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3 things to remember when you start blogging

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It takes time

One of the biggest frustrations I see amongst new bloggers are they don’t have enough social media followers or enough views on their blog posts. 

Remember – it takes time! 

I’m averaging 14000 views a month this year on my blog, but I’ve been blogging for over four years.  When I started out I was getting around 30 page views a day and only because I had a Facebook page at the time which had a few thousand likes, so my fans were popping over to see my new website.

I still haven’t cracked organic traffic and am clueless at how to properly SEO my site, so rely on Twitter mostly for my traffic which is quite bad practice, but I’m guilty!  My main Twitter has 56000 followers, but this was through sweat and tears! 

I basically spent around three years glued to my phone addicted to Twitter networking hours.  I’d chat to hundreds of people a day and take part in up to three networking hours at once.  On a Monday I used to do 13 networking hours!  I was so active on Twitter, it was like a full time job.  I’d panic if I couldn’t take part in one.  It became an obsession.  This mixed with Twitter ‘follow and RT’ style giveaways I ran twice a week really boosted my followers.  You can read How I Got So Many Twitter Followers to see how I did it when I was focussing on my shop business.

The point to take home is I’ve now been on social media promoting my blog for 4 years and 2 months.  That’s around 1500 days of promotion.  Every single day.  I can’t remember having a whole day off.  For that much work I’m probably not even doing that well!

3 things to remember when you start blogging

Comparison is the thief of joy

There are always going to be people doing wayyyyy better than you.  And equally, there will be people worse off than you.  The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to other people.

I love to follow those who are doing a gazillion times better than me and I admire them.  I don’t like to feel jealous or put myself down because I am not as successful as they are.  I prefer to feel inspired by their achievements and realise anything is possible.  If it’s possible for them it could be possible for me too.

It’s YOUR blog

This is the most important thing.  I see new bloggers questioning what their niche should be, what to blog about, how long their blog post should be, etc.

Remember – it’s YOUR blog!  Yes, it’s helpful to write in a way that can help other people, but at the end of the day it’s your blog and you should write about what will make YOU happy.

Want a specific niche?  Then that’s great, have a niche if you know what you are 100% passionate about and will never get bored writing about it. 

Don’t want a niche?  That’s fine too!  Don’t feel pressurised to narrow your blog to only one or two topics if you really would be happier writing about ten!

Ultimately your happiness is the most important thing and this should be reflected in your writing.  Your writing and style will be so much freer and truer if you write about the things that inspire you, rather than writing about something just because you think you should be writing about it, or you want to fit in with a particular blogging niche that isn’t really you.

Believe me, I’ve been there.  Before knowing what to blog about (as I was trying to originally blog to drive traffic to an e-commerce site) I thought ‘I know, I’ll blog about beauty and fashion’, they seem like popular sorts of bloggers.  Big mistake! 

I ran out of content super quick and realised I really couldn’t type whole articles forever more about these topics.  I came to my senses and started my lifestyle blog covering a variety of topics that fascinate me and I've never looked back.  I can write in my own voice and write about things I actually care about with my own honest opinions.  Once you do that you’ll find blogging so easy and enjoyable!

Do you have any useful tips for new bloggers?

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  1. Thanks for sharing Victoria. Great advice. I can remember starting out all of 12 months ago, you inspired me and helped me figure out quite a lot. Thank you :)

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  2. I think people get to caught up in the numbers game to early on, blog about what you enjoy first of all #blogtipslinky

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  3. Lovely article! I always get the feedback to hone in on my niche! I'm still working on that. But as a lifestyle newbie blogger I haven't found a particular topic that makes me happier than all the others! I can't believe you've been blogging for 4 years. I'm on week 7. I love your advice. I have all of 5 followers on twitter because honestly I don't really understand it!

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  4. Love these tips and agree wholeheartedly. It does take time (and a fair bit of blood, sweat and tears!) #TheListLinky

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  5. I've only been going for 5 months and I find it so hard to not get disheartened so thank you for this inspiring post! #TheListLinky

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  6. Great advice, I always take inspiration from other bloggers but I never compare myself to them, we are different people with different thoughts, likes, dislikes, different backgrounds, talents knowledge etc. You need to be you or will soon run out of content or love for your blog x #TheListLinky

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  7. Great tips and love the comment about comparison!

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  8. This is such a good post! It's so easy to get caught up in the whirl of trying to get more readers and followers and improving stats. Then, when you compare yourself to one of the more well-known bloggers you feel rubbish because your stats are nowhere near theirs, which makes you feel rubbish. I've been guilty of doing that in the past, but like you say, I've realised that I've got my own voice and I've got to do it my way. Sam xx

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  9. Some great points here and lots to bare in mind. I think when you put so much into your blog which slow return it can be frustrating. I agree with writing for you and not a niche, hopefully I can get that element back on my blog someday.

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  10. Thank you for reiterating that you don't NEED a niche. So much emphasis is put on it that it consumes some people. I've slowly come to realise that while it's seen as better to drill down there are plenty of successful bloggers who span many niches. I'm far from a successful blogger but do it for myself and its something I'd like my son to be able to look back on in years to come.

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  11. Great post. I've had my blog since September last year but only started taking it seriously recently. I was glad to read your section in having a niche as I've been worried that my blog isn't niche enough

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  12. Great post. I agree completely. My life is so varied and I have so many passions. I've spent so much time worrying about what my blog niche should be and recently I've just thought it is about me so it should be about everything I love. Penny finally dropped after nearly 4yrs! #TheListLinky

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  13. Yes to all these and I agree about the whole niche thing - just go with what suits you X #brilliantblogposts

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  14. my blogs still fairly new (6 months old) and I've certainly found it easier and more enjoyable to produce blogging content that i'm passionate about. It's all to easy too comapre my self to other bloggers and feel disheartened sometimes. Loved reading your post today!

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  15. Lorna Ledger

    I think making it something you are passionate about, then your passion will shine through

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