I've been playing around with this post for a while, and I just couldn't get the words out. I've touched on some of the more practical things I've learned during my 11 years of on-and-off blogging before, but I feel like I've learned so much more in the last six months. I have a lot of thoughts on this topic, probably too many to wrangle right now, so I decided to ask fellow bloggers: "What is the number one thing you've learned while blogging?"
These are their answers, in their own words.
Alice @ The Geeky Burrow: "The number one thing I've learned while blogging is: do not rush. Sometimes we fall in the comparison trap and we want a full website, people who wants to buy ad spots on our sidebar, write and sell an ebook, and so on. Everything needs time and if we try to rush to have or do all the things, we'll easily feel burned out with a blog that goes nowhere. A blog it's like a baby, it needs experience to grow up!"
Kellie @ Princess and the Yard Ape: "The number one thing I've learned is that I show up everyday with this question in mind: 'What can I do to help?' It's not about me, it's about what I can do to make someone else's day, give them helpful info, etc."
Deborah @ Blog Observer: "Most recently, the number one thing I've learned while blogging has come from a business coach – "do it, then do it right." Waiting for perfection or trying not to embarrass yourself causes your blog and your business not to progress. This advice totally grates against my "measure twice, cut once" childhood training, but I needed to hear it. A big boost from the "do it, then do it right" mentality is that you are psychologically ready to rebound if something does not move as planned. There is always another route to take, another decision to make; your entire identity is not bound up in one win-or-lose idea. In my perfection mode, I can spend all day tweaking design, reading one more post from a blog expert and other behind-the-scenes blogging tasks, but never get around to creating useful content for the reader. This is why I launched my blog without fanfare, just to get it out there, make myself accountable to people sooner, so that I can get their feedback sooner and share the information they need."
Melinda @ Melinda Isaacs Studio: "The number one thing that I have learned about blogging is that you need to find your voice and tailor your content towards your target audience. I struggled with this when I first started because I had a lot of different topics that were tailored to a lot of groups. Rather than creating content that was great in quality and targeted a small group of people with whom I share interests and dreams with, I created content that only lightly brushed on the target audience's problems but expanded across multiple audiences. In other words, I learned to take my time and focus."
Lana @ The Joy Blog: "I think for me, I've learned to have patience, work hard, and be real. Whenever I tried to do posts that weren't really what I wanted to do, because everyone else was doing them, they ended up bothering me, having very few readers, and just feeling so off. Be yourself, it always shines through more when you believe what you're blogging, and readers connect with that."
Jen @ Organized Babble: "Even in the moments that I'm terrified that I'm being too real, too raw, too much….there are always people out there who can relate. And ultimately, I've learned that I blog for me above anything else. So I can say how I feel or what I think, and if people disagree, that's okay."
Samantha @ The Crafty Paralegal: "I have learned that consistency is key. I know every other blog about blogging says so, but it really is true. You can write about almost anything and get a reader. But to keep interest (and stats) up, blogging frequently is essential. I have noticed this with my own stats even in my few brief months of blogging!"
And my personal favorite, who has asked to remain anonymous: "I always thought I was smart until I started blogging – everything confuses me."
I had so many responses to this question, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. It's so fascinating to read what everyone else has learned along the way. I'm now posing the same question to you. What is the biggest thing you've learned while being a blogger? Let me know in the comments!
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