12 Things I’ve Learned After 12 Years Of Blogging

Your blog grows with you. Your path, values, and outlook on life naturally change as you grow and mature and this reflects in your writing. In more recent years, I’ve enjoyed a refreshing, peaceful take on life. I think my blog is reflecting this more and more.

Posting regularly helps you gain more readers. The more you post, the more chances that your content will reach new people. If you’re posting regularly, you’ll attract people who enjoy reading active blogs. If someone loves your writing, they’re going to want to see it more often, right? Personally, I love stumbling on a blog that has posts I can keep clicking on and reading – and I’ll be returning when I see them post later in the week. There’s a good balance to it, though. You might not want to post *too* often (Like twice per day every day).

It enhances your writing skills. Blogging is hard work, as fun as it is, and you’re constantly learning new things and honing your writing skills as you do it. I’ve found that reading other people’s posts can help you see how others write and compose their thoughts. Learning from others’ writing is so key to improving your own. It’s a great way to invest in yourself and you’ll be able to see your own progress as you go along.

You connect with some great people. I swear that blogging seems to attract kind, insightful people. If you’re blogging, it’s because you’re passionate about something, probably a variety of things, and it’s so cool to meet people through this medium.

Growing your following organically is always better. Don’t pay for followers. Even if it takes two years for you to reach 500 followers, it’s better than having 1000’s of followers who aren’t genuinely interested in what you’re posting. When you let your blog slowly attract interested readers, you’ll feel better knowing you’ve got people following you for your ideas. Plus, if you’re interested in making money off your blog, what matters more than followers is engagement since this is where the real income is made.

People love reading updates. One of my most popular posts ever is when I wrote about how I reached 500 followers. My 2021 goals post was also very trendy among readers. People tend to respond well to passion and optimism. It’s encouraging to see other people who are happy with their progress, because it shows we can do it, too. So, be sure to include updates about your blog/life every so often. People find it interesting.

Schedule posts ahead of time. This is one medium where scheduling posts makes sense. Sometimes you get a real burst of writing energy and you’re blogging off the wall. It’s okay to schedule some posts ahead of time rather than posting them all at once and bombarding your readers. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your blog is set for the week and if you ever needed to take a break, you’re already covered.

Stock images. Adding great looking pictures to your posts makes your blog look more attractive and thus, more people will want to click on your posts. Be careful with copyright issues, though. You want to make sure you’re posting images that won’t get you in trouble. Check out Pexels or Unsplash for free stock images you can use on your blog! It’s a good idea to credit the photographer/artist, as well, since they were kind enough to let people use their images for free.

Posting consistently is better than posting everyday. You don’t need to post everyday and in fact it’s better if you don’t post all the time as it gives your followers a chance to catch up on what you’ve been writing. Not all bloggers login to WordPress everyday. People do like consistency though. Whether you post twice per week or five times per week, as long as you’re consistent, people will learn to count on you posting regularly.

Opinion posts can drive away some people. Unless your niche has already been established as a sassy, opinionated person, you might drive some people away if you post something negative. I learned this when I wrote about what stops me from buying a certain book – I thought it would be fun to switch things up and give my two cents about what my reading preferences are, but a couple of people took it more negatively. I realized then that my blog is establishing itself as a positive, encouraging space, so to suddenly post something saucy isn’t a good idea. I don’t want to drive people away so I’m opting not to write anything on the negative side.

Engaging with other bloggers is so important. The best thing about blogging is the connections you make. You can build long-lasting supportive friendships over the blogosphere. Engagement is also essential for growing your blog – which means interacting with your followers and supporting others’ blogs, too.

It’s okay to experiment. Finding your niche can take some time – along with some trial and error. You might like to post about several different topics until you realize what it is you’d rather blog about. It’s all part of the journey and exploring different topics to write about is a fun experience. My own blog has transformed a few times since I started in 2010. I look forward to seeing what it will be in the coming months.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Until next time, take good care of yourself and have a lovely rest of your day. ❤

14 comments

  1. I so agree with all of these especially about people loving to read updates, not sure why but they love it. I always get really high views on update posts for some reason.

  2. I agree – except on one point, for me: I don’t schedule, for an odd reason. I’m chronically ill, and the ebb and flow of my posting goes along with my brain fog and other physical problems, and I think it illustrates what my life is like more than blogging about it (boring – though I do my share).

    I WANT my readers – who are also potential readers for my fiction – to be clued into the ebb and flow which is different from that of bloggers who are harried by other problems.

    And even when brain fog isn’t driving me up a tree, topics that I find interesting can be erratic.

    I’ve now been blogging since 2012! My main writing blog has over 600 posts, which tend to be long, many a compilation of the details of doing something for self-publishing (written also to lock those details down for me). I never expected that when I started; now it would seem odd to learn something new to me, and NOT blog about it.

  3. As someone who has posted every day since May 2, 2005, I would actually agree about not posting daily, but after 17 years, it’s tough to let go of the streak. I DEFINITELY agree about posting ahead because if I know what I want to write about my dad’s death (anniversary on Aug 10), then i should write it (I think in June)

  4. So glad I happened onto your site thanks to Infidel753 — I love anything to do with books & would be thrilled if you’d write a guest blog post for my site! if you’re interested, here’s the link for general guidelines: https://wp.me/p6OZAy-1eQ

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