Happy Birthday to my blog, it turns one today (14th of February)!
I have to admit I had no idea what a blog really was when I started out. I just knew I wanted to write and create my own little space that others might find useful, entertaining and motivating.
I’ve learnt so much. I initially started on Tumblr because my little sister told me that was the place to be and set me up an account. I discovered Tumblr was more about photos and it didn’t really suit my needs. I switched to WordPress and my blog was born. It doesn’t feel like a year, it feels much longer because it’s been such a journey.
So, here are 10 things I’ve discovered:
- There’s a LOT to learn. Aside from perfecting the art of writing you need to know about images, alt text, SEOs, plug ins, linkies; the list is endless. I had no idea but I do now (well, slightly more of an idea!)
- The blogging community is full of REALLY nice people. I’ve had so much support and help from other bloggers. I suppose I expected everyone to play their cards close to their chest and not want to give away their top tips in what I assumed was a competitive field. Instead I’ve experienced endless kindness and generosity from everyone. Special mention and thanks to Vicki at Honest Mum and Mirka at Fitness4Mamas for welcoming me with open arms and answering basic questions without making me feel stupid!
- The more you blog, the more you want to blog. You start noticing things in everyday life, asking questions, experiencing emotions and find yourself planning your next post. When people like and share your work it gives you a bit of a boost and that feeling can be addictive and spurs you on to write more.
- Blogging is powerful. The rise of the ‘digital influencers’ is a sight to behold. Blogging has given a voice to many who would otherwise not be heard. It provides opportunities and opens doors. From personal views to business blogs; empires can be created. It’s an exciting, evolving industry.
- Promotion is key. It depends on the purpose of your blog. If you’re just writing for yourself that’s fine but if you want others to read what you’ve written too then you’ve got to learn to self promote; for me, this has been the hardest thing. Initially it just felt like showing off and I battled with the whole concept. It’s got easier the more I’ve done it and has brought bigger audiences but it can still make me feel uncomfortable.
- Blogging takes time. Leading on from number 5 it’s worth knowing that blogging not only takes time, it eats it! After you’ve written your post if you want to promote it you’ve got to schedule tweets and FB posts, stick it on Pinterest, Google +, wherever takes your fancy. I also like to read and comment on other bloggers posts, it’s a supportive community and I want to do my bit. It’s time consuming!
- After a year I’m still a baby! I have SO much more to learn. The list of skills I want to gain is too huge to write down here. I know they’ll all help my blog to become more successful but each one has to be explored and experimented with.
- I want to build my blog. My blog is a tiny drop in the blogging ocean but I can see the potential and the possibilities. I want to make it a useful resource, a favourite trusted place to come back to. I’m prepared to put in the work and am starting year 2 with great excitement and optimism.
- Blogging leds to vlogging. Like many other bloggers I’ve plucked up the courage to get in front of the camera. I’m a total beginner and again, I have SO much to learn. It’s been fun creating my YouTube channel and my kids have taken great delight in helping me and starring in some vlogs too. I’m saving up for a shiny new camera.
- I love blogging. From not even knowing what a blog was to having my own site where I can share my thoughts and ideas has brought me so much pleasure. Yes, it’s hard work but I enjoy it. Satisfaction comes from learning. It’s a new hobby and hopefully the more I invest the more I’ll gain.
Are you new to blogging? Have you found it difficult? Do you want to start but are too scared?…..why not leave me a comment.
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