Tuesday, 26 September 2017

What I've Learned From Four Years Of Blogging

This month marks four (yes, four!) years since I began writing my blog. I actually cannot believe it's even been that long. To me, it feels more like a year. I won't lie and say that blogging is easy, because it's really not, and I'll admit there's been times when I've lost the motivation to continue blogging and have wanted to give it all up. Thankfully I never actually have given it all up, because I know if I did I would regret it forever. After all, blogging is something that I really enjoy and is something that I can see myself continuing to enjoy for a long time to come.

As it is four years since I started blogging, I wanted to write a post all about the things that I've learned along the way during my blogging journey so far.

Blogging Is Time Consuming

Yep. Blogging is time consuming and it's the main reason why I have often become disengaged with my blog. The only time I have really had to spend time on my blog is at weekends, in between any social activities I may have. However, this is where time management comes in and where over the last four years I have learned to manage my time more effectively in a week so I can get all the blog bits done that I need to.

Be Organised

The last point leads me nicely onto this point. Be Organised. I used to plan, write and publish a blog post all in one day when I had no plans on a particular day. Sometimes if you have a free day, you may want to spend it doing something other than sitting in front of a computer. I now have a notebook with every Tuesday of each month listed and then have a blog post idea next to it, so I know what I'm planning on publishing on that particular date - I update this as and when a blog post idea comes into my head. I then have enough time to plan it and really think about how I want that post to look. This means that I'm no longer rushing my content or suffering from writer's block.

Use Scheduling Apps

This is something I started doing in the last year or so. I never really understood the importance of using a scheduling app until I started using one last year. It's made a huge difference to how I promote my blog posts on Twitter and has saved me so much time doing so. The scheduling app which I use is Buffer. I only use the very basic Buffer package which allows you to schedule 10 tweets at a time for free. If you want to schedule more than 10 tweets at a time, you can do so at a cost.

Get Involved In Twitter Chats

I cannot stress enough how effective getting involved in blogger Twitter chats is for your blog, and for you personally! Twitter chats enable you to build friendships, connections and propel your blog to an audience that you may not have previously had. I personally have a list of all of the chats, there's so many of these on throughout the week and all aimed at different genre's of bloggers.

Be Yourself

The brilliant thing about blogging is that it's your own little space of the internet, no-one elses. If you want to blog about something you truly believe in and are passionate about - do it! Don't feel pressured to follow the crowd or blog about something that you don't feel confident in writing about. The main thing is to be as authentic as you possibly can and let your audience get to know the real you.

When The Going Gets Tough - Take A Break

This point is so important. There's been many times in the past when I have suffered with a lack of content ideas, writer's block, haven't felt motivated and life has just generally got in the way of blogging. If any of that happens, it's time to step back and take a break. It doesn't matter if it's a big or a small break but time away can do a world of good. The chances are you will come back revitalised and full of energy to continue with your blog.

CarrieFi x


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