Six Lessons in Six Months of Blogging

Hi, friends. So, my first blog post was published in September 2017. I had a rocky start of minimal views, but don’t we all? The blog is flourishing more now. Depending on what they discuss, my posts average 20-40 views, and I passed 100 WordPress followers last week! Thanks so much to those who read consistently.

Below are six lessons I’ve learned in six months of blogging. The first three pertain to improving your blog posts, and the last three relate to being a blogger.

WWIR: What Would I Read?

I like the acronym WWJD, which stands for “What would Jesus do?” When you are racking your brain for content ideas, ask yourself, “What would I read?”  Whether you’re interested in books, movies, history, fashion, travelling, cooking, parenting, gardening, home improvement, a healthy lifestyle, Christian living, or something else, think of posts you’d like to read and write them yourself!

KISS: Keep It Short, Stupid!

This acronym usually stands for, “Keep it simple, stupid!” The more straight-forward version for blogging is, “Keep it short, stupid!” I struggle with succinctness, which may seem counter-intuitive…isn’t writing less words easier than writing more? Technically, yes; however, achieving a balance in length where you include the interesting and relevant facts or details without overbearing the reader is difficult.

Perhaps this is obvious, but the reason that shorter is better is because most readers are skimming your posts. They’re more likely to return if you make that easy. Speaking of which…

Vary the Formatting

The further your blog posts are from unflinching walls of text, the better–remember WWIR. Some basic tips are 1. press enter every couple sentences and 2. include a featured image (Pixabay and Unsplash have free images).

Further tips: Before writing a post, see if you can divide the information into sections with headers. After writing the post, go through and bold the most important sentences.  Highlighting important sentences could even help you edit out fluff (remember KISS). Bullet or numbered lists are also easy to digest.

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Optional extra: embed small images throughout the post by adding an image, resizing it, clicking on it, and selecting one of the four options in the pop-up bar for text wrapping. Hint: add the image on its own line, then use text wrap. Pasting an image in the middle of a paragraph/on a line of text and wrapping it looks fine on a desktop but bad on a cell phone.

Reach Out

To build an audience, you have to get proactive. Use tags in your posts and follow tags. Spend time looking through the posts on your followed tags and seek out interesting blogs. You can also search for key words. Spend less time on your Facebook feed and more on your WordPress feed. Spread the love liberally. Like posts. Comment on the posts that really strike you, even if it’s just, “Great post!” Blogging works like karma–you get what you give. 

Appreciate the Little Things

It’s easy to get discouraged because you wish you had more–more views, more likes, more comments, more email subscriptions, more social media followers, etc. Just remember that every like or comment means someone took time to read your post out of everything on the internet.

Now for some tough love: no one feels sorry for you because you don’t have more. Every blogger on the internet wants more, so buck up and make it happen. If you stop dwelling on your stats and focus on reaching out and appreciating any attention you get, your blog will grow. 

Don’t Give Up

If you enjoy blogging, be diligent. When the novelty of a new idea (like starting a blog) wears off, self-discipline carries you. A lot of people throw in the towel when they realize they aren’t going viral any time soon. If you’re writing posts that are helping you grow personally or intellectually, and if you’re learning from others while making genuine connections, try not to lose sight of the value in those things during stagnant times.

Sometimes, “uphill battle” seems like an understatement–more like ninety degree angle battle. Some days, I give thirty likes to get one. Some days, I spend thirty minutes looking through tags without finding any blogs that intrigue me. But it’s worth it to reflect on the progress I’ve made in just six months.

Thanks for reading! And thank you for all your likes, comments, and follows!

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39 responses to “Six Lessons in Six Months of Blogging”

  1. These are great tips!!! I loved all of them.

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    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  2. Great tips and great post!

    After years of blogging on different platforms and about different topics, the lesson I have always taken with me is ‘blog what you love, love what you blog.’ That’s the only way to really enjoy it πŸ™‚

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    1. True! I worry that my content is too varied sometimes, but at the end of the day, I’m writing what I want to write! Thank you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks!

