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!