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Blogging Tips: What I Learned Through My First Year

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Blogging has been something I’ve been interested in for years. Before Youtube, before casually scrolling through socials. I loved getting lost in someone’s blog and being invested in their life journey. When I finished University is when I finally had time to dabble into the blogging world.

Long, long story short, I had a blog back in 2017 but never really took it seriously. There was so much to learn and I didn’t put the effort in. Because of that I eventually stopped. Which felt like a complete failure but here we are doing it again! In today’s post, I’m sharing some tips I learned from my first full year blogging!

What you know now if you only knew then, right?

Today marks 1 year since my first post on The Little Things and I’m just so happy to reach this milestone! Before we get started though, here’s a great big T H A N K Y O U for reading and commenting on my posts. Having an audience who reads your work really is the best compliment. So I appreciate your time here!

Let’s get into it!

1. Have Patience & Lots of ‘Em

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The whole reason my first blog didn’t last was because I didn’t have the patience to learn everything about creating one. There are definitely sources you can find on how to blog successfully, but I learn by doing.

There are a million and one things to truly learn. As much as you think it’s just about putting thoughts to screen, there’s so much ore that goes into it! Writing it really just one small portion of it all. Learning how to building your website, about plugins, and pages can have your head spinning at the beginning but if you put that work in with trial and error you’ll feel so incredibly accomplished. And you’ll have learned something new!

The point to this is just be patient with yourself. Blogging is a never ending learning endeavour so be okay with taking your time!

2. Engage With Your Audience

Once you’ve established your little corner on the internet, you’ll start to experience people coming to your blog to read your content (yay!)

Creating a relationship with people who come to your blog, who read and comment on your content is an opportunity to build connections. Engaging with those who show up for you is so important.

This also applies for social media as well. If you want to have consistent viewership on your blog, you will need to put in the time and effort on socials to build relationships with others. I have met some great friends through my Instagram channel and some who I have been talking to since I started this blog back in 2020!

And to that point, show up for others as well! If you find people you vibe with and love seeing and reading their content, let them know! You can do this by returning comments, following and subscribing to their socials, and sharing their work too. In recent months I have absolutely fallen in love with Twitter. Twitter has a great writing community and I have found some super supportive creators over there!

3. You Don’t Stop Learning Just Because You Have a URL

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This kind of goes with point number one about needing patience for your blogging journey! Just because you established your domain doesn’t mean the work stops there. That’s where it actually just begins!

Blogging is so much more than just your thoughts and tips on screen. Do you want to monetize your blog? What about having a certain aesthetic and vibe to it? Do you want your viewers to subscribe to a mailing list?

It goes on and on of what you can learn from from blogging. You’re essentially a website developer. Unless you have someone creating your website and fixing things on the backend for you, it really is about trial and error and finding what works best for you and your site.

I find creating to-do lists helps keep my blogging goals in check and keeps my brain from having too many tabs open. You know the feeling.

Have patience with the process but most of all, try and enjoy it! It’s your space to do whatever you want with!

4. Numbers Don’t Matter

Well they do but they don’t. Numbers don’t lie. They show what your audience is interested in versus what they’re not. They also show you data that is definitely beneficial for you to learn trends about your blog. But don’t let them discourage you. Because in your first year of blogging these numbers can quickly get you down and having yourself asking the question, “what’s the point?

Don’t let the numbers stop you from writing and sharing your content. In your first year of blogging you’re really finding out what you’re most passionate about and what you want to share with the world. For instance, it wasn’t until about a month or two ago where I decided that I wanted my blog to have a mental health component to it! I would have never guessed my blog would have mental health posts, but here we are! Don’t let those numbers discourage you, but rather use them as a tool to guide you.

5. Create Evergreen Content

I didn’t realize how important this was until I started looking at my analytics and seeing trends in certain posts. For instance, my blog post on 4 Youtubers For The 30-Something Year Old to Watch consistently has 300+ views a month easy and that’s with literally no advertising for it.

It’s a post that’s evergreen. Meaning, unless these Youtubers decide to stop creating videos, my blog post will remain relevant. It’s not a post that is about current trends or time specific, it’s a post that can gravitate to any individual who watches and enjoys Youtube videos!

