I honestly can’t believe that I am sitting here writing this post in celebration of my blog turning one! One year of blogging oh my god I truly can’t believe it! I mean should I get a cake and throw a party for my laptop and me?? Is that weird? I mean I would LOVE some cake but I’m trying to get fit. I’m not going to lie though, this year has been full of ups and downs. I have struggled and almost given up many times with this blog because my mental health decided to get in the way or I felt like I was going nowhere with my blog. This year has been full of lessons so let’s get into this post all about what I’ve learnt from blogging for one year.
what I’ve learnt from blogging for one year
Taking time out is important
When I first started my blog I was unemployed this meant that I could work on my blog from the minute I woke up to the minute I went to sleep. Some days I couldn’t even open my laptop because I was so burnt out. I learnt that I couldn’t work all day every day. I need to take time out and rest. Once I arrived in New Zealand I had made a new schedule to make sure I have time with Ryan. So now my schedule now looks like this from Monday to Friday.
7:00am wake up and Zuu in two
9:00 Start work
4:30 Ryan gets home so hang out with him until he leaves for CrossFit
5:20 get the last bit of work done if needed
6:00 prep dinner
I make sure that I have my to do list completed by Friday because I take weekend off so Ryan and I can spend the weekend together and explore. I moved to New Zealand to be with Ryan there’s no point working from morning to night when he’s with me. Yes I still become unmotivated from time to time and I take easy days on those days because I need to take care of myself.
Make sure I am learning every day
There is a lot involved with blogging and for many we have start from scratch. We don’t really know what to do or how to become successful with blogging. There is things like marketing, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), social media platforms. Pinterest and so much more!! It can get really overwhelming! I know I became overwhelmed when starting, I felt like I needed to know everything before I started but I soon begun to realise I can learn every single day. Having easy access to the internet can help us learn each and every day. Every night before bed I flick through Pinterest and find some blog posts that are going to help me improve my blogging and experience for my readers who click on my site.
Planning ahead is important
It’s really tough to blog consistently when we work, have a family, friends, a social life and other commitments in life. Life can get in the way and you end up messing up your posting schedule or missing things like posting social media posts, etc. That’s why it’s so important to have a scheduling or plan in place that you can follow so when life gets busy you know exactly what to do instead of having to sit down and try to brainstorm a post or some social media posts
Connecting with others is a huge part of blogging
Blogging can be tough and very lonely. I love Twitter for the huge community of bloggers on there. I rejoined Twitter when I started my blog and begun to connect with many others who were starting blogs too and started to learn, engage and connect with these bloggers using their blogs and social media profiles.
Once I began to connect and engage I came across bloggers who were looking to collaborate on certain projects they had and needed help with. By being engaged with bloggers and posting across social media you begin to build a rapport with others and they see what type of person you are so they will want to work with you.
Realising that I can’t do everything
Being a blogger makes you a writer, an editor, publisher, graphic designer, social media manager and so much more. It can be very stressful and overwhelming and that’s okay. We aren’t supposed to be able to do absolutely everything. You may have to pay someone to help you do something if you have the funds but continuing to learn and improve your skills can help greatly. Just remember you don’t need to do absolutely everything that other bloggers are doing. You do what works for you and what you are comfortable for.
Those are some of the things I have learnt from blogging for one year! Let’s see how far I come within the next year! Hopefully I’ll be making a regular income from it so I can start working from home and not have to worry about money anymore.
How long have you been blogging? Let me know in the comments below.
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