Blogging Ain’t Easy | Tips for New Bloggers

The first year doing anything new is full of stumbling and frustration. We have learned so much about ourselves, each other, and what it takes to ultimately start a small business. As January is coming to a close, we felt it would be helpful if we shared WHAT WORKED + WHAT DIDN’T in our first months of blogging. In all honesty, we still have a lot of work to do and there will be bumps in the road ahead of us. We’re constantly evolving our vision and our desire for our little space on the web, but we hope this will be encouraging to anyone looking to jump into the blogging world.

 
We will start with the positive!
 
 
Things that worked:
 
A team approach: Working as a team was something that really made this whole thing work. Looking back, both of us agree that starting and maintaining this blog without one another wouldn’t have been possible. We both have strengths and weaknesses that compliment one another. Marrissa is a wonderful editor! Her spelling, grammar and ability to clean up my fast-paced writing always leave me grateful we work together. We both have very busy lives outside of the blog and if one of us is busy or having a crisis, the other picks up the slack. Isn’t this how it should be when you have a partner?! And we kept in mind — we were friends for several years prior to starting the blog. When we didn’t agree, we kept our friendship in mind and that allowed us to compromise and come up with solutions we both could live with. Team work was a big positive for us in 2015!
 

Grace: We had to give ourselves a lot of grace. We didn’t keep up with our content calendar after our initial launch. There would be days where we would be editing + adding finishing touches minutes before our 10am Wednesday morning deadline in the first couple months of the blog being live. Frustration comes out in it’s best forms in these times and we tried really hard to show one another grace in the midst of all the stress. 

 
Keeping it simple: So many people advised we post more than once a week. We are so happy we kept it simple in the first year. We knew our content wouldn’t have been good quality if we would have tried to learn how to run a blog while posting multiple times a week. Prior to getting our hands dirty, we didn’t know how much went into writing each post! It’s truly a job that sometimes can take days just pulling and editing photos + getting content together just for one post. But hey,  #BloggingAintEasy 😉
 Asking Allison Marie to join in as beauty contributor was also a big win for us in 2015! Go check her out, we just love her + everything she contributed to the blog! 
 
We followed our hearts: We wrote content and hosted events that were centered around things that bring us joy…things that we’re passionate about down to our core. We never strayed from the desire to bring women together and to just be an encouragement to women. Sticking to the interests and topics that are authentically us, made even the most frustrating days so rewarding. When we receive an e-mail or message from someone telling us that our post inspired them to do this or that, or when someone tells us that coming to one of our gatherings was much-needed… that makes all of the behind-the-scenes stress worth it. 

Things that didn’t work:
 
Not creating a content calendar: We really got into the groove of creating a content calendar after the first few months of being live. This was so helpful to us, and now we really have it down to a science. We have a blog meeting at least once a week via phone or FaceTime, but we make it a point to meet face-to-face at least once a month to hash out our content calendar. We assign responsibilities and chisel out a plan for the next month or two. Prior to doing this, delegation of responsibilities was a mess. 
 
Not keeping a budget: This was a hobby for us, something that we looked at as fun, creative outlet. This was a very naive thought to have. The gatherings cost a good bit of money to host, and creating blog content and running our blog (hosting, content platform and blogging courses) all cost money. We didn’t do a good job at all of keeping our costs and profits in order. We just wanted it to work and if it didn’t make money or if we didn’t break even, we didn’t care. This is not something anyone can maintain. In 2016, we will be keeping a budget and making finances a priority. Our work has value, and for it to be of the quality we want it to be, this is a must! 
 
Not knowing what must go into being a blogger: We had NO CLUE how much work it took to blog, nor did we know what went into growing a blog. I think I have explained this struggle throughout this post, so I don’t want to bore you with how unaware we were. 😉 If we can give you any advice, it’s to spend a few months taking blogging courses and joining blogger groups prior to going live, not after like we did! Just following blogs and their social media accounts will NOT prepare you for what you’re about to take on. We would have been much better prepared if we would have done this. We were just excited and jumped in with both feet!  But it’s a job and has to be treated as such. We know that now. 
 

Thinking blogging success comes overnight: Slow and steady wins the race. Thinking that you will have thousands of followers and a steady stream of page views out of the gate is a lie you should just never tell yourself. We would have slow months where we would doubt our efforts. We would lose sight of our mission or goals and feel like quitting. Understanding that this is a continual, steady effort will save you a lot of self-doubt. Just keep creating quality content, while being authentically you and others will see your value. Don’t get discouraged when things happen a little slower than you’d like or when you see someone else’s success. The amount of work that goes on behind the perfectly-curated social media squares is unreal! 


That about covers it! Creating The Wild Revival has been such a fun process. We really love engaging with you ladies + sharing our hearts with you. If you have any questions or need advice before you take the leap, please reach out to us. We would love to support you in any way! When women support other women, amazing things can happen. Keep it real and share what you feel called to share. Those feelings have purpose and the world needs to hear what you have to say. 

