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What I’ve Learned After 6 Months of Blogging

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

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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.

Be Consistent

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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

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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

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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 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.

Be Yourself

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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

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4 Things I’ve Learned From My First Month Blogging


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Happy 1 Month Anniversary to my blog,” The Crafty Afro“! I can’t believe that I have been blogging for a month already. So far I have 7 posts (this makes 8) and 15 followers! Thank you to those 15 people who hit the follow button for whatever reason.

In the month that I have spent blogging I have learned the following 4 things:

1. Blogging Ain’t Easy

There are a butt load of articles out there talking about how simple blogging is and how much money you can make blogging. When the reality is that setting up a blog might be easy…

Personally, I found it a bit confusing and daunting. I spent hours researching the difference between a self-hosted site and a hosted site.  The difference between and

Which self-hosted sites were the best and how much they cost. In the end, I settled for this lovely free site you’re reading right now.

Then there were the themes and how to customize them. Inserting widgets (what the heck is a widget and oh by the way you can’t use that one because it’s not free). And what do you mean I just can’t copy pictures from Google images?!

…but the actual act of blogging is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. I am a procrastinator pure and simple. Blogging requires a lot of time and effort if you really want to make all that money that those other blogs talk about.

There is a lot of research involved if you want to write content that will get people to follow you.  Or if you don’t want to get slammed for plagiarism. It’s not easy to put an original spin on something a bazillion people have already written about.

I could go on with the list of things that make this whole venture quite stressful on those that live in procrastination land or technologically challenged land. Don’t get me started on SEO and marketing. But I’ll move on to my next topic.

2. The “Why” Matters

I know by now your probably saying, “Well if it’s so hard, then why are you still doing it?” Well, the answer is simple, it’s because I enjoy a challenge and because it gives me an outlet. The reason Why you blog can make the difference between quitting after a month or continuing on the journey.

A lot of bloggers talk about finding your “niche”. Well, what is a niche? A niche is a role or a place an organism occupies in its environment at least that’s what it is in biology (Yea, I went science teacher on y’all). But in the blogosphere(do people still say that?), your niche is that area you are going to focus on like finances, cooking, crocheting, etc.

And if I was blogging to make money I wager that having a niche would be excellent advice. It would give my blog focus and purpose! I think for newbies like me finding that special area can be a challenge in those first few months. But I encourage you not to give up. I’m sure if you keep at it you’ll find your “why”.

Who knows maybe in a few months The Crafty Afro will morph into something else, but for the time being. I’ll just stick to whatever strikes my fancy.

3. What You Write Doesn’t Matter

I know this point might seem like it doesn’t make sense, but really blogging isn’t about what you write, but how what you write effects others. Blogging is more about connecting with your followers and connecting with other bloggers.

It’s about creating a small community within the world wide web that you might not have been able to reach anywhere else.

As I look at my stats page I see that I’ve had people read my posts from the US, Japan, India, and Russia. And I think that’s pretty darn cool. Where else could the things I’ve written be seen by people all over the world.

Seriously, you can write about anything. Your disdain for cats. Your love of all things French. Conspiracy theories. Aliens. It doesn’t matter what you write about as long as what you write resonates with you and your readers.

4. Comments Are Important But…

Comments are an important part of blogging. They allow you to connect and interact with your readers, but at the same time if you’re just starting to blog they’re not that important.

Just because no one has commented on your stuff doesn’t mean you suck. Just keep swimming, you’ll find your blogging family.

So far I haven’t received any comments on the things that I’ve written, but I believe that the things I’ve written have value, at least to me. (See this goes back to that whole Why thing in #2)

Or maybe my readers are like me and are just too shy to leave a comment or have no idea what to say in a comment. Either way, I know one day somebody will leave me one!

So there you have it, folks. The four things I’ve learned so far about blogging. I’m pretty sure that as I continue to try not to procrastinate that I’ll learn even more about blogging and that I’ll have more to share in my next update in 3-6 months.

Who knows maybe I’ll become a professional blogger one day.

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro