I am currently writing this post in my backyard and it super stormy outside. I am really hoping tonight is the night of the monsoon I have been waiting for! :)
Anyway, I cannot believe it has been an entire year since I started my blog! Blogging has truly become one of my favorite hobbies. I posted my very first blog July 17th, 2016! To give you a little background, I was never much of a writer before blogging. The reason I became so drawn to blogs is because of the blogs I would read regularly. I love reading blogs. Whether it's food, fashion, travel, lifestyle. I love them. After months of reading them, I finally decided I wanted to create my own. And I am so glad I did. I feel like I have learned a lot from blogging. Not only about the content, but about myself as well. I hope this helps any new bloggers or anyone tip-toeing around the idea of creating their own blog, like I was.
1. Share your content
Don't be afraid to share your own blogs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram., etc.. I never shared my posts for the first few months, but I realized that I am really proud of my blog and I work reeeeeally hard on my posts so I want to share it with people. If people do not like it, their loss :)
2. Always be yourself
With so many popular fashion, food, beauty, travel, and all the other blogs out there, what makes you stand is YOU. Let your personality reflect in your writing. Yes, there are so many bloggers in the world, but there is only one YOU. Sounds cheesy, I know. But take advantage of it.
3. Do not get into blogging for the money
There are plenty of bloggers that make a very decent living from full time blogging; however, that should not be the reason to start a blog. I can honestly say in my one year of blogging, I have spent much much much more on my blog than I have earned.. Do not do it for the money. You will get disappointed.
4. Consistency is KEY
I will admit, there was a period of about 3-4 months that I did not post on my blog. I really do not know why either. But you know what happened in that 3-4 months? I had maybe 20 page views during those months.. Once you start posting consistently, you will start having readers consistently. My page consistently gets hundreds of views each month because I am posting frequently. Post more and you will gain a real audience.
5. Create a blog page that really represents you
With so many blogging platforms out there, it can be overwhelming to find the best one. I researched for about a month before choosing mine. I am using Squarespace for my platform and I love it. I have had the same page for a whole year and I still love it every signle time I view it.
6. Write about what you love
I relate this to writing what YOU would want to read on someone else's blog. When I first started, I had no idea what to write about. What would people want to read? So I just started writing things that I would want to read. And it works. One of my most popular posts, HOW TO: MICKEY'S FUNWHEEL DRINK- which makes up about 30% of my traffic this month alone, was one of my favorite posts to write. I had no idea I would gain this amount of traffic from this post, I just wanted to re-create the drink because I thought it would be fun... and it ended up being my most popular post.
7. The more content you post, the easier it is to come up with new content
A year ago it was so hard for me to think of new posts. Now I am consistently writing down ideas of future posts. Ever since I have been posting more frequently, it just became easier to come up with new ideas.
8. Don't care what people think
This is a hard thing for me to do, sadly. Maybe it is just me, but I feel like writing brings out the most vulnerable side of you. The side that friends, family, co-workers may not see. But if it is something you enjoy doing, people will be supportive of that.
9. Put in the work
I spend a lot of time one my blog. I wish Squarespace had some sort of clocking in and clocking out system so I could see how many hours I spend working on this. The time I spend planning a post, writing a draft, taking pictures, editing pictures, linking to sources, proof reading, posting the blog, then sharing links on social media takes A LOT OF TIME AND WORK. It makes a huge difference when you put in the extra work.
10. Use your resources
There is so much free information out there about blogs. How to create a blog, how to write creatively, how to engage with your readers, how to make money blogging, how to purchase a domain, how to edit pictures. There is tons of information out there. Take advantage of it.
I really hope this helps anyone who is thinking about starting a blog. Let me know if any of you found this helpful. Also, thank you so much to the people who take the time to read this blog. I appreciate it more than you could ever know :)