Thank you to those of you who follow along here on this blog. I know you don’t have to, but you do! You have been an encouragement to me more than you will ever know!
Last January I made it my goal to post 2-3 times a week for a year, and I’m happy to say that I have accomplished that goal! There were times I didn’t know what to write about and times that I felt like quitting, but I kept doing my best and plugging away.
This past year I have learned SO much about blogging.
1. If you build it, they won’t come.
With so many blogs out there, it is hard to be discovered. At first I felt like self-promotion was selfish, but I soon realized it is essential for blog growth. This year I plan to focus more on promoting my blog through social media.
2. Everyone has advice.
Search “blogging tips” on Pinterest, and you will find article after article about how to double pageviews, how to write the perfect post, ect. It can all be overwhelming especially if you try to follow all of the advice. Instead, I found 1-2 successful bloggers to follow who regularly offer advice for other bloggers.
3. Blogging teaches you about yourself.
Being able to share my thoughts and struggles about life has been good for me and hopefully an encouragement to my readers. Transitioning from teaching full time to being a SAHM was a difficult step for me, but being able to share about it on my blog was good for my soul.
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4. Blogging is a community.
I read blogs for years before actually commenting and building relationships with other bloggers. It amazes me the support that bloggers have for each other. For most bloggers, it’s not a competition. We truly want to support each other.
5. It takes time to find your voice.
When I first started posting 2-3 times a week, I didn’t know exactly where I wanted my blog to go. I kept hearing that I had to find my niche. Finally, after 6 months of blogging, I had a much better idea of what I wanted to write about. I had to just write in order to figure out what worked.
6. Setting goals are important.
In November, I set goals for my blog. I decided that by November 2016 I want to be making some income from my blog, so I worked backwards and wrote out what I needed to do in order to achieve that goal. I have actually surpassed my monthly goals for November and December and ended up writing new goals for 2016. It is so rewarding to see my goals being accomplished!
7. You can’t do it all.
I felt this way when I was teaching too. There is ALWAYS something that could use improvement, a post that could be tweaked, a comment to make, an email to respond to, a person to contact. But there has to come a point where you are okay with not getting it all done and be content that you have given it your best.
Whether you are a blogger or not, there is always something to learn from life’s experiences. Thank you for letting me share about what I am learning and for continuing to be a part of Queen of the Wilson Household!