10 things I learned in 10 years of blogging

Andi Fisher_10 Year Blogiversary of Misadventures with Andi (Photo credit_Sam J Bien Photography)
Photo credit: Sam J Bien Photography

I’ve been thinking about this post for several months, but honestly only started writing it a few days ago. It’s just that I can hardly believe that Misadventures with Andi is 10 years old. Today. It’s a milestone. One whose passing should be marked, it just seems harder for me to realize I’ve been doing this a decade!

Strange, it doesn’t seem to bother me that 50 is creeping out there, but the blog turning 10? Whoa! In many ways, I feel like I just started blogging and I think that is a good thing. In other ways, I feel like I am nowhere near where I thought I would be. All this got me thinking. A lot. And I’ve come up with 10 lessons or things I’ve learned in 10 years of blogging.

1. Blogging is work but if it isn’t fun you’re not doing it right.

Misadventures with Andi is my creative outlet. It started as a result of a writing class I took where we explored different mediums, blogging being one. It opened up a whole new world for me! Because I’m an introvert I’ve always preferred communicating with the written word. When I moved to Europe I used to write missives or newsletters back home to my family and friends in an email detailing all my faux pas while living in France and working in Switzerland. I labeled them Misadventures with Andi.

Learning what a blog was and how much fun it could be was thrilling and 10 years later I still feel the same! That’s not to say it’s been all fun and games but I have relished having my own little corner of the interwebs to shape and grow.

While I know for many people, blogging is their full-time job, but I still say if you can’t have fun doing it, what’s the point? One of the reasons I walked away from being a Director at a brand and took a sabbatical was because I wasn’t having fun anymore. So trust me, I practice what I preach. After an almost 2-year break, I’m back at a new job working hard, and having a good time. My blog “completes me” and I think that’s the way it should be!

Andi Fisher of Misadventures with Andi Having Fun (Photo credit_Christina Johnson with Christina J Photo)
Photo credit: Christina Johnson with Christina J Photo

2. Online relationships can be very rewarding.

I have a wonderful group of online friends. Friendships that have lasted for years. And truth be told, I’ve eventually met a lot of them IRL, but that hasn’t always been the case. (Although I’ve got life goals to meet Kristin Luna and Jen!) Not meeting in person doesn’t matter. Once you find your tribe you can turn to them for all kinds of support.

3. Have a good support team.

And speaking of support, find good people you can count on, treat them fairly and don’t let them go! Let’s face it, we can’t all excel at everything and sometimes you have to lean on others. For the last 5 years, I’ve had an amazing VA who has helped me keep my head above water. Tami is always there when I need it and I trust her implicitly. When it comes to tech issues, I don’t have the patience, so I turn to Josh and not only is he my geek hero, but he also is extremely patient and gets me. He understands what my vision is and helps me get it over the finish line.

Andi Fisher of Misadventures with Andi (Photo credit_Maria Swartz with Theo and Belle Photography)
Photo credit: Maria Swartz with Theo and Belle Photography

4. Be you.

Comparing yourself to others will be the death of you. Be the best version you can of you and your blog. There are millions of blogs out there, people are looking for distinct voices and personalities, so do you, be you and don’t worry about those who don’t stick around. That’s not to say that you can’t borrow things you really like from others, but do your own version of it.

5. Know your brand.

This is probably easier after a few years rather than when you are first starting out. In 10 years time, my core brand has stayed true. I developed my tagline my 2nd year of blogging: Merry musings of a feisty foodie, slash lit-chickie slash globe-trotting wannabe Frenchie. Over the years I dropped the slashes, those were just annoying, I removed lit-chickie because at a certain point I was no longer interested in book reviews. But the rest has stuck. My core pillars Travel-Food-France have stuck (except when we spent 18 months on the road in the RV, France was downgraded for RVing, but after the trip, France is back!). So when someone wants me to blog about something that isn’t me, I say no. With no regrets.

Andi Fisher of Misadventures with Andi Be Professional (Photo credit_Elizabeth Jorgensen with Cactus Fox Photography)
Photo credit: Elizabeth Jorgensen with Cactus Fox Photography

6. Know your worth.

On that whole saying no part. Just because someone is willing to pay you something doesn’t mean you should do it! Nothing is worth sacrificing your dignity! If someone is interested in paying you for your talent and experience, then know what your worth is. Do not accept really crappy rates because there will be a long-term relationship. I have never once seen that happen! Calculate what your time is worth, don’t underestimate the value of the community you’ve built, don’t lose sight of the fact that what you do represents a skillset or access that a brand wants. Opportunities come and go, but you’ve only got one brand and one community, don’t neglect yourself or their value.

