Hi everyone! Can you believe that it has been since month since I started blogging? I can’t believe that time has flown by so quickly. Honestly, by now I thought I would have thrown in the towel on blogging.
But as a SAHM blogging has been an escape for me and a way to reconnect to the real world. So here I am 6 months into this blogging thing.
If you haven’t read my previous post on the 4 things I learned my first-month blogging you can check that out here.
I’ll do my best not to recap anything I shared in that first post. So without further ado. Here is what I learned after six months of blogging.
Blog Because You Like It
I know the internet would have you believe that blogging is one of the best ways to make money on the internet.
It would also lead you to believe that it’s easy and that anyone can do it. Unfortunately, those claims are not true for most bloggers.
It is very rare for someone to build a following of thousands of followers in the first few months of blogging. At this moment after six months of blogging, I only have 33 followers.
And that’s OK because I didn’t get into blogging to make money. I started blogging as a way to express myself and share my thoughts with the world.
Would I eventually like to be able to make money from my blog? Yes. As a SAHM I would love to have a successful source of passive income.
But if it never happens, I’ll still continue to blog because for me it’s a source of escape from the crazy life that is being a stay at home parent.
If you’re not blogging because you like it. You will eventually find yourself burnt out, stressed out and disillusioned as a new blogger.
When I first started blogging I was very inconsistent with my blog posts and what I was posting.
For instance my blog is about faith, family, and my craft corner. However, if you look at the number of post I have made, there are more post in my Craft Corner section, than in my other categories.
Some of those 33 people followed my blog based on posts that were made in the faith and family categories.
If that is the case then I owe it to my readers to post something in each of those categories on a consistent basis.
Many blogging experts will tell you that you need to blog every day to gain followers and to be found on the internet.
I tried that for a little while, but for me, it just didn’t work. So at the beginning of the new year, I made it a goal to write 1 blog post for each category once a month.
That boils down to one blog post a week and the fourth week I have free to do whatever I want with my blog such as: making pins for Pinterest, responding to comments, customizing my page, doing research on an upcoming topic, or planning for next months posts.
So far it has worked out well for me and I hope to develop a well round blog.
Share/Comment On Other Bloggers Posts
In the world of blogging, you do not have to go it alone. Find other bloggers who are blogging about the topics that you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to comment on or share other bloggers posts with your audience.
In my experience, many of the other bloggers in the community are pretty nice and are willing to lend a helping hand.
Commenting on another bloggers post and sharing links are also ways to build your following.
However, I would suggest that if you’re going to make comments or share links do it because you genuinely have something to say about what was written or think that information will be valuable to your readers.
Blogging and bloggers are about building a community to help and support each other. Nobody likes to be taken advantage of for their own selfish gain.
So be a productive part of the blogging community.
Take Advantage of the Freebies
There can be a steep learning curve when it comes to blogging and learning how to manage your site and growing your following.
WordPress has a lot of wonderful tutorials that can help you become a better blogger and learn how to take your blog to the next level.
If you started your blog on wordpress.com you should have taken the Blogging University Course: Learning Fundamentals. However, those are not the only course on Blogging University.
There are courses on branding & growth, photography, and writing. All at no cost to you.
If you’re looking for amazing pictures to put on your post you can find a list of 21 free photosites here.
If you need to create awesome graphics for your site try Canva for free. You can make Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest graphics that you can add to your blog or social media platforms.
I’ve heard that there are free web hosting sites, but I don’t have any experience with any of these sites.
But if you are looking to give self-hosting your blog a shot then you may want to take a look at a few of those free hosting services.
The last thing that I’ve learned in the my six months of blogging is to be true to yourself.
Yes, there may be 1,000’s of blogs on your topic, but on thing remains true there is only one you.
There are people out there that will resonate with your voice and your personality. So don’t try to pretend to write like or be like someone else.
Just be yourself and let your personality shine through your blog.
I hope you found this post enlightening and encouraging. Always feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by.
Until Next Time,
The Crafty Afro