Blogging lessons learned from experience are the key to successful blogging.
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It’s been over three months since I mustered the courage to start a blog and stuck with it. Honestly, it has been full of both excitements and frustrations.
It’s like dealing with infertility; you go through a rollercoaster of emotions. I get excited when I look at my analytics, and I see one viewer, and then I get frustrated when it remained one throughout the day. And to make things worse, that one viewer was me checking my site. How depressing!
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For two months, it has been full of trials and errors, mainly due to impulsiveness. I changed my theme multiple times, not in a week but a day. I even changed my fonts and colors, maybe a million times a day.
As you might have already noticed, I have a hard time making up my mind. As of right now, I am thinking of changing my theme again.Starting a blog is also learning how to blog.Click To Tweet
In my two months of blogging, I learned a lot of things. I always thought that I should learn everything first before starting a blog. But I’m glad I didn’t. Learning along the way thought me so much.
Below are some of the things I learned from my blogging experience in the past two months. This list contains just a few things, but I know that I will be learning more along the way.
10 Blogging Lessons Learned
People will Subscribe and Unsubscribe
You might get excited upon waking up and saw an email saying that you gained one or two subscribers. I was so excited when I got my first one, and then my second, third and so forth.
However, one morning I received an email that one subscriber unsubscribed. I was disappointed and could not get that out of my mind all day. I tried to brainstorm what I did that made that follower unsubscribed. Did I do something wrong? How did I disappoint them?
And then I got my second and then third unsubscriber. I then realized that this is inevitable. It’s like real life, some people you meet will not like you, and some will stay and get to know you. So, I just moved on.
Regardless of their reason for opting out, you should not let it slow you down in pursuing your goals. Take it as a lesson to improve more on what you do.
As John Donne’s poem say, “No man is an island.” You might be the smartest person in the world, but you will still need help along the way.
Same goes to blogging. You might be an expert and all that however you still cannot work alone. You will still need people to grow your blog.
I am the kind of person who tries to look for the answers to my queries first before I ask someone else. However, this is working to my disadvantage. I spend more time researching than actually being productive.
So I changed my ways, I started asking questions. I started asking help from other bloggers. There are a lot of bloggers out there who are willing to help; you just need to ask.
You might be surprised because we all know that the blogging world is full of competition. However, it is actually a community of helpful and supportive individuals.
Make an Investment
If you want to earn money from your blog, then it is a business.
And as with any other businesses, blogging involves investing. You need a startup capital and money to maintain it. I spent on Bluehost for my platform, Akismet and Wordfence for my protection, Grammarly for my writing and a bunch of e-courses to help me build, grow and monetize my blog.
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I find that I am learning more and making the most out of my blog with these investments.
Reach Out to other Bloggers and Companies
This lesson is somewhat related to asking for help. However, this is more on you networking with other bloggers and reaching out to companies.
To make out of the most of your blog, you need audience and businesses as well. You need companies to pay you for promoting their products, but you also need an audience to promote the product to.
I applied to a couple of affiliate companies like Amazon and ShareASale. I am happy with these two because they have a lot of product varieties that I can promote. I also applied as an affiliate to the products I am already using like Bluehost, Grammarly, and Boardbooster.
For my ads, I was accepted by Media.net despite my lower page views. I am hoping to apply for another ad network once my numbers are up.
I increased my reach by joining FB groups and Pinterest Group Boards. And I promoted as often as I can to all social media platform I have. Currently, I am trying to focus on two social media platforms. The last thing I want is to spread myself too thin in all social media platforms.
Currently, I am trying to focus on two social media platforms which are Pinterest and Twitter and grow my following. When I have built a good following on these two social platform accounts, then I can expand my focus to other social media platform. The last thing I want is to spread myself too thin in all social media platforms.
Gain your Focus
When I started blogging, I was overwhelmed. I wanted to do that, try that, buy that and so on. I did not have a focus. I wanted to do everything at the same time, thinking that I will get my blog take off quickly.
Well, I was WRONG. By trying to do everything at the same time, I was missing out. I was not able to master one thing.
Blogging has a process; you need to do that so you can do this. I was doing everything wrong. I only have one blog post when I launched my website. And I started monetizing even without an audience.
I spent more time changing my themes than writing another blog post. I did not have any focus at all.
If I have to do it all over again, I would have at least ten blog posts before launching and monetizing. I would concentrate on the step by step process.
Make a Schedule
To improve your focus, write it down. Put your goals down onto paper. Prioritize and set a due date. Then plan an attack to each of the goals. Next, get you calendar and fill it in with your goals and action plan.
Next, get you calendar and fill it in with your goals and action plans.
By doing this, you will improve your accountability and be able to get things done.
When I first started, I did not have a calendar, I just write whatever and whenever. Which was wrong because some days I end up with nothing to write about. My posting schedule was out of whack.
Since I learned my lessons, I created and used an editorial calendar, which helped me to be more organized.
There is nothing wrong with writing about something based on your personal experience. However, your story will be more credible if you back it up with research and studies.
One of my blog’s category is infertility which needs information to be backed up by research. Not that it is required, but it will make my work reliable. In this way, I will gain my reader’s trust.
I try to allot a time to search for studies that can back up my post. I use Google Scholar or other research library database available online.
As they always say, blogging is not a get rich quick scheme, they were right. You cannot make money overnight when you are just starting your blog. However, the blogging expenses can happen as soon as you start your blog. Which of course is a bummer.
These sites do not make much, but they at least provide something that can somehow offset my blogging expenses.
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In the blogging world, you cannot work alone. You need a network to help promote your creations. The blogging world is so saturated that it is hard to get noticed. But if you have a system that can help you, you will somehow get in front of your readers.
To do this, you will have to help others too. You will be frowned upon if you are one of those who just joins a network, drops a link of their post and run. Don’t do it! It is not only bad for you but it will definitely bad for your business. Be helpful so that others will help you too.
I think that one of the most valuable blogging lessons I learned in my two months of blogging is Patience. Having a lot more patience in this blogging journey definitely helped me deal with frustrations and disappointments.
It is indeed that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time for it to grow. Although, I see some other bloggers who claimed that they had good results in just a few months of blogging. I guess, they are the exceptions. But for most bloggers, and for me it will take time and some day our time will come as well.
These are the blogging lessons I learned in my two months of blogging, and I am sure I will still have a lot more to learn as I go through this journey.
These lessons helped me grow not only as a blogger but as an individual as well.
Have you learned anything from your blogging experience?