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.
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.