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March 30, 2016

Six Things I Learned in Six Months of Blogging

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I’ve been blogging for all of six months now! YAY! I’m a.) proud of myself for not giving up, b.) continuously learning and c.) challenging myself creatively. And while that is all good and all, what I have learned, and realized these past six months, were things that I wasn’t quite expecting. While it may sound negative, it’s quite the opposite. It’s empowering having a little space out there in the universe that maybe, just maybeeeee, inspire somewhat out there. And since this is quite possibly the hardest and most rewarding project I have ever started, I’m happy to share the six things I have learned most about blogging these past six months.

Six Things I Learned About Blogging In The Past Six Months

1) It’s a lot of work, like a lot, a lot of work. But like, happy work…

First things first, I was naive going into this process thinking I could write clever content, post a pretty picture, and boom. Instant stardom. Ya, right (I see you rolling your eyes out there…) But really though, it looks easier than it appears. And going through this process and starting TTB, whenever I talk to my friends about blogging and tell them how time consuming is, I feel like they look at me like I’m crazy. Like batshit crazy. How can it be hard? How is time consuming? It just is. I can’t really explain it, but there is a lot to learn. There is also a lot to cover too, especially if you want to get yourself out there. Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, getting out there in Pinterest, Instagram, etc. It’s like every other business with needing a plan and a strategy. And even with plugging away tirelessly at this for six months, I am just hardly scrapping the surface and know there is still a lot to learn. However, I am happy to be where I am, with what I have learned and my plan going forward. There is a lot of trial and error that comes along with this process and it’s definitely a learning curve figuring out what works for you.

I also know a lot of work can be relieved by outsourcing it to someone else, however, that just isn’t my style. I’m one of those annoying perfectionists that likes to know what is going on, at all times. Especially when it comes to something like this that I have worked so hard on. It’s become my baby, my second born after Phoebe (my Shiba Inu, if you haven’t met her yet). Like I said, it’s a lot of work and I’ve realized that sometimes not everything can get done. And that’s ok.

Regardless, it’s the happiest I have been in a loooonnnnngggg time, finally creating something that’s my own and that I can share with the bloggersphere. In corporate America, I felt like my creative capacities were slowly diminishing. Kind of like that saying when learning a new language, “if you don’t use it, ya lose it.” When I first started writing my content, it was if I forgot how to spell, compose a sentence, like, what the hell….I swear I went to college. But really though, it’s a lot of work, a lot of learning, and stressful at times but like I said, it’s fulfilling. It’s happy work!

 

2) SEO????? Ooooohhhhhhh………

Search. Engine. Optimization.

If you had asked me what that was six months ago, I would’ve looked at you with sheer confusion. I thought I could put together something informative and boom, first page of Google. Haha. I laugh at myself thinking about how silly this is #LOL. Luckily, my husband is a marketing manager and deals with websites, SEO, and getting yourself noticed on Google for a living. He has also helped me with a lot of my posts, so I’ve been very lucky. But with that said, I have spent countless hours, writing and rewriting, trying to teach myself SEO and further understand it to get TTB noticed. Like I said it’s a lot of work (revert back to #1) but I am learning and understanding the importance of SEO, keywords, titles, and everything that goes along with it.

 

3) You Can’t Be Shy

This may seem a little dubious considering your writing from behind a screen, but blogging is actually quite the opposite. You need to comment, like, share, tweet, reach out, DM, email, to get involved in the blogging community. I am just now starting to get out there and is the one thing I had wished I started doing sooner. It’s important to have other bloggers in your circle because they “just get it”.

It also took me a long time to share my blog with friends and family because I wasn’t sure how it’d be precieved. I was hesitant because it’s scary putting yourself out there. But once I did, the compliments and words of encouragement were way more than I was ever expecting. I felt silly because I wish I had shared it sooner. Because of the words of encouragement from my hubby, family and friends, I keep going. It’s keeps me from not quitting. Which brings me to numero quatro….

