Oh blogging. You know, when I started blogging I had no idea what I was doing. Seriously, none. I had no idea of the community or of the people I would meet through blogging. I had no idea of how awesome it would be. And I surely had no idea how much time it would take! I started my blog out of boredom, so I really had no expectations. But now, I love it and wouldn’t want it any other way!
So what have I learned in almost 3 years of blogging?
- You don’t have to be perfect. Share the imperfect parts of your life – it’s what people relate to.
- You need to be active on social media. Not every minute of every day, but enough for people to know you. And trust me, you might not want to get on Twitter, but for your blog, you need to be on Twitter. Just take my word on that!
- You need to be available on social media. I was private on Twitter, and had no idea.
- As hard as it is, don’t worry about stats. It’s good to know how you are doing, but don’t compare yourselves to others…it’s never going to work out in your favor.
- Guess what? You don’t have to post 5 times a week. Consistency is important, but it doesn’t mean you have to post every single day. I don’t. You don’t need to either.
- Blogging does involve a community. I have met some amazing ladies because of this medium…I’m looking at you Ashten, Helene, and Sarah.
- Commenting really does get your blog out there. Yes, it’s a lot of work. And it’s something I need to do more often. But guess what? It’s the easiest and free-est way to get your blog on other blogs for them to know who you are.
- Blog about what you love, not what you think someone else might love. I do think that keeping your audience in mind is important, but remember that people will be able to read about your enthusiasm about a certain topic. Just blog about whatever comes to your mind.
- Blogging takes time. Not only do you have to get posts out (however often you think is important), you also have to comment, reply to comments, engage in social media and take nice pictures. It’s work!
- Figure out what works for you. Are your most viewed days Wednesday? Then blog on those days and consider spending the others on social media.
- Even though blogging takes a lot of time and energy, I love it. I love the community and the people I have met so far through blogging.
What have you learned through blogging?