5 Things I Learned In The First Year Of Blogging

When I started blogging I honestly didn’t know what I was doing and (shocker) sometimes I still don’t know what I’m doing. I think a lot of us are in this boat, just figuring it out as we go and making it work.

Hi, I have officially been blogging for a year now! I know many people have been blogging for a while now, so my year is probably just a short time but it’s a big milestone. I can’t say that I’ve actually held a hobby for this long. Especially one that I honestly started with no real thought on how to follow through with it.  I know, I know. I should probably no be admitting any of this but I am. Here and now I’m telling y’all that I started this blog with no real knowledge of how to even run a blog and over the past year, I have learned and grown to the place that I am now. Now, I am so passionate about this, about writing, helping, sharing, connecting. I’ve come to the realization that I want to make something real out of this.

So, before I get all sappy let’s get to this point of this, shall we? These are the things that I have learned over the past year.

  1. Social Media is KEY.
    You can write the best content, have the best layout, the best tags but unless you are in some way getting you content out, it will not be found. This is a fact for everyone. Anyone who ever start any kind of business, blog, youtube channel, etc. You have to get your name out these for anyone to be able to actually read your content / buy your stuff / watch your videos. You won’t get “big” or “popular” if you do not put yourself out these. When I first started blogging I did not put myself out there as much as I do know. I did not understand or feel comfortable yet to promote myself.
  2. While social media is key, you shouldn’t stress yourself out about using every social media.
    You’ve got Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. There are tons of different social media site that you can use. More times than not I have found myself stressed out trying to use them all. But after about a month of stressing over using everything I made a design to make my main focus Twitter and Instagram. I do still have those other platforms but I don’t spend as much time using them. My advice, pick which one’s you think really help you, your blog, or biz the best and run with it.
  3. Connecting with others is a great tool.
    Over the past year, I have realized that connecting with other is so important. Now every just for the fact on getting your name out there but also because it’s really nice to see what others are doing that maybe you could do better. Also, it’s helpful to have people you’ve connected with that you can ask advice from. I’ve talked to many other bloggers and asked for the advice on layouts, plugins, content, etc.
  4. It is a job if you really want it to be.
    A lot of people, I included at the beginning, don’t realize how much work you really have to put in. I basically work a second job. Not that I’m complaining because I honestly love this so much, but I do put in at least 30 hours a week into writing, editing, and promoting. Thankfully I do have a job that isn’t high stress so I can do a little work, at work. But I spend hours after work, working on everything behind the scenes. Obviously, you can do as much or as little as you want to. You can post 2x + a week or you can post 2x a month. Honestly, you can choose which fits your time better or your passion. Over the past year, my passion really grew so much that I’ve made it a point to really take this serious.
  5. Not everything will be free.
     Now, this isn’t something that I thought. I knew that there would be cost involved in some things. Again, you can go the completely free route and spend absolutely no money on anything. But I found that, unfortunately, in order to really look professional and come across that way, you will have to spend some money. Again, you can spend as little money as you want. But there are prices involved. There’s the domain name, the hosting, editor, policies, etc. I try my best to stay as cost friendly as possible because I am on a budget. But there are things that you will want/need and you just kind of pick and choose which you are willing to spend money on.

Running this blog, this past year has been amazing! And I’m so glad that I’m continuing to follow down this path. Where this will take me, well that is still unknown. I strongly suggest that everyone who is willing and passionate enough to give this a try. It’s hard work, long nights, and sometimes for no pay. But if you really want to do something, it’ll be worth it.

Love, Megan Anne
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