Hey guys! Welcome back. One year ago today I decided to start blogging regularly. Since then, I think I have done a pretty good job. My blog grew exponentially and I have grown as well in the process. I am grateful for all of you who have supported me on this journey and continued to follow my blog. I wanted to share a few things I have learned this year about blogging. I hope you find this helpful or inspirational in some way.

1. It will take time. Success doesn’t happen over night. I didn’t get 310 followers in one week. It took a year. I am thankful to every person who followed my blog. It means so much. But it didn’t happen just because I started a blog. It takes time, effort, and commitment. I remember when I had ten followers. I was a s excited then as I am now.

2. Consistently good beats sometimes great. I have days where I have a lot of views and that always makes me feel good. But I have learned that it is better to be consistently good and have views everyday then have a lot of views some days and no views other days. I have learned that it’s important to be consistent.

3. To become a better writer, read more. I read other people’s posts all the time. Even ones that don’t pertain to what I write about. Gaining inspiration and ideas from other people is extremely important and helpful. I don’t “reblog” other people’s posts onto my blog because it is super annoying when people do that with my posts. But I do find it helpful to see how other people strategize and organize.

4. Not every post is going to be a winner. Sometimes I spend a lot of time on a post that only get two views. That’s okay. Not every post is going to do well. But it’s a risk you have to take. Every post is a gamble. Posting it is the only way to find out. Don’t be afraid of it not doing well. You won’t know until you try and it might surprises you.

5. Different posts have different purposes. Every post you write will have a purpose. Whether you are trying to help people, give an opinion, or just write about something you love, every single post will have a purpose. Your readers will learn to recognize that. Every post is significant so the readers will be different for the most part. That’s not a bad thing.

6. Interact with other bloggers. One of the best things you can do to grow your blog is interact with other bloggers. That’s where the bulk of your creativity will come from. You will make so many friends and know that you are not alone in what you are trying to accomplish. Reach out to others and you will see the biggest difference.

7. Build an engaging audience. It’s one thing to have readers, it’s another thing to have an audience. An engaging audience is responsive and gives feedback. Readers just stop by. To build an engaging audience ask questions. Give them something to respond to. Host some giveaways and Q&A’s.

8. Social media is key. Twitter is one of the best ways to get your content out there. People will see something they like and click on it. It’s a way for people to share your content and spread it to others. It really does make the biggest difference. You have to promote your blog if you want people to know about it.

9. Comparison is damaging. Comparing yourself to someone else is never good. You should never compare your blog to someone else’s. You most likely don’t know how long they have been working. Every blog is unique (for the most part) and you can’t judge your success on someone else’s. You are exactly where you need to be. Don’t compare your Chapter 12 to some else’s Chapter 46.

10. Don’t be boring. I know this may go without saying, but if your content isn’t interesting people will stop coming back. That’s not to say you have to write things that everyone will enjoy because that’s just not possible. But have content that is engaging and inclusive. Write about things you are passionate about. Give your writing some personality and flavor.

11. Have Integrity. Be honest. Don’t write about something just because it’s popular if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t give dishonest reviews. Always be genuine with your audience. That is the number one thing that will keep them coming back. It’s key to have integrity.

12. Learn what works and what doesn’t. You will have to go through some trial and error before you find what really works for you. the first layout you try might not be the most effective. Just keep in mind that you are allowed to change and grow. You are writing because it’s what you want to do.

13. Be yourself. Write about things that matter to you. Give honesty and be kind. Be open and honest. Give your readers the best version of yourself. never let anyone tell you what your blog should be. It’s not up to them. It’s yours and you can do with it what you want. See #11.

14. You will learn so much about yourself. I have learned so many new things about myself in one year of blogging. Life and blogging are not separate entities. I have learned to be more open and I have learned who I am. You will learn too. You will learn things about yourself you may not have learned elsewhere.

15. You can only get better. It’s hard to go down unless you just drop the ball completely. Keep pushing and you will learn. You will grow. Write everyday even if you don’t post everyday. Learn from your strengths and your weaknesses. Celebrate your successes and learn from your failures.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this and find it helpful in some way. Please like it if you did. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!