5 Life Lessons I Learned in My First Year of Blogging

As I celebrate my first blogiversary, I can't help but notice how much I've learned this past year. Here are 5 life lessons I've learned from blogging.

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Momma Wants Java has officially reached her first blogiversary. Time flies so fast when you’re having fun! It’s been a whole year of early mornings, finding balance between motherhood and blogging, and writing posts. I feel like I’m a much happier person than I was a year ago, and I also feel a little wiser. I’ve learned a lot about blogging this past year, but blogging has also taught me a few life lessons that I might have missed otherwise (or it would have taken me a lot longer to figure them out!). So here they are for you: 5 life lessons I’ve learned from blogging.

1.  Goals are essential for everyone!

I had no idea I would be such a huge fan of goals, but here I am practically shouting from the rooftops about them. Goals give you something to work towards, add a little focus in your life, and give you a great sense of accomplishment. No matter how big or small they are, set some! I’ve got some ideas here in this post if you need a little inspiration. Learn something new, get fit, declutter, keep up with housework, finish a project, anything! Just start setting some goals and then crush them!


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2.  Every momma needs a tribe.

Whether it’s for blogging or commiserating, you need someone who knows what it’s like to be in your shoes. You need someone to go to with your triumphs, your miseries, and your rants. Every momma needs someone to bounce around ideas with, offer a little advice from time to time, lift her up when she needs a little help, and celebrate her victories.

The great part about this is that it doesn’t have to be people within a 10-mile radius of you. Thanks to social media it’s easier than ever to meet people from all around the world (as long as you’re careful). There are a million Facebook groups to join, and I even met one of my blogging BFFs on Twitter.

The world is your oyster, so go forth and find some other momma pearls!

3.  Moms should never feel guilty for me-time.

This one took me a long time to figure out. As a stay-at-home-mom I thought it had to be all babies all the time. I didn’t really let myself take a break, and let me tell you, nothing good happens when you’re exhausted and burned out. A little time to ourselves is essential for not only our sanity, but our family’s happiness. I even wrote a whole post about it, so go check it out here.  


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4.  Every parent should have a side project.

This ties in with number three. Again, it doesn’t have to be all babies all the time. You need something to occupy your mind besides what you’re feeding the kids for lunch or how much laundry you need to do. It doesn’t have to be a side hustle bringing in income, but it needs to be something that brings you joy. Start a blog, get crafty and do some DIYs, or maybe take up photography.

And this is not just for mommas. Spouses need a side project, too. Just make sure to communicate so that both of you get plenty of time to dive into your projects.

5.  Organization is key to staying on top of everything.

One day on a whim I bought a planner because it was pretty. I had seen a similar one mentioned in someone’s blog, and I had fallen in love. I had no idea what a game-changer it would be.

I used to schedule appointments in my phone, and I had scattered to-do lists all over the house. Once I started using my planner, I had everything in one place. I started planning out my days according to what I needed to get done, and all of a sudden I was on top of everything. See? Total game changer. You can check out my planner here. It’s amazing!

When I launched my blog a year ago I had no idea I’d be learning so much about myself. I thought I’d just write some posts and get out some of that stored up creativity. It’s been an amazing year of growth, both for me and the blog, and I can’t wait to see where we go next.

What life lessons have you learned from blogging? Have you celebrated a blogiversary yet? Tell me below in the comments!

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  1. These are all great tips..I wrote a similar post for my first year…Now I just finished my 2nd and still soo much to learn!

    Best to you!

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  2. Great post! I’m halfway through my first year of blogging and I agree about the planner! Actually I agree with all your points!

  3. Happy first birthday MWJ!! YaY! Definitely great lessons to learn and I’m so happy to be part of a tribe with you:)
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  4. These are awesome tips! Me time is so important and so is being organized!
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    • Thanks, Lauren! Some of these lessons I learned the hard way, so I thought I’d share them now and hopefully save someone else the hassle.

  5. i love this! What great lessons! I totally agree that everyone needs their tribe! It’s so so important!

