Hello, from wherever you are reading this article! I hope all is well, and that you are excited for this week’s productivity. Today’s article is focused on what I have noticed, as a blogger. My blog has changed a lot over the past year alone, and while change is scary-sometimes its necessary. If you would like to follow me, you can follow me via email alerts, or on the WordPress reader.
The best tip I have for new bloggers, is to start out on the free plan first. For the first two years of my blogging lifestyle, I was building followers as well as credibility. This is now my second year on the premium plan, and I am glad I learned from my mistakes those first two years, to help build a more successful 2017 and 2018.
This one is one that I have started getting better at, especially the past few months. I enjoy writing my articles ahead of time, and scheduling them on the Monday, Wednesday, or Friday I’d like to have them posted on. Usually later that day, I go back and check on the interaction with readers and share it to my Facebook page, Pinterest, etc. This allows me to divide and concur my three days of work.
When I first started the blog, it was for me to write about my daily life, with no for sure goal of what I was trying to write. Over the past year, I’ve learned that I enjoy writing book reviews, literature discussions, as well as lifestyle articles. It takes a while, but after a while, you do learn what you like and don’t like to write.
Learn to Say No
This falls into the time management category: It’s okay to say no to invitations, extra hours, dates, etc. This morning, one of my jobs called to see if I could come in early. Because I knew that I needed (not wanted) to accomplish writing before 5, I said “thank you, but not today.” Just yesterday I took extra hours, but today I’d like to work the schedule I already made.This allows me to not feel panicked when I go into work, because I had not accomplished what I needed to on my to-do list.
Okay, this is the one piece of advice that I read eyars ago, and never followed. If you notice, the name of my blog is daniellesullivan17…. it makes it difficult to search for a blogger, if there’s a number in the name. Eventually, I will change my blog name to want I want it to be, but that requires more money to be invested, to redirect users for the website.
Take a Break
Last year, I took several lengthy breaks from blog writing, making my posts one blog a month. My depression was the worst its been since 2010, and I had no motivation to do anything. It wasn’t until I found my inner voice, that everything began to gel. One of my favorite ways to take a break from writing articles, is to read content from other bloggers I follow.
I enjoy keeping my blogs relatively short and only with the basic information you need. Unless its a book review, that is.
Improvements I need to make:
1. Creating pin worthy pictures for specific topics, like this one.
2. Improve money, stats, tools, etc.
3. Spending two nights or more a week, reading fellow bloggers articles, and interacting with everyone via social media.
3. Business cards
4. Interacting locally with fellow creators
What blogs do you enjoy following? Let the blogging community know in the comments below, and best of luck with starting your own blog! You can always interact with me online, via Twitter, Pinterest, and my Facebook Page.
Danielle (Twitter link)