Oh Blogtober, why’d you have to get all serious on me!
If you’re new to my Blogtober challenge series check out some of my previous posts; Behind The Scenes Of My Blog, My Favourite Apps and My Favourite Product.
Seriously though, this is a pretty serious subject for me! Admittedly I haven’t been blogging long, since April 15, and I really didn’t have big plans for it.
But, I can honestly say I have learnt more in these past 7ish months of blogging than I have during any other period of my life. What started out as a hobby, a way to improve my writing skills and a platform for me to connect with other allergy sufferers has turned into so much more. I’ve made so many amazing friends, I have more subscribers than I’d ever dreamed of and I have a new found aptitude for technology and writing.
In fact, I have learned so much these months that I really don’t think I could fit it into one post, so here are the ten most important things that I have learned since I started Cookie and Creams.
10 Things I Have Learned Since Starting Blogging
- How to use WordPress, like actually use it.
Yes believe it or not I can pull a full post together now! When I first started blogging I didn’t even know what a featured image was and I couldn’t even align my text.
- How to optimise a blog post for search engines like google.
I’m still learning a lot about this but having done plenty of research and with a little help from Google AdWords I think my keyword choices and placement are improving.
- How to take a good quality picture for a blog post, sounds simple but I swear to you it isn’t.
It does sound simple but it was no where near that for me! First of all my hands were too shakey for my camera to focus, and then I forgot to make sure the background was clear of any strange things (Yogi for example.)
- Code, I have actually learnt some very basic code!
When I say basic I mean basic people! I can now add padding around an image, insert a paragraph break and add spacing between text. But that is about it.
- How to have the courage to connect with other amazing bloggers.
When you first start blogging it can all seem very daunting. Who do you reach out to? Will people think you’re a pest? Once you’ve got a few posts up and people are actually visiting your site it really gives you the motivation to speak to other bloggers who then become amazing friends.
- I am interesting, and I am capable of writing unique and inspiring content.
Perhaps this is more applicable to me than other bloggers but when I first started Cookie and Creams I had a bit of a self confidence issue. You read other blogs, and meet amazing people, and then you just find yourself doubting it all. What makes you good enough? What must these people see in you? It must be a coincidence that you’re getting all of this traffic. No, it’s you! I don’t care who you are or where you are from someone out there is waiting eagerly to hear your story.
- There really is nothing more important to a blogger than their readers.
Seriously now. Yes, I fell victim to that state of mind where you just assume bloggers are in it for the money or the fame. But, once I tried it myself I soon saw sense. A blog is such a personal thing, and when you share so much of your life with others it’s hard not to forge great friendships. I love my subscribers, all of them, and I’m certain that the majority of bloggers do.
- Everyone wants to make money off you.
This is a sad truth for me. When you start a blog, no matter how successful or what your niche is, people are going to want to take advantage of you. Of course I’d love to blog full time and be here to speak to all of you everyday. Yes I would accept a sponsored post if relevant and yes I do think it’s important that people understand that bloggers need a means to live by too. This isn’t what I’m talking about. People approaching you asking you to be a part of ‘their team’ and asking you to sell stuff through your blog is what I’m talking about! No honey I really don’t want to sell Younique, Avon or whatever other crap you’re trying to get me into. If I wanted to make money off my subscribers don’t you think I’d have set up my own Etsy store or something by now?
- You can do anything that you set your mind to.
This applies to blogging and every other challenge in life. Since starting blogging I have learnt that I am capable of achieving great things, I can pursue my dreams and I am worthy of any challenge. But guess what…so are all of you!
- Blogging isn’t always easy, but it is worth it.
I could say this a million times over. I love blogging. I love it so much. It is hard at times, people can be mean and the tech can be testing but none of that matters when you read a sweet comment from one of your subscribers or somebody walks up to you in the street to tell you that they read your post and it affected their life. If you want to share your story, ideas or advice I really suggest you give blogging a go. You won’t regret it.