I had been thinking about blogging for a while, and a month ago, I took the plunge. I got online, got a domain, bought some hosting and started blogging. To be honest I really had no plan. While I had been thinking about it for a while, I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do, and it spontaneously happened on my day off. So a month on I’ve learned some things along the way, all the while having loads of fun and I keep learning more and more every day!
Stick to a schedule
I learned this the hard way, and it’s still a bit of a struggle. I wanted to be posting three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Well, that didn’t happen. Sometimes I’d get excited and want to upload my post straight away. Other times something would come up and posts weren’t ready when I wanted them to be. Because I broke my schedule in the first place meant I was more lenient on myself to break it again. So seriously, plan ahead, and stick to a schedule.
Your blog is just a blog without any social media. Use social media to connect with people in a different way. I’m big on Instagram so I made sure I had a profile that I’ve been regularly updating. And Pinterest is a must. I’ve just made my Facebook page and am looking to grow it, feel free to give it a like! For me, other social media platforms are secondary, for example I haven’t used Twitter since it was cool in 2011. I find that if you can find the social that works for you, stick to it and do it well, rather than half heartedly having it because you ‘should’.
Pin, pin, pin
I’ve always been a browser of Pinterest but never really thought about the other side to it. Pinterest is a great way of driving traffic to your website. I’ve been pinning regularly and joined loads of group boards and slowly I’m seeing a little progress and more clicks to my blog. I still have some tweaking to do, and I should probably put together some kind of strategy, but for now I’m still feeling my way through what works and what doesn’t.
It will be slow
The first month is hard, and don’t expect to see 100 visitors a day. Traffic is up and down, there will be days when no one visits your blog. That’s okay. I feel as long as I’m always creating content or thinking of ideas then my blog is going somewhere. Nothing will happen over night but over time all the work put in will add up.
Find your style
What I mean is your creative style. I use images with a text overlay for my blog posts and I wanted these to be consistent. I hurried in to quickly and started with one style, then switched over to another style I like more. In the first place I should have really taken the time to create something I like and that I will be happy using over and over again. But that’s ok, we learn from these things, and now all I have to do is the painful task of going back to change the images I’ve already made #fun.
My March goals
20 Pinterest followers – DONE!
60 Instagram followers – ALMOST!
100 blog visits – HALF WAY!
Have you just started blogging, or are you a pro? What did you learn within your first month?