I have been blogging for over 2 years now, and I wanted to share the lessons I learned and also give insight for new bloggers.
Blogging Takes Time
From coming up with a blog post idea, writing and editing the post, taking and editing pictures, and sharing on social media, it takes a lot of time that I did not realize when I first started blogging. At first I was able to write 3 posts a week, but now with my master’s program and before then my web development course, I can manage 2 posts. If you have school, work, a family, etc. do consider that it does take time to blog.
Quality Over Quantity
Going back to my first point, in the grand scheme of things, it does not matter if you blog once a week, 3 times a week or every day. As long as your posts are good quality, then you are doing a great job blogging. To write a good quality post I first write down all my thoughts in a draft post without caring about grammar. The main point of the first draft is to get my thoughts down so I will often use short sentences or bullet points. After I write down all my thoughts, I go back and make them into actual sentences and correct any grammar mistakes I notice. I also use the built-in spell check to check for spelling mistakes. Once I am done with the editing I will preview the blog post and read through it and correct any more mistakes I find. When I preview the post I also check that the images I included are formatted nicely. Then I run my post through a grammar checker to see if I missed any commas or made any other grammatical errors. The last step before I publish my post is I add a featured image, a category, and tags. After that I am done and publish my post!
Consistency is Key
Another reason why it does not matter how many times you post a week is because consistency is important. If other bloggers know you post once a week, then they will keep coming back to read your post. However if you post 3 times one week, none the next, then 1 time the following week, it is harder for bloggers to follow your blog if they do not know when your next post is going to be. I like to keep a tentative schedule of the posts I want to write for the week, but of course the posts may change or I might publish them on a different day.
Take a Break
With all my talk about the time it takes to write good quality consistent posts, it can get overwhelming. It is perfectly okay to take a break from blogging. I have been stressed from blogging before and that is when I took a step back and realized what I was blogging about was not making me happy. Now I post about what I want, and I do not put the stress on myself to post 3 times a week. If you take a break from blogging, your followers will still be there when you come back. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and if it starts feeling like a chore then that is good time for you to take a break.
Does Money Matter?
Instead of saying money does or does not matter, I am leaving it up to you to decide. For me though money does not matter. I started my blog as a hobby and it has been that way for the past 2 years. I have considered going self-hosted to make money through ads, but I never gone through with it and I have never been paid to write any of the reviews on my blog. However, there are bloggers whose job is blogging. They pay their bills by blogging, and it is a perfectly acceptable job, but you may receive criticism from people who think the opposite. So, you need to think about whether blogging is just a hobby or if you want to make money from it.
Support Other Bloggers
A great thing about blogging is the community. I have met some amazing people through blogging, and you can too. Read and comment on other blogger’s posts, follow their blog, and share their posts on social media. This shows that you are an active member of the community and you are there to support other bloggers.
Don’t Compare Yourself
I know this one is hard, but try not to compare yourself to other bloggers. Especially with social media, it is easy to compare yourself to bloggers who have more followers, views, likes, etc., but blogging is not a race. Every blogger is on their own individual journey, so you cannot compare yourself to another blogger. If you do compare yourself, you can become discouraged from blogging. However, you can reach any goals you set for yourself and your blog if you put in the work.
This is probably the most important lesson. You should not write posts to impress others, but you should write posts that you enjoy writing. You should write about what you love whether it is your reviews, photos, stories, recipes, advice, thoughts, etc. If you do not enjoy writing your posts, it will show and you could lose interest and motivation to blog. Again, it is important to be true to yourself!
What have you learned from blogging?