WOW, that went fast! I can’t believe this little blog of mine is already a month old! Sometimes I wonder if I started this blog to stave off baby fever. Makes sense though, right? I mean, in my spare time outside of my 9-5 job and title of Mom, I have to constantly monitor the blog, feed the blog posts, fiddle with those posts for optimal SEO, promote the blog on every social media platform imaginable, respond to messages/comments and then hopefully go to bed at a reasonable hour.
Blogging is no joke. Especially if you want to take it seriously. I had no idea the amount of time and resources I would use on this blog. Don’t get me wrong – I’m loving every minute of it! It’s just a lot more than sitting down and typing out something and hitting publish.
There’s so many layers to keeping up a blog. I’ve dove waaaaaay out of my comfort zone. But it’s actually been an amazing learning experience. Here are some takeaways from my first month of blogging:
Social media will make you or break you.
I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I started my blog. I honestly didn’t realize the importance of having active social media accounts. Never did I ever think I’d be on Twitter, yet I just recently sent my first tweet. I set up separate Instagram and Facebook pages for my blog. I’ve joined a number of blogging Facebook groups to put my content out there and get feedback and shares and likes and comments. There are numerous daily threads of submitting your content from all your social media profiles for others to do as they please.
But you know what? From what I’ve experienced, the blogging community is so supportive. Everyone is willing to take time out of their day to promote your content. Sure, in return you promote theirs, but only if you want to. The great part of this is, you stumble upon blogs you never knew existed, yet cater to your realm. I’ve found a number of blogs I’m now subscribed to and I look forward to that email in my inbox with their latest post. I hope my subscribers feel the same!
Know the rules.
I think it’s fair to say that blogging is somewhat like writing a term paper. You’re writing your ideas about something. You can’t plagiarize someone else’s work and get away with it. It’s so important to source anything and everything you use on your site that isn’t intellectually yours, just to be safe. That includes images, too.
Also, if you plan on monetizing your blog with affiliate marketing and sponsored posts – you NEED to know how to put up proper disclosures. I’m an Amazon Affiliate and they require a specific wording of disclosures on your site. If you don’t abide by these regulations – don’t expect to get paid by the affiliate companies, and your account could get shut down. It’s serious business people. Personally, I think it’s tacky not to post such disclosures, especially when it’s obvious I’m reading a sponsored post.
And while we’re on the topic of rules – when you’re part of blogging groups on Facebook and other social media platforms – read their rules, and follow them. I haven’t really seen anyone disregard rules in these groups, but there are a few times you can easily spot the people who just don’t read the thread instructions. Thankfully, for the most part admins are on the ball and keep these blogger groups running smoothly.
Ditch your perfectionism.
This was something I had to just suck up and get over. The first week or so I would pore over my posts for hours before publishing them, worried I was missing something or needed to change it somehow. Sure, I think doing spelling and grammar checks a couple of times is time well spent, but if you’re serious about blogging, you need to take a leap of faith and put your content out there for your readers to divulge. I promise, you’ll be fine.
Don’t compare yourself to the blog that has 1000s of subscribers.
You’re the new kid on the block, so it’s pointless to get down on yourself for only getting a handful of page views some days. Blogs that are raking in the dough and have oodles of subscribers are run by people who’ve been doing this a while and know what they’re doing, obviously.
I was a fish out of water when it came to starting my blog. I didn’t know hardly any of the lingo, how to use WordPress, or what self-hosted meant. But that’s what’s so great about the blogging community in my opinion. I was in a group of all new bloggers and you could just put your question out there in the open and plenty of people would either try and help or point you in the direction of solid help.
Keep at it. Your hard work will pay off.
In my first month of blogging I’ve managed to get 20 posts published, 24 subscribers and a little over 2000 page views so far. I’m taking that as a positive and running with it. Heck, I started with ZERO! The sky is the limit! I just have to stay with it, stay focused and do what feels right for me and my blogging path.
Thank you again for reading my blog. You keep my spirits lifted and I’m happy to share my world.