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7 Lessons I learned in my 6 months of Blogging

I know there are more than 7 lessons you can learn in your first 6 months of blogging but I wanted to touch on just a few key points. In my first 6 months of blogging I did a lot of observing successful bloggers, asking good questions (to those who seen huge growth in their blogs) and researching the best ways to grow. I took in as much information as I could. What a difference it makes when you set aside time to learn about blogging.

Lesson #1: Know your direction

If you don’t know where you are going, you are going to get lost. Make sure that when you start your blog you have a clear direction on where you are going. If you don’t know where you are going then make sure you get the answers you need to make a good decision. We live in a world where you can get information everywhere. Do your research, find the successful people who are doing what you want to be doing, and put some work into discovering the direction you feel called to.

Some people will start something only to discover later on that it wasn’t what they thought it would be or that they wish they would have known more. Starting something is a great step but not when it can go all wrong. Some people will tell you “well at least you tried and now you know.” I think that is a tad stupid. You wouldn’t get into a relationship without knowing the facts would you? So why would you invest in something that could drain you of everything you have? You may have learned a lesson but at what cost? Don't make the lesson cost you everything you have. Instead learn from others. Know what you are getting into before you start. Click To Tweet

When I started my blog I had an idea of where I was going. I had thought about every detail of my blog- who my audience was, what I wanted to write about and what I wanted to accomplish.

Model: me Photographer: Diana Kinkor

Lesson#2: You need to have a passion and love for blogging

This goes for everything that you want in life. You have to have the passion and love in order to see growth. If you don’t, it will waste away and die. There are going to be days and weeks where you wont want to put in the work on your blog. It might start out exciting, new and fun but when all that fades after awhile what will be the push for you to keep going?

I was warned about this in the beginning of blogging. In my heart I knew that what people were saying was true. The first couple months were great and exciting. Then I started noticing for myself that it was more work and that I had to keep up with everyone. I realized how much potential my blog had but also with potential came more work. To me that was overwhelming. To do lists zap the joy out of the things we love. Make sure that you remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Click To Tweet Keep persevering and working hard, reminding yourself of your goals in this endeavor.

Lesson #3 Being trustworthy will get you really far

This is something I’ve known for some time. Having my blog just reaffirms how important it is to have certain values- integrity, honesty, loyalty, hard work, following through, and consistency. These are all qualities that constitute someone who is trustworthy. People work hard for their money and they value their time. With that said- you need to understand that and treat them with the uttermost respect, love and care. If you don’t, it will get noticed and you will pay for the consequences.

At first it might just be an unfollowing or a loss of a good supporter. But later it could cost you. Who knows what connections they have and now you have lost them as well. Every single person has value. Treat them like how you would like to be treated. Treat them as if they are a close family member or a best friend.

Me and little miss Lily (my spunky niece)

Lesson #4 Be who you are

I think many people get so caught up in looking at other peoples success and failures and in the mix they lose themselves. Know who you are and be who you are. Don’t let the distractions of what everyone else is doing slow you down and make you feel like you have to compete. You have so much to offer. You are the only person like you out there. This sets you apart. Embrace your story, strengths and passions.

If you don’t know these then spend some time getting to know yourself more. Use what you know, are passionate about and gifted in to speak out. Let your unique voice be heard.

Lesson #5 Be intentional with every piece of your blog

Try to get into the mind of your audience. Ask your audiences good, well thought out questions to help give you ideas of where you see the needs for your blog.

What stands out most in a blog is the conent. Is it well written? Does encourage? Is it helping someone else be productive? Think carefully and be intentional with what you share.

It’s fine to throw some personal touches in it but don’t be the person that shares all about their personal life and gives no help or direction to the reader. Your content needs to have depth and get them moving forward. The goal is to get them more than motivated. Get them writing down points, changing behaviours if necessary and useing skills and ideas to move them along in their journey.

Lesson #6 Go at your own pace

This is an extension of my last point. Challenge yourself yes but don’t overdue it. Go at your own pace otherwise you are going to want to give up.

Pace yourself. Blogging isn’t a race or a competition.

Everyone has their own set of goals they want to achieve. Focus on your goals. Write down a plan to keep you on track and at a steady pace. Then when you feel like you can handle it a little more, up your game.

Challenge yourself, be patient and kind with yourself. Trust yourself in the process. Click To Tweet
Model: me Photographer: Diana Kinkor

Lesson #7 Understand and embrace that your blog is never going to be perfect

For the longest time I had such a perfectionist attitude about my blog. I was terrified of getting bad responses. Let’s be honest, people nowadays are not so nice and can be super critical. It took me a long time to decide to finally launch my blog. My friend was the one that pushed me to do it even though my excuse was “it’s just not ready.” Really that was just fear getting in the way.

I had done everything I needed to for me to launch it. Could I have made it better? I could have improved it. What good is my work though, if it’s being hidden and not shared? It’s not impacting anyone’s life by keeping it hidden.

