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I got this title from one of the headline creation sites on my “How to Generate Blog Post Titles and Ideas” post. On August 23, 2018, it will be our five year wedding anniversary here in the Tyler household. While I don’t have the wisdom regarding the marriage of a couple married decades, I think I have a little bit of information to share on the common themes in marriage and in blogging as my husband and I reach this “first” marriage milestone.
I didn’t get married till I was 28. I think this made me a little more mature than some about commitment. I made a promise to be with him for the rest of my life. I take my vows seriously, and so does he.
So how does this relate to blogging? When I purchased my hosting I made a commitment that I was going to create and write for my website pretty much every day. I may not always post every day, but I have made the commitment to work on my business in some way daily, for the foreseeable future.
When my husband and I started dating, nevermind married, we made the promise to be loyal to each other. We met online but before things like Tinder got popular, so it wasn’t quite the dating free for all “younger” (I’m not that old!) people have now.
When you start a website you shouldn’t give up on it and try something totally different until you’ve really mastered your craft. Don’t get shiny object syndrome and go running after the next big thing. Focus on what you have a little more before you jump ship.
Sometimes my husband and I disagree and we have to reach a compromise where neither of us totally gets exactly what we want. But we both get something out of it.
I guess the best way I can see this in blogging is compromising on some of the tools you can afford in the beginning. Like, instead of Convert kit, you might go with the free version of MailerLite. It might be nice to have enough money to purchase every premium tool, but you might have made a compromise with your husband not to spend a ton of money each month, ha.
I think my husband and I are going to be working on communication until we die. We are getting so much better though! We actually had to sit in with my therapist a couple times to get some tips and work on it (hey, nobody is perfect.) It really helped.
When blogging, you need to communicate with your audience so you know what they want. You might think you know but the best way to find out is to just ask. It might seem obvious but occasionally send out surveys and have a call to action on every post.
Honesty has been something that my Mom really drilled home from a very young age. I hate lying, and liars. My husband is also pretty frank, so we don’t really lie around here.
Don’t lie to your audience. They’ll know.
We planned our wedding pretty thoroughly until we just decided to elope in the park. (I even had bought a wedding dress and didn’t even wear it!)
There is so much planning you need to do with a blog. You should have an editorial calendar that you are using to help you with this. Here are some of my favorites:
Michael’s Recollections Planner
You should celebrate milestones in marriage. A five year anniversary is important. You can look back and see how much each of you have grown as people and as a couple. I can say we have been through a lot in the past five years. I’m really glad I had my husband by my side through it all.
In blogging, you should also celebrate milestones. You can look at how many page views you’ve gotten and how that allowed you to apply for things like Mediavine or when you reach 10k followers on Instagram. Make a post about it and share with your audience.
In Sickness and in Health
Although I have had some chronic illness for almost a decade now, it progressed quite a bit in the past five years, unfortunately. It was hard on my marriage when I couldn’t work a normal job anymore. It hurt and there were tears, but being my caregiver isn’t exactly what my husband signed up for. When we met I wasn’t even 30. He loves me, and he stuck by my side regardless. I feel fortunate because not everyone would do that.
Sometimes in blogging things don’t go as planned. You might create a course and not get any buyers. You might have a hard time getting pageviews. Sometimes things go wrong in blogging, but you should stick with it anyway. Keep researching and find an alternative way to meet your blogging goals, even if you have to approach it completely differently because things aren’t working.
In conclusion, marriage and blogging have a lot more in common than you think. Marriage is hard work and takes a lot of energy, and so does create a lifestyle brand through blogging. You have to constantly work at it and be open to trying new strategies...you can’t let things get stagnant. Do you see a similarity between marriage and blogging or something else in your life? Let me know in the comments below.
Big shout out to my husband, George. Happy Birthday! (today) and happy early anniversary! Below is our first picture together in 2012, we had just started dating.
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