Blogging has taught me a lot over the past couple of months. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is patience. Everything takes time. Blogging is not something you’ll get the hang of after one post. It’s something that you have to keep putting the time and effort into. And what separates bloggers from GREAT bloggers, in my opinion, is that effort and consistency. I’m still working on the consistency, but being patient has allowed me to find the motivation to keep striving. And in searching for that motivation, here are the 4 biggest lessons that I’ve learned over the last 2 months:
1. Plan Ahead: Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. Especially when you’re starting out, the biggest mistake I always used to make (in my previous attempts at starting a blog) was starting out too fast and running out of fuel soon after. Don’t post every day unless you know you can keep that schedule. Even if it seems like you have a ton of ideas (especially at the beginning), budget them out. Being an avid blog reader myself, I know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when my favorite bloggers post consistently week after week and then proceed to vanish for 2-3 months. It’s always better to start off slow and then adjust your schedule as you become more confident in your ability to handle the load.
I also like to write my posts ahead of time (I hate writing under pressure)–generally 1-2 posts ahead of my planned schedule. It’s mostly just insurance…in case I have a really busy week or just really bad writer’s block every now and then.
2. Use Pictures: Pictures are important!! They’re a great way to grab attention, and they’re also great for breaking up a long post. I tend to get overwhelmed when I see posts that are just long blocks of texts, and while I do understand that it depends on the content, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with adding pictures into your posts. I’m still learning and experimenting with composition/arrangement styles, and observing how your favorite bloggers style their pictures is a GREAT way to find inspiration. Over time, you’ll find your own style (I’m still working on mine).
3. Be You: This is the MOST important. Stay true to yourself, and write about what you love. It’s ridiculously hard to write about something that you have no interest in, or something that’s just not really you. And readers, I feel like, can definitely sense it! So keep doing you. And you’ll find people who love that–and that’s where you really get the best of both worlds 🙂
4. Interact: My stuffed animals are super cute aren’t they 😉 But anyway, this one is really important too, especially when you’re first starting! How else are people supposed to find your blog?! Go out and network–virtually, that is. Leave a comment on someone else’s blog. Follow another blogger’s Instagram. You’ll get so much more out of your blogging experience if you take the initiative to put yourself out there. The blogging community is so so supportive, and I’ve met some amazing fellow bloggers over the last two months. And I’m excited to get to know more of you!
What are some important things that you’ve learned during your blogging experience? I’d love to know!