 

4) I almost quit like, 100 times

For reals though. It was all so overwhelming at first. Especially when it shouldn’t be. I felt like no one would read my stuff or even notice me in such a niche market. So for a couple days, it was like pity party, table for one over here. But it’s on those days, you get a DM from a follower on the Insta world telling you that your post inspired them. My post? Little ole me inspired someone? What!? It made me tear up and made my heart incredibly happy. The next day, I vowed to never go there to the pity party because that wouldn’t do me any good. I constantly have to remind myself I have only been at this for six months and that I’m doing a damn good job at it. It’s easy to be our own worst enemy and quit. The hard thing is to keep going.

5) It Consumes You

Ok, I don’t mean in like a total takeover kind of way, but since blogging, it’s hard to go a little bit without wanting to talk about TTB, check social media/email or think or discuss ideas. It’s funny because now that I’m starting to understand this techie stuff, my hubby gets super excited (he used to work for Apple so he speaks tech) to discuss blogging with me, SEO, coding, WordPress, whatever. It’s fun and has opened a whole new dimension of our relationship that I hadn’t thought possible. I sometimes have to force myself to turn off my phone or “unplug” from anything blog, but I can’t help it sometimes. It’s fun and I enjoy it, so I don’t mind it really taking over a portion of my life.

6) There Are A Lot of Little Things That Go Into It

Promotion. Picture angles. Filters. Apps. Cute outfits. Clever captions. Like seriously?! Yes, all of it is equally important and figuring out your “brand” takes a lot of work and is something that I quite frankly, feel with evolve as I maneuver my way through blogging. Sometimes I wonder if I’m crazy if I wear certain colors because they “pop” more in pictures and I realize that it’s not. This is apart of my blog and all those little details that go into it are just as important as the content itself. And like I’ve said before, I’m just starting so I know it’ll get easier once I figure out what apps make my life easier. I have to remind myself that it’s a process and all the little details matter.

In Conclusion

I am so looking forward to what’s next for TTB. I know that I’ll look back at this post 6 months, a year, a few years from now and have a laugh. Like oh that’s cute. Haha. But for reals though, I am so grateful that I started this blog and am on this path. I’m looking forward to learning more, traveling more, sharing and getting out there.

If your a blogger who would love to give insight, advice, constructive criticism, whatever, I’d love to hear it. We’re all here to help each other and build each other up to be our best selves.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by and guess what, it’s humpday! I hope you all pour yourself a glass of your favorite vino and enjoy your evenings!

Xox,
Chloe

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  • Love this list, it’s all so true! Especially #3, there’s no ‘shy’ in a bloggers vocabulary! 🙂 In the beginning I didn’t want to tell too many people about my blog, but quickly realised that hiding it would get me nowhere. 🙂

    — LisaLDN.com

    • Hi Lisa!

      Sooo true! haha! Starting out blogging is a scary thing! I’m glad I kept plugging away though!

      Thanks for stopping by, lady! Xo

  • Anna At Lifestyle Crossroads

    Loved this post! I seriously see myself in these highlights… lol I´ve started 5 months ago and at that point I´d be like : “what is “web hosting”?”, not to mention SEO and other unknown words! it´s funny to see how quickly the blogging consumes and changes you

  • Evan Jones

    I agree with you. Blogging is a ton of work but rewarding. I have been blogging for a few months at http://www.rusticlens.com if you get a chance to check it out. Keep up the great work!

  • Fay Kakai

    Thank you so much for this. I just started blogging about a month ago and ohhhh is there a lot that goes into it..I’m still yet to learn all that SEO stuff! I stumbled across this post and loved it – and I am now following your blog :-). You can find me here: https://khukyenda.com/ Xx.

  • Christina

    I started blogging about 4 months and couldn’t agree more with all of these points!! There is SO much to learn, it is INSANE! Such a learning curve but so worth it at the end of the day. Great work so far 🙂

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