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It’s a funny thing, blogging. Everyone on the outside thinks it’s an easy gig, and everyone on the inside pines every hour of every day trying to get by with enough views, enough engagement, and enough to make the whole thing worthwhile.
January 1, 2018 marks 6 full months of blogging for me. I’m so happy to have made it to the 6 month mark. I’ve learned so much and I learn more every single day.
I want to share with you all that I’ve accomplished and of course let you know all of the times I fell short. I hope that if you are in the blogging community, that this either helps you in some way or you can comment down below and help me in some way. Either way, I hope that this is beneficial.
Blogging has literally changed my world. It’s all I ever think about, it makes me happy, excited and terrified. There is nothing like it, I only wish I started sooner.
What I’ve learned:
I went into blogging head first, thanks to one of my best friends who encouraged me to take the leap. I’ve always loved writing, now I get to do it as often as I want, to people who actually want to read what I have to write.
It takes time
Blogging is not just the act of writing a post. You have to do so much more than that. You have to brainstorm, research, write, edit, re-edit, add pictures, make pinterest pins, add tags, market your post on your social media, put yourself out there, and do it all again for the next post.
But I’m not just talking about the time it takes to blog. I’m talking about the time it takes to gain momentum, to make blogging friends, to get noticed, to be taken seriously, to achieve success. If you think that you can start a blog on Monday and by Wednesday you’re a superstar, I applaud your ambitious dreams. But, the reality is that it takes a ton of time to get there. So, patience and perseverance are key.
It takes all of you
I’ve learned early on that if I don’t pour my entire heart and soul into blogging, it will not fulfill me. It’s the weirdest thing to think that in order for your heart to be filled with satisfaction, you must first empty it into your passion. But, it’s 100% true for me with blogging. Blogging takes a lot of my time, my energy, my effort, my thoughts, my creativity. But it gives me a ton of pleasure knowing that I’m writing all the time about something I simply can’t shut up about.
Comparison is a passion killer
The absolute worst thing you can do is compare your blog to others’. It sounds cliche, but no one is your competition. All other bloggers are just like you, trying to get noticed, to make friends, to use their voice to help others in some way or to connect with others like them. No one is trying to steal your readers or take your traffic. The earlier you realize this, the faster you make blogging friends, the faster you gain support from those said friends, and the more you can start helping each other grow bigger and better.
Short Falls are the best teachers
I’m sure if you’re anything like me, you hate to fail. I mean it wastes your time, you have to start over, and you have to find another way to succeed. Not to mention the sheer embarrassment of it all.
But failures, or short comings, are the best! They teach you better than any book or course will. They let you know the paths that don’t work and you have the advantage to cross one method off your list. With process of elimination, you get to see success in real time.
It also allows you to use those failures to help others. After all, I’m in the blogging game to help others and share my experience.
What I’ve accomplished so far
As of this post, I’ve written 37 posts all on money and savings. I’ve had more than 29,533 views and more than 23,726 visitors. I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to resonate with my readers and I got to help them in their specific situations (the best accomplishment in my opinion). I’ve gone viral with one of my pins and my small community has started to grow, I have 65 friends who joined my journey. Of that about 47 of them joined in one week!
The tools that helped me:
The best thing I ever did was get my domain and set up my WordPress.org blog using Bluehost. It was so cheap and easy to get started. They are truly the best hosting company out there, in my opinion.
They even have a course series on YouTube that was really helpful (and because I’m not tech savvy, I kept playing the videos over and over again until I did every step, haha). It took me through everything I needed to get started and it was so easy. I literally set everything up using their videos.
Their customer service is the best. Anytime I got stuck with something, their live chat sessions would come to the rescue.
This was, by far, was my blog’s biggest traffic source and I absolutely love how it has gained exposure for me. I did struggle just a little at the beginning because I had to quickly learn the unwritten rules of how this powerhouse search engine works for your benefit.
This is such an amazing service. I seriously tried so hard to avoid it and did all of my pinning on Pinterest manually for the first 4 months of my blog, but it got overwhelming and I felt Like I lived on Pinterest. I also could not get traffic to increase beyond a certain point doing it manually. Tailwind can pin 50 pins for you every single day at optimized times and you can schedule all of your pins for weeks at a time in just an hour or two. I love love love it. Ever since I’ve gotten it, my reach has tripled to almost 180,000 people. It’s crazy and the amazing at the same time!
It’s a free scheduler that helped you organize your tasks. Sometimes as a new blogger you have so many things on your mind that you want to do and it can be quite overwhelming. Trello helps you organize your to do list so you can see it all laid out and you get to choose the due dates. It’s also so motivating to add a column labeled “completed” and seeing all of the tasks you finished. Score!
I think this program is so underrated. It’s awesome that I can access all my uncompleted posts and continue working on them anywhere, anytime. I can write posts on my phone, laptop, my cousins computer, anywhere! Writing on my phone has been so great, I even started writing more on my phone while my kids were in their extra-curricular activities and I didn’t have to lug my laptop with me. I’m sure there are fancier programs, but google docs is my friend.
I literally use it daily.
What I plan to do in the next 6 months:
I’m going to work on increasing my traffic, my FC Facebook Community, increase engagement, and I want to get to know all of you a bit more. The more I know about your money story (because we all have one), the more I can offer my help. So, don’t be shy. Send me an email, comment on the posts, and message me on Facebook. I want to hear from you and I want to hear all you have to say.
Until next time my frugal friends,