Hey hey, so as many of you may know this, or Le Journal de Ghenwa is not my very first attempt at blogging and it’s been more than 5 years since I’ve started this journey.
Ever since I was extremely young, I was very excited to share ideas and thoughts so when I was around 10-12 I posted pictures of my jewelry, my outfits, which were horrible (by the way) to a blog, not even knowing what a blog was at the time. Then I started sharing political, social and many other thoughts and poetry on a blog that currently still exists till now; if you’re interested, contact me for me information. Also based on that idea I created another blog that would be kind of a platform for aspiring writers and poets which eventually shut down because, well, I got discouraged. Fast forward a few years back, to when my friends told me to start a blog again because they’d love to know how I dress, where I shop, how I shop and many other things…
I will say the road is not an easy one but it’s definitely worth it! And here are the things I learned by having a blog.
- The number of views doesn’t actually matter: It is more the number of dedicated readers that matters, those who will text you saying they agree or disagree with what you said and those who stick by you.
- Motivation has to come from you, and ONLY you: I met so many people over the past three years who, as they were following me on Instagram asked about the link in my bio and entered to check it out. Sometimes I’d get very positive feedback, other times, not so much. I’d hear a lot of “why are you doing this, it’s useless” “do you get paid to do this?” or the ultimate “you’re so lifeless” but NO I did not get paid to share my thoughts and no I only do it because I like it
- Accept the criticism: This one was very tough for me to understand, because I am not one who can deal with criticism very well especially when it’s not constructive. And you know what? It changed me a lot to learn and listen to people, what they like, what they don’t and ignore mean comments about my work and only take the things I can build upon.
- People will recognize you, and it will be weird and awkward: I have to say, I was not a very sociable and it takes a lot for me to get out of my comfort zone, so when someone actually recognised me and told me they read everything I post, I was very confused but also very flattered. Now it’s always nice when someone recognizes me or tells me they appreciate my work.
- Be nice, but not too nice: I suffer from being too nice, sometimes my kindness is mistaken for lack of power, so I’ve learnt to put a business face on but still keep my kindness (which I will be talking about in a different post)
- Be organized: Having OCD, being organized kind of comes with. But I’ve learned to be organized in a whole different way and that’s TIME. Whoever says that time is money is right, and that, I’m learning now in fashion school.
- It’s okay to have writer’s block: (even if it’s 6 months) You don’t owe anyone any explanation for why you’re not posting anything and to keep content creative, I’m not going to get in a cycle of posting something I don’t believe in just for the sake of it. You never know when or where inspiration can struck so I just keep a tiny notebook in my bag, just in case