Hey, saying that reminds me of something. Remember when you were in assembly at school and the teacher would like ‘GOOD MORINING’ and you had to reply ‘GOOD MORNING MR FITZ. GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY’
Or was that just my school?
Nostalgia aside, I wanted to share with you some of the things I’ve learnt about blogging over the last three years.
When I started this blog over 3 years ago, I honestly though it would be something I’d do for a few month and then give up. Though I desperately wanted it to stick, I know what I’m like.
I have a addictive personality. I fall in love with things easily. Passion grows quickly inside me and it’s intense, man. Like, wooooahhhh. I hope when you read that, you read it in an American stoner voice in your head. Because that is how it’s meant to be read. If you didn’t, let’s try this again: Passion grows quickly inside me and it’s intense, man. Like, wooooahhhh.
But on the flip side, this passion is often fleeting and I can be fickle as fuck. I’m impulsive and I’m obsessed and consumed with something for a while, but then I get bored and move on to something else.
So I’ve surprised myself that I’m still going at this. Blogging has changed me so much over the last few years. It’s changed my friendship circle, my social life, the things I know, my views and options and I love it. I’ve learnt so much, both about blogging and about myself or human nature in general.
Here’s 86 things I’ve learnt about after 3 years of blogging…
- Headlines are the most important part of your blog post.
- You can’t get readers by just blogging alone.
- How you end a blog post is SO important, but nobody ever talks about it.
- There are SO many blogs out there about blogging. Google them. They’ll help.
- Unless you’re one of the lucky few, it will take MONTHS of blogging until you get PR samples.
- It will take YEARS before you earn a decent amount of money.
- People who work in PR are human. Don’t be mean to them if you’re not interested in their offer!
- You need to engage with people on Twitter, don’t just dump your blog post and run! *meek smile*
- You can quickly become obsessed with your stats and spend more time looking at them than being productive.
- You will meet some AMAZING people through blogging.
- It’s better to stay out of drama on social media – no matter how frustrated you feel.
- Blogging about personal things generally bring out the best comments from your readers.
- Having Internet friends DOES NOT mean you’re a loser. If it does, I am a loser and proud.
- You don’t need a fancy camera, but it does help – only if you learn how to use it.
- Your composition and lighting is more important than your camera.
- Editing photos if your friend.
- Your photos should be the same width as your post.
- There are so many tools to help you make graphics.
- Anyone can start a Twitter chat. Even me.
- You’ll get sent irrelevant press releases.
- Asian dress sites will want you to write a post with 30 do-follow links for $10.
- It’s best to ignore some e-mails than to waste your time trying to prove a point.
- They’ll be people who have better blogs than you, use them to inspire you.
- You can edit the URL to your blog post!
- You will probably get a negative comment at some point. Like when I got called too fat for my clothes.
- Using negative words in titles can help click rate.
- But don’t use click bait titles UNLESS you can deliver!
- Bitching out companies on Twitter looks really bad on you. Apart from when it’s Royal Mail. Everyone hates Royal Mail.
- Twitter chats are a THING and they can help you grow your knowledge and Twitter following!
- Blogs aren’t magazines, you shouldn’t write formal posts that read like newspaper articles.
- Finding your own voice with writing can take time, but will set you apart from others.
- No matter how much you proof-read – you’ll always find mistakes later down the line!
- Scheduling yer Tweets is a God send.
- SEO seems so scary at first, but the basics are pretty easy when you take time to read about them!
- Make sure your headlines are short enough to Tweet.
- List posts do well 😀
- It’s SO HARD to get traffic from Facebook.
- AND PINTEREST.
- What works for someone else, won’t always work for you.
- It’s a good idea to end a post with a question to encourage comments.
- You’ll can take 1000 outfit photos and hate them all.
- Winter can be your enemy because LIGHTING.
- Sometimes you won’t be able to write a post. Stupid blog slumps.
- You can never do enough to promote and improve your blog.
- Your blog will evolve over time – don’t worry if it’s not fantastic right now.
- The first time someone ReTweets on of your posts, you’ll feel on top of the world!
- The first time someone links to your blog in their post, you’ll feel on top of the world.
- 1000 followers doesn’t mean anything if they’re not engaged.
- 1000 followers does not mean 1000 people will read every post.
- A post can do AMAZINGLY well without you even expecting it.
- It’s hard to take a break from blogging.
- You won’t remember what you did before you blogged.
- Every time you go out, see friends, go for a meal – BLOG POST CONTENT.
- Linking a previous post or two within your blog posts can help Google crawl your site.
- Trying to stuff too many keywords in your post can make your posts seem unnatural.
- Always right for the human above the GOOGLES.
- Google guidelines are not law.
- You can’t take images from anywhere and post them on your blog. You need permission.
- Even a link back to the original image isn’t enough!
- There are many rules about how to run a blog competition.
- You can’t ban ‘compers’.
- Buying your own domain isn’t that expensive.
- Directing your domain to your blog isn’t as complicated as it seems – there are so many step by step guides.
- Moving to WordPress is also not that complicated either – you can import your previous posts with just a click!
- Asking people to share your blog post apparently gets more people to share it.
- You can edit the ALT tags of images to help SEO.
- The next DA update can become more exciting than Christmas.
- Commenting on other peoples blogs is a great way to get new readers and comments back.
- Never ask for Follow for Follow.
- It’s possible to post every day. You just need a routine.
- Sometimes you will feel like you’re talking to yourself.
- People will unfollow you on Twitter ALL THE TIME.
- You’ll never be liked by everyone.
- Sometimes everything will feel overwhelming.
- You’ll learn about current events via Twitter rather than the news.
- Your vocabulary will improve.
- You’ll start to realise getting free things isn’t as great as it sounds. Be picky with what you accept.
- You’ll have a million ideas for blog posts and get frustrated because lack of time.
- Bloggers are helpful and usually happy to answer any questions.
- You’ll start projects you won’t finish.
- The more blog posts you write, the more ideas you’ll have.
- The blogging community is actually quite small.
- There’ll be bloggers you know of, but don’t pay attention to.
- Just a simple Tweet to one of these bloggers could be the start of a great friendship.
- You’ll love some posts more than others.
- Blogging can change your life.
What have you learnt about blogging?
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