Lessons I’ve Learnt From Blogging

Lessons I've learnt from blogging
I can’t believe that we are now in the last week of 2016 and that I’ve managed to blog successfully for almost a full year. Reflecting on my first year as a blogger, I’ve learnt an incredible amount. As we approach the end of this year I thought today’s post would be a great post to share on the lessons I’ve learnt from blogging in 2016.

What I’ve Learnt As A Blogger

1. Fight the negative thoughts

I’ve learnt that sharing your writing, your thoughts and your outlook on life with the world wide web takes guts. Especially if you’re a private person. You’re constantly worrying about what people might think. You worry about coming across as a “know-it-all”, if your English is poor or if you just don’t make any sense at all. I’ve had to fight these thoughts by reminding myself why I wanted to start blogging and what my purpose was. My purpose has been to share information from the research I’ve done or experiences I’ve had. I’ve also had to find that balance between what I want to share and what I wish to keep private online. This leads me to

2. Finding your voice

I have learnt to write how I speak. Putting your thoughts into words comes a lot easier when it sounds naturally how you talk. I have tried to inject some humour or frequently said things I often say in reality into my blog. For example, I often refer to the “dance of joy” when I’m excited or extremely happy about something 🙂 My additional thoughts are put into brackets and extreme emotion is punctuated with question marks or exclamation marks. Some people have told me that they can hear my voice talking to them when they read my blog.

3. Community is important

It’s important to meet, connect and chat to other bloggers. Initially blogging felt like a lonely online space. Sometimes you can feel like you’re talking to the wall. Even though people are reading your blog but no one comments, it makes you wonder whether your opinion is valid or useful. The blogging community is an amazing group of like minded people going through exactly the same thing as you. They are willing to support, contribute and provide feedback if needed. They also understand the amount of effort, time and work it takes to own a blog. So find your blogging tribe.

4. Be organized

I find being organized helps me to maintain and manage my blog within the normal routines of a busy life. Sometimes blogging can feel a little overwhelming or make you feel a little out of control. As I’m a control/organization freak I needed to find a way to manage it all. A while ago, I wrote a post about how I have learnt to blog more efficiently with my blogging time-saving tips.

5. Proof reading your posts

Proof reading your posts can be time consuming. Particularly when you’re reading your posts over and over until you think you’ve perfected it. A tip I picked up earlier this year is to read your posts out aloud. This can really help when you’re struggling with the flow of your posts.

6. Be inspired

Looking for topics to write about can sometimes be a challenge. Be inspired by the events, experiences and things that are happening around you. Learn to think outside the box when looking for blog topic ideas. Listen to the people around you and the questions they are asking. Join Facebook groups of common interests or writing prompt groups for inspiration.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask

I’ve learnt there’s no harm in asking. When looking for opportunities in promoting your blog, don’t be afraid to ask. The worst that can happen is that the person will say no. The best is that the person can say yes and other doors may open up to you.

8. Be proud

Be proud of your blog. Initially I was quite shy about it. But then I realized, how will my blog get out there if I don’t talk about it. So share your blog with people. If you’re having a conversation with someone on a topic which happens to be something that you’ve written about, seize the opportunity to mention your blog. You could even create your own blog business cards. This is handy for giving to people immediately without having to write it down on a piece of paper 😉

9. Don’t give up

And lastly, another tip I’ve picked up is not to give up blogging. Successful bloggers keep writing. It is important to maintain the quality of your blog content though. Rather publish high quality content less frequently than low quality content more frequently. People will eventually start noticing you and opportunities may start appearing for you.

These are the lessons I’ve learnt from my first year of blogging. I am incredibly grateful for everything that I have learnt, the people I have met, the opportunities and the personal growth I’ve had. I look forward to another year of blogging and hopefully I can continue to keep it going.

Have you learnt any lessons from blogging this year? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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14 Comments

  1. 27th December 2016 / 8:11 PM

    (10 pay it forward. I remember how grateful I was to bloggers who helped me when I was floundering along in the beginning. Now I try to help new bloggers when I come across them. At the very least to leave a comment in response to – is anyone reading this?!)

    My blogaversary is in June so that’s when I post my lessons learned

    • whatudidntknow
      27th December 2016 / 8:22 PM

      Hi Diana, yes that is true and another valid point I forgot to mention. Thanks so much for commenting and reading 🙂

  2. Kristina Maggiora
    28th December 2016 / 7:15 PM

    Blogging taught me so many things 🙂 It’s a great hobby! x

    • whatudidntknow
      28th December 2016 / 7:16 PM

      Hi Kristina, yes it is a great hobby 🙂

  3. 28th December 2016 / 9:19 PM

    I just love blogging. Some excellent points here. I would also like to add how important social media is to sharing your posts. You could write the best post in the world but no one may see it. Building your social media presence is so important, to share you posts, to raise your followers and ensure your blog is read

    • whatudidntknow
      28th December 2016 / 9:26 PM

      Hi Melissa, yes that’s true too! Thanks for mentioning that 😉

  4. 2nd January 2017 / 6:07 AM

    These are great points! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • whatudidntknow
      3rd January 2017 / 4:36 PM

      Hi Abby, thanks for reading! 🙂

  5. 4th January 2017 / 3:14 AM

    I am new to the blogging world as I just launched on 12/15/2016. I work a full time job and blog nights and weekends as well as engage in Social Media. It is very easy to get discouraged. Even though I haven’t been “live” very long, I have been working on it for some time and trying to build connections along the way. Thank you for sharing your experiences and I will surely follow your advice!

    • whatudidntknow
      4th January 2017 / 10:15 AM

      Hi Holley, welcome to the blogging world. All the best with your blog and enjoy it! Thanks for reading and I hope it will be useful to you.

    • whatudidntknow
      4th January 2017 / 12:36 PM

      Hi Holley, welcome to the blogging world. Hope you enjoy blogging! Thanks for reading and hopefully my post was useful to you 🙂

  6. 6th January 2017 / 8:15 AM

    I love this post – especially fighting the negative thoughts. YASSSSS
    You copy and pasted words out of my head – you’re a mind reader.

  7. 16th April 2017 / 1:45 AM

    OMG yes, writing how you normally talk so it sounds like you and not a robot. Sometimes es I don’t make sense because of brain fog brought on by chronic fatigue and my Dyspraxia so I proof read my stuff over and over and even get my Bloke to see if I’m making sense. I agree with you so much that other bloggers are so important otherwise you are just an opinion in a vacuume.

    • whatudidntknow
      16th April 2017 / 12:39 PM

      Hi Christie, hahahahha yes that’s right – “not a robot” 😉 Thanks for stopping by and sharing on Twitter!

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