New blogger: what I’ve learned one month in

New blogger: what I’ve learned one month in

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:

New blogger

  • 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. OnlyΒ 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!

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  1. March 15, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Social Media Automation = Hootsuite !

    That is my, completely void of any help, recommendation anyway πŸ˜€

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 8:26 am

      πŸ˜‚ thank you Chris!

      • March 15, 2017 / 8:46 am

        In all seriousness though, and you may have already set this up, but something like:

        Google Alerts (when something is mentioned online – https://www.google.com/alerts)

        Google Keyword Planner (monitor your MTM site – https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/2999770)

        SocialMention (see terms that are being mentioned and what sad about them – http://socialmention.com/)

        might all be decent choices.

        And I think they are all free off the top of my head.

        I do love a stat though so that might just be me having a nerd session, but I think they are pretty cool.

  2. March 15, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I’m an newbie too. It is definitely a bit of a #mindfield out there! πŸ˜‰

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Hey fellow newbie! I’m sure we’ll be pro’s in no time 😜

  3. March 15, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Well done! Congrats on the first month….You are doing so well!
    hehehe! That did make me chuckle about blogging not helping with weight loss. I can quite happily demolish a pack of Jaffa cakes while writing a blog post. lol

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thank you! I know right? It’s hungry work using all that brain power haha!

  4. March 15, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I’m a newbie blogger too! You’re totally right about the effort. I’ve lacked in effort a bit recently, partially due to my family life being pretty boring haha, and partially because I’ve just had no drive to write anything. But I want to change that! Hoping to get a few posts out soon. Love this though, if only we could become a size 6 by typing away hahaha! Becky x

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Haha if we could invent that, we’d be millionaires… let’s get our thinking caps on!

  5. March 15, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Woohoo congrats! I’m about a month in to my blog too. It’s so much fun but soooo much work and so much to learn!

    • March 15, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Forgot to mention I absolutey love your blog name!

      • muffintopmummyblog
        March 15, 2017 / 8:26 pm

        Hahaha thank you! It’s very true right now πŸ˜‚

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      I know, it’s going to take a while to get it right! Congrats to you too πŸ™‚

  6. March 15, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Congratulations on your first month lovely! It sounds like you are nailing it to me! The amount of work involved still blows my mind and takes me by surprise and I’m now nearly 2 years in haha. As for automating social media I agree with Chris above – Hootsuite all the way for me. There is also a plug in called “revive old post” or something similar that just tweets a random selection of your old posts. You can set how often and which posts you want it to include. It brings a steady flow of traffic to my site without me having to actively do anything which is always nice! Here’s to your next month! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      That is so so helpful, thank you!! πŸ™‚

  7. March 16, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Some good learnings! It can be so disheartening when you’re writing these brilliant posts at the beginning but nobody’s reading because it’s all too new but stick with it and good things will come! Congrats on your first month and here’s to many more! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 16, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I’m in for the long run now!

  8. March 16, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Also quite new, coming to the end of my third month. Seems like you’re going pretty well to me! #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 16, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you – that’s very kind!

  9. March 16, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Wow congrats on making it through your first month. It sounds like you’re doing AMAZINGLY well! It can be disheartening at the beginning when you can’t see much traffic (I know I expected to hit publish and the views would come flooding in) but you’ve definitely got the right idea – keep plugging away on social media and drive that traffic to your site. Gradually, you’ll build up some loyal readers.

    I also use Hootsuite (I know some others have commented about it). Looking forward to seeing lots more from you πŸ™‚ #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 16, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Aw thank you for such a lovely comment! I’m enjoying it so hopefully the traffic will come with some consistency πŸ™‚

  10. March 18, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Well done on lasting a month. Not everyone lasts that long! It is a bit of a shock when you start isn’t it?! But it’s all worth it. Stick at it πŸ™‚ #coolmumclub

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 18, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you!

  11. March 20, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Well done on your first month of blogging! I remember my first month it totally took over my life and everything was so overwhelming. Keep going and be kind to yourself, don’t forget to have a life outside of blogging, and you’ll be fab! Here’s to many more months x

  12. March 25, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Well done on making it a month! People think writing a blog is so easy, and that it doesn’t take much time…they are so wrong! With the social media, photo taking, writing, editing, uploading etc it takes up a huge chunk of time. Then you’ve done all that and no one comes to read what you’ve put! I’ve come here from a link on twitter, so it’s all working πŸ˜€

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 25, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I couldn’t believe how much work it took – but it’s so addictive!

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