A Letter To Myself As A New Blogger

09/03/2018 Blogging, Lifestyle, Personal 33

A Letter To Myself As A New Blogger

Dear newbie blogger Laura,

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I know you’re nervous, sitting there behind your laptop, staring at your shiny new blog and thinking ‘what have I done?!’, but try not to worry. You may have no idea what you’re doing, but trust me when I say you’re about to embark on a wonderful journey!

In typical ‘You’ fashion, you’ve been meaning to do this since forever, but have ‘never got round to it’. Basically you’re scared because you’ve been lurking on the fringes of the blogging world for ages, seeing the way bloggers comment and interact with each other, and you worry you’ll never fit in. Making friends has never been your strong suit, thanks to your introverted nature, so why would blogging be any different?

And yes, your blogging style is going to start out a lot like your partying style – ie. standing in the corner avoiding eye contact with anyone whilst wishing someone would talk to you so you look less weird and awkward – but it gets better, I swear. Once you figure out what a friendly place the book community is, you’ll work up the confidence to join in, and put yourself out there. You’ll start to comment and grasp social media – you’ll even be on Twitter and understand what a hashtag is, which may seem unthinkable now!

Because books have always been a huge part of your life, but you’re about to find out how amazing it is to share them with other people. Yes, it may seem now like there’s no better feeling than reading an amazing book and clutching that close to your chest, but having a place to go to rave about that book and talk about it with other people is even better.

Three and a half years later you’re still going to be doing it – ranting about books on the internet – and you’ll have no plans to stop any time soon. Yes, blogging will prove harder than you could ever have imagined, but it’ll still be one of the best things you’ve ever done, and will have allowed you to meet so many amazing people and do so many cool things (for example you’ve now done three NaNoWriMos…and no you don’t know what that is yet, but I can tell you it’s awesome!).

Through blogging you’re going to learn so much and gain so much confidence in yourself and your writing, and best of all, people are going to actually read your writing, and respond to it. That may sound terrifying now, but trust me, in a few years you’re going to feel nothing but excitement when your phone makes that ping to say you have a new comment. Because that really is one of the best things about blogging: putting something out into the world, something you care about or have been thinking about recently, and having people want to discuss it with you.

Because there’s a big friendly blogging community out there just waiting for you to join it, and so many amazing blogs for you to explore and people to meet. So stop stalling and start posting on that new blog of yours: it’s going to be an amazing ride!

Love,

Future Laura.

So what would you tell your newbie blogger self? What has blogging taught you, and what have you gained in your time blogging? And if you are a newer blogger, what would you like to get out of blogging in the coming years?

Feel free to do your own version of this post and link to it in the comments, as I’d love to see everyone else’s letters!

33 Responses to “A Letter To Myself As A New Blogger”

    • Laura

      It’s so weird thinking back to the start, so writing this letter was definitely a fun and interesting experience. I’d love to read yours! 🙂

  1. Fanna

    This is so cool! I love how motivating and encouraging you’re sounding in this 😀 I would’ve probably said almost all of this, haha, since I’m an introvert too and stepping into anything new (even though we’ve been lurking in the dark for so long XD)is so daunting, ugh, it was a huge leap to take when starting a blog. Yes, it all gets so much better! This is my fifth month and am already so happy because I hadn’t expected even one-tenth of what I have received till now. And of course, what can be better than raving about books all day long and with fellow book lovers <3

    • Laura

      Trying anything new as an introvert – especially anything that involves other people – is definitely so scary, but it just goes to show it can pay off to put yourself out there. That’s definitely something blogging has taught me 🙂
      I’m glad you’re getting so much out of blogging already, and I hope you continue to love it! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Ianthe

    Love this Laura! You should write a letter to your future blogging self and read it in a few years! This was so fun to read, and very inspirational.

  3. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    This is so cool! I’d tell myself not to be scared of the community. I was blogging for about 2 years before I started commenting regularly on other people’s blogs. I would read blogs, but I was too scared to leave comments.

    • Laura

      I was exactly like that at first too! I was really scared to comment, which I really can’t understand now, because what blogger doesn’t love getting comments? I’m still not overly confident with things like talking to people on Twitter, but hopefully I’ll get there! 🙂

  4. Fariba

    I’m so going to do this. There are a lot of things I’ve learned and things I’ve wished I’d done differently.

  5. Kym

    I love your letter! It makes me feel like we should all write letters to ourselves when we’re embarking on a new journey. I’m glad you’re here, I’m glad you’re blogging, and I hope you enjoy it as much as many of the rest of us do.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you liked the letter, and I think you’re totally right. It would be something nice to look back on if we all wrote letters to ourselves before doing anything big 🙂

  6. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I adore this post, it’s just so nice and so true. I would tell newbie blogger me some of the same things. To not be so scared to talk to people. To not just lurk but actually put myself out there first. I would also tell myself that I’ll figure out what I want to blog about and that I don’t have to read all the same books or stick to one genre but can do it all and people won’t call me out for being aimless. You can read a mix and it’s ok. I would also try and convince myself that I don’t need to keep buying books and can just read what I have. I would also tell myself that even if I’m not a twitter expert I should still use it and it’ll be ok. People won’t even notice I don’t know what I’m doing.

    • Laura

      I definitely agree about figuring out what to blog about as you go – I read quite widely too, and I always thought people would be put off because I didn’t stick to one genre, but I’ve found that’s not the case at all! And I (and my bank balance!) really wish I’d realised earlier that I didn’t have to buy all the books all the time too. I’ve definitely come to appreciate the library over the last year or so, and I have so many books to read that I already own 🙂

    • Laura

      I’ll definitely look out for your letter then! I’d love to know what you would tell your newbie blogger self! 🙂

  7. Gayathri

    These are some great advises. Yes the newbie would be surprised that I am still blogging and I even have made some friends around here. Maybe I should tell her, what ya think?

    • Laura

      You should definitely tell her! This letter was so fun to write, and it’s interesting to look back and see how far you’ve come 🙂

    • Laura

      It really is so crazy to look back! I definitely had no idea what I was in store for either, or even that I would still be doing this years down the line (I’m not known for sticking with things!) 🙂

  8. Steeped Pages

    Great post! I am a brand new blogger, and I read it like the letter was addressed to me. It was really helpful and inspiring! I also enjoyed the comparison of your new blogging self be similar to your party self. Kind of shy at first but working at the concept.

    • Laura

      Welcome to the blogging world! I hope you’re going to love it as much as I do! 🙂
      I’m glad you found this letter helpful, and best of luck with your blog 🙂

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