Blogging is hard, and there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there. Here are 3 things I learned from my first year blogging.
I’m taking a short blogging break to soak up time with my sweet newborn baby. Things won’t be silent around here, though; I’ve got some awesome bloggers lined up to step in and share some great content. Today, Reeve from Girl on the Verge is here to talk about one of my favorite topics, blogging.
3 things I learned from my first year blogging
Don’t start blogging to make money
When I first began blogging, it was more of a way to showcase my writing for future employers and get noticed online, than it was about my joy of writing. I struggled to know what to write and would sit staring at my laptop, unsure how to begin a post. Because my standards were so high and lofty (let’s be honest), I was petrified that I would write something that wasn’t perfect and didn’t showcase my best work. I created my blog and immediately wanted to have hundreds of followers, “top post” analytics, and a thriving commenting community. After a month, I realized that if I really wanted to write and create a community from my blog then I would have to put aside perfection and just be me. My blog posts changed from trying to be professional and put-together, to real, vulnerable, and uniquely me. And – that’s when the comments and community began to form.
DO: Start a blog because you love to write or you love fashion or ____ and you are so passionate about it that you will continue to enjoy creating blog posts for YOU, not for readers or popularity.