We have had our blog for a whole year now!! It’s gone by so quickly! We haven’t written as many blog posts as we wanted to, but we’re doing the best we can.
We started this blog as a bit of fun and went into it not really knowing an awful lot about it all. We haven’t pushed it as much as we could have, but we have learnt lessons along the way and we are enjoying blogging! Here is what we have learnt so far! (We have lots more to learn!)
It takes a lot of time! Whilst it’s fun, it is time consuming. What we should have done is spent time writing up some posts before publishing the blog. We published the blog and then have been trying to write posts as and when. NOT the best way. Lesson learned- plan! Try to be at least one step ahead of yourself.
Have a rough plan of blog post ideas. Write a quick skeleton post as and when you get an idea. By skeleton post I mean note a few ideas down for each post….maybe a few headings and sentences. When you have the time you can fill it out….put the meat on it if you like! Set times to write and finish up the blog posts. This a couple months ahead on big events coming up too. Easter, Christmas, school holidays, Halloween etc. Publish posts for these at least a few weeks in advance – you want your posts out there for when people are starting to plan for those things.
There are lots of opportunities for bloggers to review products. However, unless you know where to look for those opportunities you won’t have a chance to get them. There are some blogger groups on Facebook where companies will post opportunities and bloggers will put themselves forward for it by giving them their information. You will then get contacted if you are chosen.
The blogging community are mostly really friendly and supportive people. We have had lots of people help and support given to us when we’ve had moments of total cluelessness! You can’t expect friends and family to be as supportive as you, perhaps, would like them to be. Blogging and reading blog posts and social media posts aren’t for everyone. Not everyone will follow you and some will stop following you as you go. That’s fine! It can get you a little disappointed at first, but try not to take it too personally. Everyone has different interests. If you’re happy with what you’re doing – keep doing it!
These are the main things that have stuck out to us whilst getting to grips with blogging.
Do you blog? Would you agree with these points? Do you have any to add?
Thanks for reading!