Five Things I STILL Wish I Knew about Blogging

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.

Making MONEY!

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!!!

Being Honest

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. 🙂

lets chat

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? 

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8 Comments

  1. October 23, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    For me, the hardest thing on your list is coming up with original content that your audience will enjoy. I also have never taken an “official” hiatus because…I don’t know how?! And lots of blogs are big and have soooooo many followers but I’m just “dis smol lil blog”. Great post, Elizabeth!

  2. emmareadstoomuch
    October 23, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    omg i just adore this post. i also wish i knew how to make money from blogging?? #just college student things. & all of my hiatuses have been accidental, really – i don’t think i could plan one if i tried! so much of blogging just feels like guessing, doing something, and hoping for the best 😮

  3. October 24, 2018 / 1:33 am

    Honestly the hardest thing for me is stepping away from my blog. I’m technically on a week long hiatus until school starts up again, but all I’ve done is obssess over my blog.

    I totally understand how you feel about growing your blog. It can be stressful seeing others growing and feeling like you’re sitting in the same spot – but even if you have less subs or comments – it’s possible you still get better views or likes so try not t think about it. Comparing yourself to other bloggers is the worst thing you can do and the fastest way to get yourself down.

    Also, this might just be me, but I think if you go onto blogging with the mindset that you need millions of followers, blogging will be 10x harder and 10x more stressful for you than it already is. Everything happens at it’s own pace, so just go with the flow.

    (If you want a secret formular for better stats, there isn’t one – just write posts you’re genuinely excited about and you think others will be excited about too. Discussion, tags, lists and advice posts gernerally do quite welll.)

  4. October 24, 2018 / 5:18 am

    The money thing khjkghdrkjgbd I really want to learn the whole ad thing because I feel weird whenever I ask my parents for money but umm….how does it work?? XD

    Also I don’t even know how one comes up with original posts like hooooow??

  5. October 24, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Oooof I relate to 3 out of 5. I’ve taken a few planned hiatuses through the years, mostly when I have exams to take, i just…Disappear. But I like to write a post about it so people know that I’m not just dropping off the facr of the planet, I’m coming back.

    And…when it comes to being honest, not gonna lie it’s hard. Having my views so exposed on my blog has defiinitely dropped engagement and stuff, I used to have a bigger likes and comments/followers percentage when all I did is post about silly things (which is totally fine), things that didn’t really dig deep into the injustice of the world. But then I realized that with my many identities, I just couldn’t not share my views and opinions on my blog, and I have a lot of those. So maybe it makes people uncomfortable to be confronted with their privilege/their biases but at the end of the day, I’m being true to myself and that’s what really matters to me.

    This is such a great post <3

  6. October 28, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Haha, oh my goodness, I agree very much with the making money. I’ve tried to read a few guides to it, and the one of the few things I’ve gleaned from them is that the companies don’t seem very trustworthy. I think something that I’ve learned about blogging in the past six months is realizing that blog posts are getting easier to write. Agh, I don’t know how I work on growing my blog. I would say my method for now is to write stuff and let things happen on their own- brilliant, right? For being honest, I make myself leave things in that I would rather not, not because it ruins privacy, but because it ruins an image I want to portray. I wish I could say I leave it all in, but nope, no way. Also, if this helps at all, I would never think you sharing about your life in foster care as too much.

  7. October 29, 2018 / 9:14 am

    AHH I love this post so, very much Elizabeth, such great points. I also wish I knew how to make money blogging, but with book blogging it seems so complex, and the whole affiilate thing with book depository/amazon rarely brings much. As for google ads and such, I think, from what I understood, that you have to have like, tons and tons of views for it to be worth it. Personally I’d maybe launch myself into the BD affiliate program just to see, but I feel like ads on the blog isn’t worth it and… it’s kind of ugly, isn’t it :/
    And being honest, I get that struggle so, very much just as well. I love blogging but I’m not a big sharer, even if my blog is supposed to be my place. I’d just encourage you to do whatever you’re feeling at ease with and never force yourself <3
    Amazing post! <3

  8. October 30, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Lovely post! There are so many things I wish I knew when I started blogging! Mainly that it’s a lot more work than just writing up a post and publishing it. I didn’t know the extent that you need to promote and interact with others in the community. But, I’m so glad that I’ve learned how amazing and supportive this community is!
    I definitely feel like reaching out and talking to others in the community helps with growth. Connections really help get your name out there.

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