I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over 3 months now!
I wanted to start a blog for so long before I actually took the plunge. Before I started my blogging journey, I did tons and TONS of research because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into.
I read a lot of posts like these when I was first starting out and I’m so excited to write my own now!
What I Learned After 3 Months of Blogging
#1 – You don’t have to have it all figured out.
I procrastinated starting a blog because I thought I wouldn’t find success unless I had a detailed plan, perfect branding, a curated social media feed, an amazing opt-in freebie… there was so much I felt like I needed to do in order to get started that I just didn’t start.
There was also the issue that I didn’t fully know what I wanted my niche/branding to even BE. I’ve learned so much about what I want everything to look like and what I want to write about now that I’ve actually started blogging. And I’ve started to learn more about the direction I want to take my blog, too.
You don’t have to know every tiny detail about what you want to do before you start your blogging journey. So much of it is trial and error, anyway, so you may as well just start!
#2 – Your voice matters!
I also procrastinated starting my blog because I thought what I had to say wasn’t important. I was worried the blogging world was too saturated because I didn’t start my blog in 2011 or 2012. I have even heard some other bloggers saying that there was no point because it’s not the same as it was back then, and that made me feel SO discouraged.
I also felt like no one would be interested in what I have to say.
But then I realized that I do have some interesting things to say, and none of us are saying the same thing because none of us have lived each others’ lives.
#3 – Be careful about who you trust.
Some people lie.
Or they make things out to sound better than they are.
Don’t jump into spending tons and tons money just because someone recommends a product. While I do feel like there are financial investments bloggers should make, there are affiliate links for pretty much anything and sometimes people will talk about courses just so they will get a cut.
That doesn’t mean what they are pushing is bad or valueless!! I would just advise you to do your research before purchasing something. Don’t blindly buy a course, ebook, product etc. just because a bigger blogger you admire is promoting it.
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#4 – You can’t JUST focus on follower counts / social media.
It’s so easy to get caught up in having the perfect social media feed, posting at the perfect time, posting often enough, how many people unfollow you… etc.
It’s honestly exhausting.
Every time I’ve hyper-focused on growing my social media, my blog content has suffered somehow. The number one focus should always be my content, and my readers who are already here with me. My audience should always take priority over a number.
Also, something I try to remember a lot is that what works for others won’t necessarily work for me. Some people I follow post 2-3 times per day on instagram, but since I have a smaller following that might risk coming across as spammy. Some people have seen massive success with using Facebook, but I rarely get any traffic from there. There’s no one magic formula to success.
#5 – The blogging community is (mostly) wonderful!
Most people I’ve met in this community are so supportive and loving! I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve received in the blogging community in just three months. As with any online community, there are a few bad seeds but most people are so loving and kind.
I was nervous about people being overly rude or competitive when I first started, and so far that’s been so little of my experience. It’s incredibly refreshing!!
#6 – You need to have patience.
Blogging is a lot of work. I never went into this expecting to get traffic without doing anything, but I thought I would be farther than where I am now. There’s always something more I could be doing, more analytics I could be paying attention to, more Pinterest pins to create, more places to promote my content… etc. It’s easy to get disheartened with the progress, and I’m not immune to that.
Even though I try super hard to stay consistent as a blogger, it gets overwhelming and frustrating at times. Patience doesn’t come naturally to me, and blogging has actually helped me build some patience. I know I have to keep pushing if I want to see the results I’m looking for.
#7 – There’s a legal side of blogging lots of bloggers don’t share.
When I first started my blog, the only thing I knew was that I had to disclose affiliate links. I had no idea that I am also legally required to….
- give visitors the option to opt-out of cookies
- be knowledgable about the GDPR / be GDPR-compliant
- include a physical mailing address in your email marketing footer
I’ve seen big bloggers with huge sponsorships just… not have that stuff and it makes me nervous. All it takes is one angry or vindictive person to sue you. And honestly, if I had the money to consult with a lawyer I definitely would.
Due to financial reasons, I wrote all of my own policies myself so I spent a lot of time reading up on legal information and data privacy laws. It bothered me a lot when I first started that a lot of bloggers don’t talk about this legal information, especially when most other information is way more readily available. So I always want to talk about this stuff when I talk about blogging. I’m not a lawyer and I don’t know as much as an actual lawyer does, but I don’t want to pretend it doesn’t exist either, and I think it’s important to bring awareness to it!
Are you a blogger? What have you learned on your blogging journey? Let’s talk about it!
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