Starting this blog has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself. All of this started as a hobby in March 2018, however, it quickly turned into something I saw myself wanting to do full-time one day. From the outside looking in, you may think blogging is as simple as writing out a post, taking a few pictures, and then waiting for the views to flow in… it’s way more than that and it isn’t easy!
In this post, I want to share lessons I’ve learned since becoming a blogger. I know I used to read many posts like these in the beginning because I wanted to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes, however, I want to let you know that it’s inevitable. No one is perfect and you’re going to mess up along the way, but the important thing is to learn from those mistakes and use it as a tool for your growth.
Lessons Learned Since Becoming a Blogger
Passion Will Keep You Going
I’ve loved writing ever since I was younger whether it was short stories or poems. I took a lot of writing classes throughout school and I honestly never thought about making it into a career until I started taking my blog seriously. As I said in the beginning, blogging isn’t as easy as it looks, therefore, it’s important to make sure you TRULY want to take this journey before you leap into it.
This is why one of the first lessons I’ve learned since becoming a blogger is you should be passionate about what you do. This journey does become overwhelming at times and you may feel like giving up when things aren’t moving the way you expected, however, having passion will keep you going and help you stay motivated.
If you want to test out having your blog before taking it seriously, I’d recommend starting on a free platform such as Blogger. I started my first blog Melanin Skin & Curls (if you remember that then you’re a real one) on there before revamping and switching to my current self-hosted WordPress website. You should start on a free platform because blogging isn’t cheap! You want to make sure your heart is in it before you start spending coins.
Nothing Will Be Perfect
Before I launched my blog, I spent many nights researching as much as I could. It took a long time to design my website because I wanted to make sure everything was 100% right. I’m telling you, I tried my best to start this journey with no mistakes, however, that was a mistake on my end. It’s important to remember that nothing will ever be perfect enough! You won’t know everything in the beginning and that’s fine!Don't put off launching your blog because you feel that it isn't "perfect" enough. Put yourself out there and you'll learn as you go. Click To Tweet
You have to put yourself out there and learn as you go. There is a lot of information out there that’s helpful, however, you don’t want to spend all of your time reading when you can focus on making sure your blog is getting done. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve learned a lot from research and I’m glad I took the time to look up certain topics, but don’t continue to put off your blog because you feel like it won’t be good enough.
A couple of things that should be important to you before launching your blog is:
- Make sure your website is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate. You want people to come on your website and be able to find everything easily.
- Don’t have a cluttered website or design. Keep things simple and clean!
- Start your email list!
Batching Content is Key
Another important lesson I’ve learned since becoming a blogger is creating your content in batches is key to staying consistent and becoming less overwhelmed. When you batch your content, you set a specific day to focus solely on creating and brainstorming different ideas you have in mind. Ever since I started doing this, not only have I been able to remain consistent with posting weekly, I also am less stressed since I don’t have to worry about creating every single day.Batching your content as a Blogger is key to staying consistent and becoming less overwhelmed. Click To Tweet
My favorite day to create content is Saturday! This is a time for me to draft upcoming blog posts, create content for other social media platforms, and have newsletters ready for my subscribers. Even though batch creating sounds like a lot, it does help you stay on top of things and focus on other tasks that are important such as building connections with your audience and growing.
Networking is Important
It can get lonely in the blogging world. You spend a lot of time working on content and growing your influence and you quickly realize you don’t have many people in your corner who understand what you do. This is when networking comes into play and it can truly help you on your journey. As an introvert, hearing the word “network” makes my heart sink a little, however, meeting other supportive bloggers has helped me on this journey.
Having other bloggers to meet up with will help you realize you aren’t alone and it’ll allow you to learn more that can benefit your journey. Stepping outside of my comfort zone and building connections with like-minded women in my area and all over the world has made this journey fun and easier to deal with when challenges pop up.
Another benefit of networking is you may run into more opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible! You never know where certain connections will take you on your journey.
Yes, There’s Room for YOU
The last lesson I’ve learned since becoming a blogger is there’s enough room for everyone to win, including myself! Before I decided to launch my blog, I was hesitant because I saw a lot of people starting their journey and felt like there was no point for me to waste my time. Why would anyone want to read my blog? How will people find me in this over-saturated niche?
Yes, there are a lot of bloggers, but that has nothing to do with you. Everyone’s journey is unique and we all have something to share with the world. No one has the same stories, experiences, or talents like you. The way you deliver information to your audience will be different than others. It’s possible to stand out from the crowd and build your brand when you focus on remaining authentic!
It will take time to grow and you can’t compare yourself to anyone else. You don’t know what that person had to go through to get to where they are. Don’t allow anyone else’s success to keep you from pursuing your passion. If I wouldn’t have launched my website or started my Instagram because of the number of bloggers there are, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve come across so far.There is enough room for everyone to win, including yourself. Don't allow anyone else to keep you from pursuing your passion. Click To Tweet
As I continue on this journey, I know I’ll learn more and be able to help others avoid some mistakes I’ve bumped into along the way. Although it can get frustrating at times, I enjoy what I do and creating content for others is something that brings me joy. Don’t give up!
If you’re a blogger, what are some lessons you’ve learned on your journey so far?