One year as a blogger
Over a year later
A year can go past so quickly, can’t it? In March 2106 I put up the first post on my blog and fifteen months later my blog is still going strong. Granted that there is so much I continually need to improve upon, but the experiences I have had since I first pressed the publish button have helped develop my mental and creative capacity.
I should have written this post in March on the 1st birthday of my blog but hey better late than never.
Who needs a niche?
Over the last year, I read a lot of different opinions about what is the best way to go about being a blogger. One thing that cropped up was about finding your niche, that thing or subject you will be known for. However, when I was trying to apply this strategy to my blog I thought it would be restrictive. I have a lot of interests, so I wanted to be free to write them all. So I may have several categories to my blog but I am focused more on food, travel and lifestyle.
Developing a writing style for the blog has been an on-going process. When I started writing posts I noticed myself tending to write similar things, “this was nice, the weather was great, you should go here, I did this, etc”. To a large extent each post is going to have these similarities but what I have tried to develop is putting my own voice into my blog writing, including a bit of humour.
This year I have slowly introduced a better structure for how each post is written. For me this has produced a lot more clarity, adding a cleaner look to the blog.
When I started the blog I had a lot of things to write about. I was busy with a few things at the time and had old holidays I could write about. Leading into last summer I was lost for content. What helped was that I started my first 100-day project. This was a fantastic challenge and it filled the void of no other blog content.
However, when the project ended in November I still did not have a schedule of things to write about. I knew I had to get content onto my blog on a regular basis, but formulating a plan to do this was difficult. I also was not using social media in any way. I really wasn’t helping myself.
Thankfully I began this year with a new sense of focus. I was going to have two new posts on my blog each week, have a schedule of what to write about a month in advance, redesign my blog to my original vision and create a better presence on social media.
I definitely have a few of those nailed, I do now have regular content following a schedule, I have improved my feed on Instagram by posting daily and having a better theme and I have redesigned my blog, woo! On top of this I have joined a blogging group on Facebook and even met up with members of the group, therefore expanding my reach.
My vision for the future
What I need to focus on in the near future is increasing my engagement. I’m doing all the right things with the content on my blog and Instagram, however, I am not getting increased engagement or followers. Now the bottom line is that I do love blogging but more comments and interaction would be pleasing.
Belated happy 1st blog birthday for no need for postcards!
What have been the best successes since you’ve been blogging?
What blogging challenges have you overcome?
How long have you been blogging for?
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