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.
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.
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
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,