Ten things I learned about blogging in my first three months

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I’ve now been blogging for three months. Before I forget, and for anyone who is just starting out and may be interested, I thought I’d review what I’ve learned.

Ten things I learned about blogging in my first three months

  1.  Blogging is so much more fun than I thought it would be.
  2. You meet heaps of interesting people – yes that includes you!
  3. It’s really really easy to set up a blog.
  4. You spend far more time blogging that you imagine you will.
  5. You spend far more time reading other people’s blogs that you thought you would.
  6. Schedule posts if possible, it stops you phaffing and procrastinating about pressing the publishing button.
  7. Setting up an editorial calendar makes life much easier.  I like to write about what I’m currently thinking about, so I don’t do this rigidly. But having ideas I might use helps me when I’m wondering what the heck to write. Considering what I could write about in advance also allows me to find things like Draw a Bird Day, which I really enjoyed celebrating and sharing as a Wordless Wednesday post.Draw a bird day
  8. Never think you can just quickly add a few photos to a post.
  9. It’s not just other bloggers that are inspiring, by blogging you actually inspire yourself!
  10. WordPress Reader makes it really really easy to keep track of your favourite blogs. Apart from the odd one that it throws out or doesn’t show you!

I wonder what I’ll learn in the next three months?

21 thoughts on “Ten things I learned about blogging in my first three months

  1. Kim A Howard

    We’ve been blogging for about the same amount of time and I don’t think there’s anything on your list of ten that I would disagree with, apart from the thing about drawing. I struggle to draw a straight line with a ruler! I do think keeping some sort of schedule about what to do when helps, even if you don’t always stick to it. That’s the only thing I’d add to the list. Don’t beat yourself up if things aren’t always perfect, on time or even regular. Unlike Twitter, you can edit what you post later on. Keep on with the good stuff. 😀

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    1. Thanks Kim! I agree it’s important not to get too hung up. I must say I rarely go back and edit. But maybe that’s a habit from years of writing for magazines, where once I’ve submitted work, it’s beyond my control, so no point worrying about what it says.

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  2. Some great tips here, Bekki. My blog is almost nine month old now, and I have to say, I haven’t made the best use of it, at all. I did very few posts up till Christmas, when I was finishing Book 2 of my trilogy. Over Christmas I did a few extra, historical posts about Christmas traditions, which I love to do (any traditions, all year). Since then, I’ve become rather too hooked on flash fiction, as you know. I like your variety of posts, and aim to do that myself. As you know, it’s hard to fit so many things in every week. You’re so right in saying that blogging is a lot of fun – but very time consuming.
    A really interesting post! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for such lovely comments. You’re right it’s hard to juggle it all and book writing takes a lot of time and ignoring other things. I’m definitely avoiding flash fiction or I’ll get hooked too. Although, as you know, it’s very good for honing your writing, so not such a bad thing.

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  3. I’m just starting my third year and you never stop learning. Post writing fluency definitely picks up after 6 months.
    I’ve actually found that blog writing regularly has improved my writing speed and word recollection at work too. Something I would never have thought!
    Keep up the blogging. You are obviously enjoying it.:)

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      1. You wouldn’t consider just posting about knitting on your current blog? I combine crochet, knitting, craft and dressmaking to no detrimental effect. In fact the more frequent the posts, the more interaction you’ll get. It gives me something to post about if I’m doing a long project.

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      2. Thanks for the thoughts/suggestion. My original aim was to mix it all as whatever the creative vent the challenges etc are remarkably similar. I was just concerned I love knitting so much, I might put people off with two much yarn. I have been re-rethinking though and am thinking purely yarn based may be too niche and like you most creative people have several creative passions. So currently erring toward no new blog, but working harder to make each post more inclusive. So, thank you, you’ve reinforcement my new plan.

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  4. Great post, and interesting coincidence – I also just published my reflections after 5 months of blogging (yesterday eve)! Lol. 🙂 Though I am loving blogging, and I agree with the ideas on your list, I was reflecting on some of the challenges I face around blogging. Thanks for the post.

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