5 Things I Learned in My First Year of Blogging

Ok, so, the title of this post is slightly misleading but to be completely accurate would have been way too long of a title (and it’s already long). I have blogged for much longer than one year. I started way back in 2007 but I usually would post “regularly” for like  a month (maybe two) and then I would disappear for a year (maybe two). I did have a beauty blog that I was semi-consistent with for awhile but, ironically, when I started working at Sephora I blogged less and less. Then, I got pregnant and just didn’t feel like doing a beauty blog anymore. It’s still there, horrible pictures and all. It wasn’t until May 2015 that I did more than write some posts to share with my friends and family (a couple of friends of mine are the ones that convinced me to do the beauty blog). Sometimes I look back at that beauty blog and wish I had known all of the things I know now after a year of blogging more seriously. Maybe that’s why I keep it. It’s either that, or I want to remember that I used to brush my hair every day. Who am I kidding? It’s probably the latter.

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Here are 5 Things I learned in my (sort of ) first year of blogging:

  1. I have to put myself out there. I was actually way better at sharing my inconsistent blogs than I have been with this one. I blogged for about four months before I started promoting my blog, other than occasional tweets. And the only reason I tweeted was because I never used Twitter and didn’t think any of my friends did, either. (I know, I’m weird. It’s ok.)  I still rarely share my posts on my personal Facebook page. But, I’ve learned in this past year that I have to get over myself and put myself out there. I have to let people know that I’m here, otherwise, they may never know. This also goes for working with brands. I used to think I had to wait for some astronomical page view number to get paid but that’s really not true. Sometimes, you have not because you ask not!
  2. I have something to say. I think number one is directly affected by this one.  The more confident I have become in knowing that I have something to say, the more I have been able promote my blog. The reason I was able to promote my writing in the past was because I was confident in my voice on those subjects. But, a mommy blog? (That I started before I was a mommy.)  I had no authority in that. But, I’ve learned over the last year that while I am by no means an expert, I do have something to say on the subject. First of all, and most importantly, it’s my life. It’s what I do day in and day out. Second, I worked with children as my career for 14 years. I do know some stuff about kids. Third, at the time I started my blog I was working as a peer counselor in a crisis pregnancy center. I was surrounded by pregnant ladies and new mommies.  I had plenty of information on the subject. Lastly, I am a researcher by nature… I mean, I can google and pin with the best of them!
  3. Blog groups are awesome. If you are not  a blogger you may not know this but there are a ton of Facebook groups for bloggers. If you did know that, then, well I guess I’m even more lame than I thought! I did not know this. I thought Facebook groups were for direct sales parties when someone wanted free stuff but didn’t want anyone in her house. (By “someone” I mean me.) I had no idea that there were groups I could join to meet other bloggers, ask questions and promote my blog. I came across a blog that I really liked (via Pinterest, of course) and I learned that the blogger was starting a Christian Blogger repin group on Facebook (it has sense been renamed to Christian Blogger Community) and I decided to join. Through that group, I started realizing that blogger groups was a total thing. I’m now in a whole boatload of groups and even started my own last month! Joining these groups has been a total game changer for me. I have learned so much from other bloggers and I’ve been able to grow as a blogger. Also, I’ve made some virtual friends. Which, for a stay at home mom who doesn’t get out much, this is huge.
  4. Comparison is for the birds. When we compare ourselves to other people (in any facet of life) we almost never have the full story. When we see an over night success story, very rarely do we realize that it’s actually an over hundreds of nights success story. When we see what other people have, we generally don’t know what they started with. Sure, some people start with nothing. But, others start with plenty of resources.  There are bloggers that invest thousands of dollars into starting their blogs. Other bloggers have professional social media marketing experience. Some bloggers even have time. I invested $14 in my blog. I have zero social media marketing experience (unless you count posting my every move on Facebook for a small, regrettable, window of time) and my boss (aka my baby) gives me very little time for breaks. My successes, and your successes, will not look the same because we come from different places. We have different strengths and different struggles. There is no comparison.
  5. Blogging is work! I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. Blogging is work. You don’t just write a post and off you go. You have to create images, promote the post, reply to comments, manage your social media accounts, work with brands, respond to emails, research and the list goes on! I could easily spend a full work day on blogging. (And I might be more successful if I did but I won’t compare myself to the bloggers that can!).

