It’s official… My blog is officially one year old!! (Well, last Friday anyway but I was too busy with interviews and job applications to get this post written).
In light of my blogs first birthday, I’m going to share with you what I’ve learnt about blogging in the year I’ve been doing it.
1. You won’t get instant success. If you decide to start a blog or YouTube channel because you’ve seen your fav bloggers spending money on designer bags and never seeming to work a day in their life, think again. Don’t get me wrong, some people can start earning from their blog in the first year, others can be doing it all their life and never earn, it’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
2. There may not be a pattern with the views on each of your posts. Some will have no or very little views and some will have over 100. It may even surprise you. I’ve written posts that I’ve thought nobody would read and it’s completely blown up, and others I thought would be really popular just haven’t, it’s so hard to judge.
3. You’ve got to put yourself out there if you want to be successful. Find the platform that works best for you. Twitter is known as the ‘hub’ of the blogging community and where most bloggers tend to share their posts and interact with one another, but Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest are also great, find where you get the most engagement and utilise it.
4. You can meet someone online and have a better connection and friendship with them than someone you’ve known all your life. Time doesn’t make a friendship.
5. Not everyone you meet in the blogging community will be nice to you. There is a lot of drama, arguments and cat fights (virtual of course), but it’s very easy to avoid… or, if you’re anything like me, sit back with your popcorn and watch it all pan out. The follow/un-follow game is very much real and much to my surprise, people do actually steal others content 😦
6. You don’t have to have a regular posting schedule to make you a blogger. Your blog won’t disappear if you go a couple of weeks, months even, without uploading something, and neither will your blogging family!
7. Your blog is for you. When I first started blogging, I was so worried about what to write and what to share because I was worrying about what other people would think. One day, I read somewhere that your blog is for you and you only, if people don’t like it then they don’t have to read it… simple as that.
8. Sometimes a little break can help. Any kind of writer will experience writers block at one point or another. You’ll also go through stages where you completely lack the motivation to write, it happens to the best of us. Don’t panic, take a break, sooner or later you’ll be back to your little writing hub and loving life.