6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Blog
I've been writing for years now as something that I enjoyed doing. As more of a casual hobby. It came to me that I should do this blog and as I'm a little impulsive, I bought the domain name the next day. Aware that it takes a while to develop a following, I had super lofty dreams and very high goals, all the while beginning the last semester of undergrad. I've had my blog up and running for 18 days now and here's what I learned.
- Be Consistent- Set up a schedule to post your blogs and don't post them all at once. I wrote a lot at first and then ended up with 7 days in between this post and the last as I started up university again for fall. Try to keep up your presence on social media in the "down times." I've been posting once a day on Twitter and Instagram just to make sure people don't forget about me.
- Engage- Don't just engage with other bloggers but also engage with people who are following your posts and your journey. If you use Instagram, check out the explore page and find new faces in your niche. It's a great way to make new connections.
- Don't Compare Yourself To Others- It's so hard to do because I live by the motto "everything is a competition." I'm constantly competing against myself as it is and I really don't need to add every single blogger in the world to my roster. Everyone's journey looks different.
- Write About Your Interests- Passion is what keeps people interested. They can see it in you're writing. If you're happy to be doing what you're doing, it really shows.
- Join Facebook Groups- This one is HUGE. If you go on Facebook and for networking in the groups, you'll find SO MANY groups to join. Probably even ones I haven't even discovered or joined yet. And it's addicting! Turn on the notifications for specific ones that you really like so you don't miss a single opportunity to network.
- Be Present- Not only with acknowledging comments on your blogs or social media posts but also in your life. It's so easy to get swept up in the sea of compliments or new friends and to allow your current relationships fall at the wayside for a little bit. Step away from the computer, leave your phone in another room, and disconnect for a little bit each day. Recharging your batteries is the best way to stay fresh and maintain good content.