Although I have had this blog for over a year, it is only in the last few months that I have got really serious about it. It has changed from something I thought about now and then to something that is never really off my mind.
I love writing it and I have learned so much over the last couple of months, so I thought I would share with you what I have learned and things I want to work on.
Blogging is hard work.
As I am sure a few of us did, I thought Blogging would be really easy. Write a post, publish and Bob’s your uncle, success. How wrong was I! It is not just about writing a post, it is about making that post great and a good reflection of who you are, so that people want to read it. Bloggers spend hours researching and writing posts, editing photo’s, planning social media posts and more.
I go to bed most nights thinking (obsessing) about what I am going to write next, what pictures I am going to use, I even start writing posts in my head. I had no idea how much this would take over my life. Yes it is hard, but I love it.
My photography skills need improving – A LOT!
Before I started Blogging, I thought I was alright at taking pictures, then I saw the amazing photo’s on other blogs and wanted to cry. Whilst I think about my photo’s more now, I know there is a lot of improvement to be made. Thinking about backgrounds, lighting, the actual layout of the pictures are all things that I could improve on, as well as my editing.
Social media is your best friend (and your enemy).
Social media is brilliant for getting your posts read and shared online, there are so many options available. Sharing my posts on all platforms is something I have done from the start, even as a newbie(ish) to Blogging I know that your have to put your work out there for it to be read. My views are still very low compared to many Bloggers, but thanks to my sharing of posts I am getting at least a few views every day which is more than before, hopefully it will keep creeping upwards.
On the other hand, social media can be a pain. it takes up a lot of time, which I would rather spend writing, but the worst thing is the negative comments and hate you can get for seemingly no apparent reason. One comment on a YouTube video I posted told me to “go kill myself”. I have no idea what I did to make that person hate me, but I try not to let it bother me. I removed it and moved on.
I need to become more tech savvy.
Knowing enough to buy myself goodies online or to browse Facebook is not enough when it comes to Blogging. Sorting my layout and adding bits took me a lot longer than it should have, making me realize I seriously need to up my game if I want my blog to look the best it can. I have been reading a few blog posts on this and am becoming more aware of what I need to do.
Self-hosting seems to be the way a lot of blogs go and I really have no idea where to start with that. My first port of call is going to be reading posts on Pinterest etc and finding out what I need to do, cost. time blog will be down and I am sure a lot more. This is something I am very interested in doing at some point in the future.
Being friendly to people in life is always a good way to go, but it really can help you in the Blogging world. For too long I shied away from commenting on other people blog posts. I thought they would think I was silly or that my opinions were pointless (yay to lack of confidence). I saw a post about Blog link ups and thought this was a good idea. I bravely added my blog post and started commenting and guess what? Nothing bad happened.
I wish that I had started doing this sooner as I have found some brilliant blogs to read and people have been commenting more on my posts, win win. The badges for the linkys that I take part in are in the side bar of this blog.
So, that is what I have learned, so far (there is probably more that I will remember later.). My main advice for anyone who is looking to start a blog is research your choice of platform first and don’t give up!
Take care everyone.