I still remember the day I was installing wordpress and had totally no idea what I was doing( oh the memories) but I’m happy to say that after one year of lots of writing and learning along the way, I managed to keep at it. So yes people Jocajic.com turned one last week and I had to write a post to tell you how everything was and most of all the lessons I’ve learnt in one year blogging. I’m going to try and make this post not to be too long and just be straight to the point, so let’s get right into it.
1. CONTENT IS KEY
I know you’ve heard about this a lot but I’m sorry to tell you that it’s true. If you want to gain traffic and more readers, your content has to be good enough to make someone stay and read your blog and also want to come back for more, my other post here has more on that do check it out. So make sure you write content that you would want to read and gain something from at the end of it all.
I learnt this the hard way by being late to the promotion party all detailed here. In order for your blog to do well, you need to be able to network with other bloggers by use of social media and joining groups. It may sound as the simplest thing to do but you also have to figure out what kind of groups are right for you and are along your niche. By you doing that, you not only get traffic but you end up learning so much more from other bloggers out there just like you by asking for help where necessary that will help you in your blogging journey. I have been able to join great groups all through Facebook, Pinterest and Tailwind tribes which have really helped me immensely.
3. BE YOURSELF
Nothing beats authenticity and the only way to have that is by being yourself, that’s probably the most important thing I’ve learnt this year. Comparing what someone else is doing or has achieved more than you will not only hurt you but will make you stray away from what you should be doing which is focusing on your blog. By being yourself, your readers get to know the real you and that’s how you get loyal readers who will always be there to read your content. For you to be able to get yourself out there and be noticed as a blogger, just be you and the rest will follow.
We all go through this at one point and let me just tell you that this can really mess you up. I did this even before starting my blog, not wanting to do it or thinking it’s not the right time or just waiting for something to happen for me to do it. Same goes for when your blogging, I’ve learnt that waiting to do something later on or until the last minute has been my downfall. That post which you were supposed to write last week but never go to do it then trying to do it a day before or hours before it’s published is not a good idea. So stop procrastinating and just get on with it on time.
5. WRITER’S BLOCK IS NO JOKE
I’m seriously not joking here, if I can only tell you how many times I’ve sat looking at a blank screen not knowing what to right, it would be pitiful. But all I can say is that it happens and don’t beat yourself up about it, all you need to do is just relax go through your posts, read some blogs and figure out what you can offer your readers to help them or what answers you’ve been wanting to know then just expand from that. You’re not alone it happens most of the time.
6. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
This was really hard for me because I thought I had to blog nonstop to achieve something but with that, comes writer’s block I just talked about above and the only way to avoid that is by giving yourself a break. Designate days where you don’t have to even look at your laptop or any blogging work. I know it can be difficult because when you love doing something, you want to perfect it all the time but remember that too much of anything is poisonous, so do yourself a favour and take a break once in a while to regroup then come back afterwards fresh and full of ideas. The longest break I took was a month where I wrote nothing and just decided to do other things away from the blogging world, it was hard but necessary at the end.
7. YOU WILL SPEND MONEY
When I started my blog, I told myself that the only thing I was going to pay for was the start up and hosting but I slowly realised that I’ve had to spend on some extra things which come up as you continue blogging. So far, I have not spent as much as other bloggers have but just for the necessary and important things. The last thing I accepted to pay for was for Picmonkey after finding out it wasn’t free anymore but also because I use it all the time to create my pins. I know there’s Canva which is free but I honestly tried using it but was too confusing for me. So just remember that you may need to spend some money along the way.
8. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Another lesson that I’ve learnt this year is to believe in myself, not everybody thinks you can do it. You have to know that there may be naysayers and haters along your journey. The ones who think that blogging is a waste of your time and the ones who will leave you nasty comments for no reason at all but just remember that it’s just to test whether you believe in yourself or not. Not everyone has to love your content that’s why niches are there and no matter what those hate comments say, they don’t have to like you either just believe in yourself and your good to go.
9. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Last but not least, patience is really a virtue. Being patient is not only necessary when blogging but it will keep you sane. If you’re one of those people who expect 100,000 thousand views in your first month, then I’m sorry to burst your bubble but it’s time you choose something else to do because it’s not going to happen overnight. It takes time, lots of work and research so just be patient continue creating great content and it will pay off at the end.
So that’s it, the lessons I’ve learnt in my year of blogging. I am looking forward to the next chapter and what will come next, I also have many ideas and strategies I will be using and I know if I continue doing what I’m doing and work harder, then I will soon be celebrating my second year and many more to come. I would also like to thank you all who have been reading my blog and commenting on my posts, wouldn’t be able to reach here without you all. Once again thank you very much, stay blessed and until next time do tell me, what have you learnt so far in your blogging journey?