The SociABLE Events blog has been live for everyone to read for 3 months as of tomorrow! In some ways it feels like just yesterday but at the same time it feels like I’ve had the blog for ages!!
I am really enjoying having my little blog and have already learned so much about blogging in the first few months. I thought I would take this time to pause and take note of and share a few things I have learned so far.
1. It takes a lot more work/time than I originally thought
I don’t think people (who don’t blog) realise what is involved and that it can take a lot of time and work. There’s setting up your blog for starters then for each post you have; planning and writing content, formatting, taking photographs, editing photos, proof-reading, SEO and everything, checking links, promotion, social media, replying to comments and more! It is like a second job at times! (Although at the moment I’m not making money from the blog directly – but this may follow soon!) You certainly get what you put in, if you are not going to be committed to creating good content and promoting this content then I doubt your views etc will increase.
2. Twitter is a bloggers good friend!
I will admit before I started blogging I wasn’t really the biggest fan of Twitter for personal use… I much preferred Instagram and Facebook. However for blogging, I think I have gained the most from Twitter (you can find me at sociableabdn). There are so many other bloggers and blogging resources on Twitter including blogging retweet accounts, weekly blogger chats, link shares and just general ways to network and find blog posts and tips etc. I have my highest following on Twitter although I do use Facebook and Instagram too and find all 3 socials useful and enjoyable for different reasons. If you are a fellow blogger and don’t have Twitter though, I would strongly suggest getting one.
3. You will get excited about your stats
(and sometimes obsess over them a little)
You can check your blogs stats including overall blog views and visitors, each individual posts views, likes and comments and blog followers. Every time these numbers increase you will get excited and feel proud… Or at least I do! Sometimes you may obsess over your stats though… Checking regularly how many people viewed your blog today, why did that post not get as many views, have I hit that next milestone yet. It can be a challenge to remind yourself to not get disappointed or compare your blog stats to what other people are reporting on their stats. I am happy with my stats at the moment… They may be smaller than some other bloggers but for me they are much more positive than I imagined and are consistently growing. I would like to take this quick moment to say thank you to everyone who has read one of my blog posts, liked or commented on a post, followed my blog or social media accounts etc… I really do appreciate every single one of you!
4. SEO, DA and other technical blogging terms
I have learned what DA (domain authority) is and how/why I should work on this, I have learned SEO skills (although I still have more to develop for sure), I know what a flatlay is… I’ve developed my own blog website and enhanced my social media skills. Although I know there is still so much to learn on all of these… It is nice to be using new skills and knowledge.
5. The blogging community is huge and can be lovely & supportive
There are so many bloggers out there doing their thing, you can probably find a blog post on the majority of topics you may search for. Bloggers on social media can be lovely and supportive to one another from sharing your latest post to sharing their best tips and advice to just chatting. Sometimes your most positive feedback as a blogger will be from another blogger that you have never met in person rather than your closest friends. It is a community that I am so glad I have joined. If you have recently started a blog and are looking for some support, interact with other bloggers on Twitter or Facebook groups, etc
I am loving creating and sharing my content for my blog… I enjoy it so much more than I thought I would and actually wonder why I didn’t start sooner. I care about my blog doing well and creating good content and I look forward to continuing to develop the blog in the future. Maybe you will join me on my journey by reading a post or two along the way!
Here’s to the next few months! 💕