Try writing posts that will be relevant in months and even years to come. This is something I’m still working on and I’ve come to realize just how important it is for my blog!

6. Be Authentic & Show Up As You

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Above everything and anything, be yourself on your blog! Show up as you and no one else. Your personality will shine through on your posts and people will come to learn more about you through your writing. Showing up as yourself will always outshine anything else. Being authentic to who you are is fun and lets you be vulnerable with your audience. This is your space in the big internet world and there’s no one here like you!

And That’s Year One!

I hope these tips have been helpful! There’s a plethora of information online about creating and starting your own blog. These are just a few of my own personal tips and experiences from the last year.

Do you have a blog? Any blogging tips you can share with others too?

19 Comments

  • Diana

    Agree 100% with all you said here! I think engagement is #1! Building a community. I only just started and from that I started seeing results. Before I was just talking and writing to myself

  • Mind Beauty Simplicity

    Absolutely loved this! And congrats to 1 year! you mentioned some great reminders in the blogging journey. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Headphonesthoughts

    This is totally awesome and congratulations on your first year of blogging. I too have learned that engagement with my audience has helped so much and Twitter truly is awesome. I have learned so much over the last couple of months.

    • Alexandra

      Thank you so much! Twitter has become one of my fav social media apps lately! So much love and positivity there with no stress lol. It’s crazy how much you learn in just a short time in regards to it all!

  • Corinne

    You’re speaking the truth with these 6 blogging tips. Engaging with my audience on social media was my weakness. Fortunately, I learned quite fast that it’s important to create connections with my audience for meaningful relationships. I agree that passion, patience and also perseverance are necessary to develop a blogging activity because you have to dedicate a lot of time and energy for it. Thanks for sharing.

    Corinne

  • Karalee Shotola

    These are great tips and I definitely agree with them! It is fun connecting with others & I love Twitter too!
    I used to do monthly favorite posts, but I stopped because they didn’t get that many views plus it isn’t evergreen. Who wants to know my favorites from May 2016? Haha

    • Alexandra

      Thanks! And me too, Twitter is a great place to do that, totally agree! And lol about the 2016 posts, I’ve done some things like that too. So important to see what views you’re getting and not! Good luck with the content! 🙂

  • Lynn Mejia

    Aw, yay! How exciting. My domain is coming on 2 years but I definitely was on the same boat as you. I didn’t start actually blogging and writing real content till about September of 2020. I love that I’m constantly learning so much. Here’s to looking forward to the good things for the rest of 2021, Alexandra! xx

    Lynn | http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

  • Simona

    Year one for us will be in August (that’s for the joint effort & relaunch!) and what a year will it be! We could easily write a book of all the things no one ever tells you and all the IT bits you’ll end up learning (after a good cry, that is) and the screaming and fights and arguments…but also all the positives of doing it! We are enjoying the process, mostly, and loving how close together it got us to be, even more than we have ever been. Thank you for sharing your learnings, hopefully these are the things we learn too xx

  • Erica @ Blog Life With Erica

    Hi Alex,

    I really enjoyed this post. I can definitely relate to so many of the things you learned after your first year of blogging. Blogging does require lots of patience. You don’t just blow up over night. It requires so much… keyword research, and yes creating evergreen content is a big one.

    Engagement is something that I really enjoy. There is so much that we can learn from each other. I am always looking to learn something new. I often attend freebie webinars at least once a month to learn something new.

    xo Erica

  • Monique

    I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog! Found it on Pinterest. I enjoyed reading your post— it inspired me. Right now, my blog is 5 months old and I haven’t seen real, tangible progress yet and it’s okay because I wasn’t expecting too much anyway. I just keep telling myself to show up and do the work regardless of the results. Your tips have helped me! Thank you so much for sharing.

    http://www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

    • Alexandra

      Aww, thank you so much for reading and for the love! Gotta love Pinterest, so many good finds there for so many different things! If you’re blogging for fun then don’t worry about the numbers too much. It’s easy to get lost in them and that’s what steals the joy! Thank you so much for reading!

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