What I’ve Learnt After One Year of Blogging

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Many novice bloggers misconstrue what it is really like to start a blog. I know that when I started out this time last year, I was completely in the dark. Blogging seemed like something that could be easily done to me, with the least amount of effort. One year later, and I am so glad that I started out this blog. There are always things to learn about blogging, and I’m still learning one year later. This blog post will be a collection of the things I’ve picked up and lingo I’ve learned. 

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ENGAGEMENT

It took me awhile to realise that engagement is quite important. By that I mean, engaging with other bloggers, commenting, reading other blog posts and just supporting other bloggers in general. You could have the best blogs up ever, but if you are not engaging with others, it’ll be hard to get your name out there. I also like to think that supporting other bloggers is just a nice thing to do in general, sort of like a treat others how you would like to be treated kind of thing.

ORGANISATION

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Everybody has lives outside of their blog. Whether it be you have a family to look after, school/college to attend, exams to pass or a job to go to, there are always things that need more attention. I started off my blog thinking that I could just post whenever I felt like it, and yes, you can post whenever you feel like it. I’ve realised though, that consistency is key. I feel like posting at like one or two blog posts every week or two weeks is enough.

If you have blog posts here and there, many will not take you seriously with it and will believe that you are not as serious too. The work that you put out there really does pay off in the long run. I like to organised my blog posts, have them written down in a planner and schedule which days they go up. I also plan what days I’ll write them, so I know that I’m free on that day to write a post I’m satisfied with. When you’re in a rush to get things done, your blog can suffer because it’s not the best you can do. It affects everything.

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CONTENT IS KEY

Putting up a half-assed blog post, that you know that even you are not happy with, reflects badly on your blog. With blogging, there is no positives to being lazy about it. A question I like to ask myself when I’m finished with a post is would I read this and like it? And if the answer is yes, I post it. It’s also good to change up your content every now and then, otherwise things will get very boring.

BE AUTHENTIC AND ORIGINAL

I love getting inspiration from other bloggers, and it’s great to. But one thing I’ve learned after blogging for a year is that being authentic actually gets you miles further. Showing bits of your personality in whatever you post is not only staying true to yourself, it’s also letting people get to know the real you.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Now, I’m am no photographer, but I’ve been blogging long enough to know that photography plays a huge part in blogging. Sure, you can post a blog without any pictures but then the blog will have no excitement to it. Pictures are so important, and you don’t even need a professional camera. If your phone camera’s quality is as good, then that can be used.

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What have you learnt since you’ve started blogging? Do you plan on starting a blog?

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31 thoughts on “What I’ve Learnt After One Year of Blogging

  1. I’ve also been blogging for a year and I have learnt that engagement is definitely very important. I realised that when I engaged with other bloggers and supported them, I got support back and when I didn’t, nothing was coming my way, so I am making every effect to read other blogger’s posts, like or comment and its really helping to get engagement on my blog. Thanks for sharing this great post

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  2. Engagement is probably the biggest thing to learn and make time for as a new blogger. I’ve learned that it’s okay not to stick to a schedule. I would rather put out good content and not stick to a schedule than put out mediocre content and have a schedule.

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  3. I totally agree with you on the engagement part! It’s all well and good that you write posts and then ditch them as soon as you publish them, but if you want to foster a community you got to take part and read other people’s content, too! I don’t know what I’d do without my blogger babes, and I’m so glad to have made friends through blogging.

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  4. This is a really great post! I agree with all of those points for sure. There is a lot more to it than people necessarily realise. I’m still really bad at photography though, haha.

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  5. It will be one year next March for me and I can honestly say. I agree with every point, engagement is key. A posting schedule with do miracles for you as it works around your every day life!

    Blogging is not easy but if you enjoy it, it will be a breeze.

    Jenna|xo

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  6. This is such a great post Caroline! I agree, engaging with others is key to blogging, like you say, you could have the best blog but if you don’t interact no-one will know it exists! Being organised really helps too, there is so much to do as bloggers! Thank you for sharing, this is such a helpful post with so many fab tips and suggestions ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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