For about 6 years that I blog, my way of writing has not changed much, I just became a little more expressive!
I’ve always been talkative – nothing new on that side! (I think I’m incorrigible), and apart from some layout efforts, my early posts aren’t that different from today.
However, I still learned a lot over time. On the technical side of things (especially since I opened this blog on a whim, without prior reflection!) But also on more general aspects.
Whatever a host of “miracle” articles promise, the only experience offers a real insight into the habits and customs of blogging, on what to “need” to do, and on what works or not.
Already because it is in fact very different from one blog to another; but also because we only realize certain things by confronting them as we publish.
No need to want to go ahead of the music: blogging is necessarily learning on the job, improving after your mistakes, falling into inevitable pitfalls, and overcoming difficulties.
You can’t arrive all at once with all the right keys!
It would be illusory, and counterproductive in reality, because it would lack that extra soul that pushes readers to come back.
And even when we “know” the right reflexes to adopt, we must also accept that we cannot – and should not – necessarily apply them all.
I acquired a lot of knowledge on managing a blog or successful social networks, but I also made the choice not to always implement them. My blog is already doing well like this, and it suits me …
It is not intended to be a real professional tool – my thing is more words and simplicity. I prefer my content to reflect it, even if it means depriving myself of certain advantages (affiliate commissions or paid articles), or having an imperfect blog (hello, articles that are too long, the editorial line exploded, SEO not optimized !. ..).
I don’t just rely on technique – but even in other aspects of blogging, there is a lot to be discovered…
HERE ARE 6 UNIQUE THINGS i LEARNT FROM MY SIX YEARS OF BLOGGING.
You can’t do everything at once!
Blogging necessitates us to be so many things at the same time: writing, design, referencing, community management, engaging social networks, partnerships, competitions…
All of these take a crazy amount of time, which we generally don’t have! I started out doing so many things, as a matter of fact, I still do so many things, that is why I have not had a bang. So we have to set priorities, Do one thing per time.
Don’t be like me who started a blog, youtube channel and a podcast together, alongside some series of businesses online. I Struggled for so many years with them.
Start with one, pick a style unique to you, if keeping up with social media won’t work for you, then it is okay, keep to the email marketing that works.
Then we move at our own pace, without pressure – step by step! Wanting to do everything at the same time is the best way to do nothing at all.
Everything will never be perfect
We all desire to launch a blog with epic and strong articles that are very dear to our hearts. We want to share our expertise and experiences with the world – yes, it’s true.
I have seen folks take writing classes before starting a blog – NO! You learn on the go!
Apologies, but there will never be a perfect time for that, you will necessarily have to take the plunge at one time or another.
We’re afraid of making a flop…
Do not wait until everything is absolutely perfect before you start: there will always be something to improve, and as one of my precious allies would say: ” done is better than perfect “.
Whatever we do… we SHOULD remain ourselves
A lot of pro-bloggers say it all the time – choose a model that works and emulate it. I also preach it.
This doesn’t mean that we copy our coaches style and personality.
Readers are not mistaken; if they don’t find a real personality in you, they won’t “hang on”.
You must fight to be original at all costs, find your own unique niche, subject matter or a different angle.
Of course, this will stretch you, it will put on under immense pressure, but it will pay off eventually in the long run.
Give yourself the means to do what you want
Whatever your goal, it’s going to take a lot of yourself. And often provoke your own “luck”, without waiting with folded arms!
To make yourself known, you will have to do your “ad” outside the blog.
To maintain contact with your readers, you’ll need to figure out how to get them to talk to you.
To develop partnerships, you will have to sort through the demands of the brands, and sometimes canvass the ones that interest you.
To maintain a collaborative relationship over time, you will have to take out the time, motivate your participants, or even send interview requests.
In short: it is not enough to wait for everything to happen for you – you have to be constantly active!
Accept the part of the unforeseen
What you have in mind will not always turn out as you have imagined
Sometimes you will find a great topic, but you still won’t be able to find the words to address it, or you will be demotivated to see someone jump on the exact blog post and “beat the hell out of it”.
Sometimes you will even be “lucky” enough to find a great blog post idea, you will do all the keyword research, write out a silly 5000 words on them, write yourself out, spent several hours and days on this, but the article won’t sail. Search engines will intentionally omit it, while this other article basic, more quickly, will be more in people’s faces.
It’s frustrating, but by posting an article, we accept that it no longer belongs to us completely. We can’t control everything – and that shouldn’t stop us from continuing!
Do not be afraid of doubts or FEAR
We will necessarily go through this! And it’s pretty healthy, in the end, that real-life takes over our virtual life, we will seldom question or doubt ourselves, or even reach our limits.
This just emphasizes that w are human above all, and not robots! Small breaks are often even welcome to relaunch our inspiration, catch our breath and why not, evolve.
When we are faced with fear, what we do with it is what matters. That is the difference between success and failure, really.
For some, they stop and for another, in the midst of the fear they keep going.
Who is more likely to succeed?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint.
It is not for the faint-hearted, as it many times is a lonely uphill to climb.
However it is, the best way to master this and succeed at it is to keep going, succeed at some point and never stop, fail at another point and never stop.
Just never stop.
If you’ve been blogging and you have some experience to share, I will love to hear about them in the comment section below.