I’ve been blogging for a couple of months now and I have definitely learned a lot of “what to do’s” and “what not to do’s”. Here is a quick list of some of the major things I have learned since the beginning of my blogging journey!
1.Connect, Connect, Connect:
-You would be surprised at how much I have learned from connecting with other bloggers. Even a simple email explaining why you enjoyed reading someone’s blog can go a long way. I’ve received a ton of awesome blogging tips from a bunch of different bloggers. Connecting with other bloggers is also super easy to do through any social media platform (Pinterest, Twitter, Insta, Facebook etc.)
-Although I sometimes enjoy writing posts about whatever I want to, when you think logically, people don’t really care too much about what adventure you went on with your boyfriend last week. When thinking about post topics think about what people want to read, you want to be writing about things that people are interested in learning/reading about. Think of it this way- someone isn’t going to google “what did Kenzie and her boyfriend do last week?” they’re going to google something that they actually want to know.
3.Quantity vs. Quality:
-I have been questioning this one for a while now, but I have learned from a bunch of other bloggers and from trial and error that posting on your blog consecutively is much better than putting up random posts whenever you can. Right now I am trying for an average of three posts a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and its definitely a lot easier to have a planned schedule to have posts done by rather than trying to pump out a post whenever I possibly can.
4.Writing Content Filled Posts Takes A Lot More Time Than You Think:
-I have learned that posts aren’t as simple as they look. It takes me on average maybe an hour and a half to come up with a solid post. And that’s not counting the amount of time it takes to create the graphic for the posts, the time spent promoting it via social media or the whole “brainstorming” thing. Actually going through the whole planning process prior to actually writing it.
5.Personal vs. Blog Social Media Accounts:
-I used to have separate accounts for every social media platform (one for my blog and then one for my personal life) but I have learned that if you’re working on being very successful in the future and maintaining a bit of “professionalism” to yourself, companies are going to want to place a name to a face, not just your blog name. (my blog social media accounts were just @sincerelykenz, not @kenzinegron (my real name) I have recently deactivated my sincerelykenz twitter account specifically for this reason, and have linked together my personal and blog accounts. Its only been a couple days since I deactivated the twitter and I can already see a huge different in how much easier it is to keep up with social media.
-I have recently found out that using a Google Images picture for a blog post header is a big no no. There’s a ton of sites out there that allow you to use their pictures for free, one of my favorites is unsplash.com !
7.Keep It Calm, Cool and Collective:
-Sometimes less is more, in other words- you don’t need a bunch of crazy colors all over your blog or a flashy background that somewhat resembles that of an EDC music festival. Your blog is a place to share content and allow other individuals to read what you have to say, it’s not here to give people seizures every time they click on a post. Going along with this, your sidebar doesn’t need to have a crazy amount of things going in it. I used to have gazzzzzillion different items in my sidebar that really weren’t necessary what so ever. A plain and simple sidebar can go a long way.
Those are a few of the major things about blogging that I have learned so far! Hope you all enjoyed this post and have an awesome Monday (even though Mondays suck)