Everything takes time, and lots of it. When I first started blogging, I was vain enough to think I would get about 100 followers within the first week. When that didn't happen I remember feeling very disappointed and felt like I wasn't good enough and I should just quit. Still, I carried on publishing posts and eventually, I gained a audience (you guys) who I enjoyed writing to on a weekly basis! I think it is important to understand that not everything happens at once, and once you realise that the further you will go; not just in blogging but in life too!
You can't write content that you don't like. For a period of time, I went through a stage of writing about things I really didn't enjoy writing about and didn't have any enthusiasm for the content I was creating. As a result, I lost a ton of readers who obviously knew I wasn't as enthusiastic as I claimed to be; another big disappointment! Since then, I have turned this around and only write content that I am truly proud of and feel my readers will appreciate.
I love designing blogs. I remember my first blog design, the default Watermark template provided by blogger. Not too bad for a girl who had absolutely no idea what she was doing! However, this didn't last long and before I knew it I was spending hours designing a new blog design and finally created something I loved. Blog designing is something I have real enthusiasm for, and I still enjoy designing and developing my skills today!
Photography. Believe it or not, I didn't know anything about photography when I first started blogging. All of my posts were pure writing, and they must have been pretty boring! It was only when I started to follow the bigger blogs who had beautiful photography did I start to consider that it looked fun and something that I could have a go at. If you had told me when I first started blogging that in 3 months I would have a DSLR camera and be taking photos on a daily basis; I would have laughed in your face and politely said goodbye!
Numbers don't matter as much as you think they do. I would never go as far to say numbers don't matter but when I first started out, I was obsessed. I would check my stats about 10 times a day just to see a slight increase in viewers. Thankfully, I am over that now after realising that it doesn't matter how many people are viewing my posts at what time; instead it matters about the readers that are already viewing your blog, and to make sure the content you are writing appeals to them. Of course, if the readers you are attracting are the complete opposite to your target audience, you may want to reconsider your content but I always think the readers come first.
Blogging will change you. I can't even begin to say the amount blogging has changed me. It sounds impossible, but blogging has made me a more confident person; both within myself and talking to others. Perhaps this comes from talking to a complete lot of
What have you learnt from blogging?