There are a lot of things that I didn’t know before starting this blog that I have learned over time. I want to share what I have learned with you today. When I started this blog, about a year and a half ago, I remember feeling overwhelmed, confused, and clueless about where I would take this blog and how to make it grow.
I have learned a lot and I am still learning every day. If you are thinking about starting a blog or just starting one, then you will want to read this.
I want to set the expectations of blogging straight because you may have some expectations that may not be reality. I did too, and I learned a lot that I want to share with you.
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GROWTH IS SLOW
Growing any brand takes time. I have read so many articles that give us high expectations about growing an audience with a blog. This just isn’t reality for most.
It is difficult to figure out where to start and how to start growing your audience when you have never blogged before. It takes to time to figure out where your audience is and what strategies work best for your blog. Growth takes time, so don’t beat yourself up about not seeing rapid growth because it your growth is different than someone else. Every blog post that you write will feed that growth slowly.
IT IS HARD WORK
Blogging is fun, but it takes hard work to come up with ideas and create content for an audience. It can take a lot of time with all the writing, photos, editing photos, and creating images for social media. There is always something to improve on the blog so it can feel overwhelming sometimes, but it is important to not rush things, take time, and have fun with it.
TRY TO FOCUS ONLY ON TASKS THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL
As a blogger, we tend to have an entrepreneurial & creative mind that is generating new ideas all the time. This can be just so overwhelming sometimes, or at least for me it is. A tip is to write down everything you want to accomplish and figure out from your list what you need to accomplish now and what goals can be met in the long run.
For me, right now I decided I wanted to focus solely on Pinterest because it brings me the most passive traffic with the right pins. I love using Tailwind together with Pinterest because it makes it easy to schedule a lot of pins all at once at the perfect time. Being a member of the right tribes can also be helpful because of the amount of repins you can see from these groups.
Tailwind makes it easier to keep up with Pinterest, but manual pinning works too if you have the time.
LEARN FOR WHAT WORKS & WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOUR BLOG
It takes time to learn what works and what doesn’t work for your blog. Pay attention to analytics and learn how people are finding your blog. Every blog is different and it doesn’t hurt to try new and different things to figure out what does work for you.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF CHANGE
Don’t be afraid try new things. After some time, you will begin to figure out what type of content people are most interested in when they land on your blog. Your niche might change and your theme may change too. As the mastermind behind the blog it will be up to you to make changes when needed. If you feel change is needed, always go with your heart, even if it feels scary.
DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS ONLINE
Be happy with where you are in your growth. Just because another blog looks perfect doesn’t mean yours isn’t good. Everyone learns along the way. We all learn how to make it our own. We learn with experience over time. Get inspired by others and never stop working towards improvement.
Remember, the simplest method to be successful at blogging is to truly be yourself and do what works the best for you and your blog. I wish you the best.