Restful November | Be Still

 Be Still


Rest can be so foreign to me at times. In a season of keeping up, I always feel like falling down. 
As I’m rushing around, quickly going from one responsibility to the next, I can hear the voice in my head saying, “you need to take some time for yourself!” But I jump up, and try to do it all and be all to anyone who asks. I inevitably end up breaking, snapping at loved ones, giving half of myself to everything; doing nothing well and having a deep desire to abandon everything I said yes to.

I have learned that after a few weeks, I’m left feeling like I’m missing something.  I will once again start filling my life with people + commitments, all leading down the same path, and ending at a dead-end filled with defeat. The first step to change is accepting who you are, right?  Not until I took on this exciting adventure of co-founding The Wild Revival, did I realize my new pattern, inevitably fueled by motherhood, of over-extendingmyself, stopping and then over-extending again.

The thing is, though,partnerships and building something are big, life-giving interests of mine. I’m
not myself when I ignore the desire to be creative and challenged. So right now, I’m in thick of learning about how rest is a key to success, both in my personal and professional life.

This month, Marrissa and I will be sharing why resting is part of the doing, and how
we are learning to weave different forms of rest into our day-to-day lives in little & big ways. Coming off of a whirlwind launch + hosting 3 gatherings in 8 weeks, there was no better time than now for us to focus on this topic. 
You don’t have to do it all, or be all. But… we get it. Our hope is that we are able to encourage you throughout the month in a realistic way, by sharing little tips with you.

Are there things you do because you have to, but you don’t necessarily do them well,
maybe because of the time crunch or the obligation? There are lots of things on our list like that. Things that ultimately leave us asking ourselves,
God, what do you want me to occupy my time with?  I think it’s about less frantic, more rested, less hustling, less worried, more mundane, unplanned…slower. This series is about relearning what rest means to us, not just making adjustments to your busy schedule.
But don’t worry– we’re not going to tell you that you have a take a nap everyday (unless
you want to!), or that you can’t do fun things on a regular basis. But we are going to stress the importance of self-care, rest, and making time to do things you enjoy. We’re going to focus on what rest REALLY means to us, and some things we do (and don’t do) in order to feel revived, refreshed, and whole.

We know grateful November is a real thing and we are ALL about being thankful… but we want to keep it real with you: the holidays are seriously exhausting. So this year, we want November to be a time when we are only saying yes to what matters most, so that we can dive into the Christmas season feeling refreshed and eager. This month will be slow and intentional as we prepare our minds, hearts, and bodies for the upcoming holiday season. We hope you’ll join us!

 

Behind the Scenes | Flower Crown Event Prep

 Our Saturday was filled with the all the things we enjoy most. We started the day off at a local antique shop
where we were on the hunt for cups + plates that would go well with our
whimsy, boho style for the upcoming |Flower Crowns + Food| gathering.  

We loved so many things at the shop, but left with nothing
that morning for this particular event. (I’m sure we’ll be back!) 
Next stop was A.C. Moore to pick up the last of the supplies for our flower crowns.  We found these great letters on sale while shopping!
So excited to dress these up… possibly using this
((tutorial)), but you will have to
stay tuned for the finished product! ; )

Can we take a second to appreciate Marrissa’s OOTD? This kimono received compliments at every stop during our outing. You can never go wrong with Forever 21!

RUGS.FOR.DAYS… What a find at Ollies!
We will be using these rugs at the gathering around our table along
with some neutrals. We had the aisle floor covered in them; it
was so hard to only pick a few! They were such a great purchase for only $8.00
and we will be using them post-event in our office space.

We stopped to grab mexican food for a quick lunch, and then got
back to work: DIYing + working on a mock table setup for the gathering.
Amanda was working on the last step of our table: applying Annie Sloan wax over the chalk paint that we used. 

 

Prepping for this event has been a lot of fun. We still have to purchase our blooms for the flower crowns and buy the food. Other than that, we’re ready to go! 


We can’t wait to see it all come together on Saturday. We’ve dreamed of doing this for such a long time. What we’re looking forward to the most is stepping back and watching you build relationships + enrich your life in the space we have created for youIt’s scary to put yourself out there…trust us, we know from experience. Meeting new people in a new setting or sharing a dream with a world of
strangers– it can be somewhat difficult and uncomfortable; but at the same time, it’s so life-giving when you finally do. We hope the low-key vibe we’re creating makes you feel at ease and ready to have some fun!

 

You were not meant to
walk this path alone and we’re really looking forward to walking alongside with you. We need people in our lives who help us come to love ourselves more. People matter. People doing life with other people matter. 



Please register today and/or message us to arrange a small, private flower crown event. How fun would that be for a bridal shower or baby shower? 


….Hey girl! Did you miss our #BTS on Instagram? Well, head over there to see some more photos from our day.

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