Top Lessons From My First Month Of Blogging

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Well… I started my blog August 20th, and I’ve honestly learned a lot in this past month of blogging. I watched a motivational YouTuber on that particular day, and I decided that I was going to go for it. I made my blog, bought the domain, and I jumped right into it. I had dreamed about making a blog for more than a year, and it was now or never.

Blogging is not as easy as it seems. I thought it was going to be a little hobby, but it turned out to be like a side job (without the pay check). Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love blogging. I don’t want to stop, and I don’t plan on stopping. I have achieved some of my blogging goals, and I am definitely planning on setting more goals. I love seeing my following grow, and I love waking up every single day checking my blog stats. (Yes, I’m a data nerd. I’m a digital marketer so it is in my blood to be a total data nerd.)

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned in my first month of blogging:

Growing your following doesn’t happen over night

There were many days when I would press publish on a blog post, and I had no one view my blog. I thought I would wake up and see 100’s of people viewed my post. Nope. In the first week of blogging, I had a total of 5 views on my blog. Don’t get discouraged. This is completely normal. You need to keep at it.

You need to be on social media

In the beginning I thought I didn’t need any social media accounts. People were going to find my blog and I didn’t have to worry about posting on social media. That is definitely not the case. When I created an Instagram and Twitter, my blog traffic increased tremendously. A blog is not just a blog. It is a brand. You are working on your brand by posting on social media. It is a great way to reach new readers.

Networking is key

I’m not going to lie. I am a bit of an introvert. I thought I didn’t need to speak to any other bloggers, and I could just write my blog posts in my little corner of the Internet. When I created my social media accounts, my mindset completely changed. I started commenting on other blogger’s posts and responding to their tweets. I met some very cool bloggers and they inspired me to work even harder on my blog. I have my first guest blog post coming up in October and I am super excited about it! I would have never found this opportunity if I just kept to myself.

If you don’t feel like blogging that day, it’s okay

I set very high goals for myself in the beginning. I told myself that I was going to blog every single day on top of my full time job. I quickly become burnt out. I lost my passion, and I became extremely stressed out. Now, I give myself a break. If I don’t feel like posting on Instagram that particular day, then I don’t. If I don’t feel like checking my blog that day, I don’t. Balance is key, and it is important for blogging. My passion for blogging is at an all-time high, and I owe it to giving myself little breaks.

What did you learn in your first month of blogging? I would love to know in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “Top Lessons From My First Month Of Blogging

  1. Couldn’t emphasize on the first point enough though. Totally get how hard it is to gain audience, let alone build a following! Really tough and it does feel like a dagger through the heart when you can actually see how little the progress is. But we gotta keep trying though haha. Great post!
    And I adore your blog, do you want to follow each other maybe? Let me know! Have a good weekend x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

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