started saying ‘Are you ‘that’ Bekki Hill?’ It’s a great to find likeminded people, but a shame if the people around us can’t appreciate that just because we’re not doing the same things as them, we’re not odd or boring.

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  2. I’ve learned that people can be interested in what I make – absolutely no one in my family knits, sews or crochets and, despite bombarding them with handmade gifts, I’m never quite sure if they’re fully appreciated. Bloggers are generous with their comments and constructive criticism and I’ve become even more productive in an effort to keep to my 2-3 posts a week goal.

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    1. I’m sure you’ll agree that people often don’t appreciate how much work and skill goes into handmade gifts. It’s so good that in blogging we find people who understand and appreciate. I too feel like you about most people surrounding me , although my younger daughter is quite crafty so makes presents and my eldest, who lives in the Netherlands, really made my week last when I sent her the pair of socks I made and she emailed to say she’s been so pleased she’d run round the office in them showing everyone, and her best friend now wants me to knit a pair for her 🙂
      And you’re, right bloggers are so generous – yourself, of course, included 🙂 Blogging has definitely increased my productivity too.

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  3. I’m at the 3 month mark now and am loving it! It’s a great way to keep track of how much I do actually craft … and scheduling is a great thing! I’m not always well enough to write a post – so I write a few at a time and schedule in advance. Then if I can’t publish on a certain day – wordpress does it for me 😀 But I like the idea of a planner. I have a notebook at the moment, but no set plans. Maybe that’s what I’ll focus on in my next 3 months. Thanks!

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    1. Congrats on reaching three months! 🙂 I mostly go with writing about what I’m making or thinking about at the moment, but I do have a sort of rough structure that I just note on a word doc, like this six month anniversary, interesting days for wordless Wednesday, or an interesting thought that will make a future post. For me it’s about finding the level of planning that works and not worrying too much about what others do or don’t do – unless I spot a good tip.
      I’m sorry to hear you’re unwell – I agree scheduling is great. It stops me phaffing and over editing just before I post too.

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      1. Oh I do make rough notes in my pad about future ideas … usually just a word for what I’d like to talk about that week. It usually changes haha! Surprisingly it does appear to be working for me. I’m usually very organised about everything … every detail.

        Thank you – it’s just an ongoing thing (I have ME) but I didn’t want it affecting my blogging so when I’m having a good day I make sure to write something that can later be used if I’m not so good 🙂

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      2. Me too – I’m usually very organised, but blogging is a more seat of the pants thing – although don’t suppose it would register far on a ‘seat of the pants’ scale 😉
        I do hope you’re gradually getting on top of the ME – I know it can be a real long haul and then you still have to be careful 😦

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  4. foxxie52

    “Not to worry if people don’t like my posts” is one I really need to learn. I panic if my viewing figures go down but I need to remember I started blogging as a fun hobby, the numbers shouldn’t matter.

    Great blog post!!

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  5. Hello Bekki! I learned that there is such a wonderful comaraderie amongst Bloggers. The variety is endless. I have met amazing artists from different States and Countries, they are very inspiring! I also remind myself to stay true to your Authentic self. Some people may be interested and some may not, and that is ok 🙂 I also learned for my self, this is a journey, a creative and learning one at that. You have a wonderful week! 🙂

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  6. My blog started as a challenge to myself. To see whether I could find a narrative voice for myself that I never successfully found during the creative writing module I did for my degree. I’ve been blogging for two and a half years (just under) and one thing I’ve learned about myself is that this is the part of my life I allow to be chaotic and where I butterfly around – flitting from one project to the next. 😊

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  7. My daughter encouraged me to join the blogging world. I was terrified when she ”let go of my hand” once my site was set up and then said, ”..right, off you go!” I had no experience on computers for a start (I used to run around flapping when I got an email lol ) But, I have gained a lot more confidence over the last 18 months and thoroughly enjoy seeing and reading what other people get up to and their achievements.
    Gaining new friends, is also a bonus! Like yourself, when I first embarked upon WP, I didn’t think anyone would even find, let alone read what I put up. It’s so nice to share other people’s successes, or, to just view what they might see on a daily basis across the world on a photo. Most of all, it’s nice to know you’re not alone in the world, when you get comments and feedback. 🙂

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      1. I do have much to thank her for 😉 and WP too for giving us the opportunity to talk with so many interesting people and share in their world 🙂 Looking forward to your next three months and all it brings about!

