My First Month of Blogging- What I Have Learned

There is definitely a lot more to blogging than one would think looking in from the outside.

 

After my first full month of posting and creating my page, I have a few thoughts to share on my blogging journey from a beginners perspective.

 

As my website looks so far, it may look complete from the perspective of a stranger, but I know there’s so much I am still trying to figure out.

 

For example, how do I get my newsletter to look pretty and cohesive with my page? Coding? Yeah, I am still figuring that out.

 

So many things left to try such as affiliate links, Adsense, and SEO. Social media? I had gone about a year without posting on my Instagram and had completely forgotten about my twitter.

 

I decided to start from scratch and tackle every social media. That was not my best idea. First of all, there is not enough time in the day to consistently post onto all social media platforms.

 

So far, I have realized that while I focus on posting onto Instagram and Twitter, I forget to pin things onto my Pinterest. And Facebook? Yeah, I cannot imagine adding even one more social media.

 

There is a popular saying that says “A jack of all trades is master of none.” I could honestly not agree more. Blogging requires consistency and active posting on social media to grow a following.

 

As a full-time college student, I often find myself overflowing in homework and just wanting to blog. Unfortunately, I have to prioritize because homework, essays, and exams, will not do themselves. That would be great though wouldn’t it?

 

Creating the look of my page

 

When I first start started blogging, I felt inspired. I wanted my little piece of the internet to share my thoughts and maybe be some sort of motivation to others.

 

I knew that the look of my page would be the foundation of my entire blog. That I needed a look that appeared professional, organized, and somehow represented what I was about.

 

I went through several different looks, until I landed on the one that felt right. Rest assured it will continue to change (knowing me).

This became a long process of trial and error where I went from knowing absolutely nothing, to researching and seeking inspiration from other like-minded bloggers. Also, a huge thank you to Pinterest-you are the real MVP.

Creating Content


To be quite honest, this is something I overthought a lot about. Was my content good enough? Is it boring? Would anyone even read any of this?

Once I started to create more content I started to think, should I be adding affiliate links? Should I apply for Adsense? How and what is SEO? Where should I promote my posts?

There is so much more to blogging than just writing and taking pictures.

Below is a list I compiled of everything I learned during my first month of blogging and the advice I would give to anyone that has just started, or is thinking of starting a blog.


Do not rush the process

 

  • Blogging is not something you can watch in a 10 minute video  and learn everything all at once. Truly the best way to learn is to start and through trial and error you will figure out what works best for you.

 

Do not compare yourself to other bloggers

 

  • There is no point in comparing your blog to other bloggers who have been doing this for years. Yes, you can be inspired by them but remember, they didn’t gain their readers/following overnight. Just like you, they created something from nothing and learned along the way.

 

It is okay to feel uninspired

 

  • Life gets busy. Sometimes you will feel overwhelmed with school or work while trying to put up content. When it becomes all too much and you find yourself overwhelmed, organize and take time for yourself.
  • Your sanity is most important, and taking a day to pamper yourself will result in feeling encouraged the next day and a fresh start. Soon you will have new ideas and find yourself wanting to create so much new content.

Blogging is fun, otherwise you never would have wanted to create your blog. It is your own little creative space that you get to share to the world.

I am in no way a blogging expert-not even close. These are simply the things I have learned in my first full month of blogging.

Alright lovelies, hopefully this helps any beginning bloggers who are struggling with lack of inspiration, or are feeling a little overwhelmed.

16 Comments

  1. Erin Cotter November 18, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Great post!! When I was in college I went to a journalism conference in NYC and I took a session on hootsuite. It allows you to preplan your Twitter posts. I’m not kidding when I say I’ve planed out Twitter posts for an entire year on my main account when I planned to go MIA for awhile, traveling and doing other stuff, but did not want my Twitter to go to the dustland. I also use a service called Buffer or Quuu, I use both, but basically you put in what your interests are and it will tweet as you but interesting content. I would highly recommend these two to help you keep up with your Twitter account during busy college times!

    And I totally agree and it is a good reminder for me that blogging should be fun. I stress a lot about my content.

    • Lily Segui November 18, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Hey Erin, I’m glad you like my post! 🙂
      That is really great advice, I definitely need to use hoot suite or other services to help stay active on social media. It’s not easy to keep up with everything all on my own. Thanks so much girly!

  2. Lozza November 18, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    What a great and very true post! 👍🏻 oh and I love your blog layout by the way! xo

    • Lily Segui November 18, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Girly, thank you so much and so happy you like my layout! 🙂

  3. Paige Francesca Bryan November 18, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I’ve had my blog for a while but have only really started using it more seriously – there’s so much to do and ways to get yourself out there! x

    • Lily Segui November 19, 2017 / 3:56 am

      Hey Paige! 🙂 I agree, there is so much to do, but we just have to organize and take it one step at time.

  4. Kelly November 19, 2017 / 4:20 am

    Great Post!!!
    There’s so much to do, I’ve never thought about any of these. I blog just for fun and there’s no organisation either haha.
    Maybe one day I will.

    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

    • Lily Segui November 19, 2017 / 4:33 am

      As long as YOU love your blog and have fun making content, that’s all that should matter! 🙂 The rest is extra.

  5. Rainbowimagine (@Rainbowimagine) November 19, 2017 / 4:25 am

    I feel you! So much work and so much to figure out.
    I’ve been having a lot of fun on my blogging. I think its important that you mention the comparison part. I think it’s a hole many fall in which takes away all the fun!
    And for me that is the main reason I blog; because I have fun doing it. My interactve journeys on my blog have been really educative, I also recently did a complete reboot on my blog. Make it cleanr and start over. It was nice 🙂
    Have fun! Looking forward to reading more of you

    • Lily Segui November 19, 2017 / 4:37 am

      Hey girly, thank you so much! I’m happy you enjoyed my blog post and there is a lot more to come! 🙂
      I agree, there is definitely a hole that is easy to fall in with blogging. Just have to remember the reason we started and have fun with it!

  6. Amii Ruan November 19, 2017 / 9:57 am

    This is such a useful post. I really need to think more carefully about my blog. It seems quite often that I’m just plodding along and writing for me. There is no plan. You’ve definitely got me thinking more carefully about it 🙂

    • Lily Segui November 19, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      It’s definitely important to write content you enjoy writing, but I think it’s also important to know what your readers like. I’m glad this post was helpful to you! 🙂

  7. Dreams&Lashes November 19, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Your blog looks so good I never would’ve thought you’ve only been blogging for a month! congratulations!!
    Also, your photography is really good!! xx

    DreamsAndLashes.com

    • Lily Segui November 19, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Omg your compliments mean so much! Thank you girly, I can’t wait to create more content. I have so many ideas written down for the Christmas season, stay tuned! 🙂

  8. femaleoriginal December 5, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Loved reading this post! I completely agree with you about having so much university work to do but just wanting to blog instead 😂 xx

    • Lily Segui December 5, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks lovely, glad you enjoyed reading 🙂 And yes, I can’t imagine actually wanting to do hw? What must that be like, hahah!

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