Last week, I wrote about My Blogging Journey and how my story began, but now I want to tell you some of the things I have learned on this journey. It’s important to reflect on your own experiences, continue to grow and learn something new each and every day.
- It’s important to reflect and write it down.
When I began blogging as a hobby, I had so many ideas of what I wanted to write about and where I was going to head with my ideas, but I never wrote them down. Honestly, an outline or business plan would have been perfect for me when I first started, but I did not utilize those resources. When it comes to finally getting time to sit down and write, my mind runs blank because I never wrote down all of these great ideas. I recommend you have a journal and devote time to the end of every day and write your thoughts and what happened to you in the journal. Then you can always refer to the journal and it will also show you your progress throughout the year.
- You will only get out what you put in.
If you only put 50% of effort into your blog it shows, just like anything else you do. 50% effort will show you maybe a few views per day if you’re lucky and a lot of times you will go days without views at all. I know because I’ve seen it. The more effort I give, the more results I see. Not just in views, but engagement as well. If you give minimal effort, you will see minimal results. Period.
- Blogging is a big commitment.
Like I just said, you only get out what you put in. If you put in 120%, you will see results. Blogging will take a lot of your time, which means really early mornings and very late nights. If you’re not writing and building content, you’re working social media or you’re working on what’s next for the blog. I’ve been looking at a lot of blogs and looked at the ones who have a lot of generated traffic and it shows how much commitment they’ve had over the years. The results won’t come right away and you have to be committed through the struggles.
- Creation is only a small percentage of the work.
I’ve read that blogging is 20% creation and 80% marketing. Not everyone will see it immediately when you post it and in order to get new viewership you have to find a way to get your material in front of their eyes. You have to jump on your social media, and find new people to share your material with. I’ve learned a lot about marketing on this journey, especially Pinterest.
- The importance of networking.
You cannot do this alone. Life. It’s a very dark place if you continue living it by yourself. The best way to grow your blog is through fellow bloggers. There are so many Facebook groups that help with this. Occasionally, you can get them to share one of your posts to their follow base and you can get a significant jump in traffic. Help someone and they will often return the favor. Do unto others, as you wish to be done to you.
- You have to accept your past.
The other day, I read a great post called Why You Should Stop Blaming Your Parents, which you can read here, and it really hit home for me. At some point, in order to live a happy and successful life, you have to accept reality and accept your past. You can’t change it and you certainly can’t run from it forever, but you can learn from it. You have to move forward with your life instead of consistently blaming your past for your current state and for an unknown future. Push through the problems by accepting your past.
I’m still only in the beginning stages of my blogging journey and I fully intend for it to be a lot greater than it is right now. I look forward to hearing from everyone and I am happy to continue sharing my motivation and inspiration with each and every one of you.
At the end of the day, ask yourself, “What’s my excuse?” Learn what that excuse is, write it down on a piece of paper and burn it. Don’t allow that excuse to continue holding you back from being successful and remaining average.