First! Can we just address the fact that it is the end of May and June is swiftly approaching? Oh Lord, can someone explain this to me? When I hear people say the overused term that “time flies” I understand exactly what they mean. I was literally just wrapping up Christmas presents the other day. Well 5 months in and I have leant a hell of a lot as a beginner blogger.
Here are 10 things I have learnt blogging in 5 months:
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Never compare your blog to others
For me, my blog is my baby. It started off as an idea and now I have a fully formed blog that people read all in the space of 5 months. Amazing right? So why will you compare your baby to someone else’s? Never make comparisons, especially if you are just starting out. There will be blog inspirations and blogs that you find amazing, but remember that the people behind those blogs have probably blogging for years.
2. It takes time
I learnt that to make it in this blogging industry you really have to understand that it won’t takes just 5 blog posts and a few uploads on your social media to get the masses reading your content. Definitely not! With anything else that you want to do properly, it takes time. You need to know who you are writing for, identify who your audience is, develop your writing style, your brand, your social media presence. Everything takes time. Taking time with your work and making sure everything is up to the highest possible standard is key when trying to build up your blog. Whether it takes 8 months, 1 year or more than that, that is fine. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day – so why would you expect your blog to be too.
3. Make it come naturally
This is one of the most important things that I’ve learnt since starting out. Make your writing come naturally. Sometimes as bloggers it’s easy for us to look at another blog and use some of their content for inspiration. Well, what will then make your blog different to the 10 other blogs you just copied. Nothing. When it comes naturally, you will be able to connect with people you never knew you could – people who may feel exactly like you and find your writing comforting, inspirational and just plain hilarious. Always be yourself. That is the only thing that will differentiate your blog compared to the others that are out there.
4. Social media will become your best friend
Before blogging, I had never been one of those people that have a “day in the life of” on snapchat, whilst recording my every move from morning until the moment i cloclose my eyes for sleep. That was just never me. But since having a blog, my oh my how things have changed. (Well when i remember that is). One thing that I am still finding a bit challenging is making sure I am constantly active on my main social media channels that I use. Sometimes I upload on one social media and don’t upload on the other, sometimes I don’t know what to post or sometimes I just simply forget. Don’t judge me people! When I do see other bloggers social media accounts and they have hundreds of thousands of followers and interact with thousands and millions of people on a day to day basis, its not impossible. So, going forward I will do more research into social media marketing and taking the time to be more active because for bloggers especially, social media is one of the biggest factors that are driving their blog.
5. You will not be a millionaire in 2 months
Okay not a millionaire I exaggerate just a teeny bit. But who is like me that constantly see’s pictures on Pinterest that say, “How to make 6-figures in one month by blogging”? I can’t just be the only one that see’s content like this and clicks on it straight away. Yes, blogging can make you a substantial amount of money, when you have put in the time, hard work and dedication, but never just expect it to make you money without doing much. Make sure you do extensive research before anything. However, one of the most important things is, never start a blog because you want to make money. The reason why I made my blog is so I can have an impact and inspire people just like me. For that purpose alone, that will have me jumping out of bed every morning with something to write and to just feel motivated to do work. If you do something for the money alone, it will take longer to happen because you haven’t found your passion and purpose. Make an impact big enough and the money will come after that.
6. Network with other bloggers
This is extremely important. Once you network and support other bloggers, they will make sure to always do the same to you. I’ve learnt that trying to develop relationships and contacts with other bloggers can have some benefits for you too.
7. It creates so much ideas
Since having a blog, so much ideas have bombarded my brain on a daily basis. I have fully understood why there have been so many other bloggers out there that have created successful businesses. Once you have delveloped your blog to the way you want it to be, you can then think of other ideas that you can incorporate. But one step at a time!
8. Its not just your writing that needs to be brilliant
Guys! When you’re blogging please understand that you are not just writing. You are a photographer, graphic designer, digital marketer, researcher, reader, a google analytics expert, a keywords expert, damn… an everything expert. There is SO MUCH you have to learn and do. I underestimated just how much goes into building up your own blog, because right now I am doing everything. Someday’s I get so annoyed because I think the time, I am using to create pictures or doing research on other things could be time spent writing up more content. But when you are someone who is just starting out like me, you cannot be afraid or annoyed that you are doing all these things to help shape your blog the way you want it. But remember guys, content is EVERYTHING when you are a blogger. When you do get to a stage in your blogging career and you are making a good amount of money from your blog per month then that is when you can consider hiring freelancers or a team to help elevate your blogging business the way you want it to be. But for now, it is important to learn everything you need to know about the blogging industry for yourself.
9. Its OK to be vulnerable
When having your own blog, there will be topics you want to discuss that may show a more vulnerable side to you and that is okay. It is all about creating an impact so that people reading can feel relatable to your content. I’m not much
10. HAVE FUN
Last but not least, HAVE FUN people. Those who have blogs, or who are just starting out know just how challenging it can be, so why not just have fun with it. There have been some days where I have built up so much stress because I felt like I needed to have my blog be a certain way by a certain time. But when I look back, that just sucks the life out of everything. Make sure you always have fun while you ae doing what you love!