I have always wanted to sit back and figure out the ins and outs of blogging before I tried it myself BUT blogging doesn't work that way and i found out real quick that understanding blogging meant jumping in head first and figuring it out as you go, but i've made a shit ton of mistakes along the way and i've decided to focus on the top 5 things i've learned in the last 3 years i've tried my hand at blogging.
1. Consistency is your form of currency in the beginning
My biggest struggle has always been constantly creating content that was worth a damn. I used to tell myself I needed to stick to a specific posting schedule - i went from m-f, everyday and soon realized with a full time job and a husband creating content to post everyday was not remotely possible so i scaled back and started posting M,W,F and eventually that ended up being 1x a week which then turn into every couple of weeks. i have yet to figure out a consistent schedule of thought provoking and great content to post and i feel like my growth reflects that. my page views and instagram grown reflect how little i have focused on being consistent and i have realized that's something i need to work on and fix.
2. Comparison is the thief of joy
I wrote a post awhile back about envy and feeling very lost in the sauce in regards to this social media game and the truth remains the same. comparing your journey with its ups and downs to someone else's journey does absolutely nothing good for you. it leads you to false expectations and beating yourself up for a life you think you should have vs the life that is currently in the works for you. last year - for a SOLID year i beat myself up so bad because my skills weren't on the same level as some or my likes weren't on the same level because of the algorithm - i've learned to just let it go and remind myself to keep having fun and once it becomes not fun anymore i need to exit stage left.
3. Find your niche
the best advice i was ever given when i wanted to get serious about blogging was, "this is an overly saturated industry - find what your good at and go full steam ahead." i haven't settled on what my exact niche will be but i'm getting closer everyday. i'm paying attention to analytics and i find that talking anything mental health related scores big and its where my words flow the easiest, i've also gotten great feedback on traveling. so we shall see!
4. Be your #1 fan
this i s the loudest piece of advice i can give someone - bruh - shout your own self out, be your own hype man, plug yourself in conversations, sell yourself - shit, yourself if you have to. no one is going to go harder for you thanyou so don't sweat the small stuff and always put yourself out there.
i'm still working on this part but i'm getting better.
never compromise yourself for a check.
stay true to you.
don't buy likes/comments/follows.
always, always trust the work you put out - if you love it and its fit the aesthetic/niche you want don't let anyone tell you shit.
well, that wraps up the 5 things that have stuck with me since i started blogging and i'm pretty sure other bloggers have probably said the same things but honestly me and blogging are a work in progress and i'm positive i'm gonna fuck up a couple more times but i know the journey will be worth it.
ps - hopefully the good weather comes back soon so i can shoot some cute stuff i have hanging on a clothing rack just waiting for me. i've got some fun ideas i wanna bring to light and i'm hopeful some cool stuff starts falling into place soon.