Before I started blogging, I had never really been an avid blog reader. I followed a few but never really checked in regularly. Honestly, most of my blog reading was done when I’d look up information on a topic or item and if a blog had a write up about it, I’d read it. It wasn’t until I started this blog that I really appreciated all the work that goes into this world of blogging. As of April 16th, I’ve been a blogger for 1 whole year! There’s still more room for growth and improvement but I’ve definitely learned a lot in my first year.
5 Important Thing I Learned in My First Year of Blogging
1. Don’t Focus on the Numbers
The point of a blog is to provide information for people to read, right? Well, as a new blogger my
fear concern was that nobody would read my blog! There are plenty of other beauty blogs out there, some extremely popular, so I wondered how many people would click to see what little ole me wrote about a product I tried. As a result, I checked my blog stats incessantly! When I tell you I was obsessed with seeing how many views and clicks I had each day…it was absolutely nerve racking. And then when my views were up for a few days and then dropped the next day, my heart sank as well. I started wondering if it was my content or how frequently I was posting.
Being that I work full-time and have kids, I wasn’t able to post more than once a week on a consistent basis so my content would have to be the driving force. I soon came to my senses and the realization that as a new blog, it was going to take time to gain more readers than just my friends and that stressing about my monthly views was not going to help. I had to keep in mind why I started Sassy Critic in the first place and keep blogging about my honest opinions on products. Once I made up my mind to stop focusing on the numbers, I became much more confident in what I was doing. Before I knew it, I was gaining more and more readers all over the world each month.
2. Be True to Yourself
This may be cliche and you may have read it in other blogging 101 posts, but it is so true. After starting my blog, I started getting into reading other blogs, beauty related and otherwise, those that were popular and not so popular yet, and I got to see the differences in the voice of each blogger. The blogs I enjoyed the most had personality. I almost felt like I knew some of those bloggers and could imagine myself hanging out with them. That’s what makes people keep coming back to see what’s new on your blog. Your personality and your voice. Thanks to my mom, I tend to be the grammar police but the great thing about a personal blog is that you don’t always have to be so formal. You can present information in a more relaxed and relatable manner. People appreciate that.
3. Get Blogging Buddies
Throughout this blogging journey, I have come across a few really helpful Facebook groups for bloggers. These groups are made up of all kinds of bloggers and the information I’ve gained about all things blogging has been tremendously helpful. Such groups are also very helpful in getting your blog posts seen by others who may not have come across it otherwise. I’ve even made a few blogging friends who I am so grateful for.
For example, Heidi is a full-time blogger and manages multiple blogs that cover topics such as relationships, beauty, wellness, and ways to save money! I have no idea how she does it but she clearly has a love for blogging and she’s damn good at it! One blog is enough for me! All of that experience has brought her much knowledge on blogging, SEO, social media marketing, etc. that she graciously shares with me. She even gives me constructive criticism now and then which puts a fire under me to keep improving. You know what they say, if you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who are doing better than you.
4. Don’t Quit
This kind of goes with #3 because having buddies will help prevent you from jumping ship when you feel like it’s all for nothing or when you get in a rut. I think most bloggers hit a point when they question whether or not they want to continue. I’ll admit, I hit that point a couple of times. Not because I didn’t want to blog anymore but at times when life and adulting took over and I wasn’t able to blog as consistently. There were also times when I felt like I was out of ideas. I don’t know how that was possible with all the beauty products I have and buy on a regular basis!These 5 things have helped me in my first year of blogging! Click To Tweet
What helped me in those situations was just taking a little break. I still promoted my posts on social media and continued reading other blogs until I got my blogging mojo back. Blogging is a lot of work and can be time-consuming so if you have to take a break to focus on other things or just to get your mind right, it’s okay. Just don’t give up on it. You’ll be glad you didn’t.
5. Stay Organized
Okay, this is an area that I’m still working on but embraced the importance of towards the end of my first year. As you may know, I started a Youtube channel as a compliment to this blog just a few months after starting my blog. I actually have more fun making videos than I expected I would. However, it’s another thing to work into my schedule. Recording is somewhat easy but planning and editing can be another time vampire. Add that to the planning, writing, creating graphics, researching, and social media marketing needed for the blog, it can all get overwhelming very easily.
Having a plan in place is extremely important! I used to jot down ideas in a notebook but that’s just not cutting it anymore. I have finally found a planner to help me get my ish together! If this doesn’t help me, I’m in trouble lol!
To say this past year in blogging has been a learning experience is an understatement. But you know what? I don’t regret any of it. The ups have far outweighed the downs and I’m looking forward to continued growth and sharing more of my beauty product musings with you and many others! If you are a new blogger, or even if you’re not so new, I hope that these 5 tips will be just as helpful to you in your blogging journey!