Yayyy! I did it. I made it through my first month of blogging at Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf! This has been such an eye-opening experience and I’ve already met soooo many new people; I am so thankful for starting this blog. With all my heart, thank you so, so, so much for reading.
Now onto 5 things that I’ve learned from blogging, thus far.
1. Time and Commitment
Running a blog takes a hell lot of commitment that I don’t think I would have realized without actually starting my own. On Twitter, I follow a lot of book bloggers and always find that a lot of them are posting almost every single day. When I first started, I thought to myself: “I’ve got this, I’m going to post at least every other day.” Boy was I so wrong. I was having trouble posting two things a week, much less every other day. lol, I’ve learned my lesson. I envy those who do manage to post almost everyday, but first, I’ll be improving my own posting schedule. I’m hoping to post about 2 – 4 times per week now.
2. It’s not about the followers
At first, when I started, I was getting a tiny little trickle of readers of maybe about 3-10 views per day. I thought the people who were following me on Twitter would automatically read my blog and at that point, I probably had about 100 followers. (I know I’m really stupid.) But of course, looking back, I have to work for my readers and followers. No one can become an instant blog sensation. All those popular bloggers that I follow on Twitter, have put in so much time an effort into blogging, that I significantly pale in comparison. I’m extremely sorry that I ever even thought about it omg. But I’ve changed my mindset now. In reality, the follower or view count really doesn’t matter, what matters is that I’m talking about what I want to talk about and doing what I love. I’m just going to keep blogging, and if people like what I have to say and decide to follow, fine and yay. But if you just wanna read my posts and not follow, that’s fine, too. I’m totally okay with that. And that’s probably one of the most important things that have changed me since I started blogging.
In the blogging world, aesthetics (or just nice graphics in general) are super important. If any of you were reading my blog in October, or the first part of November, you probably saw how horridly it looked. I didn’t have a blog banner, and that background was eww. Thank god Claire (@BlankSlaters) brought this to my attention, and pointed me in a better direction. I owe you everything Claire. (*hugs*) So, basically after that I went through an almost who design revamp and well, I think it looks pretty slick now? Idk. You guys can tell me your thoughts in the comments. Yeah, not just should your blog look good, but the images you use for each post should be clear and most importantly BE YOUR OWN or CREDITED. That’s something I learned after revamping too.
4. Connecting with Readers
Blogging is a form of spreading one’s thoughts. But well, it’s not much fun if you just put your thoughts out there and receive no response, right? So advertising is one thing that I learned to do, as well as moderately (because mean no one wants to go to your Twitter feed and just see you advertising for your blog right?). I try and reply to every single message I get, as well as retweet and tweet a variety of things so no one gets bored. Also, the commenting and commenting back rule some bloggers use helps out. Someone comments on my blog, I’ll be sure to comment back on their blog. Basically I learned to spread the love.
5. Learning from Others
I stalk a lot of people’s blogs. Why? Because I’m still learning. Just because I’ve finally gotten past one month, I’m still learning how to do blogging things. Most people have been blogging way longer than I have and have their own style of doing things, but me? I have almost nothing at the moment. Learning from other blogs is what’s going to help shape my own style of blogging. Plus, it’s pretty easy to do, to get help I mean. I tweet a question on Twitter, I’ll most likely get a reply. So many great people that I’ve met just from starting conversations there. I love all of you so freaking much.
So this is the end of my blogiversary post. I hope the 5 things that I’ve learned have helped you too. Also, I would hold a giveaway, but I don’t really have anything to give away at the moment. All I have to give is my endless thanks and love for making this happen. So again, thank you all so much. Merci mille fois. I really can’t thank you guys enough.