I can’t believe February 6th marks our one year blog anniversary (Blog-a-ver-sa-ry?). I remember Tasha and I wanting to start blogging since we were in college and it took us roughly 3 years to finally pull the trigger.
Now that it’s been a year, I can’t be more proud and happier. This past year has been full of excitement, happy tears, late nights drafting posts, and the slight fear of becoming broke. If I regret anything, it’s not starting sooner.
Here are the lessons that we’ve learned after one year of blogging:
» Social Media is Your Bestie
This is the cheapest and easiest way to build your platform. Post your blog link in your bio, post frequently, engage with your supporters, and watch everything rise.
» Be YOU & Stop Comparing Yourself
Jack, Jill, and Sally don’t want to read the same post they just saw on so and so’s blog. Be creative, be different, be one step ahead, but most importantly, be YOU.
» Strategy, Goals, and Keeping Track
Writing down your goals always makes them seem clearer. Start with a notebook or put together a vision board. Create a strategy you have behind your blog.
» Consistency is Key
Whether it’s social media or number of times you post a week, more readers will stick with you if you have a schedule.
» Don’t Sleep on SEOs and Readability
Work towards getting those two green lights. It helps your post flow easily and keep your readers engaged rather than skimming through. Learn about what works and doesn’t work.
» Winter is a Drag
Use this time to write more personal posts. Talk about past experiences and trips. Let your readers get to know you.
» Draft What Comes to Mind
Starting a draft as soon as a topic comes to mind can save you time. Even if it’s one sentence, it will make posting later on so much easier.
» Research & Networking go Hand in Hand
There is so much more going on around us than we think. It’s all about research – subscribe to your local newsletter or Instagram page for upcoming events. Networking at events and meeting new people will not only get your name out there but open your world to new things.
» Post Worthy
I’m guilty of posting an unrelated post because I didn’t make time to think creatively. So don’t just post anything, make everything worth it to your readers.
» Blogging is a Motivational Drug
It has motivated us to do and see more in the past year than we ever have. Blogging is like a personal journal of all the experiences I want to share with everyone in hopes of motivating them to do the same – Live life!
» Creative Titles and Eye Catching (Featured) Images
Make titles relatable (with key words), short, but also fun. A creative title sparks readers curiosity enough to click on it. Your featured image also draws your readers in – the quality, style, and design. I’ve learned not to be afraid to invest in my company/brand. Purchase a decent camera that will give you great quality photos and start sharing your memories. Learn whatever it takes to capture a breathtaking moment.
We want to send out a special thank you to those who have visited ChasinHappiness – whether it was a few months ago, yesterday, or even to just read one post – THANK YOU! ❤️ We truly appreciate each and every one of you. 2017 has a lot in stores for us and we plan to take you every step of the way. So subscribe now to follow our journey.
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