Before we get into today’s post here are a few facts:
I’ve been blogging on and off for about three years now *whoa*.
I’ve had about three name changes finally sticking with ATBA.
When I first decided to start blogging I had no idea what I was doing.
(I don’t even recall doing research or anything; I just jumped and signed up on WordPress.)
I wish I could I remember my first post to share it with you guys, but overtime I’ve gone back to the earlier years and cleaned up some posts. Reading over old posts really makes you see how much you’ve grown and the way in which things change.
Anyway enough chit chatter here are my 5 Lessons of Blogging.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
I’m always preaching this phrase anytime someone asks me for advice on blogging, but I have such a hard time practicing it. There are some months where I’m posting frequently and working on my blog, and other months where I don’t even care to open the webpage.
Being consistent also doesn’t mean publishing two posts everyday in hopes to get viewers; ever heard quality over quantity? That applies for blogging as well. You can be consistent with posts but make sure they’re proper thought out pieces and not a rush to grow your blog.
Tip #1 – It’s helpful to have a notebook where you can brainstorm topic ideas as well as schedule upcoming posts.
NICHE? OR NAH
A niche is cool and everything but I think it just limits your potential. At first I used to only see fashion/travel/food blogs and I knew even though I had little interest in those things I couldn’t settle on one. I wanted to share my experiences and inspire people, even it includes me doing DIYs, cooking or traveling. But would that make my blog seem haphazard? Well, I still went with it. Thankfully for WordPress there are categories in which you can separate your posts into.
Tip #2 – Don’t limit yourself by trying to stay in one category; try different topics and see what works for you.
If you’re just starting out and begin to compare your site to others it’ll either motivate you or discourage you from continuing. Everyone is different and that’s the thing about blogging. There are so many people in the world that we each attract our own audiences.
You just have to have patience in your blog and know that what’s for you will be for you. No-one finds success in anything overnight, it takes hard work and dedication (where the consistency also comes in).
PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE
My other blogs most likely failed because I thought after hitting “publish” on a post that was it. First off, I wasn’t open to sharing the fact that I was blogging to friends and family so I wanted to build an outside audience. However, I did no research and thought if I just published posts I’d get the feedback I hoped for. Well, wrong!
You actually have to advertise your posts – when I created a twitter and instagram page for my blog I was receiving more views and engagements than ever before. (Tip #3)
One of my major investments is TIME. However, I’m still trying to find a way to invest more (money) into my blog. I see the potential for its growth and really want to become self-hosted; so I’m doing the research and seeking to find a way to do just that hopefully by mid-late April. I also want to invest in a camera to take better blog photos. Other investments you’d probably see yourself making in order to progress your blog include – theme, domain name, security, stock photos/photography tools, blogging courses etc.
Tip #4 – Don’t get discouraged about not having enough funds, because there are many free resources that can get you started.
If I had taken blogging serious from the beginning things could have been a little different from now. However, I always like to think of it as a learning process; even though I could have sped up the process before, everything takes time.
Well there you have it, just a few simple lessons I’ve learned while blogging. I can assure you I’m no pro and still have lots more to learn.
What are some lessons you’ve learned while blogging?
How long have you been blogging?