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What I’ve learnt about blogging in 2014

2014 has been a fantastic year for me and blogging. In December of 2013, I really knuckled down after a bit of a lull over…

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12014 has been a fantastic year for me and blogging. In December of 2013, I really knuckled down after a bit of a lull over the summer. I decided I wanted to make my blog the best I possibly could.

December 7th 2013
December 7th 2013

I re-coded my blogs design over December and January and I switched from just posting outfit posts to becoming more of a lifestyle blog.

I went to blogger events, made friends with some great bloggers and made the move from Blogger to WordPress in July and have never looked back.

I loved WordPress so much that I even switched my fitness blog over to it too.

I went from posting 2-3 posts a week in 2013 to posting every other day. Then in March I started posting daily. This was by accident – I just had too many things I wanted to blog about and my editorial calendar was planned 6 weeks in advance, so I did it to squeeze the post in.

At first, I felt much resistance to the idea, fearing that only having one post on the front page for one day would mean that it wouldn’t get as much exposure. But I’m glad I did it now!

I’ve leant so many things about blogging in 2014, here are the most important things and the most shocking!

1000 followers doesn’t mean you make loads of money blogging.

When I first started blogging and saw bloggers with 1000 followers – that seemed huge! They seemed to be the bloggers with all the c/o and *’s by products and loads of comments. I thought that these bloggers made their salary from their blog because they’re numbers seemed so high!

Now that I’ve reached the magic 1000, I realise that having 1000 followers doesn’t mean you can quit your job and become a full time blogger – you need a lot more followers than that! And even if you do have a lot of followers, you’ll probably still have to do freelance work on the side to make enough.

Getting 1000 followers is one of those goals that seems impossible until you get there.

Some websites just want no follow links.

Unfortunately, some websites don’t give a shit about how good your blog is, the quality of your writing or sometimes even your traffic. They’re after one thing – backlinks. They’ll give you products, or even money for a ‘no-follow’ link. Taking money in exchange for links is not against the law, but it could get you removed from Google or make others question your integrity if the site you are linking too is trash.

Only around 10% of your follower count will visit daily.

This is something that shocked me. Having 500 followers does’t mean 500 people will read every post you write, for a number of reasons:

  • They stop blogging.
  • Their accounts are inactive.
  • They followed you for a competition.
  • They have too many blogs on their reading list
  • They don’t have time.

I find that, according to my referral traffic from bloglovin’, only 10% of my followers number will visit my blog daily.

I actually had visions that when I got over 1000, I’d have 1000’s of page views every day!

Most days, I get more traffic from Twitter and Google than bloglovin’.

As you get better at blogging, so do your goals and standards.

When you first start blogging, you probably don’t really know what you’re doing. If you read back your first post, it might be a bit embarrassing. I know mine was!

Those blogs that you look up to with jealousy seem professional and beautiful. Your blog might feel sloppy and amateur in comparison.

Thing is, we’ve probably all had that feeling at some point and I’m a bit sorry to say that for most part, that feeling will stay.

There will ALWAYS be blogs that you think have better photos, a nicer design and more interesting content than yours, and that’s okay. As long as you take those very natural feelings of jealousy and envy (we all have them!) and channel them into motivation to grow your blog, then that’s great.

It’s how we grow as people, through continuous improvement.

Go read your first blog post and see how far you’ve come. Then imagine how far you’ve yet to go.

Twitter follows and unfollowers.

I think I hit 2000 followers about 50 times. No joke. I must get about 10-15 new followers every day. Sadly, I also get as many unfollowers. There are days that I’ll end the day with 5 extra, then the next day, I’ve got less.

I’m not really sure what the game of twitter is, but I’m pretty sure lots of companies and people will mass follow users, then either unfollow because you’ve not followed back, or unfollow to make their following/follower ratio look better.

It’s just one of those things that happens. I used to let it frustrate me but now I hardly look at my follower count unless it’s a milestone and I notice it.

I proper can’t be arsed with the wanky etiquette of Twitter and will just follow people when I want to follow them. Job done.

Twitter favourites. 

This is an odd one. You might notice that loads of people favourite a Tweet. Often, according to my buffer stats, I’ll get people favourite tweets but not click the link. Mental.

I think this is some attention type thing to get you to check out peoples profile and follow.

Again, Twitter is a strange place sometimes!

You can’t disqualify someone from a competition just because. 

I found this out the hard way. Made me feel like proper knobhead, did that one.

Taking an image of a website could leave you with a fine. 

Thankfully, I didn’t find this one out the hard way – but I know some people that have. It can be a tricky situation so make sure you know the rules for using images online before posting something that isn’t yours!

