I started this blog, Adventures on Quiet Nights, one month (and three days) ago! Woo! (This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity and socializing, so I hardly looked at the internet, much less sat down to write. So! Let’s celebrate now. Better late than never.)
I think we’ve come a long way. Here are my current stats:
Followers: 68 (omg, guys!)
I realize that 68 is considered a small number of followers, but guys! There are 68 of you reading this! (At least, there are 68 of you subscribed to see this, even if you don’t actually get through it.) And that’s amazing. Thank you so, so much for being here. Imagine me waving to you all individually and crying a little because I do that when I’m overwhelmed.
Also, I’ve been nominated for two awards in the past month (and three days): the Blogger Recognition Award and the Liebster Award (coming soon!). I don’t know what’s “normal”, to be honest, and I don’t particularly care. I’m so beyond touched to have been thought of (twice!). And I’ve been tagged in a Harry Potter survey thing (coming soon!), which is my favorite thing ever; I love Harry Potter and cannot wait to share my thoughts with you!
Special shout outs to #BloggersTribe and #GRLPOWR on Twitter. These two blogging communities have been very supportive and helpful during my first month. Thank you to everyone on Twitter who has liked/reblogged my blog-related tweets and engaged with me in chats. While I’m at it, thank you to all of you on Instagram for liking my posts and/or commenting! It’s so amazing to see everything grow and for me to talk with people interested in what I’m doing.
I can’t believe it’s been a month (and three days) already, and I can’t believe the list of post drafts that keeps growing. I always thought I had a lot to say, but I’m learning just how much I want to get out there. (The number is kind of overwhelming — is it normal to have 14 drafts saved on WordPress?)
A few things I’ve learned about blogging:
- Oh, my god. Social media is so important. Sharing blog posts on Twitter and engaging with other bloggers’ Twitters/Instagrams — it builds your audience and engagement, and it improves your photo skills.
- Y’all, I thought I was a decent at photography — not a professional or anything, but a decent enough hand with a camera. I’m proud to admit that I’m doing better now, working on flat lays and lighting, playing with fun editing apps.
- I came in to blogging thinking that I’d be spending my time writing and publishing, reading and commenting. But there is so much more to it. I’m constantly looking at things for flat lays, thinking about my day in a “Should I blog about this?” context. I have multiple lists (blogs to write, drafts in progress, finished posts that need photos, photo ideas, flat lay ideas, Instagram captions, etc.). Blogging is turning into a job, unexpected but super fun. 🙂
Thank you again for following, liking, commenting, etc. I look forward to the coming months of adventures on quiet nights!
Photo credits to my fave, Jonny.