4 Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

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Fun fact: Tomorrow is my blogaversary! With a year under my belt, I figured I could think back to what I have learned in the past year of content creation.

1. You Get Out What You Put In

It’s fine and dandy to write out what you want whenever you want, but to really get the most out of the experience and if you are doing to grow a following and get the full experience, it’s going to take work. But when you put all of that work in, it gets big results. Consistency and effort is a key to success with blogging, and all content creation.

2. Engagement is the Most Important Part

In order to get people to come and stay on your blog, you have to be willing to engage with them. Whether it’s replying to comments or chatting on Twitter, engaging with readers is how you get them to come back for more, because they feel noticed and loved (which they should be, they’re not just a statistic in your Google Analytics).

3. Be Yourself

Readers want to see you in your blog, not a cookie-cutter stereotype of whatever niche you want to be in. Personality is a larger portion of the whole creation process than many expect, and it’s a factor that is always looked for. And it is possible to have personality while being anonymous, so anonymity shouldn’t be an excuse for bland blogging.

4. I Love It

Real talk, I really enjoy doing all of the blogging and content creation I have done for the last year. I have hit a couple walls, but I’ve never wanted to completely stop doing it. So let’s hope there is another year..or two…or a million.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. What a fantastic and simple way to characterize blogging.
    Happy Bloggy Versary!
    Michelle

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  2. Happy Blog-versary! I agree with you and I think these are few of the things that I have agreed on my blog journey as well!
    Mash
    http://www.sarmash.com

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  3. Congrats on your Blogiversary! I am only in my second month of blogging so this is great a list to read and keep in mind!

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  4. Great tips and happy blogiversary!

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  5. Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for the helpful tips. I look forward to reading your helpful tips after you have completed another year…there is so much to learn so I imagine that this list will continue to expand over time.

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  6. dawnlizjones says:

    BIG take-away quote: ” theyโ€™re not just a statistic in your Google Analytics”. So true. Let’s face it, or is it just me? I want people to follow my blog, and so am I using them if I follow theirs? But wait! This is how I’ve met some enormously cool people (internet penpals of sorts)! And I have a list of them I pray for (hopefully they return that favor also if they are so inclined.) I will be coming up on my first year in January, and have learned about myself, others, and am enjoying this adventure. Glad you’re part of it!

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  7. Great tips! I think having a personality is really important!

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  8. Eileen xo says:

    I really love this post! You have described how it really is and Happy Blogversary!

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  9. Willow says:

    I have learned more from blogging than any other job I have had. It is incredible! For awhile is was almost one new thing a day. I am a food blogger, so there’s the photography aspect as well. Happy Blogaversary! Mine is coming next month.

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  10. I am still somewhat new to blogging and I’m sometimes not sure how much to interact with the people who comment. Sometimes they post stuff that I want to know more about and could totally turn it into a full blown conversation. But I’m not sure if that is proper blog etiquette. Do you ever do that?

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    1. Sometimes. I try to be the one to keep it brief as much as possible

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  11. Happy blog anniversary! I agree for the most part with what you write, although I don’t necessarily agree that engagement is the most important part. I think keeping the focus of what you want your blog to be about is the most important… it’s too easy to get lost trying to find the perfect SEO or the perfect word count, and losing sight of why you’re blogging in the first place. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here via #authenticbloggers. Best wishes for another successful year! http://www.measi.net/measiblog/

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  12. You make some great points here. “1. You Get Out What You Put In” – This is definitely true! There are months where I’m not able to post as much on my own site because of all the work I’m doing on other websites/blogs, or editing projects for books, so it’s important for me to remind myself to take time for my own projects.

    Wonderful post! Happy blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. e says:

    Congratulations!! I enjoy reading your postsโ˜บ๏ธ

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  14. These are some great tips! Congrats on a year ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. these are so true. I think its really important to connect to your readers and be yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. One of the best strategies for blogging success is being yourself. Often times new bloggers or bloggers who get into a writing rut want to mimic what’s popular and completely lose their voice. Success can be found in originality and honing your voice.

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  17. DT says:

    Happy blogaversary ๐Ÿ™‚ You definitely get what you put in!
    โ€” DT | Here I Scribble

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  18. Angie Scheie says:

    Happy BlogVersary! I agree with all your points. It’s hard work, and some of what I get it out is not monetary, but I still love it!

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  19. stephaniemiller718 says:

    Happy Blogaversary! Thanks for the post! I am in my second month of blogging and loving it also! I love the growth I am getting through learning all of these new tools and blogging ins and outs. The challenge is real but fun!

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