This weekend, we as a nation will celebrate our independence as 241 years ago, our forefathers, after much debate, signed our Declaration and declared us a free and independent nation. You may have heard of this, it’s kind of a big deal.
This weekend I will celebrate my own independence as well because one year ago, I launched this website and began to take this blog seriously. While the rest of my family was enjoying our long weekend in the sun, I sat hunched over my computer stressing about what should go where and how I would phrase things. Even though I had no experience with WordPress and even less with writing code, I poured myself into creating something. From this experience, and the year that has followed, I’ve learned some things and I would love to share them with you.
Starting Is The Hardest Part
It took me literally months to get the courage to start my real website. Sure I had played with the free Google Sites websites, but this was different. This was actually making an investment in myself and my idea. It was scary and it was hard. I found every possible reason not to start: it’s expensive (it’s not), I don’t know enough, no one will read or care about what I have to say. I had thought of every reason why I shouldn’t start and those reasons paralyzed me. It was when I just started that things started coming together. It took me two days to get everything put together. It took me six months to start. This is ridiculous and has been a lesson that I keep in mind whenever I think about beginning something hard.
I Can Figure It Out
Have I mentioned that I know NOTHING about web design? I mean, I really had no experience at all about creating or designing a website. Once I decided to actually start, it became my job to figure it out. No one was going to do this for me, I had to get to work. I asked people for advice and researched endlessly. I tried, I failed and I tried again. So may times, we never even start because we have this belief that we don’t know enough, or that we don’t have the skill but in reality, just because we don’t know it today, or have the skill when we start doesn’t mean that we can’t figure it out along the way. My experience taught me that I can figure it out and if it’s true for me and WordPress, it’s true of most any other situation too.
Consistency Is Key
In the year since I’ve launched this blog, I have posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a new video uploaded every Tuesday, no matter what. I have been relentless consistent and I’ve done it for a very real reason; I’m not a good writer. As you read through my posts, you will catch spelling errors, misused words, grammatical errors and other things that I’m not very proud of. I work really hard to correct them, but they’re there. What I am proud to say, is that there are a lot fewer now than there were when I started. By being consistent, I continue to improve and while I will never teach an English class, I am able to deliver my message because I work at it. Consistency really is key.
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since this site launched. I know it’s still not perfect, but I keep working at it. The lessons that I have learned in this year though carry over to every other area of my life and I’m positive that if you put them into practice, you will see results too.