Hey guys! After several years of blogging I’d like to share what I have learned from the experience. Below are ten things I learned in this last year about blogging.
1. Photography is king!
This has been the biggest improvement on my blog. Having the right lighting, white balance, and focus make or break your pictures. And people love good pictures.
2. Consistency is important, whether you post once a month or once a day keep that consistency.
Readership in blogging is kind of fast paced and if you don’t keep a consistency your readership will not grow but hover around the same. Also introducing features that are consistently posted on the same day will not only give readers a peek into what to expect but also will help you with your consistency in blogging and idea generation. For example, this spring every Thursday I posted a new pattern I had created and then when summer came I changed my Thursday posts to summer cocktails.
3. Original Content is very freeing.
Not every article has to be your own entire work but your own photos and your own words and projects really let readers know who you are and the feeling of getting to know you is incredibly powerful. I always feel good after posting my original content.
4. Getting away from devices.
Everyone talks about walking away from your computer but with so many phones, tablets, tvs… the list really can go on forever. You stifle your own creativity. Taking a step back and looking at my own life has really helped me come up with original content. For example, I really would love to purchase pieces for my gallery wall, using a mix of artists, styles and textures but right now I simply can’t afford a whole gallery wall full of new things. So in my need I started to create pieces to fill it by looking around my home and using supplies I already had.
5. Comparing your journey to someone else’s is not healthy or helpful.
If you start looking around at other’s work it can be really inspiring. But starting to compare where you are (maybe one year in) to someone who has been working toward their goals for a lot longer you can become really sad about your own efforts. What our brains sometimes trick us into thinking is that there are no bad days for our role models that projects always turn out picture perfect and that every time they push the shutter on their camera beautiful pictures result. It’s not even close to the truth. We are lucky as bloggers to be able to pick and choose what we share and what we don’t. No one talks about the time when they felt like their “fine art skills” were equivalent to that of a 2 year old finger painting but it happened. You just gotta use them as inspiration and continue on your own path perfecting your own skills and in time things will come.
6. Use lots of inspiration to create.
On the topic of inspiration you should use lots and lots of inspiration to create, taking little pieces from this idea and that idea to combine something totally you and unique. Otherwise it looks like you are imitating another’s style which goes back to original content.
7. Give yourself a pat on the back.
You work hard you should take a little bit of time to recognize that and reward yourself. You are wonderful and do wonderful things.
8. Cut yourself some slack.
Not everyday will go as planned. Not every recipe will turn out well. You are only accountable to yourself and if you did the best you could then try again.
9. Be yourself.
Trying to find your own voice is a difficult thing to do sometimes and it really shouldn’t be. For me I graduated college with a degree in Psychology which means I wrote an awful lot of papers using very scientific language and formatting. When I started blogging getting out of that habit and into a more conversational has been a little difficult for me and I am continuing to work on it with every post.
10. Have fun.
I started my blog as a creative outlet. A place where I could document my design progress and share my creativity with the world. Sometimes over the last few years I have forgotten it is supposed to be a fun adventure and gotten bogged down in details. I want to continue having fun with it and grow with it.
Thanks for reading! What is your biggest lesson from blogging?