1. It takes time to perfect – ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’
Building a successful blog will not happen overnight, nor will your following. I think I put too much pressure on myself when I started blogging – I felt if I wasn’t getting ‘x’ amount of hits a day then I was failing. I pressured myself in to thinking I had to write posts constantly and was clutching at straws when it came to topics.
I ended up taking a break from it all. Now I have found my passion again, the spark that originally drawn me in to blogging. My blog design has and is a constant work in progress, my posts are from the heart, my following still could be better – but I’m happy when I’m blogging.
2. It’s not a competition
I’ve seen lots of comments on social media recently about ‘copy cat’ posts and people feeling they’re not getting the attention they feel should be getting. Again, when I started writing my blog I looked at others for inspiration – not to copy. I wanted to achieve the great things others had achieved – and maybe that’s what caused me to put so much pressure on myself. The fact is, there are no winners, just bloggers – we’re unique and sometimes topics do clash.
3. Good imagery goes far
I cringe when I look back at old posts and see the images I used. I think having a good camera and lighting is everything to do it. I still use my iPhone 5c to take most photos, but I’m super excited as my new iPhone 6s plus is on its way! Do the best with what you’ve got – I don’t think it’s realistic to assume everybody can afford a professional camera worth hundreds of £££s. Maybe one day….
4. People are willing to support you
One of the things that surprised me the most, was the overwhelming support from the blogging community. I’ve been lucky enough to not receive any negative comments and only positive feedback regarding posts, blog design and so on. Twitter is a really good place to get to know other bloggers too as most are willing to share links and check yours out in return.
5. Get involved
As mentioned in point 4 – the blogging community is always getting people involved with social media chats, which regularly take place throughout the week. Some bloggers like to offer guest/joint blog posts on their page, some will even interview you! If you want to get your blog out there, you need to make the time to get involved with these things. They do take up time, but you get to meet so many new bloggers and discover blogs that you actually want to read yourself.
What have you learnt since becoming a blogger? Let me know in the comments 🙂