I have posted a lot of blogging advice lately – and this has been intentional! October was my pre-ordained blogging advice month. (that sounded like a religious statement? PRE-ORDAINED, wow, I’m feeling high-brow today)
So, yes, I decided to write a whole blogging series this month and it’s been GREAT! I’ve gotten to share a ton of what I’ve learned about blogging and that’s been fun! It should be fun, right?
But, I wanted to make sure that you know 10000000% for certain, I don’t know everything about blogging! In fact, I am constantly growing and learning more. We should all be growing right? And you probably know MORE than me!
Today, I’m sharing 5 things I still wish I knew about blogging. Maybe you know more about these things, so feel free to share your thoughts I’m the comments.
Is there any way to make money book blogging? I am convinced there is not because I cannot figure this out AT ALL.
But if you know how to become a millionaire or even a penny-catcher though book blogging, let me know! I am lost and confused by google ads.
me, trying to get google ads to give me money.
Actually taking a hiatus
How in the world do you actually take a break? Anytime I think about taking a hiatus, I kind of freak out. Because I just know, once I step away from my blog, won’t I start losing subscribers? I’ll loose momentum, and picking back up will be HARD.
At least, that’s what I think. Even if I know that NOT all true. I’ve taken accidentally hiatuses, you now, when vacation or midterms just happen and blogging doesn’t happen.
But planning a hiatus? How do you do that???
Please, someone come be my Eliza and force me to take a break sometime.
Growing your subscribers
I know some channels grow really well, within a couple of months they have hundreds of subscribers. Some bloggers might become jealous of other blogger’s growth, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this feeling?
I really just get excited? Seeing bloggers grow and have such amazing audience interaction is incredible!
The other day, I checked on a friends blog post and they had over 35 comments! AMAZING. I wanted to dance for my friend because it was SO COOL to see her blog from teeny tiny tea pot to BIG POT OF TEA. Um, what is that analogy? IDK, now I have a tea pot song stuck in my head.
But I have no idea how I’m supposed to be growing my blog into a big thing™️? And maybe I shouldn’t be confessing this because I’m planning on writing a blog post about growing your blog. Opps, this might be a bad idea.
My blog has grown steadily, over a full 18 months, I just now have 200 subscribers. And I think everyone who reads my blog are blog friends, and I love chatting with blog and reader friends in the comments.
But if you want a 1-2-3 step process to becoming a massive blogger with 2 million subscribers, SORRY, I HAVE NO IDEA.
If you have a secret formula, I mean feel free to tell me all about it!
Coming up with Original Content
Okay, I might have fooled all of ya’ll with my incredibly clever “How to Come up with Blogging Content” posts, but it is a lie.
Because I really do struggle to stay up to date with new content! I hate not knowing what to do, and I have an existential crisis over my blog at least once a month. Probably more.
SO that whole post featuring me, saying cheerfully, “Here’s some content ideas!!!”
Well, it’s never that cheerful or easy in real life. Sorry! that whole post is me internally screaming, I KNOW HOW TO DO THIS, BUT WHY IS IT SO HARD. Let me console myself by writing a post about coming up with blogging content because then it will be easy to remember how to come up with new content right?
Narrator – it was still not easy.
But if it’s cheerful or easy for you, let me know your secret method!!!
Sometimes I am amazed that I have an entire corner of the internet just for me! To say whatever I want! This is so cool! I mean think about how, especially women or minorities, there was no place for your words before the internet. I mean, there were people, obviously, who were able to publish and share their stories. But even Jane Austen had to publish her books under her brother’s name.
But now, we have the internet, and we can share all about ourselves! We can talk about our opinions, our struggles, and our work. The internet lets us be honest.
And even though that is COOL it is hard. Sometimes, I think if I am too honest, I will SCARE everyone away. How? I am not sure. But I think it might happen.
If I tell how I know politics is hurting people, and how a book shows that, will people leave because they’re offended because they think I’m being too pushy?
Or if I share about my life in foster care and the abuse that happened to me, will that be too much?
Or, if I talk too much about my identity and hot it’s represented in books, will people argue with me and then leave the blog forever?
I shouldn’t’ be scared of these things, because speaking up matters. And not speaking up allows for ignorance and bigotry to win. Also, my blog risk is very small compared to people whose lives are literally at risk.
Still, I struggle with the idea of honesty. I don’t think I’m the best role model of an honest blogger. 🙁
So, now you know all my secrets! I am a MESS™️ and my blogging knowledge can fit in a teeny tiny thimble. or little tea pot to continue the tea pot song allegory.
But you know, I don’t there is EVER a time when a blogger has ALL the knowledge. We’re always learning and growing. And the absolute best thing about learning is that you can share what you learn with other people!
Since no one ever knows it ALL, it’s great to share what you have learned and are learning. don’t ever feel pressured to have reached a certain number of followers, or posts, or books read, to share what you’ve learned. 🙂
What do you wish you knew about blogging? What’s something that you feel like you’ve learned in the past 6 months of so?
How do you work on growing your blog? or coming up with original content? Or being honest on your corner of the internet?