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4th month of consecutive blogging
Here I am, in my 4th consecutive month of blogging. For the most part, it has been great. Blogging is my outlet, and I love learning things from other bloggers. I feel like the blogging world is a wonderful community.
But, I’ve also realized several things that I think are worth sharing.
So whether you are thinking about blogging, already a blogger, or just curious, I hope this post will give you information that you find useful and will help you in your blogging journey.
Blogging is a full-time job
Blogging takes up a LOT of time. In the beginning, you do not realize how much time goes into make a post. It’s not just in Ariana Grande‘s words, “click, click, click and post”.
Once you know the topic you are going to focus on, you should be reading on it and doing research. You want to spend time thinking about that topic and where you want your post to go before you start writing it. Think of it as the outline before a college essay. It makes it easier to write when you know in advance what you are going to write about, and how you want it to come across.
Once you’ve reviewed your post (I swear I read my posts at least 3 times before I think I’m done), then comes creating pins and images to advertise your post. That in itself takes a while because you should be creating 2-3 pins or graphics for your social media channels.
I used to think that I could jot down my notes throughout the day and work on my blog at night after the kids have gone to bed. But I have found that in the last 2 weeks that is nearly impossible. I am so exhausted after a full day that I do NOT whatsoever have the right mindset to be writing. I almost titled a blog, “why tantrums are allowed in my house on a budget.”
So make sure that you make time for it. Write out a schedule. I have a simple monthly planner where I write my blogging goals and I try to stick to it as much as possible. Set aside time blocks throughout your week to write, edit, choose or take photos, and promote your work.
Aside from setting aside time, you HAVE to be consistent. I CANNOT stress that enough. Because of this “blogging rut” that I have been in, I have not been consistent the last couple weeks, and I’m paying for it.
The traffic from my site has declined because I haven’t been consistent. Prior to the post before this one, I hadn’t posted or been active in almost 2 weeks! That’s a long time in the blogging world!
It helps to write a little every day, and if you aren’t writing then you should be commenting on other blogs, updating your content on older posts, or making new pins to promote your work.
You want to make sure that you are staying relevant and you keep yourself active. You don’t want to get complacent, you want to always find ways to improve your blog!
You have to love writing to a certain extent. I LOVED all my language arts classes from grade school through college which is why I can write the way I do with minimal struggles. I didn’t have to bat an eye to get good grades in English class. Being a blogger means you HAVE to enjoy writing (because that’s what you will be doing 90% of the time) and be decent at it.
Sometimes (ok MOST of the time,) you are writing for the benefit of your readers. This means that you may sometimes write about things a bit differently then you would a personal journal. But the more you write, the better you get at it. This will not only make your blog grow but also help you as a person.
I spent way too much time reading about bloggers that talk about how much money they made or how much subscribers they gained in a short time frame.
Although I know for some that can be true, chances are, for most people it takes much longer than that, and I have to remind myself of that ALL the time.
Remember that a lot of well-known bloggers have been doing this for YEARS.
Set small achievable goals for yourself that allow you to continue to build your blog and eventually the readers will surely follow.
Get some tough skin
Us bloggers need some thick skin. Opening up your lives to strangers is a scary thing; sharing your deepest thoughts and things that you may not talk with others on a daily basis.
Every time I write one of the more vulnerable posts especially and hit “publish” I get super anxious. I then sit there and watch traffic on it and then doubt the post itself.
Not everyone is going to like you enough, or relate to what you say.
Or they may actually like what you say, but not enough to subscribe to your blog. I know that much is true because I can see it in my views. I sometimes see that the visitors that came across my blog are clicking the links to read all my older posts but are still not yet subscribing.
And that is okay.
I realize like anything else, I have to work for and earn their trust. And eventually, I will. But in the meantime, I’m just going to keep on blogging.
Because at the end of the day, I’m doing this for me. I enjoy blogging and it is used as my outlet. You should be blogging for you and whatever dream that drives you.
Focus on the small wins
Putting yourself out there for the world to see is already a win because not everyone can do it. If you are constantly writing, connecting with others, and promoting your content actively, then you are doing everything that you are supposed to do.
I was fortunate enough to do my first sponsored post a few weeks ago, even after only a couple months of blogging. To me that is HUGE. That means that someone out there likes my work! That is my motivation that I am on the right track and I need to keep it up.
Believe in yourself and what you are capable of achieving. Remember why you are doing it. For me, I enjoy reading a blog and being able to relate to the writer. It reminds me that I’m not alone in life and everything that comes my way. I hope that my posts can do the same. If I can make one person on each post smile and think to themselves “I feel her”, then to me, that is the definition of success.
Please like and share if you liked this post, and comment below on your blogging failures and successes. I’d love to hear about it!