What I Learned My First Year Of Blogging

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Photos by Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

Y’ALL!  I’ve been blogging at Southern Detour for a WHOLE YEAR!!  Holy cow, can ya believe it?!  Time has surely flown!  This is such a big accomplishment for me and Southern Detour!  I started this blog with hopes of sharing cute outfits, some encouragement, lots of adventures, tons of coffee, and the occasional cowboy.  I’ve been able to do just that and so much more…made friends, dusted off my writing skills, done lots of fun collabs + giveaways, learned about myself and what it takes to be a true blogger.

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Here are some things I’ve learned my first year of blogging:

  1. Work Hard – No one else is helping you achieve the success of your own blog.  It’s you and your computer at the end of the day.  Keeping a blog going takes a lot {and I mean, A LOT} of dedication, time, and perseverance.  I get up before work to work on the blog and sometimes come home from a 10-12 hour day at the salon to work on the blog again.  It requires a lot of work, but when the work is done, it’s worth it!  That’s a lot of work {ha}!  I’ve loved hearing feedback from my sweet followers who enjoyed posts and watching Southern Detour grow!
  2. Schedule and Plan – I am such a planner, so this one came a little easier for me.  I always tell people, the blog post I launched this week may have been written well over a month ago.  It’s all about scheduling ahead of time and staying organized.  Tip: I found the Later App for Instagram.  It has definitely saved me time in the long run keeping up with social media.  I can schedule posts in advance and not have to sit there for 10 minutes editing the picture and posting a caption while I’m at dinner with the cowboy or spending time with family at the barn.
  3. Be Original – I love reading other blogs for inspiration.  That’s all dandy, folks!  Make sure you know what your blog’s foundation is and don’t stray far from it.  I love reading fashion blogs and pulling inspiration, but I have to keep in mind, my blog is more than that.  I always strive to make sure every post has great quality, even my outfit posts.  There are a million fashion/style bloggers, so find something that makes yours original.  This is just an example, but applies to all blogs {food, travel, faith, or photography blogger, etc.}.  Be YOU because there is no one quite like you.  And you’re pretty darn special.
  4. Be Consistent – Decide in the beginning how often you’re going to post and stick to it.  I knew I would be working a full time job on top of blogging and I also lead a very busy lifestyle.  I chose once a week because I didn’t want Southern Detour to become stressful or controlling.  It’s been a year and the rest of my life hasn’t slowed down so once a week still works perfect for me!
  5. Be Still – I’ve learned in all the hustle, organizing, scheduling, and business of a blog, sometimes you just need to be still.  It takes some quiet time and stepping back to rejuvenate and reenergize yourself.  Sometimes I just don’t feel like writing.  Sometimes I draw a blank.  Sometimes I am too tired to think.  And that’s ok.  I’ve learned to take it one day at a time.  Blogging is a journey and sometimes it’s just fine to take a detour and come back later.  Don’t burn yourself out on something that should be fun and enjoyable!  Blogging is what you make of it!

I came across this quote and it perfectly explains why I love blogging:

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can.  We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings.  That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone — because we have the impulse to explain who we are.  Not just how tall we are, or thin, but who we are internally, perhaps even spiritually.  There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls.  The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.” {Maya Angelou}

 

I just love that, don’t you?!  I’ve enjoyed sharing who I am and what I love on Southern Detour.  I am so glad my little blog is growing and prospering!  I pray over this blog and my followers.  I can’t wait to see just where this journey takes us!  Until then, celebrate ONE YEAR of adventures, detours, stories, and grace upon grace with me!  Heck, you should even go get ya a cupcake too!  Thank you for being a part of the Southern Detour community!  I couldn’t do it without you, friend!

Love,

Fallon

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14 thoughts on “What I Learned My First Year Of Blogging

  1. Congratulations on blog in for a whole year!!!

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  2. What a great write up, I have learned from you, and I will try to follow your steps

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  3. Happy Anniversary!! This one will b easy for me to remember because it’s our anniversary too! Lucky 13! Keep on bringing us these wonderful posts!❤😚

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    • Love it! Not sure if this was the exact day, but I’m celebrating all October long 🙂 I’ll keep them coming! Thanks for always reading and encouraging!

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  4. Peggy

    So well written. One of the things that really stuck out in my mind was sometimes we just need to be still. I believe it’s in that place that God shows up. In that quiet place I believe we grow in wisdom. I believe it’s in the quiet place (especially for writers) that we realize that what we thought we should write and put out for the world to see is not what we should have written about at all.
    I always enjoy your fashion pictures. You make yourself vulnerable to everyone. And, one thing a lot of young girls struggle with is how they look. It’s good to see your confidence is in the Lord which causes your confidence to shine.
    I didn’t plan on writing this much but I too have to be obedient to the Lord. Love you girl. Keep on keeping on.
    My life verses. Hebrews 12:1,2 I would urge you to read it. I think it will be an encouragement to your blog tonight.
    Peggy

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  5. chelseajacobs

    You are the CUTEST! Happy one year!

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  6. Congratulations on blogging for a whole year! I’m really glad I’ve discovered your little corner of the internet. 🙂

    Also, both you and your outfit are too cute in this post! 🙂

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  7. Gorgeous!!! Congrats 🙂

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