31st October is uber-special here on Dora Reads, because it's blog anniversary time!
Yup, 3 years ago today I started this blog - which was then called Diary of a Reading Addict - and started myself on this slightly bizarre (but awesomely fun!) path.
And since the long-off days of 2014, I've learnt a thing or two.
Some of those things are more weird than practical - but there's also come good blog/life lessons along the way.
So here, my dearest nerdlets, are 3 lessons that I have learned in my 3 years of blogging:
1. You don't owe anyone anything
(This doesn't apply to like, goods or services - you kind of owe people money for those. Don't go shoplifting or whatever and then blaming me, k?)
Look, this doesn't mean being stingy or selfish. Being generous is generally a good way to go in life, and a must-do in blogging.
And if someone really needs help, and you're in a position to help them, then do it. Simple.
But don't feel an obligation to loyally place yourself at the service of someone who never reciprocates.
If you're the one putting all of the effort into your relationship, with no return, it's not good for you. It's just gonna drain your time and energy and leave you miserable and exhausted.
Here's a blogging example:
I follow loads of people on Twitter - which is a well-known method of growing your own Twitter following. Only so many of those people will follow me back.
Before, I didn't really unfollow anyone (unless they really p**sed me off, or were inactive, or whatever.)
That meant, when scrolling down my Crowdfire (there are a bunch of social media managers available,) I had countless people who I couldn't even remember following.
These were people who:
- didn't follow me
- didn't talk to me
- I hadn't liked or RT'd any of their stuff as far as I knew
- I didn't see them on my timeline - or if I did, I hadn't noticed
The same applies to life - though the unfollow button is more metaphorical.
2. Just keep swimming
Yes, I'm channelling Dory to remind you all that life is a tortoise-and-hare, slow-and-steady, deal-y. The most important thing is not to give up - to just keep things going, a little at a time.
If something sounds false, if it's not what you think, but it's what you think people want to hear, don't push that send/publish button.
Guys, I adore you - thank you so much for all the support, love, and general awesomeness, that you've brought, and continue to bring, to me, and to Dora Reads. 💗💗💗😘
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