Lessons Learned from a Month of Blogging

Can you believe that tomorrow is October? It’s frightening to realize how fast time goes by as we get older. I remember how the time used to crawl by in high school, but now 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like near enough to get everything done! This is partially my fault, I like being busy and tend to over-book my schedule; it sure keeps me on my toes!

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30 days ago, I set out on what seemed like an insurmountable challenge; to blog about vegan food everyday (or at least 20 days) in the month of September. I’ll admit I was slightly intimidated by the idea since the start of school coincided with the event, but was eager to give it a shot (I resorted to blogging in class- during breaks I promise ;) ). Reflecting on how busy this month has been with things other than hello, veggy!, I’m actually slightly shocked that I was able to produce 30 consecutive days of content (in all fairness it was really 29; one was a guest post by Jaime)!

Blogging in action

Source: Sarah Hoenig

This month of blogging has taught me so much; both about blogging and about myself. Writing and producing content everyday have taught me some things about myself and my ‘blogging style’, affirmed where I see hello, veggy! going, and has also helped me to break down some personal barriers that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Posts

As much as I wish it were true, my life simply does not permit for endless blogging time. Though I don’t see myself committing to a daily blogging schedule (except next year for vegan MoFo!), I will certainly make an effort to post several times a week. As I mentioned in a previous post, I find blogging to be extremely stress relieving and an excellent outlet for creativity; it’s all about balance.

Learning and Improving

Being immersed in something inevitably causes you to gain new skills and knowledge. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I think my photography skills have improved significantly this month. The first photo below was taken on Vegan MoFo day one, and the second is of my Lazy Vegan Chili from day 22! I was able to figure out my photography setup and the lighting in my apartment, and also learned that when I’m rushed my photos tend to suffer!

Vegan MoFo collageAside from photos, I think I’ve found my ‘blogging voice’ and my approach to including more personal and serious posts on the blog. I hope I can keep up all the new things I learned this month!

Confidence

I think this is something we all struggle with in one way or another. Up until this point, I have been weary of sharing hello, veggy! with people in my ‘real life’. Creating content I am proud of makes me want to share it with the people I love! A few people from school and work have asked me for my URL (bringing my Pumpkin Chai Loaf to work was a good advertisement ;) ); I would previously have blushed and been embarrassed, but now I feel more comfortable in my blogging shoes, and share the website address with a smile.

Love for the Blogging Community

Blogger dinnerThis has been the most rewarding part of vegan MoFo, and blogging in general. Although stats aren’t everything, it makes me so happy to know that even a few people are reading hello, veggy! Every time I get a comment, my heart swells and I can’t stop grinning; my mouth actually hurt from smiling as I read the comments to this post. I’ve also been able to connect with some bloggers in real life; last Friday eight of us met up for dinner (more on this on Wednesday)! Thank YOU for helping make my blogging experience so awesome!

Highlights

MoFo Roundup1. Most Viewed- Two Ingredient Oat Bundles

2. Most Commented- Gardein Chick’n Strips

3. Most Pinned- Lazy Vegan Chili

4. Personal Favourite- Easy Grain Salad with Roasted Almonds and Herbs

5. Favourite Food Find- Coconut Bliss

6. Seasonal Favourite- Pumpkin Chai Loaf

What’s Next?

I have a few ideas for freshening up hello, veggy! in the near future, namely a new header and playing around with the layout (any recommendations?) I also have a guest post lined up, tons of pumpkin recipes, and some other posts to share, so stay tuned! Like I mentioned, I’ll return to my original blogging schedule of 2-3 times a week; it just seems more manageable with everything else that is going on. Thank you SO MUCH for joining me in my adventures this month, and I sincerely hope you’ll keep reading! :)

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23 Thoughts on “Lessons Learned from a Month of Blogging

  1. So proud and happy for you. Keep smiling and let your confidence shine for the world to see!
    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee recently posted…Weekend SnapshotsMy Profile

  2. I´m totally stealing that most viewed, most commented etc. :) It´s hard to believe the month is already over, it went too fast. Can´t wait for the next one, I had so much fun :)
    Liane recently posted…Vegan MoFo Day 29 – Product Reviews&Hot chocolate | Produktvorstellungen&TrinkschokoladeMy Profile

  3. That’s so cool that you met Davida from The Healthy Maven, that vegan eatery sounds pretty cool! I’m so happy that you participated in the Vegan MoFo series, I enjoyed reading all your posts & stories.

  4. Keep up the great work beautiful! You should be incredibly proud. Also I still feel awkward telling people about my blog and I don’t know that this will ever change. It’s a love-hate relationship too. It’s such a stress relief but finding the time to put the work in is stress-inducing as well. Kudos to you for doing 30 days in a row!
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…{MIMM} Weekend Recap 09/27-09/29My Profile

  5. Well done you! I’ve so enjoyed reading hello veggy this month and look forward to more to follow :)
    This blogging community really is fantastic and I wish I could meet so many of my fellow bloggers in person.
    I’m slowly beginning to let people in on my secret blog too! It’s been hard to hide this month when it’s taken up so much of my time.
    Emma recently posted…W is for…My Profile

  6. Seriously impressed with your blogging skills my dear! I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and start blogging in between classes. I need to find a way t fit more in! (Let’s be honest though, I will probably do it DURING CLASS hehe :o )

  7. Congrats on a whole month of blogging! Sounds intense and you should be proud of yourself! My fav food find is ALWAYS coconut bliss.. love that stuff!
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green recently posted…September Grocery Store FavouritesMy Profile

  8. Congrats on making it the whole month! I definitely agree that blogging is stress relieving – so necessary when you’re a student ;-) And a huge improvement on your photography! That’s something that I really, really need to work on.

    And as an ice-cream-loving-non-vegan….Coconut Bliss is amazing. The chocolate peanut butter and the chocolate hazelnut fudge make me extremely happy :-p
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Mexican Showdown: Chipotle and Qdoba.My Profile

  9. I definitely couldn’t manage posting that much–you are awesome for keeping up for 30 days! I’ve learned that taking time makes all the difference with photos, although sometimes it’s hard when you’re hungry. ;)
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies recently posted…50 Vegetarian Slow Cooker RecipesMy Profile

    • Suzanne on October 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm said:

      It was a lot of work, but definitely well worth the effort :) Thank you for the photography tip!! I’ll take any more if you have them :)

  10. That pumpkin chai loaf looks so amazing! Totally pinning that one.

    I have so much love for the blogging community too – I feel like we all just “get” each other! I’m so glad I got a chance to meet you and find out about your blog!
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted…Weekend highlightsMy Profile

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