Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it’s already been SIX months since I started my blog! It’s been a stressful, amazing, frustrating, inspiring hair-pulling, beautiful adventure and I’m so happy that I started.
I feel like I’ve grown so much as a blogger in these last six months! I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with you. I also wrote about what I learned after three months of blogging, so check that out if you’re interested!
What I Learned After 6 Months of Blogging
#1 – You cannot expect to move at the same pace as other bloggers.
I know bloggers who have turned their blog into a career by six months. I have made nowhere near enough to support myself. Honestly though, those bloggers are the exception, not the rule… and just because they’ve made their blog into their career super quickly doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t as capable!
Comparing yourself to other bloggers (or anyone, for that matter) is counterproductive. It doesn’t help you build your blogging empire, doesn’t help you create awesome content… all it does is suck the life out of you and makes you feel bad about yourself.
It’s easier said than done, though! Chances are, if you’ve been even moderately consistent with your blog, you’re probably better off now than when you started. I certainly am. That’s a celebration in itself!
#2 – It’s not a get-rich quick scheme.
Okay, I already knew I wasn’t going to wake up one day making six figures. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect to have made more by now. I’ve made $84 so far, and $24 of that was actually on Poshmark, not because of my blog (granted, I think my Twitter following is how I got the Poshmark sale, which I wouldn’t have without my blog… but still).
The money I’ve made online is still an accomplishment though! It’s more money than I would have had without doing this, and I still feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing.
Anyway, of course there was a tiny part of me that was hoping the money would just fall into my lap, but that’s obviously not how any of this works.
#3 – There is more than one way to be successful.
I know bloggers who completely ignore instagram and bloggers who swear by it. I know bloggers who don’t sell courses and bloggers who do. Some full-time bloggers barely even utilize email marketing, and others are email marketing queens.
Your recipe to success doesn’t need to be copied exactly from someone else. In the beginning of my journey, I felt pressured to do everything a certain way because I wanted to find success blogging so badly. But now I’m starting to realize that if I’m going to do this, I need to find success on my own terms.
#4 – You need to stay true to yourself.
I’ve been gradually rebranding my blog and my social media because it just wasn’t me enough. That stereotypical “blogger aesthetic” (you know what I mean) just … isn’t truly me.
If you write about what makes you happy and what you enjoy, instead of what you feel others expect of you, you’ll get more out of it and be more motivated to keep going! Also, I promise you that your audience will be able to tell the difference between the posts you pour your soul into and the posts that you write because you think they’ll give you the clicks.
#5 – You don’t need to know all the details at first.
If you’re trying to monetize your blog, most bloggers will say you need a business plan. I don’t disagree with that, but you shouldn’t get so bogged down with small details that you don’t even start or allow your progress to stagnate.
I’m the type of person who loves to plan and organize. Like, really super in-depth organization… as in, a color-coded calendar, daily to-do lists, income and expense reports for my blog… I even have google docs dedicated to my hobbies. Sometimes I legitimately get so caught up in organizing and planning that I don’t make any progress.
I’m still figuring out who exactly my target audience is. I’m still determining what my niche is or if I even have one, or want one. I’m still deciding exactly what type of content I want to create. I never would have been able to figure that out before I started blogging. I have to sit down and start writing something to figure out if I actually like writing about that topic or not.
#6 – Social media isn’t everything.
Of course a strong social media presence will get more eyes on your content, but it isn’t the key to success. If you worry too much about follower counts, how your feed looks, who is following just to unfollow tomorrow… you will drive yourself up a wall. Your main focus should always be your content!
What lessons have you learned on your blogging journey so far? Let’s talk about them!!
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