What have you learned from blogging?

22 thoughts on “5 Things I Learned in My First Year of Blogging

  1. Valerie May 20, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Hi Inez,
    I loved this post! I related to everything you said! It’s so great to meet you. I found you on one of the social sharing FB groups. Pinning!

  2. Nicole @ NicoleVaidosa May 20, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Great post!! I am currently in my first year of blogging so it is always nice to come across posts like this! Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks! 🙂 xoxo
    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    ~ Nicole
    http://www.nicolevaidosa.com

  3. Emily May 20, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I love this post. I can totally relate! And #4 is spot on!

  4. Shaleena DuBose May 20, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    This is awesome I have a 1yr old and one on the way..This was a great read so relatable 🙂

  5. Kay May 20, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Love this post! Totally relateable!

  6. Mihaela Echols May 20, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Oow I loved this! I’m going to check out your Beaty blog too

  7. TheOrdinaryGirl (@mash_01x) May 21, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Can relate to every point but you have said it in a much nicer way! 🙂 I discovered the blog support groups just 2 days ago! you don’t know how excited I am!

  8. Matilda Togiai May 21, 2016 / 9:29 am

    All points are on point. Ok that was redundant but you get my drift! I have to add emphasis to #6. Blogging IS A LOT OF WORK! hehe. And you will get there (having a full day to work on it). Our babies won’t be babies forever :-).

    • inezbayardo May 21, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      Yes, it IS a lot of work! And, it’s true, they won’t be. It goes so fast!

  9. Faith May 21, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    What great tips! I can relate to your induction into blogging. I’ve had my blog since high school and blogged on and off, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly, sometimes yearly since then, but I just started getting really serious in the last couple months. It’s definitely a job now.

  10. Natalie May 21, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    I think there’s some bloggers who make bank from e-courses and whatnot online, then tell people about how they make 50,000 blogging in a year. But in reality, they actually made that money from their e-courses or e-books. That’s what I’ve learned over the years. People aren’t as helpful as they used to, but if you need help, there’s an e-course for that! haha

  11. Pamela May 22, 2016 / 5:04 am

    Good points! The one tricky for me is “comparison.” It’s difficult to stop comparing myself to other blogs. God keeps putting posts like this in my “way” to remind me not to fall into that trap again.

  12. Kathleen May 22, 2016 / 8:34 am

    When I started blogging on my creative blog, I had no idea that it required so much work. I just jumped in with both feet. So much work is involved. I’ve been trying to get involved in a few different blog groups and I think that helps for both promoting and for asking questions of other bloggers. Great points in this post.

  13. Allison May 23, 2016 / 8:53 am

    As a new blogger, I love this! I have learned so much so far and can’t wait to see where I am when I hit the year mark. Keep up the good work!

  14. Rebecca May 23, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Very well said! And all of it so true. So much work. I feel like when I started blogging about a year ago, I did a ton of research to learn everything I needed to know, but really I had no idea. It’s been a crazy adventure. And your point to stop comparing is something I always need to be reminded. Thanks

  15. Chardy May 26, 2016 / 12:38 am

    This is really helpful! I learned a lot from your post! More power! 🙂

    • inezbayardo May 26, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Thanks, Chardy! Good luck to you on your blog. 🙂

  16. Jed May 27, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Inez, these are such excellent tips, and I can relate. I feel like my first 9 moths of blogging didn’t count. I spend most of the time writing for a friends blog–where I learned a ton about writing and made some excellent connections–but ended up neglecting my own blog 🙂 Thanks for the reminder that what we have to say matters, and for the reminder to give up comparisons too–which is something I am continually working on. All five of these are such excellent blogging advice!

  17. Amber August 21, 2016 / 2:56 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I often fall into the comparison trap, so it’s a nice reminder.

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