79 Days. I officially started my blogging journey 79 Days ago!
In a way I feel like I’ve been blogging forever, then again I also still feel so new to it all. There is so much that goes into creating content, promoting said content, and taking steps towards creating a brand that you’re proud of! I didn’t go into this experience with rose-colored glasses, I knew that it would be a lot of work involved. But, even still I feel like there is so much that you don’t actually learn until you’re knee-deep in it. I’m constantly learning new techniques, or feeling like I have no idea what the heck I’m doing! Personally, I feel that it’s completely normal to go through a range of emotions when embarking on something for the very first time. There have been days when I’ve felt completely uninspired, and I just had to take a step back and allow myself a breather. With anything in life, you have to be able to navigate both the good and the bad. Blogging is such a popular field, and it’s easy to feel like you’re just another blogger. I’m just getting started, and there is still so much that I have to learn but here are a few things that I’ve already learned… so far.
- Focus On Yourself
One crucial element to blogging is to just stay in your lane. I noticed that very early on! You can’t compare your blog, or your stats to anyone else’s! Though the field of choice may be the same, we all grow at our own rates. Seeing others achieve their goals, or receive opportunities makes me strive even harder! I say to myself, that can be me one day! There’s more than enough room for us all to be successful, so instead of being bitter be inspired by other’s success.
- Don’t Focus Too Much On The Numbers
Quality over quantity should always ring true, even when it comes to social media stats! I try not to focus so much on the amount of followers that I have. I am beyond grateful for every single person that chooses to follow me, but in my opinion that’s not the most important part of it all. I understand the importance of social media numbers, and how having a certain following can be immensely beneficial. However, I won’t allow myself to make obtaining a certain number count my main focus! No matter if I have one follower, or one million I’m always striving to produce quality content. I want an audience that I can interact with, learn from, and grow with. If someone follows me (via any platform), I want them to actually want to follow me based on the content that I produce! The amount of people who only follow someone with the sole intent of getting a follow back (and then they unfollow) is insane, and honestly downright rude. When that happens to me, I take it as a blessing in disguise. I’d rather not have myself, nor my brand associated with someone who feels that it’s okay to do such a thing. Love the content that you publish, and the rest will follow.
- Not Everyone Is In It For The Right Reasons
You know the saying ‘a tiger never changes it’s stripes?’ Some people truly are in it for the wrong reasons. It’s not hard to spot the one’s who only care about how many followers they can rack up, or how many brand deals they can snag. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be successful, but you also don’t have to push others down just to get there. Always remember, karma has no expiration date.
- Use Your Resources
Throughout this entire blogging process, GOOGLE has been my very best friend. There are so many resources out there to assist you with obtaining the blog, and building the brand of your dreams! Nothings impossible, it just takes a little patience and learning. Another very valuable tool is the people around you. Have questions? Don’t be afraid to ask. There are so many amazing bloggers out there who are more than willing to help! It’s all about putting your best food forward. The blogging community is so supportive! The amount of love, and encouragement that I’ve felt from the community has been incredible. Never feel like you have to do it all on your own. Utilize those resources, and tap into your full-potential.
- Time-Management Is Vital
Oh, how I wish that I could blog full-time! That is ultimately the goal, but for now it’s not my reality. Life happens. I work full-time, and I’m in the middle of a home renovation among other things. Blogging definitely has become a huge part of my life, and at times it can feel like maintaining my blog takes up every free moment that I have. As time goes on, I’ve developed a more structured and organized way to manage everything. Without some sort of a plan, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Now, I feel like I got this! Life doesn’t have to suddenly come to a halt just because you started blogging. Make time for those around you, all while maintaining an amazing blog!
- Interacting and Networking Play A Huge Role
Promoting is so vital. Especially as a new blogger who is trying to develop an audience. It’s all about being your biggest fan, and putting yourself and your content out there. You have to put the work in, and build relationships within the community. Scheduling promos is effective, but for me there’s nothing better than actually being able to sit at the computer and interact. There are days when I’m so busy that I can’t physically log-on, and I can definitely tell the difference in my overall engagement on those days. Sometimes it get’s a little hard to find the time, but I use every free moment to network as much as I possibly can. Every little bit helps.
- There Will Be Ups and Downs
I’ve already experienced so many highs, and lows while blogging. Every day will not be a high engagement day, and that’s okay. It’s so easy to feel defeated when you feel like your content isn’t getting the attention that you hoped for, but it happens. You just have to continue pushing forward, and believing in yourself. I try and maintain the same positive mind set no matter how many views I get in a day. No rain, no flowers.
- Have Fun
Above all else, enjoy every moment! I started blogging as a way to meet new people, and bond over our similar interests. Yes, I would love to make a career out of blogging but I also want to make memories. If I’m not enjoying myself, then what’s the point? Don’t allow the logistics of it all to ruin the experience. We live in a world where we have the ability to interact with people from all around the world, and it’s incredible!
Until next time,