You guys, I cannot believe that I’ve been working on Blissfully woke for three months already! My very first blog post was The Top 5 Lipstick Shades for Chocolate Skin and since then I’ve found my voice and started to focus on the Girl Power side of things. It has been really fun and filled with interesting lessons along the way. Starting a blog was definitely much harder than I thought, the amount of work and dedication is off the charts, but I love it nonetheless!
In three months, I’ve learned so much about running a blog and have a few hidden gems in store for Blissfully Woke! If you’re thinking about starting a blog or just recently started a blog continue reading for some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my three months of blogging.
#1: You’ll learn your voice along the way
Before I started blogging I read about this from other bloggers who have shared their journey, but I didn’t realize how true it was until I experienced it for myself. I absolutely love writing, I always have so I didn’t think that I would struggle as much as I did to find my voice. It’s super easy to state that you’re starting a blog, but when you excitedly sit in front of your laptop ready to start your first post you might find yourself at a loss for words. What am I supposed to talk about, who is supposed to read this? Who is my audience…can I actually do this? It took me a little time but I’m figuring out what I want my voice to be, and I’m still learning.
#2: Patience is key
This is definitely one of my biggest struggles – girl, I have no patience. I’m still working on that! Now that I’m a blogger, I’ve learned that patience is a virtue and I need to WOOSAH 85% of the time. Obviously, you don’t become an instant success overnight, building an audience takes time. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll definitely reap the benefits!
Honestly, I feel like my audience is growing day by day which is awesome sauce! Reading new comments and watching my subscription/email list grow is amazing. So, for that, I thank you, guys! Please keep sharing, commenting and liking my posts! Y’all are the real MVPs!
# 3 Reach out to other bloggers in your niche
Within the first couple of weeks of creating my blog and reading a million and one posts from other bloggers about starting a blog, I learned that networking is key. I found amazing Facebook groups to join to meet and interact with new bloggers.
My biggest piece of advice to you is to join Facebook groups that are specifically for new and experienced bloggers to promote yourself and meet new people. Plus, you just might end up making new friends along the way.
Here are some of my favorite Facebook Groups for bloggers:
#4 Time Management is the move
Remember, being a blogger is so much more than just publishing posts. You literally have to juggle a variety of roles. You’re your own designer, manager, developer, social media manager and so much more. Girl, you’ve got to hustle like you’ve never hustled before to get to where you want to be.
Planning everything ahead of time is crucial. Working a full-time job and managing a blog is a lot to deal with, but it’s possible – you just have to find what works best for you. I realized that maintaining a calendar with what posts I’ll share throughout the month, along with tasks for the week helps to keep me focused and hold myself accountable.
Content Calendars are BOMB, go get one.
#5 Just have fun and go for it!
If you’re really about this blogging life, then just do it! It won’t be easy but don’t let that intimidate you! Be passionate, be bold, wake up every morning and do your best. Building a brand is hella exciting! Just do you boo!
Over and Out!