June is coming to an end. And I can’t believe this was my third month blogging! I actually feel that I have been doing it for more time. In these three months, I’ve learned a lot about social media, digital marketing, photography, and much more. Before starting this blog, I didn’t know how much time it took to write a post and all the things, we bloggers, have to do to make a single post shine. So today I’m sharing those things I learned after 3 months of blogging.
1. Planning is key
This is something I learned within the first week of blogging. I needed to keep track of many things. But especially, I needed to know what to write and when to do it. If needed to take some pictures for certain posts. I had to do it with time mainly because I had to make sure my sister had some free time to do it for me (my little sister has some skills!).
Having a planner and writing all the tasks I have to do every day, helps a lot to feel less overwhelmed. Otherwise, I would be all over the place and I wouldn’t be able to finish anything. I’m really good at starting things and then after a few minutes, I would be doing something else.
And after realizing how easy is for me to get distracted. I learned how to schedule my to-do list. And actually, that was part of my June goals. And I’m proud to say, I did it mostly, every day!
2. There’s something new to learn or improve every day
It can be a little annoying at first. It happened to me many times. Where I was thinking… ‘Yes! Finally, my blog has everything that article on Pinterest said!’ But the next day, I would be reading the ‘Ultimate Guide To Boost Your Blog Part 2’. And again… I will need to make some changes and add new features.
So just keep learning, and improving. You don’t have to be perfect. And you don’t have to follow all those tips. Some will work and others not really, or you won’t see the difference. But take all that knowledge happily. It’s always good to learn new skills.
3. Pinterest is the key to boosting your blog’s traffic
After all the things I learned after 3 months of blogging. Realizing that Pinterest was the key to increasing your blog’s traffic, was the most important one. I didn’t understand the relevance of it until I saw the difference in my blog. My post 11 Benefits Of Long-Distance Relationships is the one that brings the most traffic on my blog. More than 100 page views per day!
Which is crazy for me. Knowing that people are reading keeps me motivated. Again… learning more Pinterest strategies was another goal for this month. And I did some changes, but I have a little problem now… I don’t know which one of the strategies I used worked the best. Maybe a combination of all of them. But as an advice, apply one at the time.
4. Social Media can be exhausting (Instagram, I’m talking to you!)
If there’s is something that annoys me the most is the follow/unfollow strategy some people use on Instagram. For one week I had the same number followers. Why? Because every time someone followed me, two others would unfollow. I understand that maybe you didn’t like the pictures after all, so you unfollow. I have done it! That’s why I’m very strict with the accounts I follow. I have to like them! I know how frustrating it can be to lose followers after one day.
I’m still trying to get Twitter. Some days I’ll love it; and others, I don’t know what to do with it. I understand all the theory about how great it is to engage with readers and other bloggers. But sometimes I don’t even know what to share on there.
I learned that Facebook groups open the doors of your blog to other bloggers. They are a great way to support others and to help them to achieve goals. And also, to discover new blogs!
Overall, social media helps you a lot to grow your blog, but keeping track of every simple detail can be too much sometimes.
5. Blogging is a great way to make friends from other parts of the world
When I decided to start Elephant On The Road, I wanted to reach as many people as possible. And the best way I found to do it. Was to write in English. It comes with many struggles since is not my native language. But I’m happy I decided to do it like this. Is not only a great way to practice my writing skills. It also gives me the chance to connect with people from other parts of the globe! And that for sure is one of my favorite things I learned after 3 months of blogging.
6. Everyone will try to sell you the key to success
There is so much information available that can help you to start a blog and grow it, that it can be a little overwhelming at first. It was for me. And sometimes it still is. But one of the things I learned after 3 months of blogging. Is to not follow all the rules. And just do what works the best for you.
It is true that most of them help. But others, not really. I just read all I can (that is free) and then I try to find the best strategies that work for me.
7. Blogging comes with investing
When I purchased my WordPress theme and hosting. I thought that was it. That I wouldn’t need to spend more money. And, man. I was wrong! Very wrong. I also need money to create my content. For example, my DIY projects. To make them, I need to buy the materials. And to buy them I need money.
If I had known this from the beginning, it wouldn’t have stopped me to start a blog. But probably, I would have been more prepared and I would have planned my content a little different.
8. It can be really overwhelming sometimes
And I mentioned it before. So. Much. To. Learn. Google Analytics, SEO, how to work with brands, affiliate marketing, some legal stuff, photography, graphic design… it’s just a lot. And I love it and hate it at the same time. I’m happy I’m learning all these things. But also frustrated that it seems I will never finish learning. When I think I finally finished to learn something in particular, and update comes, and I have to start again.
But it’s also how life works, right? We never stop learning.
9. It’s okay to have a break
I spend a lot of time on my blog, and sometimes I just don’t want to do all the things that are related to blogging (especially the promotion part. Which is really important). These past months I’ve been working really hard on my blog. Almost non-stop. So when I got sick last Friday, I decided to give myself a little break. And to be honest. It was something I really needed.
So part of the things I learned after 3 months of blogging, was understanding how important is to give myself a break from the online world. I really enjoy all the things I have to do related to the blog. But we all need a break here and there, even from the things we are passionate about.
Are there any tips you could give me? What are your biggest struggles when it comes to blogging? Can you relate all these things I learned after 3 months of blogging? Let me know in the comments!