#1 There’s a lot of great people out here in the blogging community! Pretty much everyone I’ve met through WordPress is kind, eager to help, and supportive. There’s something unique about every blog and I’ve learned a lot from other authors on here.
#2 Your blog will grow and evolve with you. My blog’s format, design, vibe, and content have certainly shifted since I first started blogging 11 years ago. It’s a fun way to express your creativity while you learn things along the way.
#3 Quality and passion matter more than followers. Followers are nice to have in a sense. It means people are interested in your blog, or at least, liked one of your posts enough to give you a follow. However, it’s your content that will keep readers coming back, so be sure to keep writing interesting, helpful, and engaging posts for your followers.
#4 Blogging definitely isn’t dead. It’s 2021 and blogging is still as alive as ever. It’s certainly evolved since it became a popular thing 15+ years ago, but people are still blogging away. It’s a user-friendly, streamlined way to express yourself through social media and it’s definitely not going to fade into the distance any time soon.
#5 Blogging can help your writing. Having a blog helps promote and market the books you write. It’s also fun to share snippets (or entire books) of your writing to give your readers a taste of your creativity and make them want more. Blogging and creative writing compliment one another well.
#6 There’s a wealth of content out there to learn from. I can’t tell you how many amazing blogs I’ve come across where I’ve found fresh content that is both interesting and helpful. There’s nothing like stumbling upon a new blog with the mood you’re looking for – or returning to your favourite blogs where you know it’s going to be informative and engaging. You can learn so much about any topic you’re interested in on here and most people are happy to share their insights.
#7 Your blog is like a little scrapbook of your writing journey. It’s interesting to look back to your first few blog posts and see how much you’ve learned and developed as a writer since those early years. It literally documents the steps you’ve taken to get to the place you’re at today.
#8 Writing interesting content will get you more views. I mentioned this a little bit before, but if you want to have more engagement on your blog, be sure to keep things fresh and interesting. Keep it simple yet helpful so people can’t not click on your post. I also noticed that shorter, easy to read posts get more views than long, drawn-out posts, so this is something you also might want to keep in mind.
#9 Blogging is as fun as you make it. You can have a lot of fun with blogging, especially when you start engaging with others. It’s another creative project that can add personal value to your life.
#10 You should take a break when you need to. I admit I’ve taken a few hiatuses since I started this blog. There were times where it made more sense to write rather than write about writing, but after I took that break, I’ve found a renewed interest in blogging. It’s a great way to promote your books while sharing the things you’ve learned along the way (and are still learning). If blogging stops being fun or it’s taking you away from things that are more important to you, then by all means take a break. You don’t want to get burnt out. If it stops being fun, that’s a good sign that you need to take a break.
#11 Blogs are a great medium for self-expression. So be yourself and the right people will follow you and read your posts. 🙂