Life is a school, you learn a new lesson everyday which helps you broaden your mind, that’s why you should never stop learning! It is also important to learn from the mistakes, well that’s one of the good ways of learning! You don’t really make the same mistake twice, do you? It doesn’t matter whether you are new to blogging or you’ve been blogging for awhile, there will always be some blogging lessons you learn, which helps you to improve the way you see and do things.
Blogging has taught me a lot and I am still learning new things to improve myself. It is from technology to writing skill and also with interacting with other people. It has been a year since I’ve started blogging and these are many blogging lessons I’ve learnt so far. Sharing is caring, so let’s start with the blogging lessons…
12 Blogging Lessons
People won’t always be nice to you
Let’s be honest here, there will always be people who won’t be happy with your success and they will wish you to fail. Like how it is in real life, in the blogging world too, not everyone will be nice to you. You just have to learn how to deal with these people and the best thing you can do is ignore them instead of making yourself miserable. There might be people sending you harassing emails/messages, however, don’t follow their way. Even if someone is being rude to you, either ignore them or just answer them kindly. It is impossible to please everyone, unfortunately this is how life is…
You won’t always feel motivated
You can’t force motivation, it just doesn’t work. There will be times you will be fully motivated and some other times where you will have zero motivation. You should know that things like that happens, you just have to learn to deal with it. You should just take time off and do the things that give you motivation. For instance, how about going for a walk? Motivation comes and goes, it is best to do the most of the work when you are fully motivated. Also, try to overcome this situation, you can still get creative even if you don’t feel 100%.
You might see yourself as a failure
When things don’t turn out as how you want them to be, you might think the worst. Seeing yourself as a failure will probably be one of them. Just look at the successful people, most of them didn’t become successful after their first attempt. For instance, the founders of Pinterest tried a few other things before, their attempts ended up being failure, but did they stop trying? Of course not… Now, Pinterest is one of the most visited websites which has millions of visitors everyday! So never stop trying and every failure must teach you a lesson!
Blogging is love
Blogging takes time and you wouldn’t spend your hours on it if it wasn’t something you love doing, right? We spend our free times on the things we love doing, so if you are a blogger then you know what I mean. If blogging is something you love then keep doing what you love. There might be times where you feel like giving up, but why give up something you love?
Numbers don’t define you
Numbers… It is one of the things that puts us down or gets us motivated, but why do we let the numbers define us? If blogging is something you love doing, unless it is your full-time job, then why do you let your numbers affect you? There are so many people on Instagram/Twitter who just follow you to unfollow, what is the point of it? I seriously can’t seem to understand those people, if anyone can then please enlighten me! Also, people asking for follow for follow, seriously what’s the point of it? Either you have one or thousands of followers or views, don’t let it affect you and don’t let it define you! High numbers might be what you want, but know that with a little hard work, there’s nothing you can’t achieve!
It is ok to take time off
You might be going through a hard time or you have so much to do, then it is ok to take time off. There were times where I was away for weeks, it was because of the stress and so much to do, it wasn’t something I wanted, but then it had to happen. See it as a break, you take a break when you have enough of something. Instead of forcing yourself and making yourself exhausted, just take your time and give yourself some time off.
Don’t force yourself
When you are not feeling motivated, the worst thing you’d do for the blog is to post for the sake of posting… Just don’t do it! Don’t post something just to have something posted, people will know it and will you feel good about it? There were times where I forced myself to write posts, it just didn’t work and the posts I wrote were bad… So the lesson was learnt! Instead of posting something you are not happy with, take this time to come up with something good!
You don’t need to post what others do – be unique
Write what you are passionate about, don’t just write to please the crowd! It might be an easier option to do what others do, but standing alone is the hardest. There’s a quote that I really like “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.”, inspiring, isn’t it? I am sure I am not the only one who is seeing that, well I hope not! When you check around, you will see that there are so many similar or exactly same posts, why do people do that? Blogging is writing what you love writing about, it shouldn’t be about just copying what others write. If you can’t come up with your own content, it is best not to write anything. In order to stand out in the crowd, it is important to be unique.
People will copy you
There will always be people who copy others. If someone copies you then it must be a sign that you are doing a good job, right? People copy successful people! If someone copies you then don’t be upset with these people, but see it as a positive thing, it shows that you done a good job.
Determination is key – it is time consuming
Keep in mind that growing your community, followers, readers will take time. When you check your favourite people, you can understand how much time it took for them to come that far, unless you find a way to get popular overnight. Google won’t find your blog straight away, you should know that you need traffic to drive traffic. Sad but that’s how things work! Just have patience and keep your had work. Determination and consistent work will guide you to success.
Being consistent is important
Like how it is in everything in life, consistency is the key in the blogging world too. When you are consistent, people will recognise you. Being consistent about posting and engaging people will pay off. Yes, it is again time consuming, but then that’s how things are.
Social media is important
Social media is one of the things some of us tend to forget about. In the 21st century, it is hard to survive without it and it is a good way of driving traffic to your blog. From my experience, when you are consistent on the social media, can be anything from Twitter to Pinterest, you will see the outcome. Add people, interact with them and just have fun, having fun is the important bit!
There are more blogging lessons I’ve learnt, but these 12 blogging lessons are the ones that are on top of the list. I know I can’t please everyone and I can’t expect everyone to appreciate what I do, so I don’t let it affect me.
Is there any blogging lessons you learnt that made you change things? What would you like to improve about your blog?