I’ve only been blogging for a few months now (I started in April of 2017) but in those few months of blogging, I can honestly say I learned a lot.
I don’t know how many articles I read about starting a blog, but nothing can prepare you better than actually making a blog, designing it and learning everything from scratch. Every blog is different, every person is different. I get so flustered with some articles because they make it seem like such a breeze and when you’re actually in the game, you realize it’s nothing like a breeze. It’s more like a harsh, cold whip of wind.
So, whether you’re just starting a blog or had one for a while now, I thought I’d share some of the things I picked up on in my first few months of blogging.
Take a look!
Content is key
The stuff you write about is really important. You can’t just throw a bunch of words on a page and call it a day. You need a purpose as to what you’re writing about. Whether it relates to you, a problem you or your friend had, it’s best if it’s that way because you’ve been through it; you know all about that subject. And what you’re writing about comes from a real place within you, not just a list of references from research.
This is an ever-changing industry
The blogosphere is always changing. You need to learn to adapt to what’s new and happening in the world of blogging. I’m not saying you need to change your niche constantly, it’s more of being aware of the trending topics of today’s world.
It doesn’t stop when you hit ‘publish’
I’m sure you guys have heard this before, but it’s honestly true. After you hit that magic button that releases your writing to the world, people who log onto their computers don’t instantly get a pop-up that you’ve written a new post. You need to find your audience through social media and make them aware of your new stuff.
I know it’s hard when your stats hit an all-time high yesterday and then today, you had only one visitor. It sucks. It makes you think where you went wrong or what you’re not doing to attract more people to your site. When you have those thoughts, stop them in their tracks. Nothing happens overnight and no one achieves instant success. It takes time, dedication and passion for making something happen big. Keep writing, keep posting on social media and with every step you take, it’s a step closer to what you want to achieve with your blog.
+ What are some of the things you learned in your first year of blogging?