Can’t believe it has been one entire year since I started blogging!
I still remember the day I published my first post as if it was just yesterday. Back then, I had no idea about the existence of this wonderful community on WordPress. In this past year, I have not only learned many things but also formed genuine connections with bloggers from all over the world.
So what did I learn in the past one year of blogging? While I’m no one to give advice, I wanted to share a few things that I learned in my blogging journey –
Make real connections
I believe that WP is such a supportive community and has so much to offer. Right from the beginning, I have always taken out time to not only read posts but also comment on them. While that may not be possible every time, I do feel that interacting genuinely helps to create a better bond with bloggers. It is how one can build an engaging audience.
Social Media is your best friend
Honestly, I used to find social media a little over-whelming. While I made a Pinterest & Instagram account quickly (since I love them both), for the longest time, I was hesitant to start a Twitter & Facebook page for my blog.
But then I figured out that I don’t have to constantly check my social media in order to remain active. Buffer has been great when it comes to scheduling tweets and sharing facebook posts! Saves so much time. And don’t just share your own content. Be a little generous and share your favorite bloggers’ work too. Hootsuite is a similar platform but I switched to Buffer since I felt it had a cleaner look.
Build your own Strategy
I have read tons of blogging tips that have helped me a lot. Almost all of these articles ask you to remain consistent with your blog posts. You will often come across suggestions to put quality content (the obvious) as well as to post multiple times a week.
The key for me was not to get bombarded by all this advice available online and get confused. Do what suits best for you. If you are able to post multiple times a week, that is awesome! But everyone has different priorities. Try and go easy on yourself and don’t fret if your blogging strategy is different from others. If it is something that works for you, stick with it. Also, my go-to site for blogging tips is ‘Mostly Blogging.’ Janice has all the tips related to blogging under one roof.
Use Editing tools like Canva
I spend a great deal editing my photos and this little free tool has been a life-saver. For someone like me who doesn’t own a high-end camera and who is also not an expert photographer, Canva has definitely helped me to edit in a better manner.
I currently use its free version and it has tons of different fonts & designs as well as pre-designed templates for Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram etc – something which I thoroughly enjoy.
Meet and Greets
I absolutely love Meet and Greets. They are great for networking and I have come across soo many wonderful bloggers through the meet and greets held on blogs like – Danny, Janice and Jacqueline to name a few.
Free Stock Image sites
On all my food & travel posts, I prefer to use my own photos. But there are times when you just do not have photos for a particular post. Like when I wrote my 10 Tried and Tested Travel Tips, or even this post for that matter, I didn’t have high-quality photos. That is when free stock image sites come into handy as you don’t want to make the mistake of any copyright infringement issues.
Pixabay is my go-to site which allows you to freely use their photos without any copyright issues. There are tons of similar sites like Pexels, Unsplash etc. but most of the times, I gravitate towards Pixabay. Although many of these sites don’t require you to give credit to them, I always make it a point to mention the source of my photos if I choose to use any image from these sites.
And Finally, Blogging is an ongoing learning process
There are millions of things to learn about blogging and if anyone tells me that they have it all figured out, I’m sure to give them a side eye. Even the top bloggers with thousands of page views per day admit that blogging is an on-going learning process. So play around, experiment and have fun blogging!
I am also toying with the idea of shifting to a self-hosted site which is going to be a lot of work (I’m sure many of you know that already) Although many people prefer to start from a self-hosted site right away, I wanted to be absolutely sure before I take the plunge.
So these are some of the things that I learned in my past year of blogging. I know there is a long way to go and I would have never felt so motivated had it not been for all you guys who take out the time to read/ comment/ share my posts. So here’s a big virtual hug from me to you!
What are some of the things that you learned from your blogging journey?
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