It’s 6 months to the day that I decided to hit publish on my first ever blog post and haven’t looked back since, only to see how far I’ve come. As I reflect on my time as a newbie blogger, I want to share with you all the things I’ve learned along the way.
There’s Never A Right Time To Start
First thing I learned when I started my blogging journey was that I didn’t need to wait until I could afford premium accounts, fancy equipment or themes. All I needed was a will to write and a passion. My biggest regret is not starting sooner.
Don’t Have Any Expectations
This sounds quite bleak but not having any expectations will ensure you’re not going to be disappointed. Don’t expect thousands of readers to your blog straight away (if at all). Some of my most well written posts are less popular than some with only a couple of paragraphs. I thought they would do better than they did and I experienced a lack of motivation to put out any more. I’m glad I didn’t let it get me down and now I just publish without assuming the number of readers or likes I’m going to get.
You Don’t Need An Expensive Camera
Something that held me back from not wanting to start my blog sooner was that I didn’t have a nice camera. Of course a quality camera would be nice but it’s not a necessity. These days most smart phones have cameras to rival even the best. I am still using my Iphone 7 to take pictures. Good lighting is one of the biggest advantages in taking aesthetic blog pictures.
Engagement Is Key
If you want your blog to grow, you can’t just sit back and wait for the readers to come. You have to make yourself known. I get far more readers and engagement when I interact with other bloggers and put my name out there. Following other bloggers in the same niche as you on social media will help too. If you would like to connect with me on Instagram or Pinterest, I follow my fellow bloggers back.
You Don’t Need New Make Up Every Week
As a beauty and lifestyle blogger, a lot of my posts focus around make up and skincare. When I first began I thought I needed new products for all my blog posts. This isn’t true at all. You can create content with what you already have.
Try To Avoid Wearing Yourself Down
Okay, blogging isn’t an hour in the gym, but it’s still hard work. Don’t force yourself to upload new posts more frequently than you can manage. By overdoing it you’ll get fed up and loose the joy for blogging. There’s been days I really didn’t want to blog and ended up putting a post out anyway just for the sake of publishing something. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore, it needs to be enjoyable or you’ll give up.
That’s what I’ve learned in my first 6 months of blogging. I hope to learn more as I continue to blog. Thank you to all my lovely subscribers, you make this seem worthwhile. Hopefully, this will encourage someone to start their blog (just go for it). Thanks for reading XOXO.