My two year blogiversary was this month. I've learned a lot over these two years and now I'm passing some of my not-so-sage wisdom on to you. For starters, I wish that I would have told my younger self how to format verticle pictures to be the width of the blog. It's now a pet peeve of mine and the reason that I prefer not to read through my archives. What would you like to tell yourself when you started blogging?
1. Everyone has a point of view and something to share with the world. Don't feel the need to copy everyone else or only write what you think others will want to read.
2. You can make friends online without it being creepy.
3. Strangers will want to read what you have to say. Sometimes it's easier to write knowing that people you don't know are reading and won't read into every cryptic comment and vague reference to your real life that you make.
4. Numbers don't matter. Nothing is a killjoy like checking your pageviews or followers every hour.
5. Invest in lattes, peonies and a lifetime supply of nail polish. They are the staples of every successful blogger. And don't forget to Instagram them constantly so everyone knows.
6. If you don't Instagram it, it didn't happen (see number five for reference).
7. Blogging can help you land a job and show off your creativity to future employers.
8. You don't have to box yourself into a niche if you don't want to. People have multiple interests so it's safe to say that you shouldn't have to only write about food, or interior design, or cats if you don't want to .
9. Observe everything around you. It will make for great writing material and sharing funny, true stories from the day are some of my favorite posts to read.
10. The more you write and brainstorm, the easier it will get.