22 Things I Learned During 6 Years of Blogging

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I have been blogging for at least six years now & I feel like I’ve encountered a lot. I’ve made great posts. I’ve made horribly embarrassing posts. I’ve made blogging friends. I’ve started over dozens of times. I’ve created one very successful blog. I’ve created multiple low-quality blogs. I’ve learned a lot & today, I’d like to share these lessons with you:

  1. You cannot take any photo off of Google/Pinterest and add it to a post…even if you give the proper credit. It’s technically illegal and the rightful owner could take you to court. The only pictures you can safely use are creative commons photos, your own photos, and photos from media kits (aka book covers).
  2. Don’t try to click-bait your readers. You’ll end up losing a lot of followers.
  3. Use books, magazines, and similar blogs for inspiration…especially if you are struggling with writer’s block.
  4. Take the leap & make some connections! Over the years, I’ve created blogging friendships with a few ladies. Together, we challenge each other, help one another, and grow in the Lord together.
  5. Check all posts for spelling and grammar. I try to use Grammarly when I can.
  6. The first and last few sentences of your posts are very important. You want to hook your readers in & make them want to come back for more.
  7. Blogging can be a hobby or a job.
  8. Blogging and/or writing is a real job & you should not listen to anyone who tells you differently.
  9. Write what you are passionate about. One great post a month is better than 20 mediocre posts.
  10. You don’t have to publish everything you write. I have so many awful drafts saved on WordPress, it’s almost embarrassing. If you are not proud of your piece, it doesn’t belong on your blog.
  11. Get to the point as soon as possible. Don’t add a lot of fluff. I get so frustrated when I open a link to a recipe & I have to scroll through multiple paragraphs before getting to the actual recipe.
  12. When the opportunity comes where you can start making money on your blog, don’t give in & allow millions of pop-ups & ads. When I enter a blog that seems more focused on making money instead of really helping readers, I exit out.
  13. Your best blog posts will not come from sitting in front of your computer all day. Go out. Read. Experience the world. That’s where the good stuff comes from.
  14. Find & follow your competition. I don’t actually view any blog as competition, but I do like snooping around to see what I could be doing differently & what readers respond to.
  15. Try to end your post with a question. That will really help engage your readers & open up a discussion in the comment section.
  16. Respond to as many comments as you can.
  17. Avoid self-promotion. Your readers aren’t taking time out of their day to read about how they should click a certain link to purchase the Avon you’re selling. Self-promotion is only appropriate if it relates to the topic (ex. you write a post about your favorite mary kay products & at the end of the post, share that you are a sales representative).
  18. Publish blog posts on a schedule or it will be harder to grow your readership.
  19. Surprisingly, you will receive the lowest traffic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  20. Most people read blog posts in the morning and afternoon.
  21. Stop worrying about what people think of you. You’ll run into mean commenters, you’ll have a family member that thinks blogging is stupid…plug your ears and keep writing.
  22. Don’t be afraid to share your blog with friends and family.

Am I missing any? I’d love to add the things YOU learned, so comment below & you just might be featured on here!

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