With all that’s going on in the world right now, it dawned on me the other day that I had a blogiversary in March. It just totally slipped my mind.
Hard to believe I’ve been blogging for nine years now! Where did the time go?
Looking back, I remember how my blogging journey got started. It was a mess! I also remember the times I did the happy dance when I reached certain milestones. Like when I got my first email subscriber.
And I remember the times I wanted to quit because things weren’t going the way I planned. I gave myself a year to become a successful blogger. But it actually took me three years to get my sh*t together!
What I Learned About Blogging After Nine Years
After nine years, I’ve learned so much about blogging. But I didn’t learn on my own. I learned from some of the best bloggers out there like Donna Merrill, Ryan Biddulph and Lisa Sicard. And I highly recommend you connect with them!
If you’re just getting started with a blog, let me save you the headaches I had and share the things I learned about blogging…
#1 Growing A Blog Takes Time
The hardest lesson I hard to learn was that growing a blog takes time. I thought all I had to do was put some content together, share it on social media and then boom, I’m an overnight success!
But, that’s not the case. The truth is, growing a blog is going to take time. And it depends on how much time and effort you put into your blog.
The first year should be about honing in on your blogging skills, learning about the tools and resources that are available. It’s also about setting goals and putting a strategy in place to meet those goals.
So believe me when I say I know what it’s like to want to start a blog and start making money like yesterday.
#2 Put Yourself In Your Reader’s Shoes
Your blog should be all about your readers. So make sure the content you’re writing is fun, entertaining and provides a solution to a problem or question they have.
#3 Be Prepared To Work
Lots of bloggers quit after only a year of blogging when they realize that there is actual work involved. Blogging is not only about writing content and sharing it on social media.
You also have to know what you’re blogging about, have a strategy to promote your content and a goal – what do you want to get out of blogging?
#4 Keep Learning
If there is one thing you’ll realize, it’s that there is always something new to learn about blogging. Keep your skills updated by taking online courses, reading eBooks or anything that will get your learn on.
#5 Invest In The Right Tools
Sure we all want to start off with freebies – there’s nothing wrong with that. Heck, I used them myself. But as your blog grows, so will the need to upgrade the tools and services you’re using.
The top three investments I recommend for your blog is:
- A professional website Design
- A self-hosted website (WordPress.org)
- Social Media management tool
#6 Know Who Your Audience Is
If you want to go on to become a successful blogger, you have to know who you’re writing for. Create a Gravatar for your audience.
Complete a profile by answering questions like:
- Age Range
- Describe their interests and hobbies
- What social media platforms they use most
Content Champion wrote a great article that shows you how to create a customer gravatar in 5 steps. Give it a read when you get a chance and download their free gravatar template!
#7 Start A Mailing List
Don’t wait on getting your mailing list up and running. There are some bloggers who want to wait until they start seeing traffic flow to their blog. The thing is, a mailing list can be a major traffic driver to your website.
If you want to get an email list going, check out this post Email Marketing For Tips For Beginners.
#8 Have A Goal
Know where you want to be in five years. Do you want to continue bloggingg or do you want to evolve and go on to create an online course, write an eBook or create your own product.
#9 Be You And No One Else
We all want to be like our favorite bloggers but you don’t want to be exactly like them. Be sure to put your own voice to your content and that your website reflects your style. Believe me, your audience will be able to tell if you aren’t being real with them.
#10 Connect And Engage With Other Bloggers
Nothing will grow your blog more than connecting and engaging with other bloggers in your niche. So stop by their website, read their blog post, leave a comment and share it with your readers. Then they’ll return the favor by sharing your content with their audience.
Wrapping Up What I Learned About Blogging
After nine years of blogging, I learned so much. But most importantly, I discovered skills I didn’t have and have gone on to other projects like running my own Virtual Assistant business. And I say that to close with this – that one day we will be celebrating your nine-year blogiversary and you’ll get to look about at all you’ve accomplished.