Yesterday officially marks my first full month as a new blogger with Muffin top mummy – yay!
For anyone considering starting a blog, or joining me on my journey, here’s a run down of things I’ve discovered since I began last month:
- It takes a lot more effort than you could ever imagine possible! Writing content, designing your website, promoting the blog… it all takes far more time than you’d think. If you simply stuck to writing the damn posts, no-one would read them.
- You could write the most witty, exciting, perfectly stunning posts the world has ever seen, but most people won’t be interested in the slightest. Not at the beginning anyway. Blogging is definitely a marathon, rather than a sprint. Only those with the stamina to keep going will ever see traffic to their website. It can be really de-moralising to see stats rise and fall, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m only a month in so far. I’m still just a new blogger.
- It won’t help you lose weight. You could have told me that, right? I initially set up this blog to discuss my hideous weight gain during pregnancy and track my progress in becoming all sexy and MILF-like again. However, a month in and I’ve barely covered weight loss in the slightest. I just get too excited about everything else! Instead of exercise, I sit on my humongous ass all day, glued to my laptop. It’s totally not the greatest way to shed the pounds.
- Other people’s blog posts are your best friends. Everyone has done it before you, and thanks to their very kind nature, they blog about it! From technical things like being self-hosted, hashtags to use on Insta and how Linkys work, to balancing life with blogging; someone has written the post you need. As a new blogger, read like your life depends on it and you’ll be blogging like a pro in no time.
- You’ll realise you’re not as funny as you thought. I’ll hold my hands up here and say, I considered my writing pretty hilarious until other people started reading it. Now, when I see some of the comments (or lack of engagement with posts) I get the distinct feeling that it’s going down a little like a lead balloon. For this reason, I’m mixing it up with a few more serious posts to show I’m not a one-trick, bad-joke pony.
- But you’ll be satisfied that you write quite well anyway. I won’t lie – I enjoy reading my own writing and having a little titter. I may well be my own loyal audience at the moment. I’m not sure it’s something I should own up to, but it’s my blog so my rules. It’s nice to have a reminder that I can do something outside of being a new mother.
And that’s my round-up of key learnings so far as a new blogger. I might evaluate on a monthly basis seeing as I can’t possibly know everything there is to know about blogging just 30 days!
My goals for next month are to grow my audience, get into social media automation (any tips would be great!) and crack Pinterest.
Let me know if you think I need to add anything to this list, thank you!