  6. Such great tips! I love being able to have a creative outlet and blogging is so enjoyable!

  7. Great list! I have learned so much from blogging. I am almost at my second year mark. One of the things I wish I would have done before I started is research more, but like many bloggers I learned along the way. I can’t imagine my life without blogging!
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    • I did the same thing, Willow! I just kinda started on a whim, and had no clue what I was doing. I would totally re-do my launch if I had a do-over, but that’s all hindsight. At least blogging is one of those things you can learn along the way. 🙂

  8. I am at 4 months in, and I am just as overwhelmed as I was on day one!

  9. These are great tips!
    I’ll be reaching my first year of blogging in February – we’ll see how much I’ve learned by then, haha!

  10. Yes love this! Cheers to one year 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

  11. Great lessons and great tips. In fact I agree with every one of those. My me time has made me such a better mom and the fact that I have my own gig going that has minimal impact on my family has changed our family dynamic for the better. Love blogging
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    • Thank you! I love how you said that it has changed your family dynamic. I agree completely. Things are much better since momma has something to do besides babies. 🙂

  12. Great tips Samantha! You are not lying when you say organization and goals are key. When I first started blogging, I was not organized at all, and trust me, it was holy mess lol! Thankfully, I eventually learned although I still have my bad weeks. Congratulations on your Blogiversary and wishing you many more ♥

  13. Setting goals and organising is very crucial. I loved that quote, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Happy one year of blogging! 🙂

  14. Not only ever parent, but every person should have a side hobby. I have my garden, home diys, and the blog. 🙂 No kiddos yet here.
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    • That’s a good point, Kari! Regardless of where you are in life, you need some side hobbies to remind you who you are. 🙂

  15. My blog will be 1 in just a few weeks! It’s definitely been an eye opening year. I love your lessons and have to say that I agree with all of them.

  16. These are such great lessons!! I’ve learned a lot of the same from blogging. I think I’d add “words are powerful. even YOURS.” to my own list!
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  17. YES! I love love love organizational tools like a planner and they do SO MUCH to help with blogging life AND normal life. I can’t be without mine, now!

  18. I love all of these, but especially #3 and #4. Having my own time and projects makes me a much happier, and therefore better, mom.
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  19. I’m not a mom but I am a fellow blogger and know these statements to be true for us all. You have to have direction, you have to have goals and you have to have a game plan. I hope year 2 is awesome for you 🙂
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  20. Happy blogiversary! Side projects and organization are musts!
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  21. I love your post. Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring. I love that you say every parent should have a project and that we shouldn’t feel guilt of me-time! You are a rock star. I shared and am now following. Thank you.

  22. I agree that organization is so important! Love that planner! It looks gorgeous!

  23. Congrats on your blogiversary! I’ll be celebrating mine in October and can’t believe all the things I’ve learned about blogging and myself during that time.

  24. Thanks for sharing! It’s so helpful as a new blogger to always learn new tips and tricks to help improve my blog! 🙂

  25. Yes for all of these, especially #4! Doing something fulfilling is clutch for keeping Mama sane.

    Also, I hear you on the organization. I recently started doing a Bullet Journal to keep track of my blog posts, and it has been a GIGANTIC help with productivity. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://tenthousandhourmama.com/2016/08/31/organize-blog-bullet-journal/

    • That’s fantastic, Catherine! I will totally check out your post. I keep seeing people say they use a bullet journal, but I haven’t seen too much info on it yet. Thanks for sharing that!

  26. Happy blogiversary!!! 🙂 I love this and agree on all points! Except for the organization because you are way more organized than me, so maybe I still have that lesson to learn (and maybe I need a pretty planner)!
    Thank you for being part of my tribe! 🙂 <3 I can't wait to see what you accomplish in year 2! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Erin! You’re amazing and I couldn’t have done this without you and our tribe. 🙂 And yes, you totally need a pretty planner!

  27. These are great points and completely accurate, Samantha! Blogging definitely is a fantastic creative outlet that is much needed as a parent of small children. And if you can help other moms in the process, even better!

  28. Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary!!! How exciting!!! I’ve learned that blogging takes a lot of work. I never knew how much work it took until I started blogging. Also having a tribe is a great thing to have! Good luck on your next year of blogging. 🙂

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