Hi all! Now, I have officially reached my third month of blogging and I am more than excited to tell you everything that I have learned in this time. When I started it, I didn’t realise just how much I would come to enjoy it! If you are a writer or an aspiring one, or you’re like me and you like chatting so much that you can’t contain it – I urge you if you haven’t already to start a blog. It is such a peaceful outlet and the community that I have found has been incredible to say the least. So, what have I learned in my limited time?
- Invest, invest, invest.
Invest your time, your energy and your money into blogging if it’s what you seriously want to do. Even if you’re not eager to make it into a full time job and you would just like to see some benefit from it, it would be worth looking into your options. Since I started this blog, I’ve spent £83 on it through buying my own domain, upgrading my WordPress account and also signing up to Awin. Even though I’m still waiting to hear back from this affiliate programme, I can tell you the benefits I saw with upgrading my WordPress plan. I got to get rid of the .wordpress.com at the end of my domain which automatically makes it look more professional and I had more access to better themes.
2. Remember your community.
People always admire those who are willing to put into other people as well as themselves. I always appreciate when Twitter users will reply to your tweets, will like your tweets or comment on various other social medias. This is something you should always do. I always reply to every comment I get on my blog as I love talking to you guys! I’m not just a monkey at a typewriter and neither are you all – you might meet people who want you to guest post on their blog or you might make a lifelong friend. I met my best friend of four years through blogging. It’s so worth it.
3. Blog about what you want.
Yes, we are all tempted to fade into the easy posts that we know get attention. But if it feels forced, your readers will be able to tell that it is. The whole point of blogging is to share your passions and your opinions – don’t lose that element of it in a desperate attempt for followers or to gain more traffic. People will love you for you and your thoughts – that’s something I can guarantee.
4. Never be afraid to admit your post was inspired by others.
I’ve yet to run into this problem on this platform but I know there have been social media platforms I’ve used in the past (*hacks* Tumblr *hacks*) who are so, so precious about their ideas. I’m not talking about down-right stealing. I’m talking about people writing about similar topics, people basing their looks off of other people’s themes. It was something that created a very negative vibe in the community, leaving people to tread on egg-shells. If your post was inspired by someone else, tell them! Mention them in the post, it will mean far more to them than you can know.
5. Be true to yourself.
This is similar to point 3, but I’m talking about keeping your opinions true. Again, your readers will respect this far more than if you’re very obviously lying. If you’re approached by a company who want you to review their product, don’t lie about it to get your readers to buy it. If it’s poor quality, turn down the sponsorship. I know that sounds easier than it is especially when money is involved but integrity holds far more worth.
What have you guys learned? Do you have any tips? How long have you been blogging?
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