I first started blogging just as a way to document our life, but it quickly turned into a hobby and then a passion.
Starting a blog is fun but it isn’t simple when you have to think about domain names, hosting sites, html coding, and more!
There are a lot of tips and tricks when it comes to starting a blog, and I plan on writing a post on that later, but for now, this post is going to be about my personal experience in my first six months of blogging.
Consistency is key
It is important to blog on a consistent basis (something I am still working on myself).
At first, I was on fire and blogging as much as I could. Blogging consumed every spare second I had in the day.
Then life happens.
Sometimes you can’t control when you need a break, but try to schedule blog posts ahead of time so you are able to be consistent and stick with it.
Focus on your blog- not on social media!
People say that if you want your blog to be successful you will need at least one social media platform attached bring people to your blog. So, I chose Instagram as my platform.
I got so swept up into the “Instagram game” that I stopped blogging and only focused on my Instagram account.
I became obsessed with how many followers I had. How many comments I got. How to get more likes on each photo, and so many other pointless things that weren’t helping my blog.
Although I gained 1000 followers in two months, hardly any of them were going to my blog and reading my posts.
I was putting so much energy into something that wasn’t really even helping.
Most experienced bloggers don’t put much energy into their social media accounts.
Instagram, or whatever other social media platform you use could become irrelevant tomorrow and even shut down.
You don’t own your social media account. You own your blog.
If blogging is your main goal, your blog is where you need to be putting all of your energy into.
Be patient with your progress
It can get pretty frustrating when you first start blogging because it is a completely new world. Learning takes time and it can be hard to be patient with your progress because it seems really slow in the beginning.
You might feel overwhelmed and feel as if you will never get to where you want to be because it is all just too much.
I used to compare my blog to other accounts and get sad because I wanted mine to look like theirs and I had no clue how to achieve that. What I didn’t see was the time, effort, and knowledge that went into each blog. Some of the bloggers I was comparing myself to had been blogging for up to 4 years, so of course they had more knowledge and expertise!
Little-by-little my blog is coming together, and even though I don’t feel like I am anywhere near where I want to be, I am slowly getting there and learning along the way. In the past six months, I have changed my domain name once, my logo twice, and my theme three times.
Your blog doesn’t have to be perfect in order for you to start.
It’s not a competition
You enter into a blogging community when you start blogging which is one of my favorite things about blogging.
I have met a lot of incredible people through blogging and I have developed friendships with people from all over the world.
With that being said, it’s hard not to compete with other bloggers, especially when they are in your own niche.
For whatever reason, I learned that bloggers will help you but only to an extent. I haven’t found anyone who is willing to be completely transparent and give you their secrets.
Don’t compete with the person doing similar things you are doing. Instead, support one another, cheer each other on, and push one another to do better.
Stay true to yourself
As I mentioned, when I first started blogging, I was on fire! I was getting blog post up after blog post and there was no stopping me!
Eventually that fire dulled and it’s embarrassing to admit how many times I stopped blogging because I kept comparing myself to others.
I had so many negative thoughts that kept me from blogging:
“You are not good enough” “Who cares what you think” “You will never be as good as…” “There are so many other bloggers talking about similar things, so what makes my post so special?”
I had to fight these thoughts and realize that my voice is special and unique.
It wasn’t until I stopped comparing myself to others and only looked in front of me that I was able to truly enjoy blogging again.
You and I have our own unique way of viewing the world around us, thinking, and speaking.
Yes, there might be other mom’s blogging about similar topics, but no one else has my personal experiences and point of view.