7. Be kind.

Being mean is easy. Being kind takes much more personal strength. Strive to be a better person, your efforts will make the world just a tiny bit better. Be grateful. Once again, people make a choice to visit your brand, don’t take it for granted. Don’t disparage other people and other brands. There is an aboveboard way to complain about a brand on social media, make sure you are doing it right. Never attack a person. There are all kinds of people in the world, room for lots of opinions, listen with respect, share with respect and the world will be a better place.

8. Be professional.

God help me, I’ve worked with so many unprofessional bloggers and brand people. In fact, I’ve got a post in the works on this. Be a grown-up, be polite, do what you are going to say, and then do more. Bloggers, you represent all bloggers when you do bad work or act poorly. One bad experience with a blogger can turn a brand away from investing in bloggers in the future. Brands, we are not friends. We are involved in a business traction and while we may be friendly, you need to remember you are representing a brand, and by the way, so am I.

Andi Fisher of Misadventures with Andi (Photo credit_Crystal Hollman with Crystal Clear Photography)
Photo credit: Crystal Hollman with Crystal Clear Photography

9. Social Media is important but not as important as your blog.

Maybe it’s because I have a background in web marketing and spent a lot of my early career working on websites, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to make your blog the hub of all your content. Social media platforms change. Algorithms change. You are only renting the track that your little train wheels are speeding along on. Facebook or Instagram or whoever can come along and change the route from Paris to Peoria (sorry if you are from Peoria) or remove the rails altogether, then where would you be? Don’t put all your eggs in any social media basket. Direct all activities to your content, on your blog.

10. SEO

Okay, 10 years in I should have at least one regret, right? Oh, SEO…how I wished I had appreciated you in 2008, 2009, 2010, well you get the point. I vaguely paid attention, dabbled here and there, but didn’t completely appreciate you until I was nearly 3,000 posts into my journey. Oh, how I wished I had mastered SEO when I was starting out. Oh, how I am paying the price now. If you are reading this and you are new to blogging, master SEO, or make best friends with someone who does.

Now that is not to say that I would change my writing style. I am always going to be a storyteller, a conversationalist who isn’t likely to keyword stuff or write every blog post with SEO in mind, but I honestly believe there is a way to do both.

10 Year Blogiversary of Misadventures with Andi (Photo credit_Maria Swartz with Theo and Belle Photography)
Photo credit: Maria Swartz with Theo and Belle Photography

For all my readers, family and friends, thanks for being part of the Misadventures with Andi community the last 10 years, I certainly hope you stick around for the next 10!

One little shout out on this day, you may have noticed that I have an updated header which gets me a little closer to the one I had for 7+ years while living in San Francisco. It isn’t 100% there yet, but I like it! In celebration of the blog birthday, the lovely Christie of Sweet Frost Bakery out of Mesa, Arizona, created these adorable cookies. I wish I could send a dozen to each and every one of you!

Misadventures with Andi_Sweet Frost Bakery Cookies2

Now you! To celebrate my blogiversary, tell me a favorite post, or trip or story you read about over the last 10 years. Or something you love, like or hate about Misadventures with Andi. Or something you’d like to see? And you can ask me anything!

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39 Comments

  1. Jody Halsted
    July 16, 2018

    Such fun photos!
    I remember meeting you when you were just starting out. 😉 Such fun to follow your adventures!

    Reply
    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      @Jody, I had such a great time with you and Paula – lots of find memories and meals!

      Reply
  2. Diane
    July 16, 2018

    Congrats on 10 years, Andi!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      Merci Diane!

      Reply
  3. Catherine Sargent
    July 16, 2018

    Congratulations on 10 years!! I try to have as much fun as I can, that way it doesn’t really seem like work.

    Reply
    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      Thanks Catherina, that’s the best way to get through life!

      Reply
  4. maria long
    July 16, 2018

    I hear you sister. I have been blogging almost as long and realize how much I have on my blog that is worthless in so many ways. There have been so many changes it is also hard to keep up.

    Reply
  5. Alyson Long
    July 16, 2018

    Over 6 years for me.
    I enjoyed reading this and fully agree with every point.
    But I’m not a storyteller, usually, sometimes I am. My site relies on facts and information and reveals my routes as a scientist and geek.
    Guess I’m a travel geek.
    That’s cool.
    Anyway, congrats!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      @Alyson, being a travel geek is absolutely too cool for school!

      Reply
  6. Laura
    July 16, 2018

    Love the photos! Love the new header! And LOVE LOVE LOVE those cookies! Congrats, Andi. 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      Thanks Laura!

      Reply
  7. Neely Moldovan
    July 16, 2018

    I always tell people never to focus on Social Media MORE than their blog! I love all of these!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      Thanks @Neely and thanks for all the comments throughout the years!

      Reply
  8. Marissa Kobylenski
    July 16, 2018

    Andi – you are always an inspiration. I enjoy keeping up with your adventures. I particularly liked the RV adventures because I would never attempt it.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      Thanks Marissa, my old Logi friend!

