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.