It’s been seven years. Seven years since the PJV crawled out of my brain and exposed itself all over the internet. Seven years since I had one review and the only person that followed me was my mother. This has been quite a journey.

I had thought to post originally about 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Blogging, but as I began to write the article I realized I didn’t have 7 things. In fact, I didn’t regret very much about blogging, even though blogging has changed my life—and sometimes not in a positive way. But, all of those changes have led me here. I love blogging…and wouldn’t change a thing.

Here are 7 Things I Learned from 7 years of Blogging

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It taught me to write on a schedule. I always wanted to be a writer, even though I didn’t admit it to anyone in the blogging community. Blogging taught me to write on a schedule and have a timeline. I think without blogging I wouldn’t have tried to publish.

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Blogging taught me that things change. Roll with it. My blogging endeavor has changed my life drastically. I’ve gone from corporate drone to work-from-home freelance, to author. Blogging has taught me that you need a plan, but you also need to be able to change that plan.

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Blogging has taught me confidence. Confidence in my opinion, to back up my opinion with solid evidence and how to speak my mind without backing down. I’ve learned that once I put it out there, I can’t take it back – so it’s challenged me to be ready to stand behind them.

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Doing what I love, doesn’t seem like hard work, but it is. I can work hours and hours and come out of that madness a little sweaty but all kinds of satisfied. I like what I do, it’s hard, but it’s rewarding.

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Blogging has taught me it’s okay to take risks. That life shouldn’t be a task, it should be an adventure. It’s silly to think that blogging has done this for me, but before blogging I was a go to work, come home, do chores type of girl. Blogging has pushed me out of the box I had locked myself in – and showed me that you can do all these other things that I didn’t think were possible before.
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Blogging has taught me that you can make more meaningful relationships with a person across the world that shares your same passion, than you can with the person you went to school with, or a coworker etc.
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Helping others makes me feel good. I’ve learned through blogging that helping others in their own blogging endeavors, or helping them publish is probably the most rewarding aspects of blogging and online life. That through this I feel I have a voice and knowledge and that it’s a commodity that other’s value. Having value as a person is probably the best feeling in the world. Seeing the product of your knowledge manifest in other’s accomplishments makes all of this worthwhile.

32 Comments

  1. elizabeth H.

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve learned a few of those myself in my blogging adventures! I love your blog. I can’t tell you how many times your informative blogger posts have helped me in cultivating my own blog. Thank you!

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    • Susan Dyer

      Happy Seven Year Blogiversary! I’m just starting out in the blog world and I’m excited but nervous……what if no one reads my blog? Lol I have four followers right now and one of them is me! Hahaha

      Congratulations!!

      Susan
      http://Www.susanlovesbooks.wordpress.com

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      • Parajunkee

        It will get better! Hang in there. 😀

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    • Parajunkee

      I’m so glad they’ve helped elizabeth!

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  2. Miranda

    Happy blogging anniversary! Blogs like yours is what inspired me to become a blogger myself! Here’s to another 7! 🙂

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    • Parajunkee

      Thank you, Miranda. Best compliment ever.

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  3. Stephanie B

    First of all, happy blogging anniversary. Second of all, I love this! Especially “life shouldn’t be a task, it should be an adventure.” It’s so true but so easy to forget!

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    • Parajunkee

      Thank you Stephanie. It is so easy to forget, especially when routine bogs us down. Which blogging shouldn’t be.

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  4. Nathan

    Happy blogging anniversary! I agree, I have found with blogging I can have meaningful friendships with people all over the world. Since I am doing distance education, making friends can be difficult, but with blogging I now have several and I need them. My reading tastes have more in common with them then I do with my families reading tastes. I also agree “life shouldn’t be a task, it should be an adventure.” I hope you keep on blogging! 🙂

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    • Parajunkee

      That’s great Nathan. I don’t know what distance education is though. You’ll have to enlighten me. I’m just starting to understand the adventure part. But, I think it’s working. 😀

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  5. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    As an educator, I love that you shared what you learned. I really like the last thing. Happy 7 years, Rachel!

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    • Parajunkee

      Thank you so much Charlie. I’m glad you liked them.

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  6. midnyte reader

    I started blogging in April the same year you started : ) !!! I used to be able to write my reviews on a timeline, not so much anymore. I love your #3, yes if you have an opinion be ready to back it up, especially on the internet. And yes, I’ve made the best friendships with people across all parts of the country and world — that really has been the best part for me. Congrats on 7 years of excellent blogging and all you’ve achieved because of it. xoxo

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    • Patti

      I started blogging in June of that year – must have been a good year for bloggers 🙂

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    • Parajunkee

      It was a good year for bloggers to start. 😀

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  7. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    Happy blogoversary! This is my 7th year as well! I am doing better about keeping a calendar, but haven’t gotten a writing schedule down. I need to get better with that to get some of my writing/novels finished! That may be a resolution for next year. We’ll see.

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    • Parajunkee

      Woohoo! 7-year bloggers unite. That would be a good resolution. Don’t let life get in the way. You got it in you.

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  8. Jessica Samuelsen

    7 years that’s great! Great post!

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  9. Sherry soule

    Happy blog-versary, Rachel!

    I was so grateful for your insight and help when I was first starting out as an indie author.

    Wishing you many more joyous years in the community.

    ~Sherry

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    • Parajunkee

      Thank you Sherry. I can only hope that it continues to get better.

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  10. Laurie

    Happy Blogivesary!

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  11. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    Woot 7 years!! Congrats!

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    • Parajunkee

      You’ve gotta be right there too… *here’s to the old hats.

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  12. Francesca @utcbookblog

    Congrats on the seven years and here’s to many more! You’re awesome ❤️

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    • Parajunkee

      No you’re awesome. 😛 Thank you.

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  13. Trish @ Between My lines

    Happy blog birthday! Love what you’ve learnt, and I can identify with lots of them too.

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  14. Freda

    Happy 7th blogoversary!!!!!!!

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  15. Patti

    Congratulations Rachel – I’m so glad you started blogging, your friendship is one I value. Thanks for taking me on; here’s to seven more! xoxoxo

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  16. nicola o.

    Congrats! Seven years is amazing!

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  17. Vicki

    I’m a little late to the party, but happy bloggerversary. I’m in total agreement with # 3.

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