Today we are lucky to have Rachel from Musings of the Mind guesting on the blog sharing her top blogging lessons. Be sure to check out and follow her blog 🙂
So before I dive into the actual post, I just want to say thank you to Stacey for giving me the opportunity to write a guest post on her blog.
I crossed my one year WordPress anniversary on the 17th of March 2021 and when Stacey suggested writing about what I have learned about blogging, it really prompted me to think. If you asked me off the top of my head what I learned during my one year of blogging, I’d probably sit in silence for a minute of two. Have I really learned anything during that one year? Is my blog successful enough for me to say that I have wisdom to part to others?
The good thing is I know I am doing at least one thing right because people read my blog from all the world (thank you guys). While I am no expert in blogging, these are some of the lessons I have picked up along the way.
1. Niche or no niche – it does not matter.
Yes I know it sounds crazy because everyone says it’s best to have a niche so you can attract the right audience. They’re not lying – having a niche for your blog will attract the right people to you. But it’s okay to not have a niche as well. I personally do not have a niche because my blog is my space to express my thoughts and feelings about things that are close and important to me. I have also found myself more drawn to the bloggers that aren’t in a niche per say; the ones who write about their lives, share their stories, and really make that connection with the reader. Which brings me to my second point.
2. Connect with your reader.
Recently I published a blog post entitled ‘An Open Letter To The Man Who Broke My Heart’. Out of all the blogs I’ve ever published, this particular blog post resonated with a lot of people. The feedback was incredible and I realized just how many people read my work. Through this blog post I realized that I could write about anything, but the most important aspect of the blog will be my reader’s ability to connect with what I write.
3. Proofread your blog before publishing.
This is important for any blogger, as a matter of fact anyone who produces any piece of written work. It is necessary to proofread your work because someone may stop reading your blog post because of too many grammatical errors.
Be honest with yourself for one moment: have you ever opened a blog post because the heading, picture, and first opening two lines captured your attention? Have you clicked on the post to open up to see a big junk of text and after reading ten lines in or so, you just exit without completing it? I have done that many times for blog posts that had no formatting and the text was junky. Your formatting must be user friendly and easy to read.
5. Create a blog schedule and be consistent with it.
One thing I’ve learned is the importance of blogging consistently. Now consistently looks different to everyone. It could be three times a week, once a week, bimonthly, or monthly. By blogging consistently, your readers know when to expect a blog post from and they don’t think you’ve abandoned your blog either. Consistent blogging also helps you gain the attention of other bloggers and may help you get new subscribers.
6. Love what you do.
The last bit of advice I want to leave you with is love what you do. The only reason why I am able to make it to a year of blogging is because I love writing. I stopped stressing about the number of subscribers, views, likes, comments. I just focused on writing my content, publishing pieces I felt were worthy enough to be read by someone, and enjoying others’ work. Because I like to write and read, I’ve been able to form connections with some amazing people around the world, like Stacey. So just love what you do and have fun with it.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post. It was a pleasure having you as part of my reading audience. Stacey, thank you once again for the opportunity!
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