It's been nearly a month since I joined the blogging community and created Millennial on the Move. I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I've learned in hopes of helping some other bloggers who may have just started their blog (or even those who have been blogging for a while).
I'm excited to see where this blog takes me and overall I'm very happy with the traffic I've received during my first month. Maybe I'll share some of my tips on how to generate blog traffic in a separate post, but for now, here are the things I've learned after one month of blogging:
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there
I had several reservations about starting this blog. Is the title dumb? Will people actually want to follow me on social media? Will my friends judge me and think it's stupid? Will it take up too much of my time? I thought of all the reasons why I shouldn't take the plunge and start a blog. I knew I wanted a creative outlet to focus my energy toward. I've always enjoyed writing and talking about my experiences old and new. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to go for it. Now nearly one month later, I'm so happy about my decision.
Find and connect with others in your niche
This is super important. There are so many resources available to find other bloggers in your niche. There are Facebook groups, group Pinterest boards, Instagram hashtags and more. Finding others that are interested in the same things as you is easier than ever thanks to social media. Build relationships with those in your niche and network as much as you can. The blogging community is super supportive if you surround yourself with people who are truly interested in seeing you grow and succeed.
It's not a race or a contest
I'll admit, having loads of social media followers and blog viewers would be nice, but for now I have to be perfectly content knowing that if people truly like my content when they stumble across my blog, they'll help me grow. It will all come in due time. On one hand it would be nice to have a lot of followers, but if they don't engage with my content, then what's the point? Since I'm just beginning my blogging career, it's not fair to compare myself to others. Everyone starts somewhere, and the only place to go is up!
Create relevant content for your audience
My blog is geared toward millennials, so all of my content is written with that in mind. When brainstorming topics, I ask myself: Is this something my readers would benefit from or would someone learn something new from this? Is this interesting? Is this easy to comprehend and digest? As long as your content is relevant to your audience, there's no reason why they wouldn't keep coming back for more.
Have a posting schedule
I can't recommend this enough. Writing content ahead of time and knowing exactly when you want to publish it is key. Plus, it helps to keep you accountable. I publish new content on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Sometimes this almost seems impossible considering I work full time and all I want to do after work is come home and relax. But, having a posting schedule keeps me motivated. Having and maintaining a blog gives something to work on during the weekends when I have a bit of down time.
Pay attention to your analytics
I thought I paid attention to my analytics when I started this blog, but I guess I didn't pay enough attention. I recently encountered a problem with my Google Analytics data and it resulted in my reports basically flat lining over a three day period. NOT GOOD. Luckily, all of my data is recorded through my hosting platform, but it's such a bummer to see that my Google Analytics data is inaccurate. I'm kicking myself. I'm crossing my fingers that Google can come to the rescue and fix the issue.
Don't be afraid to ask questions
Do I know everything about SEO? No. Do I know what the heck I'm supposed to do with email subscribers? Not even close. Do I know what good benchmarks are for my site? Hmm not really. However, I'm not afraid to ask questions and learn about these things. I know that as time goes on and as I continue to learn all I can about the blogging world, I'll have a better handle on all these topics. Just remember, there are no stupid questions!
If you're on the fence about something, get a second opinion
Sometimes when I'm brainstorming post topics, I'll run the ideas by my family or friends. Hearing their opinions helps so much. When I'm in need of a quick idea or if I have writer's block, I can bounce ideas off someone and then decide on the perfect topic. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Make time for yourself, your friends and your family
Blogging is great, but you have a life to live off of the computer, too. If it helps, block out time in your calendar to work on blogging stuff and devote the rest of your time toward the things that matter most in your life. We live in a digital world now, but you can't make many memories staring at a screen. It's okay to take breaks and step away from your blog for a while.
With each lesson I've learned, I've come to see that blogging is actually a lot of hard work. There are lots of things to stay on top of. Not only do you have to write blog posts and create content, but you have to maintain social media accounts, continuously check your email inbox and monitor the performance of your site. That being said, I'm enjoying this ride so far and I'm excited to see how my blog progresses in the future. You'll be seeing a lot more from this Millennial on the Move! :)
Are you a blogger? If so, what have you learned since you first started blogging? Or if you haven't started a blog, what's holding you back? I'd love to hear in the comments below.