5 Things I’ve Learnt in the Last Year of Blogging
Today marks my first Blogiversary – yay! On the 7th January 2015, I created my page and posted for the first time. Honestly, I hadn’t a clue what I was doing – I just threw myself full force into it; I was thirsty for a new hobby and loved the idea of a challenge. But, I was very naive and didn’t realise how time consuming or challenging it would actually be, (or the reality of being engulfed by beauty products). I also didn’t realise the amazing connections I would form and the friendly community I would be involved in. It’s safe to say it’s been a rollercoaster, however, I have no regrets (well, apart from the giant hole in my bank account), because I have fallen in love it and can’t see myself ever stopping.
Are you new at blogging? Or just after some useful chatter? I have gathered together the top five things I’ve learnt in the last year to help you, whatever your situation.
Let’s connect. Are you a beauty blogger? Get in touch and we could do a collab together, or just have a general chit chat.
With so much going on in life, it’s very easy to become lost and disorganised. Things can quickly become chaotic if I don’t keep on top of them. I keep a strict diary where I log everything including when i’m posting what, possible collab dates and new ideas. This makes things so much easier for me because everything is in one place and viewable at a glance. I also like to create post drafts with notes in. This is basically how all of my posts begin.
I may do a full post on how I keep organised. Let me know in the comments if this is something you would like me to do.
It’s sad, but it’s true. I went into blogging very light-heartedly and I honestly didn’t realise the work it would create. It was only when I began to network and visit other blogs that I realised the potential of how big someones personal blog can become. That’s when I began to create aims of my own and the work really started. Published blog posts are only 10% of a bloggers work. You don’t see the planning process, photographs being taken, editing etc. Nevertheless, it’s a very fun job that often doesn’t feel like work!
I’ve always said, the second I stop enjoying blogging and doing YouTube is the second i’ll stop. I admit, it’s been tough trying to juggle life, but i’ve not wanted to quit because I love it. Rather than stopping, a break is sometimes all that’s needed. If I was ever feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, I would stop posting so frequently; you make your own rules so don’t feel bad. It doesn’t matter if you skip a day or two, quality is always better than quantity anyway. Got writers block? Try listening to some music or reading through other blogs for inspiration. Still stuck? Sack it off and come back another day!
I’m probably the most impatient person ever, but with blogging you must be patient. Don’t expect to start a blog and it become so popular and reach top search results on Google straight away, these things take time. You must first build up a community with fellow bloggers and post regularly; the popularity and stats will grow over time. Read my post ‘How To Grow Your Blog‘ for some more handy tips. Some people begin blogging for the money. They expect by writing a couple of blog posts and splashing adverts all over their page to become rich overnight. Nothing happens like that. You should constantly be trying to improve each post from the previous, as well as keeping your home and about pages updated.
Like anything in life, you need to take risks to progress and grow. Taking risks such as hosting giveaways or blogging about something you wouldn’t usually touch up on can really pay off. They’re both great ways of gaining more of an audience and you’ll probably notice a nice healthy peak in your stats and a boost in followers.
What have you learnt in your time as a blogger? What advice would you give to new bloggers? Let me know in the comments.
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