Hello everyone, I hope you are doing great!
I recently got notified that it has been 2 years since I’ve started this blog. Can you believe it’s been 2 years already? This got me thinking about what I’ve learned during that period of time, so that’s why I decided to talk about this today. So without further ado, here are 10 Things I learned in 2 Years of blogging!
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1. Blogging is hard work
Having a blog takes a lot of time and effort. To put together a blog post, it can take me up to 3 hours. First I take photos, then I edit them and then I start writing. After finishing a blog post and uploading it, I have to promote it which takes a lot of time too. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way complaining! I absolutely love blogging, you just have to be aware that it’s hard work and it takes time, so make sure it fits nicely in your weekly schedule.
2. The importance of social media to promote your blog
On Instagram, I mostly post pictures that I’ve taken for my blog, but also other personal photos (but that’s up to you!). I really like Instagram stories, where I notify my followers when I’ve uploaded a new blog post. Plus, you can get really creative with it!
On Twitter, I notify my followers when a new blog post is up by linking the post in my tweets. That way, it’s very accessible. I use certain hashtags to reach more people and I am also part of bloggers chats on Twitter, but I’ll talk about this later.
On Pinterest, I pin the photos that I’ve taken for my blog. That way, people on Pinterest can click on the image and directly access to the blog post. What I also love about this social media is Pinterest groups. I am part of a few groups of bloggers, where we can each add our pins and link each others blog posts to reach more people. It’s really cool and drives a lot of traffic to your blog!
3. The importance of good quality pictures
Good quality pictures instantly make your blog look more professional and attractive. I take all my pictures myself using the Canon EOS M or the Canon 750D, with a 18-55mm lens. I also sometimes use my phone if I am out of the house. I always make sure the lighting is good!
If you can’t afford a good camera or if you simply don’t have time to take pictures, you can also use free stock photos. I sometimes use them myself, I love the website Pexels.com where you can download copyright-free photos for free. The quality of the photos is really good and there are tons to choose from! This is not sponsored by the way, I found this website by my self 🙂
4. Be passionate, Be YOU
This point is so important. Write about what you love and what makes you happy! Being yourself is the best way to stand out.
5. Don’t be afraid to reach out to brands
This is something I’ve definitely learned along the way. Before starting my blog (and also during the first few months of blogging), I thought that you had to wait for brands to contact you for collaboration offers. Boy I was wrong! If you love a brand, if you are interested in their products, don’t be afraid to contact them and ask them if they’re interested in collaborating with you. I got a lot of negative answers (also a lot never answered!), but I did get a few positive answers. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
6. How fun and beneficial it is to be part of blogger chats on Twitter
Like mentioned before, Twitter is a big part of blogging for me because it drives a lot of traffic to my blog. I take part in blog comment threads, which take place on Twitter. Basically, we all link our latest blog posts under a specific tweet (sent for that matter) and that way we can comment and engage on each others posts and also create a lot of traffic. It’s a great way to support your fellow bloggers and it’s beneficial for everyone!
There are also a lot of blogger chats on Twitter which are really fun. You get to discover a lot of bloggers and it’s super helpful if you need help with anything. Highly recommend!
7. The blogging community is great
Oh my goodness, the blogging community is great! I’ve met a ton of other bloggers online and I was surprised at how extremely supportive and kind everyone is. Make blogger friends and engage with them, it’s so fun!
8. How important SEO is
SEO is super important to grow your blog traffic. Before starting my blog, I had no idea what SEO was and I didn’t even know it existed! If you don’t know what is is, according to Yoast.com , SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization. It’s the practice of optimizing websites to make them reach a high position in Google’s – or other search engines’ – search results. SEO focuses on rankings in the organic (non-paid) search results.”
By optimizing your blog posts and adding keywords, they will have a higher ranking on Google or other search engines. That helps a lot to drive traffic, since it helps someone searching for a topic you mentioned in one of your blog posts. To optimize my blog posts, I use the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s super easy to use! (also not sponsored haha!)
9. Don’t be afraid to take breaks
Since I am still a full time student, blogging for me is a hobby. Blogging is super important to me and I really enjoy it, but studies come first and if I need a break I’ll take it. My blog is still there and people can still read it even if I am not online. Self care if important!
10. Don’t be afraid to engage with your readers
Engaging with your readers is super important and also really fun. I love to ask my readers (on my blog but also on social media) what they like, their opinions on certain things. I also love to ask them what they’d like to read about on my blog!
And there you go, this was my list of 10 Things I learned in 2 Years of Blogging. I really hope you liked it and hopefully found it helpful! Feel free to ask me some questions in the comments below😊
Thank you so much for reading, I’ll talk to you in my next blog post!
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