I have learned absolutely a ton about blogging this year. I’d love to share these lessons with you.
Collaboration is the Best
When you decide to work with another blogger to gain exposure, collaborate posts work best. Rather than guest posting, or sharing on social media, or even having the same content on both blogs, have half a post and your partner has the other half. That way, both of you will get traffic from each other. Also, group collaborations, like How We Wore It, is really fun because not only does it create traffic for all involved, but it is a fun way to get and keep new friends.
You Don’t Have To Spend Money for Graphics
I don’t use the membership on PicMonkey, I don’t have a subscription to a stock graphic site, and I didn’t buy PhotoShop. But, my graphic skills have developed throughout the year as I took more time and patience with PicMonkey and discovered other sites as well. Currently, I’m loving the free BeFunky Graphic Designer site.
Facebook Groups are Nice, But…
I’ve gotten involved with a lot of Facebook groups for bloggers, but honestly, aside from small stat and comment spikes every blue moon, they haven’t really been very useful in growing my blog. They have been useful for blogging/social media questions, but I haven’t really built relationships or community out of them. This is just on a majority. There are a few more tribe-like groups I’m a part of, and those benefit me more.
There are a lot of Christian Bloggers
I knew there were a lot of Mormon bloggers out there, but I’ve recently discovered the huge population of Christian bloggers. I love it because I don’t feel as awkward or overly religious anymore when I post religious posts. I also get a lot of comments on them because quite a few of my followers are Christian.
Remember the Why
Earl in the year, I was fed up with all the bloggers saying you needed to find your niche and you needed to be an expert in something if you wanted to survive in the blogesphere. I decided to go against the grain and “un-brand” my blog. During the Blogger Sleepover Soiree I went to a few months ago, this idea was brought back to me. What is my “why” for blogging? It is because 1) I want to because I thoroughly enjoy it, and 2) I love the friendships I make through it and want to build on that community. That is going to become my mission for blogging in 2016. I’m super excited for the ideas I have for this little space.
You Don’t Have to Do EVERYTHING
I’m not on Periscope or SnapChat. I don’t have a Pinterest-worthy image in every post. Not all of my posts are content-heavy. I’m not involved in campaign groups or affiliate programs. I don’t blog about the most popular issues. I don’t have a newsletter, nor do I have perfect photos. I don’t post every weekday (although I mostly do), and I don’t always have content-heavy posts. My blog isn’t necessarily continually growing. But, that’s ok. I’m learning, I’m expanding, I’m creating friendships, I’m remembering the “why”, and I’m still enjoying it. you don’t have to be perfect with everything to be a good blogger.
Just Because You are Consistent Doesn’t Mean Your Numbers Are
Even if you do post on your different platforms consistently, it doesn’t mean that you will get consistent or even greater views. Does that mean you shouldn’t blog consistently or often? No. I have a ton of ideas that I want to write, so I will. Remember your “why.”
What did you learn this year about blogging?