On December 31st 2017, I did something insane. After going back and forth on when I should start my blog, I hit publish and let my post hit the internet. Here I am three months later and wow what I ride these three months have been!
While I started nervous and scared (and sometimes still am), I can say it was the best decision I have ever made. Blogging to me is more than just typing words week after week. Its more than just sharing information. To me blogging is an opportunity to make an impact, a chance to help people all around the world.
No matter who you are or where you come from, you too have the opportunity to impact someone. While it may seem scary and unknown, today I dare you to get out there are share with the world. It doesn't have to be fancy, it doesn't have to be perfect. Effort, dedication and consistency are the only three things you need to start, and I guarantee you, everything else will fall into place.
In honor of my first three months of blogging, today I want to share 3 lessons I've learned in my first three months of blogging.
Planning is key in blogging! When you do not have a plan you will find yourself scrambling and putting out mediocre content. One thing I have learned is to plan my content weeks ahead of time. Right now it is the end of March and I have already planned a tentative schedule for every week until the end of quarter 2.
Blogging is so much more than just typing content, especially if you want quality content. You must take time to research blog content, to determine SEO strategies and to type and edit your blog.
When I first created my blog, I will admit I didn't have much of a plan, but as I've produced content over the last three months while working a full time job, I have learned the importance of planning. I have learned the importance in productively managing my time. Planning out the time that I am not at my 9-5 and effectively using that time to work on my blog has helped me to blog effectively and consistently!
2.) Create Balance
Secondly, I've learned that creating balance is vital. It is so easy to get so caught up pouring into everyone else that you forget to pour into yourself.
I've learned that serving your audience is important but you have to take time to unplug and serve yourself.
While I love to blog, blogging isn't my life. Personal time is now a priority to me!!
Creating balance to me is taking time to connect with my hubby, taking time to relax and have me time. When I first started blogging I would come home after working an 8 hour day and get straight to working. Lately, I have learned to take about 1 hour to unwind, even if it means I have less time to work on content.
Its better to do one thing well than to do it from a place of empty. I have learned first hand that you can quickly get burned out when you don't take the time to connect with yourself on a personal level. Creating balance is necessary!
3.) Don't Focus On The Numbers
Finally, I've learned the importance of not focusing on the numbers! Wow this is a big one! When I started this blog, I slowly started looking into more and more ways to get my posts in front of people. While this is important to me I have realized it is not about numbers to me.
I created a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And guess what, I deleted them all! Well not Pinterest because I mean inspiration right!!?? Haha! Instead of focusing on chasing after an audience, I have learned the importance in effectively producing content.
No matter who you are trying to reach or what you are trying to put out, it should never be about the numbers!
Learn that if you only reach one person and reach them well, that is enough. Not focusing on the numbers have provided me clarity in my mind allowing me to focus on my content.
I know in due time the people will come, and all I have to do is keep showing up, and you do too!!
Well there you have it, the three things that I have learned in my first three months of blogging. If you are a blogger, whats the biggest lesson you have learned during your blogging journey and how has it impacted you?
Until next time,