In which I celebrate my blog’s one month anniversary by sharing five things I’ve learned.
I simply cannot believe that it has been a month. But sure enough, it has. The fourteenth of March was when I started this blog; therefore, it has been a month.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me. I’ve had blogs in the past, but this one has definitely been the most fun, and it’s thanks to all of you!
Here are five things I’ve learned in my first month of blogging.
1. Don’t Try Too Hard
When I first started this blog, I was trying really, really hard. I wanted to sound smart and insightful, but also funny and relatable (my first about page—don’t want to think about it). I just went back and read my first post, and smiled a little at the weird collision of high school English essay and blogger voice. Just all over the place, really.
Remember: blog posts are not quite essays. Don’t be formal, don’t be too structured, and don’t edit too much. A conversational tone is desirable in a blog.
2. It’s Hard to Predict Which Posts Will Be Popular.
When I look through my “Top Posts and Pages” widget, I’m always a bit surprised by the unlikely posts that show up there. The ones I worked really hard on usually languish away in a dark corner, and meanwhile, at this moment, “Getting Back on Track” tops the list with the most likes, which has me quite baffled.
So pretty much don’t worry about whether or not a post will be popular when you’re writing it. There’s just no telling, so there’s no reason even to think about it. And don’t get discouraged if a post you really thought was going to go viral doesn’t get any love. Just remind yourself that something completely trivial will end up topping your list, shake your head, and move on with life.
3. Have a Direction for Your Blog, Yes, But Don’t Let’s Be Rigid.
I was trying really, really hard to stick to the literary analysis thing. But then I had so many other things to say! Just when I was kind of feeling like starting over altogether, you guys let me know, in this poll, that you didn’t mind me just being myself and talking about random rubbish. That was very encouraging to me.
It’s okay for your blog’s focus to widen a bit. For example, mine still revolves around books, writing, etc., but it’s not just literary analyses (which were my least popular posts, anyway) anymore. It’s your blog, no one is forcing you to do this. So why impose strict rules on yourself?
4. Be Yourself
Don’t hide your obsessions. People will notice them. Anyway, they are what make you unique. Don’t try to sound like someone you’re not, and don’t be ashamed of who you are. Blogging is intensely personal, and your readers want to see that there is a person behind the blog.
5. Read Other Blogs
That’s the major thing I’ve done differently with this blog than I have with past blogs. I’ve read other blogs. I learn from them, get ideas from them, and am immensely entertained by them.
Don’t expect to get readers without being a reader yourself.
Those are just a few of the things I’ve learned. Thank you so very much for all of your support. I look forward to many more months of blogging!
What are some things you’ve learned in however long you’ve been blogging?