Truth is, you are going to mess up on your blog…many times. You are going to want to change things about it in the process. Your blog is like a new job. You wont know how it will turn out. It is something you could learn to love or in time you could hate it. You may decide to take a different direction with it or completely fall in love with the process. The beauty of it all, is that, it is yours and you get to decide what you want to do with it. Throw perfectionism out the window and embrace being teachable.

Be blessed & bless others,

Dani

42 thoughts on “7 Lessons I learned in my 6 months of Blogging

  1. Thank you for sharing these thoughts! We only just started our blog last month, so this provides me with a little cheat route towards the near future. Keep it up!

  2. Agreed! And yes, mistakes are inevitable! I accidentally sent an empty blog post to all of my email subscribers recently because I forgot to change the “scheduled” date in WordPress. Hopefully I learned that lesson, but it will probably happen again at some point. I’m trying to stay positive no matter what mistakes I make or what other people may say. Thanks for the article!

  3. I really needed to read this today! That’s exactly what’s holding me back from officially launching. “It’s just not ready yet” is almost exactly what I said to my friend yesterday. I just need to do it and stop striving for perfection.

  4. One of my favorite posts I have read in a while. Going at your own pace is such a great piece of advice. I’m new to blogging (like a week new) and to be honest, I feel like I’m in a rat race. Trying to keep up. Trying to get more views. Trying to be as good as everyone else. I love this post. You did an amazing job.

  5. Nice post! I think #4 is one of the most important ones. Being genuine will help you craft your own style and make you stand out. Keep up the great work!

  6. Great article! I’m new to blogging and it is for sure overwhelming, but I am learning a lot through being organized and looking at other blogs similar to mine

  7. Great tips! They are all so true =) I started mine in January and there’s so much I want to do with it – I just need to find time to do it!

  8. Great post! I’ve read a lot of posts about what bloggers have learned in their first year or few months and yours definitely stands out. Love your great insights and the detail you provided!

  9. You make a lot of great points that are really helpful and inspiring to newer bloggers like myself. Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom!

  10. Congrats on reaching 6 months! I’ll be approaching 6 months in two months, so I can absolutely relate with everything mentioned throughout this post. I love how you mentioned to pace yourself. When I first start, I quickly became overwhelmed reading all of this info about how different bloggers did this, did that. I learned that my journey is going to be different from theirs & to just do what works best for me!

  11. I really enjoyed this post! I have been blogging for just over a month so I felt like this post resonated with me personally. The best way to become a master is to get started 🙂

  12. I can truly relate…only been at this blogging thing for a month. I’ve learned so much but I have so much more to learn. Keep up your good work 🤗

  13. Blogging is really hard work. It makes you self evaluate for the presence of values as your capacity for hard work and integrity and dedication to tak. Most of all it helps me shore up my identity.

  14. #7 is so true! Sometimes I go all the way back to the beginning archives of my favorite bloggers to remind myself that they didn’t become beautifully curated and successful overnight either!

  15. Ok I started my blog this week and already, I feel overwhelmed by the vulnerability of it all. Just putting yourself out there is a bit scary. Thanks for sharing this advice!

  16. As a new blogger, I love that you remind us to be kind to ourselves and be intentional! Great suggestions!

  17. I am about 3 months in, I feel like the learning curve is huge. I have a direction, I am not in a hurry, but it still feels overwhelming. I am trying to take it one day at a time and learn as much as I can. I was a complete beginner with zero idea of what I was doing when I started so I know I should be proud of what I have accomplished.
    A side note…. I love the click to tweet plugin….. what is that one??

  18. Jen I can completely relate to you. When I first started I didn’t have a clue how to get setup or how to use technology. I think we all secretly feel the overwhelmingness of it. There is so much to blogging. It’s a good and bad thing. Keep doing awesome work and sharing. Click to Tweet is an awesome pluggin and it’s actually really easy to use. You just download it. Then click on the bird in your post and copy and paste the quote you want to be tweetable.

  19. Great post, it is super hepful to read the midset of other bloggers. Some time you can feel very alone and isolated as a blogger, not sure if you message is getting out there or being received well. I love #6 too many time I see comparison as the thief of joy, just do you!

  20. I am a brand new blogger , only about 2 months in, and I have definitely felt that overwhelming feeling to keep up. I feel pressured to post daily, on some form of social media, so that my blog doesn’t ‘disappear’ based on some algorithm. I have already told myself to step back, take a break, and ENJOY the content I am putting out. I only post blog content 1-2 times a week now, but it is something I really enjoy writing about, and I feel the quality is much better that way! As a new blogger, I appreciate all this advice that I am reading about the ups and downs of this niche!

  21. I totally agree with these 7 lessons. I have found that the best thing to do is slow down and take your time. Make sure that everything you are thinking is being written well. I will definitely be saving this. Thanks for the informative blog post!

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