5 things I’ve learnt from a year (and a bit!) of blogging
I started blogging just over a year and half ago, after thinking about it for a long time. In university we had to create a blog with classmates for an assignment, so I decided to bite the bullet and create my own blog at the the same time. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do, but nothing more…but I’m still here so some things have worked! (And many things have failed…more about that later!)
Since starting blogging I have learned SO much, and I am sure that the learning will continue as there is simply so much you need to know!
I honestly believe that blogging makes you better, as you develop new skills in a number of areas. I have also learned so much from posts from other bloggers so I wanted to share some of what I have learned, even though I am definitely not an expert.
Hope that these tips are useful for you and I would love to hear your top lesson that you have learned since starting blogging:
1. You don’t have to have a ‘niche’
A lot of blogging advice says that you have to decide your ‘niche’ and regularly post content only in that particular niche. While it is true that having a niche will often help you build a following more quickly, it is also true that there are many successful blogs which have started by focusing on one specific area and have since diversified. At the end of the day, your blog is your little corner of the internet so you can (within reason!) write about anything you want.
2. Scheduling is your friend
Some days blogging will feel easy and your blog posts will just flow. On other says you won’t want to write anything. The option to schedule your posts is a great way to take the pressure off yourself and keep the fun in blogging because you can ‘stock up’ on posts when you are feeling creative, then schedule them to give yourself time to write more.
3. Engagement doesn’t happen overnight
There can be a tendency, when people start blogging, to write a few posts with enthusiasm, then lose some of that enthusiasm when the posts don’t immediately get as much engagement as you might have hoped. When you first create your blog it won’t rate highly in search results and it can take time to find out who you want to follow. If you wnt people to engage with your content, first you have to make sure that other people know about it – you can do this through cross-posting to Twitter or other social media, as well as visiting and commenting meaningfully on other blogs.
4. Blogging is a community, not a competition
Some people may disagree with this one, particularly as I am sure that we all know someone who treats blogging as a competition about stats. However, I honestly believe that one of the best bits of blogging is the community that you become a part of and how supportive everyone can be. It can be scary at first – I know that I ‘lurked’ for a long time before daring to comment on another blog – but getting to know other bloggers and making connections is something that you will be glad you have done.
5. Comparisons are meaningless
You might see someone who started their blog after you who seems to be do dong so much ‘better’, or wonder why your reviews don’t get as much attention as some other blogs where the review seems to consist of the summary of the book and not much else. You may despair of ever taking beautiful photographs like some on bookstagram or wonder at how some bloggers seem to post every day with fascinating posts and always seem to be on top of things. I posted my 2018 blogging stats as a way to encourage transparency and because I am beginning to realise that there are more important things. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to post every day, but that has to work for you and your life. Try to find a blogging schedule that works for you and don’t worry if you have to take a break because life gets in the way – the blog will still be here and so will your readers!
What have you learned since starting blogging?
Can you add any tips to my list?
What made you start your blog?
Do you ever regret starting blogging?
Let me know in the comments!
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Thanks for reading!