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It’s my blogaversary! A lot can happen in a year, which is why I’m reflecting on it. Last July, most of us were stuck home and quarantining from the Coronavirus pandemic. I was in the middle of completing my online Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing and Analytics and had recently moved back to the big apple, New York City, with my long-term boyfriend. At this time, I struggled with managing my anxiety and depression because my life had turned entirely upside for the worse.
One day, I was randomly scrolling through Instagram when I came across a post which said If you see this, then this is your sign to start a blog.” So, out of curiosity, I decided to read the post, and as I continued to do so, I had this fantastic idea. What if I could start a blog to share my heart with people on the internet, inspire them, and meet new people. I asked myself, “wouldn’t that be amazing?” That’s when riyahspeaks.com was created. A year later, it was my blogaversary, and I decided to answer the most frequently asked questions.
Thank You To The Riyah Speaks Community
Before answering a few blogaversary questions, I want to take this opportunity to thank my email subscribers, social media followers, friends, family, writing community, and blogging community members for continuously supporting me on my blogging journey. Without you, I would not have made it this far. I’m genuinely grateful to have each of you in my blogging life, and thank you so much for being a part of it.
My blog wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for my loyal readers who share, comment, and encourage me on every single post. Your sweet, encouraging, and inspiring words make this all worth it. I’ve inspired, connected, was inspired by people within and outside the writing and blogging communities. That is what makes this one-year blogaversary more special.
I wasn’t sure how to commemorate my one-year blogaversary. I thought about doing a massive photoshoot, buying a cake, throwing a live party, and more. But, I decided to be simple and leave it as a cake and this blog post. So, without further ado, here are some frequently asked questions that I’m answering in honor of my blogaversary.
What Have You Learnt From Your First Year Of Blogging That You’d Wish Known When You First Started Blogging?
This question is a tough one to answer because there are so many things I wish I knew. For example, I wish I’d taken more time to learn about SEO and blog niching before starting the blog because it would have helped me discover my passions sooner. Also, I wish I’d known about all of these social media rules and things to do as a content creator before I jumped into it.
Where Do You See The Blog In 2 Years?
In 2 years, I see the blog gaining a lot of traction from Twitter and Pinterest marketing. I also see myself inspiring and motivating people through my work, resulting in consistent Etsy and shop sales. Finally, I see myself blogging full-time in the next two years.
Do You love Blogging So Far?
Yes! I love blogging. Writing comes naturally to me because I’ve always been a writer for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I loved writing songs, stories, and things to share with my parents and younger siblings. Now, that art has turned into my passion for blogging. I’ll admit that social media creating is a bit stressful but still fun.
Do You Like Social Media Scheduling?
Social media creating and scheduling is never simple, especially with constant algorithm changes (cough, cough INSTAGRAM). I like and dislike having to schedule social media because it can be highly time-consuming and mentally draining. At the same time, it helps to get things done ahead of time and be productive if you get busy.
What Is Your Favorite Blog Post?
My favorite blog post that I’ve written is my Open Letter To Depression. Writing that letter was genuinely cathartic and helped release pent-up emotions I didn’t even know I had. Also, the amount of support I received from that letter was heartwarming and made me feel good.
Read My Open Letter To Depression Here
What’s Your Favorite and Least Favorite Thing About Blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is connecting and meeting new people from all over the world. However, my most minor favorite thing about blogging is the social media content creating and scheduling it.
Would You Consider Expanding To Other Platforms, Like Youtube?
I am considering trying new platforms and expanding the blog, but a magician never reveals their secrets 😉
What’s Something You Would Have Done Differently?
Now that I can think about it, I wish I would have thought more about the niche not to waste time writing about subjects I was not deeply interested in.
Share A Moment Where You Created a Positive Impact In Someone’s Life Through Your Blog
After writing my open letter to depression and sharing it on my social media platforms, a few young women between 15 and 18 reached out to me because they felt better about themselves after reading my story. As someone who was once a teen, I know how hard it is to feel confident in yourself when struggling with mental health illnesses.
