It’s hard to believe that it has been six months since I started this blog. I mean personally it still seems like just yesterday when I posted my first blog post! I know I have a ways to go as far as growing the blog and getting traffic to the site (more on that later), but it has been a major learning curve for me.
Lesson 1: Posting content consistently
When I initially decided to start blogger I thought, “Oh this will be easy I have so many ideas I want to write about…” That quickly went out the window. First of all, I have a full-time job and a 16 month old toddler. There are some days when I get home and I am literally running on fumes. Between 40+ hour work weeks, an hour commute, and meltdowns over not wanting to brush teeth; the blog tends to get neglected. Over the Christmas break I had planned out some content I wanted to post about so I’m trying to work through my mental block.
Lesson 2: It’s not as easy as you think
Looking at other bloggers and influencers you may think it’s easy, but let me tell you it isn’t. In these short six months I have learned way more than I knew about setting up a website—and I still get confused. Whenever I get ready to take on a new task I will research and research to no end to make sure that I understand. So naturally when I was starting the website I spent hours and hours reading and research how to do it. I’ve gotten the basics, however I still feel there are some things I need to work on. YouTube has been a great resource, especially trying to navigate WordPress.
Lesson 3: There are tons of blog courses out there
In the first couple of months I very quickly realized there is a ton of information and blog courses out that you can take. Just be careful! First off you will go broke trying to take all these courses and some will not always give you the “golden key” to blogging that you are trying to find. Many bloggers make a living teaching others how to blog. Once you understand this you can be a little more selective in the courses you take. I know its tempting, they will have great spills and your like hey that sounds like just what I need. But proceed with caution. My recommendation is to really look at the content of the course and what they are offering. If it is relevant to you and your brand then I would take it. If not, don’t spend the money. I know especially in the beginning it has been very overwhelming. You may have decided to start your blog as a side hustle and spending upwards of $200 on a blog course is just not feasible. I myself have felt this same way and I’m slowly learning and figuring things out.
Lesson 4: Affiliate marketing is great, if you have traffic to your site
I would say the biggest challenge I have faced is learning about affiliate marketing. I totally get the concept. However the main ingredient you need for it to work is people!! It doesn’t work that well if your site is not being visited very often. For me, my problem has been one not being consistent with my posting and two not having enough traffic on the website. Which I’m sure if I was during the first one the second would be up. I also have purchased some courses with hopes of skyrocketing my affiliate marketing. The content thus far has not been groundbreaking. There is one that do plan to take because the reviews have been the best, however that will come after I focus more on my content.
Lesson 5: It’s what you choose to make of it
The last thing and I think the most important thing I have learned is that blogging is what you make of it. If you treat it like a chore, it’s going to feel like one. I know at times it can get overwhelming trying to plan out content, making sure to post to social media, and just keeping your site running smoothly. But for me it has been fun. I’m super excited to see what the rest of the year holds for me and my blog and I will continue to connect with other bloggers in the same niche. Nothing great was ever created overnight. So eventually it will all come together!