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7 Blogging Lessons from 2015

I have learned absolutely a ton about blogging this year. I’d love to share these lessons with you.

Seven lessons I learned with blogging this time. I spent more time on my blog this year than ever before.

 

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?
 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Teaching’s #1 Virtue: Patience

Although I’m not teaching anymore, I still think about it periodically. I mean, you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the teacher out of the soul. And, it doesn’t help that I’ve been subbing on and off this month.

I’ve mentioned before that my favorite time during the school year has been the first term. For the most part, students are just as excited and enthusiastic as the teachers. Teachers are happy, have creative new lesson plans prepared, and students willingly participate and do homework. But, around this time–late October and early November, the first term ends…and, metaphorically, so does the “honeymoon stage” of the new school year.

And patience becomes hard. Like, sometimes impossibly hard. But it is needed. And, it’s always something that I’ve felt I was weak at.

I do thoroughly and whole-heartedly believe that teaching (no matter what kind of setting) was my God-given calling. But, not only does God use your talents for His good, he also uses those situations to teach you as well. And, boy did I learn a lot about His grace and patience while teaching.

This is the biggest lesson I learned during my 3 years of teaching:

Teaching is learning, using, forgetting, losing, repenting for patience every day and always finding it again.

Just as I told my students that each day was a new day, a day to be better behaved, a day to earn a better grade, a day to be more humble, a day to be more responsible, a day to be happier, it was a new day each day for me as well. If I had lost my patience (and sometimes, my cool) with my students, the next day was a new day, a new beginning, and always started with a smile on my face, and love for my students emanating from me. I spent numerous evenings and mornings on my knees asking Heavenly Father for more patience and forgiveness for my impatient behavior.

Being patient with students not only helps my attitude, but it also helps their attitude. The classroom becomes a safe environment, and one of willingness to work together. It harbors a better learning mentality and allows us all to make good memories.

I guess I still haven’t learned as much about patience as He would have liked me to, because He loves to use Rhys to help teach me patience still. It has always been one of my weaknesses, and I will always try to live up to His expectations on patience.

When or how do you use patience in your career?
 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.