Hey and welcome to Blogtober day 21. It’s been 5 months since I started blogging and there are many things I’ve learnt along the way. I’ve had many blogs before but never found my calling. I’ve never let myself just write about what I want because I was too busy trying to fit myself into a niche box.
Here are the things I’ve learned about blogging so far..
Don’t pressure yourself to do more then you can manage. Back in August I made the wrong decision by trying to post too many posts in one week. Safe to say it failed and I hardly posted anything that month. I took that time to decide what direction I wanted to take my blog and realised I needed to plan ahead if I wanted to succeed.
But there are ways to make it easier. Namely apps that you can use to schedule things ahead of time. I have a post here of tools that may be helpful to you.
If you have an idea you’ve never seen done before don’t be afraid to publish it. Same goes for posts there a lot of – just because someone has already talked about a subject, doesn’t mean your post won’t be unique. Everyone has something to say, everyone experiences things in different ways and don’t be afraid to let that shine through your writing.
You don’t need to spend money if the app/tool in question doesn’t work for you. The only one I’m planning on spending any money on is Tailwind, and that’s after I’ve used the free trial to assess whether it works for me as a blogger. Even if everyone else is raving about an app, if it doesn’t work for you, don’t bother with it.
This is probably the hardest lesson I’m learning. Be proud of what you’ve achieved, writing blog posts and all the other things you have to do for your blog is hard work and it takes up a lot of time. If someone comments something nice on your blog posts, take it in and be proud of it.
Keep an eye on what blog posts have done well and which ones haven’t. Inevitably in the blogging world there are certain posts that will do really well and some that won’t. Keep track of it so you can create more content that’ll people will enjoy.
Up until a few weeks ago I didn’t have a clue about Pinterest. Yes I’ve used it for years, even before I started a blog, but I never knew how to utilise it to drive traffic to my blog. Thanks to Tailwind I’m now slowly seeing improvements and seeing more and more people are coming over to my site from Pinterest. I still have a lot to learn – but it’s definitely worth investing time into.
This is probably a really controversial comment but I fully believe that as long as you have passion, as long as you write about what you want to, then niche isn’t important. I made the massive mistake in the past of sticking to one topic and I lost all motivation for my blog. I felt like I was trying so hard to stay in this box that my passion wasn’t able to come through, and I wasn’t writing to the best of my ability.
I can’t tell you the amount of mistakes I make when I’m writing a blog post and there’s always something that I miss. I’ve also been getting my best friend to check over my writing because I can guarantee there’s always something I’ll miss!
Never let anyone change you. One of the most important things I’ve learnt is stay true to yourself, no matter what.
What have you learnt from blogging so far?