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  1. beth says

    nice to hear your voice of experience, one can learn so much in a year of doing something. I think you’ll be as successful in this endeavor as you choose to be, you know I’m a fan –

  2. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    Great post and congratulations on one year! I suppose when I stop and think about it, all bloggers are influencers, even if we don’t consider ourselves to be.

    When I started my blog, I wanted to share what I had learned about eco-friendly living. One of the biggest compliments I get is when someone says “I learned so much from this post” or “I changed this because of something I read on your blog”.

    It really hit home to me when a co-worker and I were planning a team lunch and she said “Instead of ordering bottled water, why don’t we ask people to bring their own water bottles”. It made me realize that I was having an influence on people. It felt really good.

  3. petespringerauthor says

    I think the main lesson for me is we all have to find what works for us. Being an influencer is not important to me. I simply enjoy engaging with people around the world. I see blogging as a microcosm as to how respectful interaction should take place. In a world that has become so much of an us vs. them mentality, I see blogging as a way of breaking down some of those barriers between people.

    • Shelly DS says

      That’s amazing! Your perspective is absolutely golden, and definitely something I take pride in. Being part of such a community is beautiful.. and knowing someone like you who really goes the extra mile to just be there … it’s amazing! You’re amazing!

  4. vaniheart says

    I am so inspired by reading your blog growth story.. as a creator we all look forward to growth in all terms be it followers, engagement, and appreciation…
    And I love your point about “Money” like everyone who works hard need to get paid.. so there is no shame….
    Ps- you are an influencer now 😃😃😃 and people with insane amount of followers, are “influencaaaaaaa” with an accent,,, basic difference😉😉

  5. bosssybabe says

    Congrats on one year Shelly! You’ve managed to capture a large, engaging audience doing what you love, that’s very admirable and something I strive for too! Thanks for the inspo! 🙂

  6. Shandean | The Caffeinated Powerhouse says

    Happy bloggerversary, Shelly! I’ve long avoided the term micro/nano influencer, but now I realize it’s inescapable, so I’m embracing it. The truth is that I do share experiences, thoughts and advice on my blog. I’ve also recently learned that a single post suggesting causes dozens of my reader (and IG followers) to go out and buy/try the things I suggest. In fact, I met someone yesterday who like my blog enough to critique it for a school assignment. I’ve also been able use it as reference for an opportunity a few weeks ago.
    By this measure, I’ve found myself saying no to a good many collaborations, because they’re simple not what I want to share, so I understand completely. Nurture the trust your audience puts in you. Remember, the race is not for the swift…

  7. samsahana says

    You are an influencer indeed. As a newbie blogger, you’ve inspired me with this blog. It literally tells my story! I Always love listening to people’s blogging journey from when they were newbies. It teaches me things that would otherwise come only with experience and long long tiMe. So, thanks much for sharing this! 😊🥰

  8. Ryan P. Desmond says

    Definitely! I used to chase the likes and quick results too, but I found that my career as a blogger was not fruitful. After all of these years, I’m not where I want to be. However, I decided to establish my brand this year. It takes time to grow. And I am enjoying the process.

  9. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji says

    You are such a realist sis💕💕
    My goal is more like yours. Im more comfortable in an engaging targeted audience than a crazy high ranking of stats yet less connections. Your blog has been that place where I run to whenever I feel down or I want tips for blogging. Keep the good work up👏👏👏

  10. Pooja G says

    Great post! You definitely don’t need to have a huge following to make money off your blog or social pages. Also you’re right- there’s no shame in wanting to make some money. Lots of people do things they hate to make money so why not do something you love and make an income from it.

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