One month of blogging – Five things i have learned so far

So i started my blogging journey a month ago now. So i thought i would recap on where i started and what i have learned to date. Maybe this will assist some of you out there who are just starting out like me. In the first few days i read alot of things online about tips for starting out, some good, some really not applicable to me. I wasted time thinking about things i don’t really need to, just yet. This might save you some time. πŸ™‚

I am not sure what a ‘successful’ blog is meant to look like at this point, but i am pretty proud of myself. A month ago i had an idea, and month on i have this blog. I have been lucky enough to now have 33 followers and i am averaging about 40 views a day. Thank yo to everyone who has been following and reading so far! (to be honest i expected 0 from what i had read online…. πŸ™‚ )

I don’t know if this is good or bad, but it is better than a month ago! πŸ˜› Let me know how you are going with your new blog, also feel free to link it in the comments. πŸ™‚

1. Quality over quantity
I read somewhere online that posting regularly is important. So when i started i was trying to post something every day. While i agree that it is important to post often, i am finding that posting something of value less often is far better than throwing something up just because you have not posted anything that day. The goal is for your message to get out there right? Personally, i stopped setting a daily or weekly goal for posting in my first week. I now just try to post something when it comes to mind.

2. Tags, SEO etc
I read ALOT about SEO during my first days. I also tried to adopt a little of it to try and get some traffic to my blog. So far i have little success with this one. I found i have spent too much time worrying about it, and now put that to one side. I figure if i am creating something of value, people will find it. Probably not the fastest way to go about getting readers and traffic, but slow and steady seems to be working ok for now.

3. Read other blogs like yours and comment when you like something!
Seems like a no brainer, but i cant stress this enough. I have met some awesome people through this activity already, also found some really cool ideas and thoughts on things. Spend some time on this, well worth it! πŸ™‚

4. What is your message?
To be perfectly honest, i still don’t really have one. Reading online about this in the beginning got a little overwelming. I kept thinking to myself, ‘shit, i need to have a theme, or a message for my readers’…. i stewed on it for a while, and i have still come up empty. For now, i have forgotten about this and i am just posting what i feel like, when i feel like it. I have a pretty wide scope of things on this blog already, and i am kind of enjoying the no direction thing. Not suggesting you do this too, but if you are still scratching your head about a theme, then don’t worry about it. My assumption is that this blog will take its own shape eventually as long as i give it time. Likely i will turn out to be wrong, but who knows. (not me, that is for sure)

5. Have fun
Above all else, have fun with your blog. I know i am. I found it a little daunting at first just throwing my thoughts up here for the world to see, but i am not so worried now. I kind of like it. I was a bit tentative at first, really careful not to offend anyone etc. But, i have found that my more contrversial posts have been the most popular. Makes sense to me, i know i don’t enjoy reading monotone dribble, do you? So my advice is to be daring, if you offend someone so be it. At least that means someone has engaged with what you are saying. That is your goal right?

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32 comments

  1. Thanks for following πŸ™‚
    glad to read that im not the only one who doesnt have it totally figured out yet… i think thats part of the fun… letting your blog evolve over time. and I definatly agree quality over quantity!
    Good luck and i look forward to reading more I especially like your more on parenting section.

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  2. You seem to be starting off well unsimplelife! Your number 3, Read other blogs like yours and comment when you like something!, is very important. The more popular the site, and the better you interact with the writers, the more traffic you’re likely to attract.

    Can I suggest some sites that have been around for quite a while?
    The Political Sword
    The Australian Independent Media Network
    Independent Australia

    These are just a few to get you started. Some sites have a ‘Blogroll’ as well. This can be a useful resource for finding other like-minded blogs.

    All the best with your endeavours – may you be as successful as you’d like to be!

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  3. Hi, great post and very useful for people in the same position as you, like me. I started same time as you, I have 40 followers but struggling with viewers, as such. Haven’t broken 20 in a day yet. Can I Show my blogging ignorance and ask what is blogging 101? If I can help or advise anyone please ask, my blog is below, feel free to browse..

    http://funkydaddy.wordpress.com

    Thanks again random

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    1. Hey mate, Blogging 101 is a really cool resource, link here http://dailypost.wordpress.com/.
      There are daily challenges etc. Lots of people get involved and it is a great way to get yourself out there. There are also several other ‘101’ and ‘102’ pages on The Daily Post that you might want to have a look at.

      I actually had/have the same issue as you regarding viewers. I have started to play around with links which seems to be helping with the view stats. I have been linking between posts, and to other external resources too. I think this also helps with SEO.

      I plan on keeping track of it over this month and then sending out some more love on the blog to let you know how it goes.

      Thanks for the share too, i really like your blog. πŸ™‚

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  4. As a very new blogger also, I can appreciate your conclusions. I’d participated (more or less) in blogging 101 & blogging 201 – which definitely did help drive traffic to my blog, but with 37 followers, I’m far from superblogger, but I’m ahead of where I expected given that I’m a very erratic poster. One of the things I did decide to try, though, is posting 3 times a week in December, with Tuesdays going to quotes (an easy one for me – I have lots) – since post #2 should be today & isn’t written yet, we’ll see how that goes…

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    1. 37 followers! kicking my butt!! πŸ™‚
      Great advice re – Blogging 101 & Blogging 201, i try to participate as much as possible. However, i am doing the majority of my blogging at work incognito…. πŸ™‚

      I will keep an eye out for Quote Tuesday, might make some contributions myself if that is ok.

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          1. Not really. Whatever makes sense at the time. The quotes you provided as comments were great. So would be related thoughts. Or ‘one thought leads to another’ types of thoughts. You don’t even have to agree with me. πŸ™‚

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  5. Good tips! I need to work on SEO too but like you, I feel like people who are looking for what I talk about will find me….! Commenting on blogs also helps with that from what I’ve read.

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    1. Hi J, thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚
      I am still very much a beginner, but i like to share what i learn in all aspects of life. Glad to hear you enjoyed them, for me they were the things i thought most about over this month. Stay in touch!

      Best
      -Ray

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