5 Things I’ve Learnt from Blogging

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My Blogging Confessions

It’s coming up to my 5 month anniversary of blogging and since we have reached the last month of the year, there is no better time for reflecting. My blogging experience has been good so far because I actually enjoy doing it…but I guess no matter how hard you prepare there are certain things you can never be ready for. I feel like that this is with anything tbh whether is education, working or starting your own business there are lessons to learn so here are some of mine. If you are thinking to start a blog, a new blogger, a more advanced blogger or someone who just loves reading my blog posts (thank you, you are appreciated!) then hopefully this post can relate to you.

Organisation

Ok, I guess throughout your whole life you are taught the importance of being organised to be successful. Of course, I knew this was important but I don’t think I fully considered the different components that go into a blog for it to run smoothly. With a blog you write the post, gather images and then you have to promote your content on various social media too. This requires levels of engagement on social media, you cannot just say oh here is a post read it, you have to network with other bloggers as well. Therefore, you then have to spend time looking at other blog posts to comment, like and share and hopefully people do the same back or even better they might follow you too if they like your content.

It can all sound daunting and perhaps take the fun out of blogging but if you organise your time appropriately it can be seen as a fun task to do. Why? Because you are allocating a certain amount of time to do it leading to you actually taking your time and producing something you are proud of. The best way to do this is to produce a checklist of things you need to do for your blog weekly. This helps to break up what seems like loads of tasks into smaller manageable chunks. Once you can do this, what you can achieve through blogging will be amazing because you are being consistent. Let’s be realistic… life happens! But when you get in the habit of doing something it makes it so much easier.

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Collaborating

I perhaps touched on it vaguely in the previous paragraph, but It defo deserves its own paragraph. A great way to get more engagement and just gain more advice from other bloggers is to collaborate! There are various ways to do this and you are sure to find others who want to do the same. To collaborate with others, I used social media platforms such as Facebook Groups and Twitter basically stating the details of the guest post and agree to do the same for the blogger. It is a great way to increase the exposure on your blog because your blog tends to be linked to that blog.

When collaborating I would recommend that you also state a word count, images and the deadline (do a deadline two weeks before you actually want to upload). There are other methods to collaborate too! You can link up with other bloggers in your area to do photo shoots, attend events together or just have a chat and gain advice on all things blogging. This is one of my goals as I am trying to meet new people in the blogging world! P.S if London bloggers are interested in collaboration you can fill out the form to contact me or drop me a message on Twitter I would love to hear from you

Networking

I did not realise this before but being part of the blogging community includes…BLOGGING EVENTS!. There are events for all types of niches,you can meet new people to collaborate and get advice to improve your blog. Unfortunately, since I have started blogging I have not been to any events yet ☹ but my plans for the new year is to attend events. Another benefit of collaborating with bloggers is you can go events together! To find blogging events in your local area I would recommend joining Facebook Groups in your region, use Twitter and write the hashtag #bloggerswanted #bloggersrequired and websites like Eventbrite to find out what is going on in your local area. Remember, you are not on this blogging journey alone. The more support you get the better it will be for you and your blog! It’s time to get out of your comfort zone!

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Comparison is a Thief of Joy

Let’s be honest we all have feeling where you feel like you are not getting the same opportunities, or you are not doing as well as other bloggers. Now take these feelings and REMOVE THEM NOW! You can never see how hard someone has worked for something or how long it took for them to get in that position. Also, remember why you started blogging, I am sure it started with your love for writing so get back to your roots. Continue to work hard at what you’re doing, support other bloggers and you will usually get the same in return. Instead of being envious of others and comparing take the time to network with other bloggers or check out their blog and social media and see what they are doing. With anything it can take time and commitment, it is not very likely bloggers just blow up overnight.

Take Time out!

I know I contradicted myself a little but blogging can sometimes be overwhelming especially when things happen in life. If you feel as if it’s affecting the quality of your blog or how you feel about blogging then take time out! I would recommend if you can write a few blog posts at a time so if this happens you can literally schedule the posts you have available without stressing about new blog content. For your wellbeing it is important you take time out of anything. Think about it when you are in education or employment you have breaks rights? So why should blogging be any different. It is completely normal and can help you feel rejuvenated when you start again. I don’t know about you lot but sometimes I think about blogging when I take breaks I just can’t help it, but it’s great when you don’t feel rushed to write something and you can let the ideas develop as they come naturally.

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Blogger Confessions Closing

That’s the end guys I really hoped I have helped someone out there! I still have so much to learn about blogging and I look forward to my continuing journey as a blogger. As stated above if anyone is interested in collaborating in the future please email me at therconnect@hotmail.co.uk . If there are any London Bloggers interested in linking up I would also love to hear from you!

 

Does anyone have any other blogging confessions or much-needed advice I would love to hear from you

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December 9, 2018
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6 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth

    What a great post!! As someone still really new to blogging this was exactly what I needed to read! Thank you for sharing!

    December 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply The R Connect

      Thank you I’m glad I could help x

      December 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Sasha

    These are all amazing tips, especially for somebody just starting out. Thank you for these!

    December 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Anna Martin

    Right – comparison. I’m doing it all the time with really successful blogs that make six figures! Who do I think I am, really? lol
    Great read and thanks for my reality check. I’ll take a little break and give myself some credit for all I’ve learned in 6 short months!

    December 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply The R Connect

      Looool Yh I can relate to that 😂 all the best with your blog and thank you

      December 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Kate

    I can relate to all of these. When I first started participating in blogger groups, it was very overwhelming and frustrating. Some threads would have over 100 links and I’d spend hours sharing/commenting and hardly anyone would reciprocate. But the more I’ve done it, the more I’ve gotten to know other bloggers and now I feel not only like there is reciprocation but like I am forming genuine relationships. I also agree with you that it’s important to take time off. Sometimes it can take over my life and I feel this compulsion to put out a new post every week, but Thanksgiving weekend I took off posting so I could spend time with family and I’m very glad I did.

    December 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm
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