100. What Have I Learned From Writing 100 Personal Blog Posts

Dear readers,

THIS IS MY 100th BLOG POST!

Before I begin, the featured image of this post is something that I attempted with orange and black paint. Hope you all like it.

Back to the post. THIS IS MY 100th BLOG POST. It is something that I’m really proud of.

When I first started my blogging journey to where I am now, there is a world of difference. I have learnt so much about life, how people are, how things work, accepting things the way they are and reminding myself to enjoy life.  

I started this blog in April 2016. But I deleted all blog posts and restarted my blogging experience in September 2017 (and this is when I started numbering my blog posts). Looking back now, I love how things have unfolded. I would not have it any other way. 

I do not want to go on and on about how self-exploratory my experience has been. In this blog, (a couple of people asked me how I did this so) I will talk about what I have learnt after writing 100 blog posts on my Personal blog. So if any of you who are interested in creating a personal blog, here is what you need to know:

  1. Daunting but doable: The first thing you are going to be doing is do a google search on – how to start a blog. You are going to be entering a world of information that will be daunting. I request all of you – who are going to start your blog to simply START blogging – without putting in too much thought. It’s an experience. There is no right or wrong. Just open your laptop, create a WordPress/Blogspot account and create a site. Click on create, start writing and publish it after checking for grammatical errors.
  2. Personal blogging is similar to journaling: Everyone has their threshold of wrong or right. But – personal blogs usually are about you. Don’t be afraid to put down your thoughts and make it publically available for anyone to see. It’s not about the money. It’s about sharing your experiences and learning from them. It’s about being introspective. You can speak about what did you did in a day/week/month, what you recently learnt, what you’re feeling. So you find whatever works for you. 
  3. It is quite hard to earn money: If you’re looking to earn money and make it big, personal blogs may not be the way to go forward. Especially if you are like me and want to have fun writing about your life and sharing your experiences. Personal blogs are usually not for the money-making industry unless you give the readers something to take back from your blog. If you want to earn money blogging, then you have to think about giving something to the community. You have to make it about how reading something can benefit the reader (and if they can learn something – like tips/tricks/hacks/outfit ideas/how-to-do blogs). If you solely want to focus on sharing your experiences, then that’s what you should do.
  4. It gives you a sense of virtual community: When I first started writing blogs, I had no followers. Only my mom, dad, brother and a couple of friends knew that I was blogging. Then slowly a year into it – I started having other bloggers notice me. They started giving me advice/tips on how I can work on something. These fellow bloggers have taught me how to be empathetic and understanding. They accepted me. They check in on me. They email me asking how I am doing. They have nominated me for awards. They have told me that it’s okay to feel this way about something. I love the WordPress community. So if you ever start blogging about your personal life – I hope you don’t worry about “what people would think”. These fellow bloggers are the kindest, empathetic and understanding people I know. Funnily enough, I have never met any of them. A tip: since your fellow bloggers are providing you with the opportunity to freely express yourself and giving you the platform to do so – with a kind, empathetic mind, you should give back to the blogging community with the same attitude.
  5. Don’t look at it as being narcissistic: When it comes to personal blogging, you’re going to be focusing on you. You’re going to talk more about what you felt, how you handled a situation and what you learnt. It may feel like you’re a bit narcissistic. But you’re not. As long as you’re here to learn, grow and be a better human being – do not worry about how it’s going to make you sound. Everybody learns through trial and error. But you have to try and have to make mistakes to learn and grow. Don’t worry about what other people are saying – especially if it’s not constructive criticism. If it is constructive criticism, you have to learn how to accept that flaw and commit to working on that. 
  6. Consistency is key. Obviously. Try posting a blog a week, at least. 

And now that I’m near the end of the blog, I’d like to say – HAVE FUN. Have fun writing. Get creative. If you want to share pictures, do so. If you want to create a Facebook and Instagram page, go ahead. Just do what you want to do and write what you want to write. You are the creator of your content. Stay true to that.

I had a great experience writing the first 100 blogs. I will be changing the way I write slowly and I will evolve. I’m learning a lot more about blogging. I hope I continue writing a mix of both money making blogs (from now on) and personal blogs.

I want to thank each and everyone who liked, commented, followed and supported me in this journey. THANK YOU ALL. Hope you’re still here when I’m writing about my 200th blog.

Let me know what you think about this blog in the comments below. How are you all doing this week? How are you all doing in general? 

Regards, 
Realistic Beginner.

81. How My January Went

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Dear readers,

January was by far the most stressful month of my life. Stressful in terms of being anxious, afraid and majorly sleep deprived. I have no regrets. I don’t hate January for being so stressful. Would I have enjoyed it better if I didn’t have anxiety attacks? Sure. Would I have liked to sleep better? Definitely. But still, I have no regrets.

I think it’s gotten to the point where (I know it’s not a thing but) I’m emotionally self harming myself by putting myself through this vicious cycle of:

I want to be better – something bad happens – I think of all the negative outcomes – I start panicking – I end up having an anxiety/panic attack – things go haywire from there – it takes almost more than 15 days to get back to normalcy – I want to be better – something bad/stressful happens again.

And honestly, I don’t know how to get out of it.

BUT. On the positive note, a few AMAZING things happened in January like:

  1. I hit 2K followers on my blog. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to every single one of you who hit follow. Means the world to me.
  2. I got some clarity about what I can possibly end up doing after my post-graduation.
  3. I got an invite for my bachelor’s graduation/convocation. It kinda sucked because I thought I wouldn’t be able to go, but by the end of the month, I finally could confirm that I can go for my bachelor’s graduation. I’ll be getting my degree on February 11th. Even though there are a few complications, I am so so excited about that. Because it’s my graduation day and it’s the day that is going to make feel like I’ve done something worthwhile and have done some pretty cool things. And plus, I get to wear the graduation robe and cap.
  4. I met my professors who have taught me so much and mean the world to me.
  5. I have become more confident in terms of what I want to say and I’m still trying to still learn how to properly say everything in a way that wouldn’t hurt others.
  6. Academically, I have learnt so much and seen so many new cases and patients and I’m learning a lot from this one professor who patiently explains every single question of mine.
  7. I don’t know if it’s a good thing but I’m becoming more empathetic and I’m liking it.
  8. I have to thank A, A, M, D, N and P for being through this with me this entire month, I know I may have left them feeling helpless, but them just being there for me without any judgements, opinions and understanding what I was going through (without expecting that I’d act normal) meant the world to me.
  9. I did bunk a few classes which seemed exciting and fun.
  10. I also went to a pub and a restobar for the first time with my parents and that’s pretty dope.
  11. And lastly, my brother came home after what felt like a decade.

Exactly why I meant that I have no regrets. There’s always a silver lining. We just have to have the patience to wait for it and realise it. It’s already February. But the first two days of February I spent in college, I felt bad, I cried and I went out with my mom. So tomorrow is the third. I’m not going to be able to be hyper and fully positive because I’ll be getting less sleep tonight. But from tomorrow, I’m changing a few things. The first few days is going to be hard, I agree. But, I’ll learn to adjust to it.

Hope you had an amazing month. Please do tell me about your month in the comment section below and your views about this blog in general. Have a great February and an amazing week ahead. I personally am very excited for this month.

Regards,
Realistic Beginner.