What The Heck Am I Doing?! First Month Blogging Lessons – Everything that I learned in my first month blogging; from someone who blogs full-time earning $8,000/month 14 months later!
What the Heck am I Doing?! Lessons from my First Month Blogging
It’s been a month since I started writing daily and made blogging into more of a job and less of a hobby. I’m still such a blogging newbie, but I’m picking things up as I go. It’s been really interesting, honestly! I’ve really learned a lot and I’m hoping to keep learning and growing.
My goal is that by this time next year, I’ll be making some kind of money. Whether that’s $100 a month or $10,000 a month, I don’t know! But I know that is my goal.
First, a little bit about me:
Last month, I thought that it was a joke to be a “full-time blogger.” And now here I am trying my hand at it!
If you only remember one thing about me, it’s that I’m not special. Not even close. I’m so average. I’m not a millionaire (far from it!). I don’t have the time to spend 24 hours a day working on my blog. I don’t have an English or journalism degree. And I’m definitely not a grammar pro (thanks to a free app called Grammarly, I don’t have to worry about looking like an idiot when I post things!).
I do love to write and I love to help people. And I’m really good at cutting out spending and finding new ways to save money. Through my blog, I have a way to help people find answers to their questions about how to save money, live on a budget, and get in control of their finances.
By writing about what I love, I’m hoping to be able to provide my family with a second income, while getting to stay at home with my children.
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That said, here’s everything that I learned in my first real month of blogging as a job.
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Do what works for you, but stick with it! If you’re posting daily, stick to posting daily. Every other day, stick to it! Don’t push yourself too far and publish bad content. But remember the beauty of blogging: you can always go back and edit!
Use social media always!
Get a Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail, Google+, Instagram, and Facebook page right away. Post often! But don’t let it take away from your time getting quality posts out there.
*Update (6/28/16): Pinterest has a lot of tips and tricks that I wish I’d known from the beginning! This is the Pinterest Strategy Guide that I wish I’d known about from the beginning. If you’re serious about your blog, check it out for sure!
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Have a way to capture your ideas when they come to you.
This might sound silly, but it works: I text myself ideas. That way, I have them down in writing without worrying about losing a random piece of paper. Another way to do this is to use Google Docs to save ideas. Any way that will keep your ideas in one place and will help you capture the idea when you have it is a huge help!
Keeping to a schedule has helped a lot. I publish certain posts on certain days. You can even download a plugin for WordPress called “Editorial Calendar.” It’s super easy to see your schedule from there!
Have a list of half-fully written posts ready to go when writer’s block hits.
This is how I avoid writer’s block: I brainstorm all of my ideas and keep the titles or the subjects as a blog post. When I can’t think of anything to write about, I go back and add some to the post, and tada! Done post with writer’s block!
It’s always good to have some ideas on standby. If you can only make it halfway through a post without thinking of a good ending, save it for later. When you go back to it, you’ll have a fresh set of eyes and be able to finish it well and easily. I have about 15 half-written posts and 5 complete ones just waiting to be published.
Respond to all comments.
It’s really nice, and truly shows people how much you care about your blog. You might get long-time readers from doing this. You want to make sure that you come off as friendly and approachable.
Go to link parties!
HO. LEE. COW. I never knew about these things until I found them in my second (or third… oops) week blogging. It’s a fantastic way to meet the bloggers, read some fantastic content, support each other, and see other bloggers’ processes. You get to see what other bloggers pages look like, the kinds of pictures they use, and the kinds of content they have. It’s really great to be part of these groups! Not to mention you can find a TON of people to follow on all different social media outlets! Grow your following by following other people!
(Note: once you’ve grown your blog, link parties become less important. But starting off, they’re a lot of fun!)
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!
If you disagree with someone else’s post, just don’t say anything. No one likes a troll. If you wouldn’t want someone to post something on your blog, don’t say it.
Picmonkey.com is your new best friend.
I’m so sad I’ve only had a relationship with Picmonkey.com for a month! I could’ve used this site for SO much! I love it! And you can download new fonts onto your computer and use them if you want! Love it, and I use it every single day.
All of the graphics made on my site are made from Picmonkey.com. I’m not a graphic designer and I don’t have money to hire one, but Picmonkey lets me make amazing looking images!
Go out on a limb.
I was really hesitant to publish my page on Facebook. That would mean that everyone that I KNOW will see what I’ve been working on each day! That was a big deal for me. I didn’t know what they would think.
What if they think I’m a loser? Or just a bored housewife? Maybe that I need to get a REAL job? I’m sure there were some who thought that, but no one outright SAID it to me! Putting myself out there brought me new followers and a personal way to see who connects with my content.
Don’t lose yourself.
It’s hard not to lose yourself blogging. There’s a fine line between being yourself and trying to emulate someone else who is more successful in hopes of getting to their level.
Decide if you want to blog just to chit chat or if you’d like to try to make some money off of it.
I like to socialize and write, so it’s just a bonus for me that I can potentially get paid for doing so!
Now, don’t get crazy and think that you can make a ton of money in your first month! I’ve probably logged the same amount of time into blogging as I would have into a full-time job and I’ve made $.30 doing some sponsored tweets, $4.53 off of Google Adsense, and have yet to make anything off of affiliate income.
I enjoy writing, and getting to know people, and looking at recipes for delicious cupcakes that I can’t eat. So this has been a lot of fun for me. Once it becomes tedious or I just lose interest, I’ll stop doing it. But for now, I’m having a lot of fun!
It’s really been a wild ride! And I can’t wait to see what next month has in store for me!!
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