6.20.2016

40 Things I Learned in 4 Years of Blogging


     Guys. I have been blogging for four whole years!!! 4 blogging years converts to like 40 real-life years.

     I've learned so much in my "four decades". I've taken time to find out what in the world HTML and SEO and all that other jibber-jabber is.

     And I've learned life lessons too. I mean, blogging lessons. Yes, naturally. As you can see, I'm a pro and totally know what I'm doing.

     (Hang in there, folks. I'm tired.)

     40 Things I Learned in 4 Years of Blogging

  1. How to make graphics in PicMonkey
  2. Blogging is hard
  3. What HTML and SEO are (not that I am a pro with either)
  4. How to balance school/life and blogging
  5. How to make social media buttons
  6. How to post pictures from my phone so I don't have to email them to myself
  7. How to write in a time crunch
  8. How to make graphics that link to another page
  9. How to use and optimize MailChimp
  10. To never give up, even if no one comments
  11. To give the glory to God
  12. How to make adorable business cards
  13. How to arrange flowers
  14. How to spell lots of different words
  15. Why editors are important
  16. That my readers like books as much as I do
  17. How to start and run a Goodreads group to drive traffic to my blog
  18. Why I will never buy a domain name from GoDaddy again
  19. How to change all my social media profiles in under 10 minutes
  20. How to widget (is that even a verb?)
     We interrupt this long list for a commercial break...sponsored by...oh wait...I don't make any money blogging...oh well...back to the list.

     21. How to use affiliate links (even though I stopped using them)
     22. How to put my hair in a crown braid and make a video about it
     23. How to customize my YouTube thumbnails
     24. Not to get discouraged when people unsubscribe
     25. To write no matter if anyone reads it or not
     26. To write about somewhat consistent themes :/
     27. How to link-up
     28. How much to charge others to be their virtual assistant
     29. How to have Twitter automatically tweet my posts
     30. How to connect with other bloggers
     31. Why it's important to leave comments for others
     32. How to write consistently
     33. To never apologize for taking a break from blogging (no one will ever notice you were gone, and you look like you have nothing to say if you spend a whole post apologizing for never writing...just write!)
     34. To listen to my heart and my head.
     35. To publish imperfect material
     36. Why I love to write
     37. How to Write 31 Days in a row
     38. Why I need to write up post ideas quickly (I forget otherwise)
     39. Which posts are most popular
     40. To write for the love of it!

     There. Forty things I've learned in 4 years of blogging! And that was the super easy stuff that I could think of off the top of my head. There are so many more lessons and little things that keeping The Little Decorator has taught me.

     She is my beauty, and I love her.

     Today marks 4 years. You can read the very first TLD post here:


      What a journey it has been already, with so many more years to come too! Thank you for reading and following along.

~Madeline

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on four years of blogging. I'm guessing you're in the 1% of people who have the discipline to make this happen at such a high quality bar. Regardless of age or experience. Great job!

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    1. 1%, really? Wow! Thank you for the compliment!

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  2. Love this! Happy Anniversary!!! Ahhhh....number 10...keep on with the great work - you're a shining spot in this dreary world!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, number 10 is my constant mantra. You're so sweet! Thanks for joining my craziness. :)

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~Madeline