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What 4 Years of Blogging Has Taught Me


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Recently the Hemp Bitch when through a complete revamp. The logo, color scheme, and layout changed to meet the milestones reached in my life. When it was done and ready to be published for the world to see, the Hemp Bitch had left what I lovingly called her "Holistic Yoga Mom" era and fully embraced being a "Hemp Baddie".

4 years is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but throughout the whirlwind of multiple once-in-a-lifetime events, wins, and losses, this blog has remained a cornerstone of my life. In those 4 years, I learned quite a bit about myself, writing, and the freelance life. Here are just a handful of the life lessons I experienced along the way;

You Compete Against Computers

AI content is everywhere. With minimal effort, dozens of articles can be published by AI compared to your one article. At face value, it can be enough to make anyone want to throw in the towel.

But with niches like cannabis and hemp, AI may not always be the best avenue. For one, regulations change rapidly and vary from state to state. AI can't account for this, and individuals relying on AI to produce their written content run against the risk of publishing something that could lead to trouble.

With this lesson, I've learned that not every Goliath is invincible. Sure, AI can churn out clickbait articles all day long. But quality content is still being written by the human hand.

Writer's Block Sucks...A Lot

Writer's block is a wall everyone who picks up a pen will face at one point or another. Sometimes the wall is a minor annoyance, and other times it can feel 100ft tall and topped with razor wire. Chances are, if you are a writer, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Writer's block used to make me feel like a failure. But over time, I've learned to accept that sometimes our brains just need a rest or I need to switch up a part of my routine in order to shake the cobwebs loose. Think of it as a mental pause rather than a complete stop.

Don't Believe Everything You Read

I really, really, really hate those articles talking about how people made $1000 a month just by doing this one simple trick. These types of articles are not only designed to make you feel like a failure as a writer by showcasing how much better the author of the article is doing, but it is also usually a sales pitch.

Chances are, the grass is not greener on the other side. In fact, it is probably spray-painted green. Following articles like that does not guarantee success in the long run. It may even wind up hurting you more than helping.

The Bottom Line

This blog was started during the 2020 pandemic as a way to keep myself sane while promoting reasonable and responsible education. The way it has grown and the life lessons it has taught me have been invaluable. And to be honest, I cannot wait to see what the next four years holds.

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