“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability”
Today marks the first month since I’ve launched my blog! It is unbelievable how time has flown by, it still feels like I just launched it yesterday. In this short period I have already learned so much about blogging, here are the most important lessons I’ve learned so far:
1) your blog won’t be perfect, just launch – I started working on my blog back in February of this year, I figured I’d be able to go public by march 1st, until I finally sat down and decided to design my site. What the what? I had no idea where to start, what layout I wanted, how pick a theme…. The hardest part of designing your blog is not knowing what you want but then not liking what you have created either. I wasn’t Happy with my original theme but I had no idea what I wanted. It wasn’t until I started reading blogs from other bloggers and started asking for advice that I found myself getting somewhere. There’s nothing wrong with your blog being a continuous work in progress, at the end of the day, you’re the one who will know how much work needs to get done and most people who take the time to read it will at least be nice and won’t hurt your feelings if it really looks like shit lol.
2) So many new terms! Hosting site, plugins (not the Glade type) widgets, short codes… I had noooo idea what any of these things meant and I still don’t, but I’m still learning.
3) You get what you put in– The more time you spend working on your blog, whether it is promoting it, writing, editing your layout, etc. Then the better response you will receive from your audience. Don’t expect to become an overnight sensation without putting in work.
4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help – I tend to think I can do all things myself without asking others to help. This wasn’t working out well, I became stuck and almost gave up on the whole idea. Thankfully a few friends came thru and provided valuable advice and Motivation.
5) Don’t get discouraged, be patient When folks say that patience is a virtue, they are not lying! Unless you’re really lucky, your blog will hit it off right away and you’ll have an insane amount of subscribers/followers. Those of us that aren’t so lucky need to be consistent, patient, and determined. Little by little, your following will grow, just stick to it.
6) Networking is key-building a network of bloggers will help you in generating engagement and will also open the doors to new relationships. No one else will know the blogging struggle like a fellow blogger! Aside from that, you can learn an abundance of information as most bloggers are all so willing to share what they know.
I am very sure that two, three , nine months down the line, this list will become even longer. Shoot, two or three years from now I will probably have a whole Ebook! Albeit time-consuming, I am very happy with my decision to launch on this journey and hope to capture a loyal amount of readers. Let me hear from you! What lessons have you learned about building your own blog?