I was the first one to speak on Saturday morning, and things went really well. I only spoke to a little crowd of people, since there was another blogger speaking at the same time in another room.
The crowd however was so nice, very supportive and with lots of questions, and even though my theme (My own blogger story/ How to become a blogger) probably wasn't so relevant for most people, since many of them were already bloggers, it was such a satisfaction to have people come over afterwards and during the day telling me how much they enjoyed the presentation and found it useful. One girl gave me a great compliment telling me that she thought my presentation was "very honest". I liked that :-)
So here are a few things I learned at The Hive, and which I would like to share with you:
- Big or small. The important thing is to do what you love. This is also true when it comes to blogging.
- It takes time to become a big blog(ger). I realized that most of the other bloggers had been blogging on the same blog for several years, so I guess I should wait a bit before I start to compare myself to them :-)
- Not only does it take time to become a big blog(ger). It also takes time to find your place with your blog. As you know I have been blogging on three different travel blogs until recently. I have also had another photoblog before a dusty olive green. Today I realize that they were all part of my experimental journey of blogging. They helped me to find my place as a blogger. I am definitely still on the journey, but I think I have found my place with a dusty olive green, and I really hope that you, my readers, can feel that.
- I'm not the only one suffering from an online addiction. I actually think there are a few people out there, who are even worse than me :-) That is really good to know!
- Comparing yourself to other bloggers is bad, but do use them as an inspiration. This one is really difficult, and I have to admit that I did compare myself on the first day, when I listened to all these amazing people speaking about how they earned their living through their blogs which by the way had between 100.000 and 1 million visitors every month... Luckily I soon realized that we are all different, that the important thing is to be true to yourself and your blog, to do what YOU like best and HOW you like it best. Uniqueness is the key word. Big or small.
- I have learned a few practical things as well about blogging, but I'm not going to share them here :-) You will see them put into practice.
If you were at The Hive (or if you would just like to share your general opinion about blogging), I would love to hear, what YOU think. What did you learn at The Hive? (Or simply from blogging?).