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I still can’t believe that I own and run a blog.
Wow, I have always wanted to start a blog for a long time but I kept pushing it off until a bought a domain earlier this year in February.
I actually didn’t do anything with the domain and later bought self-hosting plan a few months later.
I really moved at a snail’s pace and didn’t launch my website until June, when I posted my first post.
Now wait, wait, even though I launched my first post back in June, I have not been consistent.
I would just drop a post whenever I felt like it and disappeared.
November was my first full month of fully learning and consistently showing up for my blog.
So, if you are reading this and are thinking about starting a blog or just recently started yours, here are some of the lessons I’ve learnt in my ‘first’ month of blogging.
Consistency is key
As I mentioned earlier, I have kind of been all over the place with my blog, posting haphazardly.
Let me take you through my posts timeline so that you can see how inconsistent I have been;
- How to practice self-care as a college student posted on June 29
- Self-care ideas for college students posted on July 31
- 20 Journal prompts for self-discovery posted on September 6
- How to start journaling in 5 simple steps posted on September 8
- 5 blog posts posted on September 21st
- 10 Non-Obvious Must Haves for College Freshman Year Posted on November 18th
Yeah, talk about random.
I also would not promote any of my posts anywhere until recently in the month of November.
What I have learnt in my first full month of blogging is that consistency pays off since in this month after consistently promoting my blog, my exposure has increased significantly.
It takes a lot more than you would think
Having a blog is not just about writing articles and posting them and then you are done.
Most especially if you have other things going on in your life like school or work.
I am a university student and my days do get busy and hectic.
With having a blog, you will wear all hats at once.
You are the website designer, the blog post writer, the marketer for the post and so on.
I had to design the website myself, learn how to navigate cPanel and WordPress, come up with blog post ideas, write them, edit them, source copyright free images, post them, make pins for them…. the list is endless.
There is always something to get done.
I have learnt to take it slow and go at my own pace to avoid getting overwhelmed.
Launch your blog with a number of bogs already live
I did not have any posts on my blog up until a few weeks after I launched my blog live on the internet.
I would search up my blog and all you could see is just a blank space with ‘welcome to my blog’.
Do not do this!
Have at least 5 to 10 blog posts on your blog so that when you get visitors on your page, they have quite a number of articles to read.
Your blog will also grow a lot faster if you do this.
Even when the numbers are low, just keep swimming
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
Okay, I posted my first blog post and disappeared for a month.
When I viewed my readership stats and engagement on my pins…. let’s just say I was discouraged.
But that was to be expected.
With time as I started to get more active on Pinterest and pin more, my numbers have started to go up with especially my last post.
Pinterest is the way to go
Please, please open a Pinterest business account if you just launched your blog or are a new blogger.
Pinterest is a bridge between you and your potential readers.
Make sure to create high quality pins and post regularly
Even though I am still learning the ropes with Pinterest, the little effort I have put in has borne fruit.
Do not compare yourself
Comparison is the thief of joy.
Do not compare yourself to other blogs that have been in the game for years or even newer ones.
This is your journey and enjoy it.
Learn from the other bloggers but never compare yourself or bring yourself down because you think you are not ‘where you are supposed to be’ in your blogging journey.
Having a plan is key.
Not having a plan is planning to fail.
And I for sure did not have a plan when starting out.
Especially with all the school work I usually have; things can get out of hand and get extremely overwhelming.
Recently, I have been planning out what I want to achieve for the month.
I write out the blog post I want to publish and schedule it out in my planner.
I schedule my blog to dos around my school work.
Its not easy but it’s worth it.
I also breakdown my tasks into smaller chunks so that I do not get tired.
For example, after listing out the blog post I want to publish, I outline them so that when I sit down to write them down, I do it quicker.
I also use templates for creating my pins to save on time since I am not designer or anything.
Things do not always go to plan and that’s okay.
Following up on having a plan, sometimes things do not go as planned.
Life happens and that’s okay.
Especially for me with school, things just suddenly pop up and ruin my schedule.
All you have to do is learn how to adjust accordingly and not let it ruin your day.
Those are the lessons I learnt in my first month of blogging
I know I still have a long way to go and many more things to learn but I really am enjoying my journey and experience so far.
Please feel free to comment down what you have learnt too in your first month of blogging journey and remember that everyone’s experience is different and unique.