I was on here the other day and WordPress sent a notification congratulating me on my two years of blogging.
When I first started this little blog, I had so many dreams. I wanted to reach the world because I believed I had something important to say. My views have changed a bit since then, as they tend to do over time. My posts have changed a bit as well. I like to think they’re a little less cringy, but that may not be true. I don’t know and it doesn’t really matter.
The point is, I’ve grown a lot, both in followers on here and as a person. But I have to say, choosing to blog, choosing to do all this? I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s not often that I do something and think “This is what I was made to do,” but it’s that way with blogging, with writing. Looking back, that’s what’s kept me going even through those rough patches where the words didn’t come.
But I doubt you got on here to read about me reliving the “old days,” did you? That’s not really why I got on either. I want to share two, maybe three, tips I’ve found in my many, two years of blogging. Maybe you’ve already heard them before and maybe I don’t really have anything to add but, nevertheless, here’s a few things I’ve learned:
Consistency is key
When I first started this blog, I looked up a ton of blogging advice online and this was by far the most repeated tip to help with gaining an audience. When I first read it, I blew it off because I didn’t want to be tied down to a specific blogging schedule. But now? I can see the value in this advice now. Thinking back, my audience increased exponentially at the beginning of this year when I actually began to write consistently, not every day consistency, but at least every week.
Think about it in terms of meeting new people. If you go out to church every week, maybe even more, those people are going to get to know you. You’ll soon become a familiar face and maybe even become their friends. But if you only go there every six months or not at all? They won’t get to know you, you won’t be a familiar face and you won’t become friends. I think it’s a lot like that in the blogging world, if you don’t post consistently, people won’t know you’re there. Now I get it that there are times when you’re too busy or just can’t write. I’ve been there and I know sometimes it’s good to take a break, step back. But when you’re ready to blog again? When you’re ready to reach more people? Consistency is the key.
Don’t live your blogging life in fear
I learned this one the hard way when I first started blogging. It’s so, so easy to give in to the fear, to let it control you, but is that any way to live? And what fear? You may ask.
Well, to start off, the fear that you have nothing to say. The fear that everyone else won’t care about what you say and therefore it’ll be useless. I get this. I mean, what do I have to say abut blogging that someone else hasn’t already said? Don’t think that, though. If God has put whatever it is that you’re writing on your heart, then He will use it for His glory and it will reach the people He intends for it to reach.
So there is that fear, but I also think there’s the fear of what others think of your posts. I have no idea how many times I’ve had anxiety after posting because I want people to like what I have to say. This, too, is no way to live. I don’t know, maybe it just comes with new bloggers, but I really have struggled with this in the past and have really only gotten over that problem this year. Don’t be afraid of what others think because does it really matter? If they don’t like it, it’s not the end of the world and, honestly, you won’t know unless they comment and tell you. So don’t live your blogging life in fear. Trust that God has a plan even for your posts and know that it’s okay if not everyone agrees with you.
Thus concludes my short advice to bloggers. I don’t know, maybe you’ve heard this before, maybe you don’t struggle with these things in relation to blogging, but this is what I wish someone had told me when I started this blog two years ago. I hope that maybe this helps you in some way and if not, I’m sorry. What are some of the tips you have for new bloggers? I can honestly use all the tips you’ll throw at me because I’m still learnin’! 🙂
Soli Deo Gloria,