Some of the girls even mentioned that I am the reasons they’re alive right now. I couldn’t believe it. Of course, I still check in with some teen girls to make sure they’re alright, but it makes me happy knowing that other young girls can see themselves through me and find the strength to love themselves and recover.
What Motivated You To Start The Blog?
I started the blog because I wanted to use my social media and writing talents to share my story and spread a positive message on the internet. Unfortunately, when riyahspeaks.com first started, we were in the center of the pandemic. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I know how the feeling of hopelessness and sadness can affect your worldly and inner viewpoints.
This led me to share tips, inspirations, and advice on the self-care blog, riyahspeaks.com, where any young person can find the self-care and self-love resources they need to recover and find themselves.
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What Has Been The Biggest Blogging Challenge So Far That You Didn’t Expect To Run Into?
Social media creation! As a Millennial/Gen Z person, I spend quite a bit of time on social media, so one would think I could use the platform naturally. I also work at a marketing agency and constantly work with social media. However, I never thought that creating content and getting exposure would be this difficult.
What Is Your Favorite Hobby?
Bing watching SVU, Rupaul’s Drag Race, or the Bachelor Nation Franchise, and Journaling
What Are Your Upcoming Plans In Life That You’re Excited About In The Next Few Years?
I am excited for several life milestones, such as getting my license, an apartment, and managing to keep my official adult paying job.
What’s One Food/Drink You Cannot Live Without?
This is going to hurt some people’s feelings. But, I cannot live without eating meat throughout the day, or I feel like I’ve starved myself.
Are You a Precastinator or Procrastinator?
I’m a procrastinator. I am always struggling with time management because I do things at the last second. So I’m working on changing this bad habit.
How Has Blogging Helped You Grow As A Person?
Inside: On the inside, blogging has helped me learn more about who I want to be and build habits for dealing with and managing life circumstances.
Outside: People have mentioned how I am glowing with happiness, and I have the blog to thank for that.
What Is One Thing You Are Most Proud Of From Your Blogging Journey?
I’m proud of how far the blog has come on this journey. I started this blog from scratch with 0 help and no supporters besides my parents and boyfriend. Now, I have a community of people who constantly visit the blog to see new content and use it to better their lives.
What Do You Love About Your Blog?
The authenticity, the message, and the purpose of my blog.
What Were Your Intentions Of Starting The Blog & Do You Think You Still Live Up To Those Reasons?
When I first started the blog, I was looking for ways to inspire people in general. Now, I’ve niched down and focused on a singular purpose: to help young people live happy and healthier lives. So, although the content of the blog has changed, the intentions behind it have not.
How Do You Set Blogging Goals and Keep Up With Them?
I have a bullet journal and a digital planner I use for setting weekly and monthly goals. At the end of each week and month, I check off things I have accomplished and write down things I need to work on for achieving future and repeated goals.
How Experimental Has Your Blogging Journey Been?
I feel like the first 1-6 months were experiential, and the rest was trial and error.
What Was The Best Moment Of Your Blogging Journey Until Today?
The best moment of my blogging journey was finding out that those teenage girls were inspired to keep living after reading my open letter to depression. These words keep me motivated to keep blogging and inspiring.
Advice On Overthinking/Not Trusting Your Intuition When Starting Something New
It’s okay to be afraid of trying something new. However, if you’re ever in a situation where you don’t know if you can trust your intuition or gut feelings, take baby steps and answer these questions.
- Has your intuition and gut ever lied before?
- Do I want to do this?
- What am I afraid of?
After answering these questions, you may feel more at ease to try something unconventional and new. But don’t force yourself to do anything that may make you sick, harm you, triggers you, or makes you uncomfortable.
The Future of Riyah Speaks
Now that I’ve made it to my one-year blogaversary, it’s time for me to try something new. I have lots of fun things planned for the blog’s future, such as a Youtube Channel. FB group, coaching lessons, and more. I’m so excited to see where this next year will take me as I embark on another one-year journey into the writing and blogging world.
As always, thank you to everyone who supports me and hates me. You guys drive me to perform and do my best on every post that’s published.
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