It’s hard to believe that I’ve been sharing my life online for a whole year. As a blogger, every day is a school day and I try to learn something, however small, every day. These are some of the key things I’ve learned since I started blogging just over a year ago!
1. It Takes Time
Blogging takes up so much of your time – it’s not just about writing a few hundred words and hitting “publish”. There are so many steps we follow for every single post. Research, writing, photography, formatting, re-formatting for different platforms, making micro-content to compliment your blog post, promoting the post and the list goes on and on!
Blogging does take up a lot of your life but if you’re passionate about what you do – it’s a blessing, not a burden.
2. Scheduling Simplifies EVERYTHING
Plan your content in advance. If, like me, you go through bursts of creativity and then NOTHING – scheduling is a god-send. If you know what you’re posting, and when you’re going to post it – suddenly last-minute panic is a thing of the past! BOOM!
If you struggle with scheduling, why not set a day aside and bulk-write your content? I love writing 3-4 posts in a day, that way I have a little “post bank” I can lean on at times where I’m struggling to come up with new ideas.
3. Don’t Just Stick To One Social Media Channel
If you’ve been following me for a while- you’ll know that my favourite social media platform is by far Instagram. I’m super active on there and I’ve been growing my following pretty steadily since I started taking it more seriously. HOWEVER it’s important to spread your reach and make the most of other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Because the creators/owners of Instagram could shut down the app AT ANY TIME. You would lose all your content, all of your followers as if they never existed. It’s a scary thought, and it’s not likely to happen anytime soon but I certainly don’t want to take the risk.
That’s another reason why I love having my own (self-hosted!) blog. I have full ownership of my content and if WordPress went bust – I could move my site over to Wix or Blogger without losing my content.
4. Make the Most of Free Resources
Blogging can be an expensive business! There are tonnes of resources marketed to bloggers, all promising the moon and stars if you invest. Every day I receive e-mail pitches from other bloggers and creators asking me to invest in their resources, blogging courses etc etc. Some of these are well worth the money and I’ve already written a post about these but there are some AMAZING free resources out there too.
I hate that there are some people who are put off blogging because they can’t afford to invest in paid resources.
Some of my favourite free resources are:
Canva – Create ANY graphics you could ever want (logos, photo album covers, pins for Pinterest…)
MailerLite – For creating your e-mail list and sending out newsletters
Buffer is a tool for scheduling tweets and Instagram and Facebooks posts.
I also HIGHLY recommend joining some Facebook groups such as:
These communities are 100% free and it’s a great way to get to know other bloggers while promoting your content.
5. Some People Just Won’t Get It
There are a lot of common misconceptions about bloggers and sometimes people just aren’t willing to look beyond those misconceptions. It used to really wind me up but over time I’ve learned that there are two ways to deal with this type of situation.
1. Let it go – I know, it’s hard. It’s SO hard. But it will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.
2. Educate – Talk to that person. Tell them what you do. Even better – SHOW them what you do. Change perceptions.
Obviously I much prefer to educate but like I said, some people just aren’t prepared to listen and that’s okay.
This week I celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Megan Says by launching my brand new podcast, Being Blogger.
If you want to hear more about anything you’ve read in this post, check out episode 1 of the podcast, which you can find here: