2 Year Blogiversary

2yrbI can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I created The Butler Journal. It has been an amazing journey so far. I honestly feel like this is just the beginning. I like blogging more now than when I first started. 2 years is a long time. I want to share with you a few things that I’ve learned during this time.

Blogging is not for everyone.

Bloggers come and go. I’ve seen so many people start strong and then stop. It’s not as easy as some people think. There could be several reasons why a person decides to stop. I’ve talked to a couple people who have stopped blogging. They told me the main thing was that they didn’t have the time to do it. Creating a blog that people like takes time. It takes more than some people might think. An hour or 2 each week will not cut it.

Writers Block

There will be days when you don’t feel like writing. If that happens just take some time away from your blog. I usually write on the weekends. If I have writers block I jot down ideas or go outside if possible. Being in a different environment should help get those creative juices going. If going outside isn’t an option try going to a different room in your house or apartment.

Everyone is not going to support you.

Don’t get frustrated if all of your friends or family don’t support you. Sometimes people just don’t understand what you are doing. They might not even believe in you. That’s life. Don’t let that stop you from writing dope shit. Soon they will start paying attention.

Don’t worry about what people may think.

When I first started writing I used to worry if certain people would read if I talked about certain things. After a few months of blogging I didn’t give a damn anymore. Remember, it’s your blog and not anyone else’s. As long as you are happy and people are reading don’t stop! Some people may not think that you are qualified to write about certain things. In my opinion if you’ve been through it (the topic) or are going through it feel free to write about whatever you want to.

Keep writing

Last but not least keep writing. The only way that you will get better as a blogger is to keep writing. I compare some of my older posts to some of my more recent ones and I can see a remarkable difference. If you’re not the best writer keep at it. Practice makes perfect.

Last year I had a giveaway for my first blogiversary. This year I am having another one. Instead of giving away 2 prizes I am giving away 3. The 1st prize is $40 PayPal cash, 2nd prize is a $15 Amazon gift card and 3rd prize is the book “Who moved my cheese?” The contest runs until April 1st. You can sign up below.

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Finally I want to share 10 of some of my most viewed and most commented posts from the last 2 years.

5 Habits That are Keeping You From Success

5 Helpful Sites That Bloggers Should Use

31 Life Tips

Cross Country Trip: A Year Later

January 2015 Debt Update

I’m Tired Of

10 Things Every College Freshman Should Have In Their Dorm Room

My Price is Right Experience

5 Ways to Help Build Credit

5 Things We Should Be Taught in School

Thanks for the support!


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  1. Congrats Jason! Two years is something to be proud of. I think your tip to keep writing is a really great one. Even if your blog is in “maintenance” mode where you are just keeping it going, the value you are creating shouldn’t be understated. Blogs and websites that have a lot of posts and have been around a while will eventually be worth a decent amount of money.
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  2. Jason, happy, happy blogiversary!!!! So glad you are still blogging – it’s great to read about all that you have learned. I hear you about so many bloggers coming and going. It’s a tough business, but well worth sticking with it.
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  3. Congrats on blogging for 2 years! I agree it’s not for everyone and can be rough sometimes but it worth it to stick around and develop as a writer while documenting your journey and experiences.
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  4. Congratulations! Love being a follower….keep up all the good work:)
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  5. Happy anniversary and thanks for the tips.

  6. Regina

    Congratulations!! I have been reading your blog for a few months and hope you’ll have financial and blogging success in the years to come.

  7. Hi Jason

    Congratulations. I want to comend you for 2 years of blogging when most people would have given up blogging.

    I love the points that you shared especially where you talked about people not supporting you. I remembered when I started blogging, people would laugh at me and ask me what I was doing. Even today, most of my friends feel that I am wasting my time but who cares, there is something worth while in blogging.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week.
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  8. Congrats on two years of blogging! You’re doing a wonderful job, and I wish you even greater success this year!
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  9. Natalie

    2 years is an amazing accomplishment! Congrats!

  10. Congratulations Jason! I’ve found all these things to be true as well in my short blogging journey. Keep writing!
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  11. You’re a year ahead of me. I just went past my one-year anniversary. I agree with all of your observations about blogging.
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  12. Congrats on the anniversary. I think a true blogger hits a wall and keeps on going. We will all have weeks where we have no desire to write. Someone like yourself will write anyway. Wishing you many more years of blogging success.
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  13. Jason you have come a long way. I remember when you first started. Congratulations on two years. The points you made why people leave is so true. Yes it is time consuming, but if you want to succeed you have to keep at it. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”
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  14. Thank you for this post. It is looking into a mirror with my blog. Almost everything you had commented one, I have gone through.
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  15. You have it nailed down Jason. Blogging is certainly not for everyone and it does take effort. You are right, two hours a week will not cut it. Congratulations on hitting two years and all the best in your third.
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  16. molli vandehey

    i miss the east coast so much. feels like not much happens herei n the pacific northwest for st pattys, just a lot of drinking!

  17. Happy blogiversary! That’s great that it’s been two years. I love the idea of making a change of scene when ideas don’t come. Going outside is a super idea and I’ll remember that.
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