What I’ve Learned About Blogging So Far

Well, first off, it’s hard. A lot harder than it looks.

And secondly, I should start this by saying, I am in NO WAY, an expert on any of this,
and just because I’ve been doing it for a handful of months, this is definitely a baby
beginner’s how-to-blog post.

1. Blogging is Harder Than It Looks
That photo of the perfect cake on the marble counter top with just a sprig of mint that
happened to be there. The girl (who looks more like a Victoria’s Secret model) standing
on the sunset, wearing a casual, but semi-couture dress. Those things don’t just necessarily
happen, unless you’re perfect, then hats off to you because you win at life. But for the rest
of us muggles and mere mortals, it takes time and forethought to create posts and content.
Not to mention, doing it on top of a regular 9-5 job, still maintaining something of a social
life, and trying to hit the gym occasionally.

2. Blog Consistently
Only have time to blog 1 or 2 times a week? That’s OK! As long as you stick to somewhat
of a routine, your readers will know how often to expect you. I learned this lesson the hard
way and suffered the brutal consequences. I’d create one or two posts, get some traffic and
then get distracted with other things (OK, it was a Netflix marathon or two, I’m only human).
Then I’d create a blog post a month later and be disappointed to see how poorly it was
performing. Consistency is key.

3. Jack of All Trades, Master of None
Blogging well requires a lot of knowledge about a lot of different things. Do you know SEO?
Good for you! How about photography to get all those great pictures? Excellent! And don’t
forget website design, google analytics, and above all, actually putting great stuff out there
that you’re passionate about. It’s a lot and I’m still trying to figure my way out through most
of it. But thankfully, the Internet has a wealth of information and if you’re eager to learn,
then enlightenment awaits.

4. Do It Because You Love It
I think every “how to blog” mentions this, and it wasn’t until month 4 or 5, that I really
understood what it meant. You really have to enjoy what you’re doing to keep at it and I think
it’s very easy to get discouraged. Especially after seeing how crowded the blogosphere is! No
one starts off perfectly though and all it takes is time and learning. After I create a blog post
and publish it, I get a small thrill and remember that I’m doing this because I love it.

So, is anyone else there looking to start a blog? What tips or points of advice do you think are
most important to know? What’d I miss?