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  3. Bravo! These are great tips and ones I wish I had access to back when I first started blogging. They would have helped a lot XD

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    1. Thank you! Maybe they will help someone who is new πŸ™‚

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  4. Very informative tips! Thanks Lily…

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    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  5. Six years in now, and I am glad the blog is small, although we had hoped for more views. The articles that show up high in Google searches do bring in visitors to the blog. The views accumulate over time, Do not be discouraged. Best wishes for your blog.

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  6. You hit the nail on the head! πŸ‘
    I believe some bloggers don’t know these things. I learned the hard way. 😊 Ignorance is not an issue, that’s why we must strive to know these points you mentioned. I am learning & my learning continues.
    Great post.πŸŒΉπŸ’–πŸŒΊ

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    1. I learned the hard way, too! Thank you πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome! 😊

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  7. These are excellent lessons! You learned much more than I did in six months of blogging.

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    1. I was actually thinking that you’re one of the blogs I follow that does really well with KISS πŸ™‚

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      1. I appreciate that. My piano teacher gave me that advice when I was 13. My preaching professor in college also said that I knew when to stand up, speak up, and shut up. These lessons and affirmations have served me well.

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  8. Congrats on the followers! Don’t worry- it’s tough for everyone starting out! Fantastic lessons as well!

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    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  9. I’m still learning as I go. I have found that if I have an idea then I should go ahead and write a little about it and keep a draft until I can give it more time and attention! Good tips! And congrats on your success so far!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  10. Good advice & thank you for the “like”. Keep up the good work Lily!

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    1. Thanks!

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  11. I’m a beginning blogger and I really appreciated the advice here! I will definitely be working on this!

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    1. Awesome!! πŸ™‚

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  12. Thank you for these tips. I am truly loving blogging and the community it has. Sharing ideas and helping others is the best❀️

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    1. Awesome! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks!

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  13. Awesome!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

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    1. Thanks!! πŸ™‚

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  14. Awesome post and great tips! As a fairly new Christian Blogger I’m learning that consistency and staying true to the mission of your blog is key. Although it’s tempting to write about everything that comes to your mind, it’s important to write with your mission in mind. When people subscribe to your blog it’s usually because they believe that your mission can help them in some way so above anything else stay true to your audience and your mission!😊 Thank you for this post

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    1. To each their own, love! I’m not a niche blogger myself–I write about a few topics–but others are great at sticking to one theme. A lot of articles out there advise you to stick to one theme. You will build an audience faster if you stick to a popular theme such as Christian-motivational posts, but you can still build an audience without having a theme. It’s really the relationships you build on here through likes and comments that keep people interested in the long run.
      Do what makes you happy, whether it’s only Christian posts or a variety, because you’ll lose the motivation to continue after a while if you’re not happy. πŸ™‚

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  15. Yes, I absolutely agree! What works for one person may not work for another person. It’s all about staying true to your own individual uniqueness. I think sometimes as bloggers we tend to compare way too much and mimicking what we’ve read but I’m learning that authenticity is key. Find what makes you uniquely you and stick with that. Looking forward to reading more from you πŸ˜€

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  18. Excellent advice, Lily! Once I started taking the time to reach out to other bloggers & leave them helpful feedback on their work, that certainly helped me build a closer community of like-minded writers who kept up with each other’s work & looked forward to new content. I totally agree with you about the importance of not giving up – once I found a regular weekly schedule that suited me, I could focus on making each post the best I could rather than panicking about dashing something out every day – it wasn’t sustainable and my quality suffered. I’m so glad I learned that lesson!

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    1. I’m happy to hear that some of my tips really work, haha. πŸ™‚ Reaching out and genuinely supporting others is the #1 route to blogging success in my experience. I guess it’s true that you reap what you sow! Consistency is also helpful–your readers know what to expect, and if you’re like me, a schedule can provide some accountability for yourself. Thanks for commenting, Tom.

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