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  8. Awesome post Bekki and u think we’ve all been there. I blog simply because I love to share what I do and to promote others. At the end of the day all that matters is that you are having fun with what makes you happy 🙂

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  9. Oops – I peaked too early. Anyway, I sort of said what I mean even though there was no full stop. Changing the subject, I came across this post by accident and have missed loads of your past ones and I don’t know why because I do follow you so, sorry for not commenting on previous ones – I’ll have to look into what’s gone wrong.

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    1. Full stops are over-rated 😉 I’ve had trouble with wordpress reader taking blogs off my reader list before now. I see you’ve just followed me, so maybe it’s done the same to you? Anyway, thanks for re-finding me, re-following and for commenting 🙂

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  10. I loved reading this post Bekki. Having recently passed the 6 month mark myself I found your list really interesting and you have got me thinking about what I have learned. I am certainly more laid back about posting than I was and although I try to post once a week I don’t worry if I don’t post more often. I love connecting with like minded people and hearing their opinions. Everyone is always so kind in my experience too. From your list I think I would take the ‘take a more experimental approach’ as my point I need to work on 🙂 Have a lovely week. x

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  11. Oh wow! When I first started, I was so shy and I kept thinking it’s alright, it’s going to be just me and my husband and my brother n sister reading it. No-one else. And I was surprised people did read and were interested in what I wrote. I basically wanted to write things just to develop my writing skills and to voice out my feelings and thoughts. I still have miles to go, but I’m really enjoying my journey. It doesn’t matter to me too now if nobody reads or comments. I’m really happy with those who do and care 🙂

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  12. It has been fun to see you grow as a blogger over the months, Bekki. You are a natural! 🙂

    I knew absolutely nothing about blogging when I started in late November, and I am not a ‘writer’, so I have learned a lot! I have enjoyed connecting with other bloggers, though I have told very few real-world people about my blog. 🙂

    I am still just learning and exploring from the experience, though posting has been a challenge this month.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Carina. Thank you! Can I say while we’re talking blog, I seem to have a bit of a problem with your blog. I have added it to my wordpress reader, but it often doesn’t come up when you post. I do go looking, but as you post quite infrequently, I do forget. I don’t know if there’ anything you can do with your setting to help my reader or that you know is blocking reader and you don’t want to change? Long and short, if I ignore you , I don’t mean to and I will keep calling whatever Reader does or doesn’t do. You have a great week too!

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      1. Hi Bekki. Thanks for letting me know! In the next few days, I will set up a subscribe button on my blog in order to make it easier for anyone who would like to follow, so you won’t have to “check in” to see if I’ve posted or not. Hopefully that will resolve the issue. I will let you know when I’ve done that. Take care!

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  13. I think you’ve covered a lot about the way many new bloggers feel. And you’re so right about it being a journey of discovery and learning, much of it about ourselves. I can certainly identify with many of the things in your list. I’ve learned a lot about myself and connected with so many people worldwide that my life has taken on a completely new dimension. I’ve also leaned that I have to find a better way of time management. I’ve enjoyed WP so much that it had tended to override other things. I
    love the creativity aspects of your blog, Bekki and the way you present them. So thank you for that. 🙂

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    1. Hi Millie. Thanks for all the lovely complements. Another dimension is a great phrase to use – not only does it create a whole new ‘life’ it sucks time from the other dimensions we live in! Sounds as if time management needs to be one of our key phrases for next month 🙂

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    1. Aw! Thank you. It’s amazing where the ideas appear from – isn’t it? When I started, I was worried I wouldn’t have enough to post about, but most weeks I have too much!

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    1. Thanks for those thoughts. I’ve read the Artists way, although am unfamiliar with the comic book. If you ask me, from the books I’ve read and the work I’ve done with creativity and creative people, the real challenge is usually not that we don’t know what we do/don’t do, but acknowledging it, remembering we know it and acting taking useful/appropriate action. Bx

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  14. Hello Bekki, Don’t know how I missed this post. Congrats on your 6-months marker. I have to say, you seem so assured, would not have pegged you for a “newbie”. Your posts are always interesting, entertaining and inspiring. Nice work indeed!

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  15. It’s such a warm and fuzzy feeling when someone actually takes the time to read what you’ve written, isn’t it? I think the most important lesson I’ve learnt is the same as one of yours: it doesn’t matter if not a lot of people read your blog, only the people who are genuinely interested matter 🙂

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