what blogging has taught me… so far

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,

Anjhanee ♡

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. September 9, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing. After reading I definitely felt better about how and where my blog is going! I feel less discouraging.

  2. August 25, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Just wonderful. Beautifully penned. Would love some support and tips. Keep writing. Love to read more

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 25, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much! ☺️

  3. Opposite Tourists
    August 25, 2018 / 4:37 am

    This is a great post. As someone who has only launched their travel couples blog this week it’s really nice to see how your journey has been over the past 3-4 months. I know exactly what you mean about time management though. It’s taken between June and now for us to launch as we both work full time jobs. However, I recently had surgery which has meant I’ve been signed off work for 2 months. It’s given me the time I need to put into our blog (although I wouldn’t recommend getting sick to spend time on your blog!) Rio – http://www.OppositeTourists.com

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 25, 2018 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much! Sending tons of love and positive vibes your way in both your recovery, and blog success! 🤗

  4. August 24, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    So great that you enjoy it. I find the blogger community quite lovely. Keep going 😀

  5. August 21, 2018 / 1:59 am

    Beautiful blogger and post!, I look forward to more amazing post. xo

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Omg, thank you so much! And, thank you so much for stopping by! (:

  6. August 20, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Hey! Love that you’ve started blogging 79 days ago – hope you’ll continue to find the passion for blogging! I totally agree with these lessons. It’s so important to pick quality over quantity. I rather have actual people follow me than bots @__@. It’s so annoying when people follow only to unfollow after. The blogging community is so nice. Let’s support each other!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much! I definitely agree on support each other! Thank you so much for showing some love! (:

  7. August 20, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Congratulations on 79 days blogging Anjhanee! That’s fantastic and you have shared such brilliant advice. The unfollowers thing is so frustrating but I love that you say it’s a blessing in disguise, that’s actually so true and a great positive attitude to have. I also love the line: karma has no expiration date! I can totally relate to the highs and lows but as long as we are enjoying ourselves and the good outweighs the bad, that’s the main thing. Fantastic post girl! Thank you for sharing 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much Bexa! There’s definitely a lot to learn, but it’s all worth it when you’re enjoying the experience. Thank you so much for showing some love! (:

  8. Aleeha and Lucy - HALE
    August 19, 2018 / 7:21 am

    Promoting and the blogging community were two things that I took so long to learn. It was only after 2 years of blogging that I decided to start using social media too. Honestly made such a difference to my blog’s stats, but I also made so many incredible friends!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 9:49 am

      You really do meet some of the most amazing people while blogging! Thank you so much for showing some love! (:

  9. August 18, 2018 / 8:10 am

    I’ve only just started blogging the thing I find most difficult is to focus on my own stats because so many other bloggers celebrate their stats I’m all for celebrating but makes focusing on yourself so much more harder 😭
    Abi xx
    https://simple-joys.blog

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:32 am

      I definitely agree with that! Especially when you see someone who started blogging after you hit so many milestones, it’s like whattt are you doing?! But, just focus on building your own stats! If they can do it, so can we! Sending tons of love, and positive vibes your way! Good luck with everything, and thank you so much for showing some love! ☺️

      • August 18, 2018 / 2:44 pm

        Agreed 😱 aww thank you sending love and positivity to you as well 💞 good luck 🤞🏻

  10. August 17, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! Happy 79 days!

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so much! 🤗

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:26 am

      I agree. Everyone needs a little reminder from time to time. Thank you so much for showing some love! 😊

  11. August 17, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Time management is surely a major key for me, great post. 🙂

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:23 am

      Same here. At first I found it difficult to manage my life, and my blog but over time it’s gotten so much better. Just takes a little effort! Thank you so much for showing some love! ☺️

  12. August 17, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Great tips 🙂 We learn on our mistakes ^^ Mine is that sometimes I get very obsessed with numbers, I reload the statistic page way to many times every day. I really need to be better at not doing that.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Elin

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:18 am

      When I first started, I’m surprised that I didn’t break the statistics page. I was exactly the same way. I would start to doubt myself when the numbers weren’t exactly where I thought they should be, and that’s when I knew that I had to make a change. Focus that energy on my content, and have faith that the numbers will increase accordingly. Thank you so much for showing some love! 😊

  13. August 17, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    I love this post as I can relate to this! I’ve only just recently got back into blogging. I used to blog long ago, purely for fun until I realised I could turn it into a career and get future job opportunities. However once you lost the fun of it all, it definitely comes with days of over thinking and then the temptation to compare your journey to others! But you are absolutely right, the blogging community are very supportive. And I am currently working on how to manage my content!

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Sometimes taking a step back is necessary! I’ve only been at it a short time, but I already see how easy it is to get overwhelmed. Sending tons of love, and positive vibes your way! Thank you so much for showing some love! 🤗

  14. August 17, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    You’re right: it’s only when you’re knee deep that you realize how much there is to learn. When I first started I thought “well how hard can it be?” and now, four months later, I’m rolling on the floor drooling and screaming “NO MORE NO THINGS TO LEARN PLEAAAAASSEE” hahahaha

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Lol, I totally feel ya’! It’s like once you get one thing down, here’s something else?! But, you’re doing amazing! So glad to have connected with you! 😊

  15. August 17, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Great post… I’ve been blogging 3 months now and I would fully agree with the majority of this post.

  16. letsgettripsy
    August 17, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    First of all, I shared on Pinterest – great insights! This is a very well laid out post with some really great insights. The ups and downs are there and that is like anything…and not comparing numbers/shares/followers has been the biggest key – must.stay.in.own.lane! Love it! I have loved watching your blog grow so far and can’t wait to see where it goes. We started in April of this year so not much difference in timing!! 🙂 xx

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:07 am

      Ahh, thank you so much! I love y’alls blog, and can’t wait for more amazing travel posts and photographs! It’s definitely tough sometimes, but linking up with the right people makes it all so much better! So glad to have connected with y’all. 😊

      • letsgettripsy
        August 22, 2018 / 7:45 pm

        Same!! xo

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