When I decided to make this blog it was honestly off of a whim. I wanted to give myself some feeling of purpose. All I was doing was working and paying bills, that cycle was slowly killing me. But there were two things I knew for certain: I loved to write & I wanted my thoughts to be heard.
I’ve only had my blog for about 6 months and I’m still a complete novice when it comes to this stuff. I’ve read so many articles on blogging tips and had to find my own way when it comes to planning my posts. It definitely hasn’t been easy. There was actually a whole month that I didn’t post because I was afraid that this blog wasn’t doing any good. Thankfully, I managed to find my way back and have been posting consistently since the New Year. I’m still finding out new things every day, but here are some that I figured I would share with you.
You don’t need a niche to start a blog.
There is an advantage to pinning down exactly what your niche is as soon as possible, but not everyone can do that. I used to get so caught up on having one that my creativity felt stifled. So I just started writing JUST to write. I put out posts every now and again and found what I enjoyed writing about: Advice, Travel & Lifestyle. Even still, I’m sure it will change a little over time because I’m still not 100% satisfied with that. Maybe I never will be…and that is okay!
Blogging is a lot of work!
When I first started my blog, I ended up stressing myself out more than anything. I came up with a goal of posting every other day and I was so determined! But that lasted about 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I completely underestimated how much work that would actually be! I got caught in this cycle of not meeting the expectations I had put out there, feeling like I was failing the few readers I had and then thinking that maybe blogging wasn’t for me. Eventually I found my footing and I’m much better at setting realistic goals.
Planning is everything.
At the start of the New Year I made a commitment to be more consistent with my blog. I wanted to plan my posts out way ahead of time and make sure I was able to produce quality content. I created my own blogging planner and it helped me keep a routine of posting twice a week, (Every Tuesday & Friday) I feel like a huge pressure has been lifted off my shoulders because I’m not last minute posting. If you’re starting a blog I definitely think it is good to say “okay, I’ll post this many times a week/a month and I’ll do it on these days.” That helped me set goals and ensured I put in the extra consideration my content deserves. I mean, I already have 3 posts that are 90% finished and their not even on the agenda to be posted. Quality over content. Check out these free downloadables!
Patience is key.
I am one of those people that can get so entangled in making everything perfect that I miss my objective all together. That was especially hard for me when I was writing some of my posts. I eventually learned that, with time, I will find my voice and it will translate to my viewers in the way that it needs to. I can’t expect my blog posts to be perfect within 6 months and I definitely can’t expect to have it all figured out at this point either. I’ve found that it is helpful to join blogging groups across social media so that you can read others blogs and get ideas.
Social media is a must!
Honestly, I have just recently started tapping into this. But compared to the times I wasn’t taking full advantage of social media and now, there is quite a difference. I used to only post on Snapchat, I got enough viewers to satisfy myself but I knew I needed to do more. Especially if I wanted my blog to reach more people. I created an Instagram & Facebook page specifically for my blog. The biggest thing I have realized with social media is that you HAVE to post quality pictures. I’m still working on that…but we will get there!
Believe in yourself.
There are times that I get frustrated with people close to me not always reading my posts the minute they come out. I mean, family and friends always say they are there to support you, so I wanted that to show with my blog. When it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I would find myself getting really emotional about it. I have gradually learned that no one will truly believe in my blog the way I do. I am its number one fan and as long as I take pride in what I do, people will follow suite.