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Things I Learned my First Week Blogging!

Things I Learned my First Week Blogging!

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Blogging- everyone is doing it. Why not me?

I wanted to start a personal blog for quite some time.  Last week I decided to buy a domain name and jump right in.  Here is what I learned in my first week blogging.

1. Blogging is actual WORK!  

The idea of starting a blog just to have something to do is not what I thought.  It is actual work!  I have worked so many hours on this blog.  I’ve had to edit, re-edit, and then edit again.  I’ve changed and customized the theme a million times (ugh! I still have more work to do on that).  When I wasn’t actually working on the blog, I was thinking about it.  However, I found that blogging is fun, a stress-reliever (so far at least), an introduction to new people/ideas, and exciting.  I am serious about blogging.  It has my creative juices flowing.  I am committed to keeping it going.

learned blog blogging2. Research is NECESSARY if you are serious about growing your blog.

I had to spend a great deal of time researching.  This was the reason for so many edits and changes.  My research provided me with the necessary changes that should help my blog grow.  It has paid off a bit.  At the time of this posting, I have had a total of 631 views and 1 comment.  I’ve read where people struggle to get 50 views a day.  I’ll take that for my first week. I am excited to grow this number even more.

3. Social Media is your friend. Create profiles and USE IT!

From all of my research, I learned that social media brings traffic to your blog.  I created profiles on following social media sites:

Facebook: Memories Instead of Things

I joined several Facebook groups.  This is very important so you can network with other bloggers.

Twitter: @MemoryNotThings

I followed many of the bloggers whose blog I was already reading.  I also looked at who they were following.   I followed some of them as well. Currently, I am following 121 users and I have 34 followers.

Pinterest: MemoryNotThings

Pinterest is one of the sites that bring in a lot of traffic if you make the right connections. I made sure I created a board for my posts.  I found boards that matched my interests and followed them.  Hopefully, I can make some great connections.

Stumble Upon: Tasha Memory

Instagram: MemoriesInsteadofThings

4. You WILL spend money if you ever plan to monetize your blog.

As stated above, I purchased a domain name. I also decided to self-host my blog.  I do have plans of making money one day (Why not?).  Everyone from my research agreed that owning a domain name and self-hosting is the best way to do so.  My start up costs were about $180.  This is how I know I’m going to stick with it.  I have to make my money back. lol  Money made so far: $-180.  I also know that I may not make my money back for a couple of years and that is fine with me.

5. Don’t Stalk your Stats!

Ok, try not to stalk your stats.  I did!  However, don’t get excited or disappointed.  Just know that they will grow.

6. Don’t Be Afraid, Just Jump In.

I thought about all of the reasons why I shouldn’t start a blog. Even though I have written many papers for college, I feel that writing is not one of my strengths (I like to blame that on being a math teacher).  I truly feel that if I do it often enough, it will become one of my strengths!  I can’t use that as an excuse.  Also, I spent a lot of time looking at established bloggers and wondering what they are doing.  I finally said forget it and jumped right in. I doing this for me, and hopefully some of you will join in.

Tasha

 

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  • Jamie @ Life of Creed July 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! Yes, research is very important. I’ve been blogging about two years now and I am always researching and trying to stay up-to-date on what’s the latest trends. Of course trying to grow not just my blog, but social media. I look forward to reading your post and networking.

  • Dayne July 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Some of my friends make fun of how serious I take blogging. But you’re right! It IS a lot of work! People don’t realize that!

  • Candy o July 16, 2015 at 12:37 am

    What a great post! I wish I would have documented when I first started. It’s a lot of fun! Just write about what you love and that makes it way easy. Wish you all the best! Thanks for linking up with us on the Sunday Social!!

  • Jonathan Key July 20, 2015 at 1:42 am

    These are some great tips! I totally agree that blogging is a lot of work. Knowing how to use social media is important. I’d also add Google+ to the list of social media avenues. Connecting with your audience and creating community is also key. Personal contact like responding to comments and sending people who subscribe to your blog help build that community.

    Have you heard of Darren Rowse from Problogger? The guy gives some great tips as well. He’s going through a series of 30 days to build a better blog.

    Keep up the good work! Keep moving forward!

  • Lequvia Ousley July 24, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations on your first blog! As a fellow blogger(almost 10 years now since my college days), I commend you for stepping out. I have met some amazing people who have become lifelong friends/family and the networking is amazing. Yes, blogging is a stress reliever and who knows, you may be inspired to write a book one day. Continue to use the gifts God created you with. Keep up the great work!

    Happy blogging!

    • Tasha July 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. Confirmation! God Bless!

  • Juliet July 30, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for such a great post! I just started my own blog up and I’m already immersing myself in the world of blogging. It is so much fun even though you’re putting so much of yourself into it. I hope you succeed in your blog because you seem to know what you’re doing.

    • Tasha July 31, 2015 at 12:06 am

      Thank you for your comment! I really don’t have a clue,but Im not letting me that stop my journey. Im cheering for you too!

      • Juliet August 1, 2015 at 5:14 am

        Your post has inspired me to created by own blog post on what I learned my first week of blogging. Thank you!!

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