A year ago I decided to take a leap and start my own blog. I’ve been obsessed with blogging for years, I love reading blogs because I am so nosey. As for vlogs, don’t get me started I could watch them all day.
I thought I would start a blog to use as a creative outlet, and see where it takes me. AlthoughI had no experience in writing but I could talk for days so one day I just turned all that talking into typing. I knew straight off the bat I wanted to invest in my blog. Not only for a sense of ownership but knowing I’ve put money into something makes it harder to give up and I was determined not to give up. So from the beginning I bought my domain and within a month or two I also paid for a clean and clear theme. I thought this was important because when I visit blogs I get thrown off by a messy layout.
This first year I think my blog has been ok. Just ok, and that’s not to put myself down I’m just being honest. I’m happy with the quality of my content but the quantity and consistency are lacking. The thing with blogging is everybody starts somewhere and most of the time you are learning as you go. So I’m going to share a few of the things I’ve learned this year.
It is quite technical.
- I thought blogging would be simply writing and publishing but there is so much more to it. You have to learn about SEO and how to use it.
- There is always a new term that is going to confuse you. For me most recently is has been follow/no follow links and DA (Domain Authority) I still don’t quite understand them to be honest, but like I said before it’s all learning.
- Not all opportunities offered are genuine or in your best interest so you have to research everything and everyone.
Social Media Is A Must.
- You have to network and interact, social media is the best place to meet like-minded people.
- Instagram will be your best friend and worst enemy.
- It is easy to feel inferior.
- Numbers/Followers count. The only way you will build your audience is to be present, it can become tedious but you have to put in the work.
Organisation Will Get You Far.
- Planning/scheduling posts will make life much easier for you.
- Time management is essential.
- Small goals will keep you motivated.
- There will be times you are uninspired.
- It’s okay to take a break. Sometimes times revisiting something with fresh eyes puts things into perspective.
Going forward I definitely have goals I want to meet. I want to attend more blogger events and generally be more sociable.
Somehow I need to find the courage to approach brands and organizations.
Consistency. I will be much more consistent on my blog, it is hard to manage a blog and social media at times but this year my blog has taken a back seat. I’m on a mission to find balance.