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April is my one year blogaversary! I’ve learned a ton about blogging since embarking on my adventure a little over a year ago. Here is what I’ve learned my first year blogging so far.
My First Year Blogging
A ton has happened since I started this journey in early 2017. I’ve since quit my day job and work as a freelance writer for several companies in the morning, while continuing to tutor in the afternoons. I’ve been invited by huge companies to attend events. I’ve been given items to review on posts and done a few giveaways through donations from companies.
Not bad for one year of blogging. And I’ve done all that with a small blog, my friends. How small? My numbers fluctuate, but right now I only get a few thousand visitors a month.
Come celebrate with me as I go over some things I’ve learned my first year blogging.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
This is so true, not only with blogging but with life as well. Are you Instagram numbers stagnant or falling? Focus on another social media platform. Can’t figure out how to add that plugin to your website? Contact support.
Or take a small break and then go back to what was frustrating you. Work through it. Once you get to it and past it, whatever it is won’t seem like a big deal anymore.
Want to know what I learned at the 6 months mark? Read 6 Lessons in 6 Months of Blogging.
Blogging is Hard
Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. I love the doors of opportunity that have opened because I decided to start my blog. At the same time, finding a topic to write about, writing my article, posting my latest article in as many places as possible to get read, reaching out to other bloggers, and trying to learn something new every week, is hard.
I do what I can to just take baby steps and focus on one day at a time, while planning out the next week, month, and year. But sometimes it gets overwhelming. When that happens, I take a break to recharge, then get back to blogging.
Quality over Quantity
I think I’ve said this in another post, but if you can bust out several posts a week and do everything else you need to do to keep traffic coming to your blog, then that’s great. I juggle several jobs to be able to blog, so to not burn out and give myself plenty of time to do the many other things I need to do to keep my blog going, I only post one blog a week.
If I happen to post more than one a week, that is because I had a guest or collaborative post to share. I’ve also seen through the blogging world that more posts don’t necessarily mean more traffic. Unless each post written is awesome.
Like I said, if you can write and publish several awesome posts in one week, that is great. Keep doing what works for you. I’m sticking with one a week for now.
Consistency is Best
I try to be as consistent as possible. I try to have my blog posts up and live every Monday morning. Sometimes life gets in the way, but for the most part I’ve been able to do this all year. I’ve heard of bloggers blogging several times a week, once a week, once a month. No matter how many blogs you post, try to have them up the same days and times.
If you keep changing when you post, your followers won’t know when to expect posts and you may lose followers, so, try to be as consistent as possible when posting.
Don’t be Afraid of Failure
I have learned so much this past year about blogging, including what not to do. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay. Mistakes are learning tools to let you know what not to do next time that situation comes up.
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Connect with Other Bloggers
This is so important. Its so easy just to depend on yourself since you are the one typing away at a computer with no one around you. Connecting with other bloggers is a great way to build community, learn from each other, get resources from, have someone do a guest post on your blog…
Don’t do this journey alone. You will only get so far. I’ve befriended and learned so much from other bloggers that I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the connections I’ve made this past year with other bloggers.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
This is easier said than done. You are behind a computer after all. Live videos are all the rage on social media. If this is something you are uncomfortable with (like me), try it out anyway. You might end up liking it, and if you don’t, at least you tried it out.
Attend a local blogging event. I’ve gone to a few WordPress Meetups nearby and met some great bloggers, small business owners, and tech saavy people that I would not have otherwise connected with if I didn’t go.
I listened to a TED talk where the main idea was to do something uncomfortable every day until that discomfort became the norm and comfortable. By pushing yourself, you will learn a lot and be that much further along on your blogging journey.
You Can’t Do Everything
Maybe you can if you didn’t get any sleep, but I don’t recommend that. I read somewhere that some full-time bloggers recommend making a list of the top three tasks you want to accomplish per day. For those who have full time jobs and kids to juggle, this might be too much, so focus on getting one blogging task done per day. This may not seem like much, but a month ahead you probably ended up making some leaps and bounds.
To start a blog, especially one that you want to make money with, does cost some up front. If you have some extra money, I highly recommend getting some help with your blog. The only “help” I get right now is through Boardbooster. I still manually pin everyday, but on days that I’m too busy, Boardbooster is doing it for me to keep eyes on my board, traffic to my blog, and more followers on Pinterest.
For only $5, Boardbooster can pin up to 500 pins a month for you. The first 500 pins are free! This is a bargain compared to other schedulers. Right now I’m on the $10 plan and it brings in over 400,000 views of my boards and pins on Pinterest.
Focus on Your Successes
No matter how large or small, focus on the positives and successes you make on your blogging journey. Maybe you got 100 followers on a social media platform one day, or you befriended a blogger. You were able to hit 1000 words on your latest post, or made your first $100. No matter the successes, focus and celebrate them all.
Find a Rhythm that Works for You
I know a blogger who stayed up all hours of the night when she first started blogging, and was able to blog full time before reaching her first year. This is great. I can’t function if I don’t get less than 7 hours of sleep. I might stay up an extra hour or two, but that’s it.
I know of bloggers who set a day aside to write a month’s worth of articles for their blog, then schedule them out. I usually wait until the weekend before to type. My plan might not be the best, but it works for me and my lifestyle. So, find a way to make blogging work for you.
In a nutshell, this is what I’ve learned my first year blogging. What have you learned on your blogging journey so far? Let me know in the comments section below.
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