It’s been 3 years since I wrote my first blog post. Then, I did not imagine that I would get this far and have the support of you, who have become family. I have written numerous pieces, rediscovered my niche, changed the outlook and learned numerous lessons along the way. Looking back, I would not have done it any differently. Every step of the way has been totally worth it.
Being a lifestyle blog, I have come to realize that there is a very thin line between my public and private life and I’ll be honest. It is scary sometimes.
There are, however, things I have learned along the way that have guided me and made me better. If you are thinking of starting out, these may be helpful to you. If you are already a blogger, you will most likely attest to this.
Writing is a craft, not a trade
I have seen so many people get into blogging for various reasons. Many of them, it is to make money from it and eventually perhaps, even become famous. While this may eventually happen, the truth is you should not just write to earn from it. Treat writing like art and do it because it makes you happy. Even when writing to get paid, keep this in mind.
There is always room to improve
When I started off, I was honestly just a clueless individual who wanted to hone her skills in writing. When you read my first post, you will realize that I was writing about anything. At first, I would do two posts in a week. It eventually became challenging especially because I was running out of ideas.
Then I realized that many content creators have a schedule. I also learned what people mostly resonate with and that was the game-changer for me.
So seek to learn as much as you can, from those who have done it before you.
Never give up
From my first post, I was sure that at least four people would read it – my family. Getting regular readers was a challenge and at some point, I questioned whether I had done the right thing by starting out in this field.
There will be tough days, in fact, many tough days. So even if one person reads your blog, always remember why you started it and that will keep you going.
You may have started because of your passion for something; or you enjoy creative expression; or simply thought it would be fun. These have to be the foundation of why you’re blogging in the first place.
Positivity is key
There have been times I second-guess myself and don’t think some of my blog posts are good enough. I have had to constantly remember my “Why” and know that this is what I want.
Being positive gets you out of the worst days and makes you look forward to the days to come with so much hope. Speak words of affirmation and know that you are doing your best.
Discipline generates results
This all boils down to consistency – something I have struggled with a lot. When I realized two days a week was not working for me, I decided to do it once a week and give it my all. There are days I have struggled with content and a little anxiety that makes me take a step back and not post for a while.
When you are consistent, you will build a consistent audience. When you fall off the radar, because the online space is a fast-paced one, you are forgotten almost immediately. Building the audience again takes a while.
Authenticity is indispensable
There is only one person who can be you, and that is YOU. So own your space and be authentic in it all. People appreciate authenticity and the more they feel they can relate with you or to your experiences, the more they will be glued to your stuff.
Find your voice and let it flow through your writing. Your voice is what makes you, you. It’s what makes your articles interesting, and unlike anyone else out there on the internet. It’s what makes people feel connected to you, as though they’re talking to a friend.
So embrace it. It sets you apart, and will make people want to come back to hear it again and again.
It has been a wild ride and I cannot wait to see just where we will be in the next three years. What has been one of your favorite posts in these three years?
See you next week!