3 Important Blogging Lessons You Need To Know
I have had 5 blogs, yup 5 since the 90’s. This is the only one that survived. There were many lessons I learned along the way about blogging and I am here to share a few of them. Every day I learn something new with my website and blog.
I am 100% self-taught. I have built my knowledge base from me breaking things, figuring out how to fix them and there you have it, I am smarter than I was 10 minutes or 2 hours before. Blogging friends – you know what I am talking about. We have all been there. I have found I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge, beneficial to those starting out or who those looking to take their blog to the next level.
Before we jump into the lessons, there is one thing to remember:
It will never be complete. There will always be a new feature, design, template you want to test and that is good.
There is always something I can add to make my blog more resourceful for my audience.
That being said, it should have a strong foundation. Here are 3 painful lessons that I learned from my years of blogging. I am willing to share these lessons and save you the headache down the line. Ironically, they are all tied to the basics of blogging.
Lesson 1. Research
Before you even dip your toes in blogging waters, plan out your blog.
Some things to think about:
Make sure when you open those blogging floodgates you have a plan of action in mind. I didn’t. That led me to switching from WordPress.com to WordPress.org (not fun) when I wanted to add advertising. Then switching hosting providers from GoDaddy to HostGator when my website was down all the time.
Lesson 2: Listen to other bloggers
If your research reveals that WordPress.org is better than WordPress.com then follow the advice. Or if you find a trend of bloggers complaining about one host and moving to another, save yourself the drama and do what they say. This post is proof.
You may have to pay a little more for better quality. WordPress.com is free, WordPress.org is paid for. However it will be worth saving you the time and aggravation of having to switch mid-stream. One blogging friend told me, “If you are going to blog, do it on WordPress.org.” I didn’t listen but ended up there a year-and-a-half later. Same thing with hosting. I have found many bloggers buy their domain names through GoDaddy but host elsewhere due to consistency issues. After having my site down 6 times in one day, I switched to HostGator. The entire process took about 2 days but my site hasn’t been down since.
Lesson 3: Choose a topic that will give you plenty of material to write about.
‘Silver Linings,’ one of my failed blogs, was about finding the positive in negative situations. It was a great cathartic release at a dark period in my life. But suddenly – excuse the pun – the clouds parted and the sun shone through. Life was great – and I had nothing to write about.
Choosing a broad topic ensures there is always some aspect you can write on. That is why DIY and Mommy Bloggers do so well because there is always another project to try, product to review or post to share.
That is why this is my most successful blog, because the topics related to social media, branding and blogging are endless!
Those are 3 blogging lessons you need to know when it comes to blogging. Remember: First Think. Then Research. Next Plan. And Finally Jump In.
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