Blog events aren’t scary. 

I’ve been to a few blog events know, I’ve met many of you and even had the pleasure of getting wasted and spending a weekend with some on a bloggers holiday.

I was shitting myself the first time I met some bloggers. I though I was going to end up dead in the bottom of Leeds canal. But I’m still alive! For now….

What were the most important blogging lessons you learnt in 2014?

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36 comments

  1. This was a great post. I felt the same way going to my first meet a few weeks ago but I’m so glad I did! I’ve stopped worrying about all of my stats now, I’ll check my followers and analytics occasionally but I’ve stopped trying to push myself too hard thinking I need to reach a certain number. x

  2. I am still only just learning about blogging – I think my blogging resolution is to attend an event (so let me know of any good ones, haha!)

    Lizzie Dripping

  3. Oh, I had no idea that you couldn’t bar ‘compers’ from entering your competition – glad I read this here though, because I’m thinking of running my first blog competition in 2015.

  4. Woo thanks for this – I totally agree with you re followers and about twitter, I used to care, now it fluxes about a bit and I don’t notice – I follow the people I want to! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  5. I’m still on the process of learning as per followers dropping some are not there to follow because they like the blog they are there to follow to get a follower back ridiculous. I guess I will continue learning that is the fun of blogging.

  6. I’m new to blogging and I can’t think of anything right now (even though there are probably millions of stuff), but I also get the thing with faving tweets all the time! It’s so weird and annoying!

    Zoe xx

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.co.il

  7. Well my blogging lesson of 2014 is that blogging is fun. Haha I only just started this year and it’s been quite a few months and I’m loving it. Thanks for these extra tips further down the road, although I don’t think I’ll be worrying about twitter followers or going to events any time soon. Blogging clearly isn’t as big a part of my life as it must be for many bloggers out there.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

  8. This is a great post! And yes, I agree with the pageview vs follower number–I currently have around 4.5k followers on bloglovin and definitely not that many pageviews! I think pageviews start adding up when you post consistently and are updating social media!

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  9. Great post really enjoyed reading this. Many of the things that you have experienced I have had too. The idea of going to a blogging event scared the life out of me too but I found actually that they can be really good fun. The biggest lesson I have learnt is be careful what you say yes too. I also learnt that having followers who are engaged is worth lots more than those who just following for the sake of it. Wishing you a wonderful New Year Lucy x

  10. This was a fun post to read through, especially as I am approaching my first full year of having a blog. I’m glad to know blogging events aren’t scary, as one day in the future I’d love to get more involved ‘in person’ with the community! I figured out another lesson today – don’t speed delete emails as you’ll end up clearing your entire gmail account by accident! Agh! Anyway, have a fantastic New Year and I’m looking forward to more of your great posts in 2015! 🙂

    aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

  11. great post dear.Its nice getting to read about your experience and what you have learnt.
    As we go to 2015 what i hope to do is to set goals for the blog and work towards them
    kisses

  12. I still feel very new to blogging, Im really enjoying it and still sort of finding my flow, but I’ve definitely learnt a lot since I’ve started. Also with the twitter favouriting thing, sometimes I favourite tweets with links that I want to read later but I don’t have time when Im just looking through twitter. Sometimes It takes me a few days to ever get to looking at it as Im on twitter more than I read blogs. 🙂

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  13. I love this!! The same thing happens to me with followers– it’s so annoying!! I just want people to follow because they want to follow not because they want me to follow back. Anyway I just loved this post– I can relate to so much!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  14. I learn that not all bloggers are a snob!! haha.. Apparently, they are nicest people. And HTML and CSS are not some kind of Math test. I’m still don’t know how to get a custom domain for my blog yet. But there’s more time to learn.

    Lilly. xx
    heyhellolilly.blogspot.com

  15. woah thank you so much for sharing your insights, tips and experiences. I love what you said about us growing and improving every day. I used to get envious too but I realise that I just need to get better 😀 Thanks for your sharing!

  16. So agree on the Twitter part, I have the same problem. My followers are just few but it does influx 2-3 followers a day, weird but I told myself to stop caring months ago. It was stupid to get stressed about. I still have a long way to go about blogging, one thing I have in my check list is to have a better blog template. I have been researching on few blog template sites, so far hasn’t made up my mind yet.
    Wishing you a very happy new year, Corinne!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  17. Pfft, break the rule book, Corrine!! No really, I think blogging’s just different for everyone. Personally, I just blog for fun, haha. Hence my lack of posts, oh well. xD

  18. I alway solve reading you roosts about blogging, and how you do different things, you are so knowledgable 🙂

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