WordPress recently notified me that I made an account on their website 3 years ago. So I think it’s about time I shared 5 things that I’ve learned about blogging over the last 3 years.
IF YOU DON’T MAKE TIME, IT WON’T HAPPEN
Blogging as a high school student turned out be WAY more difficult than I anticipated. I first made a book blog in the summer before 9th grade and back then, I was able to update a few times a week. But after a year , I had to start adding “write a blog post” to my to do lists and actively make time to brainstorm and write posts.
PASSION IS KEY
Maybe this is an obvious lesson but it’s also one that people often forget. So far, I’ve had about four blogs. Two of those blogs died a slow death because I wasn’t passionate about the topics I blogged about on them. For example, I started a nail polish blog in my tweens because I didn’t know what to blog about. At first, I could convince myself that it was fun but within months, I got bored and quit. I also didn’t know enough, about nail polish or fashion trends, to write anything insightful. I also started a lifestyle blog a year or two ago but soon realized that I love to talk about books far more than things like travel, food, or productivity.
DON’T BE SHY
I found it daunting, in the beginning, to interact with other more established bloggers. But the online book (blog) community was very friendly and welcoming. And if you want to grow your blog, interacting with others is important. Furthermore, it’ll be harder for others to discover your blog if you don’t do some (shameless) self promotion.
Don’t let anything stop you from blogging. Anything can be rude comments (I haven’t encountered any of these so far thankfully!), not enough views or follows, etc.
That said, sometimes life gets in the way and you don’t have the time or energy to keep blogging. Then of course it’s okay to take a break. We’re all humans! But when you can, come back to your blog and dust off the cobwebs.
DO YOUR OWN THING
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Let your personality shape your blog posts and try to make them unique. There are a lot of book blogs out there but each one is unique because of the different things that each blogger brings to the table. And yes, coming up with 100% unique discussion posts is difficult but more often than not, there’s a way to put your own spin on different topics.