The First Six Months as a ProBlogger were Hard but Exciting!

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]

I had the pleasure of publishing a guest post over at ProBlogger titled Six Things I Learned in My First Six Months as a ProBlogger this morning that I would love for you to read – it has a lot to do with you, the community, and I’d love for you to jump into the conversation stream over there and let me know your thoughts!

As usual, I’d love to add a few more additional thoughts that were edited out of the original post for you to chew on here:

The First Six Months Were the Hardest

It’s hard to express how difficult the first six months of professional blogging has been. Point #3 about the emotional rollercoaster is where I got stuck for a long time as I tried to explain, succinctly, what it has been like.

It’s had ups and downs and side-to-sides all over the place and yet I tried to take it one day at a time. Where it hurt the most was seeing some of my significant efforts seemingly go unnoticed while some of the more mundane or efforts which I felt were small were actually heralded (to my surprise) more than they deserved.

It’s an interesting world, this problogging-thing, and you never know what to expect when you first dive in headfirst but here we are, still alive and breathing!

The First Six Months Have Been Extremely Exciting

Of course, on the flip-side, even though the first six months have been excruciatingly long, slow, and difficult, it’s also been the most exciting as you may (or may not) imagine.

Some of the most pleasant surprises have been the ones that I was least expecting – things that the community did or praise that I received that was far too kind and undeserving. There have also been some neat ways in which the community has defended me publicly (and privately) which has been super encouraging.

You never know the depth of an online community until your fully invested in them and that’s something I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing and something that I’m not likely to forget. In fact, it inspires me to give back even more!

I’ve enjoyed the first six months of professional blogging and I’m glad that I’m nearly the end of the 2nd six as I clear out my first full year. What a blast – and I owe it all to you guys.

Again, please head over to my guest post at ProBlogger and give it some TentBlogger love!

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]