This time last year I made the resolution to finally start a blog. I can’t believe I am now here a whole year later sharing this post with you. I have learnt so much over the past year and met some really nice people through blogging. I want to share some of the main things I have learnt and general advice for new bloggers.
Things I have learnt in my first year of blogging
Stop comparing yourself to others
Everyone has a different path in life. This is the same when you begin blogging. When you first start you will most likely meet and interact with others who have also just started. All of your blogs will grow at different speeds, don’t let it put you off if your blog growth has a slow/steady pace. Just keep making good quality content and interact with others in the community.
Not everyone in the community is nice
Unfortunately, not everyone will get along, that’s life. I have witnessed a lot of drama on Twitter since I have been on there. It really has opened my eyes to how people can be. The arguments can be childish and sometimes people will gang up on others. My advice? Just to stay out of it, don’t get involved and watch what you are writing on Twitter. If there is a chance what you are writing could offend or hurt someone, don’t post it.
It’s okay to take a break
After blogging pretty consistently throughout 2017 I took an unexpected break in December. Guess what happened? Nothing! Everything was just as it was when I left. If you don’t feel like blogging or are overwhelmed with things in your life, take a break. It is better to clear your head and save writing content for when you are in the right head space.
Set yourself goals
I didn’t start doing this until later on in 2017. I found when I did set goals, I subconsciously put in more effort to achieve them. Setting goals also help you stay on track, plan posts and grow your blog. Read my post on why goals are so important >> here.
The blog niche debate
There are a lot of different opinions on blog niches. Should you stick to one topic or blog about what you are passionate about? I personally feel you should blog about whatever you are interested in. After all, it is YOUR blog and YOUR space on the internet. If people enjoy your posts and style of writing, I think they will enjoy reading something a bit different. There are so many blogs out there nowadays why not give your blog a unique twist.
Make a realistic post schedule
When I first started I posted inconsistently, I have also had months where I posted every day. You need to create a schedule that fits with your own schedule. Blogging every day is hard work, I left my full-time job in June 2017 and still struggled to get posts up every day. Don’t worry about what other people are doing, create a schedule for yourself and your readers will know when to expect posts and will return.
Don’t get caught up in stats – focus on quality content
It’s great to have goals in terms of growth but it can also demotivate you when it slows. Focus on the quality of the content you are producing and maximise the channels you use to promote it. You will find readers! If you are frustrated with an element of your blog or want to improve something – give yourself time and PRACTICE! No one starts out taking really great photos (unless you are already a photographer). Blogging is a huge learning curve, you will look back at your blog in a few months and see how much you have improved. If you enjoy it, don’t give up!
These are the main points I have learned over the past year of blogging. Of course, I have learned a lot about the things that go into blogging such as; photography, social media managing, SEO, graphic design & image editing to name a few. If you find yourself struggling with something please feel free to reach out to me. I’m definitely not an expert, but I am more than happy to try and help!
My Top Five Most Read Posts in 2017
Thank you so much for the support over the past year. I have truly met some amazing people who always have the nicest things to say and are always encouraging. Instead of getting involved in negativity online go and say something nice to someone, it will make their day.