It’s been a month! I did it! I finished my first month of (live) blogging, guys! This is my 20th post! Unless you’ve been where I am right now, you have no idea how exciting this is!
I started daydreaming about this blog about two and a half months ago. I got the ball rolling and began building this lovely domain 2 weeks before I launched it.
The last few months have been tough! So much harder than I expected! With all of the how-to and tutorial articles I read leading up to my purchasing my domain name and hosting service, I thought I was prepared. I thought I was ready. I had this in the bag! I’d be making money through blogging in no time!
Well, I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t ready. “In the bag” this was not. I’m not really making money yet, either, but I didn’t expect to start making money this early (although as of today, I’ve made $1.82 through Google AdSense!).
The last month has been filled with ups and downs. The first day I received 30 unique visitors to my site was an amazing day. The first day where only my mom visited my site was a lot less amazing (no offense, Mom!).
I haven’t fully figured out how to drive traffic to my site, although traffic from Facebook has been pretty steady lately. Pinterest is where I struggle. I’m really trying to figure out the whole “pin-worthy” pictures thing.
Here’s what my traffic over the last 30 days has looked like:
408 people have visited my blog a total of 581 times. My bounce rate is a bit high, but not as high as it could be. I am just happy it’s under 80%! I figured I’d share this with you so we can compare things next month.
For all you newbies out there thinking about blogging, here’s what I’ve learned:
- You will obsess
If you’re taking the plunge into blogging seriously, I can guarantee you that you’ll become obsessed with it. It’s all I really think about anymore. My daydreams revolve around possible blog post ideas. I’m always brainstorming things that might help me get more traffic to my little blog. When I imagine the future, I’m imagining this blog being profitable. Poor Bee and Hubby are on the back burner half the time!
- Nothing is going to be easy
Sure, I knew there was going to be a lot of stuff I’d have to learn. What I didn’t expect was that I’d have to learn EVERYTHING! All of this stuff was foreign to me! From SEO to plugins and widgets. Did you know there are TONS of free themes that WordPress offers? You aren’t limited to the 5 that come pre-loaded in your dashboard. I was so shocked and so, so excited when I learned that (after being live with a horrible theme for the first two and a half weeks). Unless you are a total computer nerd with a bunch of experience with website building, Google is going to be your best friend.
- Mommying & blogging is tough
And mommying, wifing and blogging all in one day is even harder. I’m pretty sure this is the most difficult job I’ve had. It’s hard to juggle being a parent, a wife and a blogger every single day. Especially when the blogging doesn’t pay anything (yet). I’m obsessing over my blog, constantly wanting to change something or check stats, but I can’t neglect my daughter and husband, either. I have got to give props to all you SAH mommies who blog for profit!
- A schedule is a must have
I’m still struggling with this one. I post articles Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesdays are set aside to work on whatever needs to be worked on (and there is always something that needs to be worked on). Fridays are for my newsletter. I have a hard time getting all my blog stuff done when I have mom and wife stuff to do, too. A newly implemented tactic: wake up a couple hours before Bee every morning. That gives me real, uninterrupted time to blog. That’s basically my schedule right now and I know life would be a lot easier if I set aside certain hours to blog and certain hours for household chores and Bee time, blog free. I just haven’t created a schedule like that yet.
- The embarrassment doesn’t last long
Initially, admitting to being a blogger will be embarrassing. When I created my blog’s Facebook page, I didn’t invite any of my friends to it. I was scared! I thought they would make fun of me or think it was pathetic that I started a blog. Then one day I reached 10 views on my website and got the courage to invite a few people. Those people accepted, so I invited a few more. Slowly the embarrassment disappeared and now I’m not embarrassed at all. I have a blog. I write about crap. I get to connect with people and talk to grown ups again (albeit not face-to-face). I’m going to make money doing this. This is going to be the greatest job I’ve ever had. When that day comes, nobody will think me blogging is stupid or dumb.
- Networking is actually fun
When I first started to network through Facebook and Pinterest (I’m not very good at keeping up with the other sites), it was daunting. So many groups to choose from, so many people to try to connect with. I’d never heard of a collaborative board on Pinterest before diving into this and I had no idea there were so many groups on Facebook dedicated to blogging. It was a new, strange world. Now I have come to really enjoy this networking thing! There are a few fellow parent bloggers I talk to regularly and really have enjoyed getting to know.
Don’t get me started on Linky Parties, though. I still don’t fully understand those, even though I have participated in one.
- Your writing style will change
The way you write in your first few posts will be completely different from the style of writing you have by the time you reach your 20th post. The more you write, the more you learn, and the closer you get to finding your true voice. I don’t know if my style will continue to change or if I’ve found it, but I’m holding off on editing my first 10 or so posts until I know for sure.
- Other bloggers are your friends
It’s easy to view them as competition, but don’t. They are the greatest support system you will find. There’s no better feeling than knowing you have someone more experienced to turn to when you need help.
So there you have it. Some of the things I have learned.
I feel like I have learned waaayyy too much about blogging in the last month, but I know I still have so much left to learn. In the world of blogging, I’m still a newb! But I’ve made it this far and I’m very proud of myself.
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Are you a blogger? How long have you been blogging? How did it feel when you hit your one month mark or wrote your 20th post?
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