5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging – 6 Months In

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!


The dark blue squares represent when I posted.

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.

Now, I’m sure I will look back on this post MONTHS from now and have an entirely new list to give you. Maybe even some critiques on this post itself, but blogging is not a one shoe fits all. There will never be a point that you feel like you know everything there is to blogging, what matters is that you’re always learning and improving things for your blog.

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77 thoughts on “5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging – 6 Months In

    1. I don’t think it is for most bloggers. Even if they aren’t looking to turn their brand into something big, part of owning a blog is taking pride in what you post. Thanks for reading!!!

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  1. I agree with all of the tips that you have suggested for bloggers, the one that has helped me the most is planning ahead. Creating content weeks ahead of time is effective in reducing the some of the stress that comes with being a blogger.

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  2. I’ve been blogging for over a year and I must agree with you that all these points are really true. My niche is weak, so it’s more difficult to get outstanding results. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love the honesty and openness of this post and how you have shared your journey so far. There is no doubt you have come a long way over your first 6 months and there is no doubt you and your blog will continue to evolve. For what it’s worth, I think you have done a great job and that you have a really great attitude to succeed with it over the longer term. Best wishes to you and may your blog achieve everything for you that you hope it will.

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  4. Hello! This post should be read by all new bloggers and people who are thinking about bloggers! This is a very good list! I agree patience is the key! I also agree maintains a schedule is a good thing as well.

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  5. Very insightful. I started my blog Njkinny’s Blogto share my love for writing and books but after sometime I felt the urge to write on other topics of interest and soon my blog had everything from books, movies, travel, beauty, lifestyle, food and now parenting. 😊
    Write on subjects you love and everything else will happen eventually. All the best! 😊

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    1. I love that you said that, because often times people get so caught up in niches that they find themselves stuck. Everything will fall the way it needs to if you are putting in the work and being consistent. Thanks for reading!

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  6. I do believe that being a blogger is not easy and very difficult most of the times. You need to have a prefect timing in writing your article, you have a plan and a patience to complete your works and most especially you need to trust and be yourself in making your work.
    I am planning and starting to have my own blog and I really need to have a lot of patience in making my work/s right.

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  7. Planning is definitely a must! I’ve been blogging for 5 years, but I started my newer blog in November. I learned similar things that you mentioned in this blog post, but I also learned you definitely have to put yourself out there and market. You also need a plan for making money as well if you plan on it becoming a decent source of income.

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  8. I’ve been blogging a bit more than 6 months and I have learned soo much! Especially that it is HARD WORK. I have a recipe blog and the time it takes me now to create a post (from initial idea -> finished post) is many times longer than in the beginning.

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    1. I’ve seen your recipe blog along with several others. That is CRAZY. The formatting always looks so good and since it is a recipe the amount of detail you have to put into it always seems like hard work. Thanks for reading!

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  9. I started my blog about 2 years ago, but didn’t start to get more serious about it until recently. I am a math major, so I never have an outlet to write in any of my classes. Starting a blog was my way of being able to express myself through text. While I agree wholeheartedly with every one of your points, my favorite has to be “you don’t need a niche”. What I love about the “lifestyle” category is that when you call yourself a lifestyle blogger, you can write about pretty much anything you feel like and no one will bat an eye.

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    1. Haha I completely agree. “Lifestyle” is one of those niches that you can’t really put into one category and gives a blogger a lot of wiggle room. Thanks for reading!

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  10. Blogging is definitely a lot of work! It’s so fun and rewarding, but yeah…a lot! Creating content, stories, images to tell the story, promotion, outreach, networking! You have learned a lot in 6 months. Way to go!

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    1. Yeah, I agree. I really didn’t know how much went into a blog, but there are plenty of people to learn from. I follow other blogs that aren’t related to my niche just to get inspired by the way they format things, network and etc. Thanks for reading!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your blogging journey. Glad that you were able to make it on your 6th month. There so much thing that will happen. Hope you find your success in here.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your progress so far, and what you’ve learned about blogging so far. Sometimes it feels as though you’re doing more work than you should. But that’s okay. Keep going. Believe in all that is you, and stick to it.

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    1. Sometimes, yes,the work can see like it’s way too much for the pay out. But over time that will change if you keep at it. Appreciate the encouraging word. Thanks for reading!

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  13. This is a really perfect timing to came across this post. I am having a mental block and don’t have motivation right now to continue blogging. Thanks for this tips!

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  14. All the things you listed here is true about blogging especially it being a lot of work! It is a lot of work because you are everything – photographer, writer…

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  15. Blogging is more work than people think. Yes there are some amazing perks in this industry but the ones who are in this industry professional understand how it is consistent work!

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