      Reply
  9. Beverley Golden
    July 16, 2018

    Congratulations on your 10-year blog anniversary, Andi! As a fellow writer, I very much resonate with everything you shared. I only write about topics that move me and topics I want to share with others. I also see that engaging and having conversations with people is key! Although I’ve always written, I started my blog after I wrote my book and have been fortunate to post my musings on other online sites, along with my own blog. All the best and wishing you many more fun years of sharing your voice with the world!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 16, 2018

      @Beverly, thank you so much, I’m glad my experiences resonate with yours!

      Reply
  10. Joline
    July 16, 2018

    WOW. Congrats! What a milestone. I’ve only been blogging for a few years and I’m exhausted. I guess I’m not doing something right?! I hope to be as enthusiastic and vibrant as you 10 years in!

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  11. Annemarie LeBlanc
    July 16, 2018

    First, I would like to congratulate you on your 10th year anniversary. Awesome feat! Thanks for sharing the things you learned all these years. I have been blogging for a while too, and SEO still seems to be an alien language for me. Haha.

    Reply
  12. valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    July 16, 2018

    You have some great photos there, love the one of you and the 8tracks. Congrats on reaching 10 years. I’ve been at this for 13 or so now myself and the lessons you shared are some really important ones.

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  13. Melanie Payne
    July 16, 2018

    Great pictures! You look very happy and beautiful! Ten years wow, I was just being amazed that I Was blogging for about 8 ! lol It’s been an adventure, wonderful list of things you learned !

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  14. Juliann
    July 16, 2018

    Ten years is quite an achievement. Even better— the fact that you still love doing it. It shows in your writing. 😀

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  15. Brandy
    July 16, 2018

    It was fun to learn what you’ve learned in 10 years of blogging. I also have been a blogger for 10 years, but my current blogs are new. I sold my original one that was built in 2008 off in 2016 to walk away from that brand and build new ones. It’s a fun community but so much to learn and take in, especially with the changes over the years!

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  16. That’s a long time blogging, Andi! I LOVE your tips and wish every blogger would take notice of these things; they’re so important to all of us to be honest and true to ourselves! I have to say, it was really nice when you featured me on Friday Foodie many years ago, and it was fantastic meeting you in person at WITS! Congrats on the milestone!

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  17. Lynn B
    July 16, 2018

    I am just a reader. I truly enjoy you. I loved reading about the renovation of the RV. We learned how to navigate the hot air balloon festival in New Mexico. Paris is always a favorite with me. Mr. Misadventures photos are really great. Cheers to 10 years and on the the next 10!!

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  18. Katie
    July 16, 2018

    Happy blogiversary, Andi! I love all of your food/restaurant highlighting posts, and of course j’adore is part of what initially drew me in — it supported my dream of one day experiencing living in Europe. I’m loving the portraits in this post. You are gorgeous!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 19, 2018

      @Katie, grazie bella! I’m so glad to call you friend!

      Reply
  19. Peter
    July 17, 2018

    Congratulations! Ten years is quite a milestone. Your writing is amazing and extremely easy to read. It is all about the story that brings everything together now isn’t it? To ten more!

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  20. Tami
    July 17, 2018

    Thanks for the mention, Andi! You’ve been awesome to work with.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 19, 2018

      @Tami, thank you, love having you on the team!

      Reply
  21. Jenna
    July 17, 2018

    Yes to all these tips! Congrats on 10 years. That’s quite an accomplishment that you’ve kept it going and have grown your blog for a decade! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Andi Fisher
      July 19, 2018

      @Jenna, thanks my friend!

      Reply
  22. Toughcookiemommy
    July 17, 2018

    Blogging is definitely a lot of work. I’ve enjoyed it over the years and have always been surprised at how others don’t realize how much work it entails.

    Reply
  23. Catvills
    July 18, 2018

    Congratulations! 10 years is an admirable feat! Thanks for sharing the lessons you learned. I still have a few more years to go before I achieve the 10 year milestone.

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  24. Jenn and Ed Coleman
    July 18, 2018

    Ten years – congratulations. You’re good folk Andi. You are kind and professional. We consider you in our tribe and we are here to support you in any way we can. We can’t begin to tell you how much we love you as a person and we’re so happy to have met you IRL.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 19, 2018

      @Jenn and Ed, awww, thank you so much for the very kind words, I am glad to have met you several times and that you have even invited me into your home, looking forward to connecting with you in person again soon!

      Reply
  25. Kristin
    July 20, 2018

    These are some of the best photos I’ve seen of you EVER! Love the images, love the sentiment, LOVE YOU.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 20, 2018

      @Kristin, why thank you! Means a lot coming from you!

      Reply
  26. Katie-Beth
    July 24, 2018

    I am LOVING these photos! So so so fun! You mention SEO – do you have any tips on how to master it? I feel like I’m trying and trying with SEO and still don’t have a clue lol

    Reply

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