As of 2nd February, I’ve been blogging for 2 years! I’m ecstatic that I’m actually still blogging (with all the problems I’ve faced, I thought I’d give up ages ago) and I’ve learnt a lot. So I’ve decided to share what I’ve learnt with you guys!
You will get burnt out and that’s all right
I used to think I’d be able to post every week, consistently. So I was disappointed to find myself tired and unable to blog. I felt guilt that I wasn’t on my blog very second – and many new bloggers will feel like this too. Now I know that you will get burnt out and that’s okay. You should always put your health before you blog. You might even find that a hiatus helps you come back better than ever.
It takes a lot of dedication
When I started this blog, I don’t think I was truly prepared for the amount of work I’d have to put in. It’s not just writing posts. I’m always scheduling tweets, creating blog graphics, fixing technical issues etc.
Social media is key for traffic
Do you ever look back on your younger self and laugh? That’s what I do every time I remember that I thought I didn’t need social media. I was so naive. Now, I get a lot of my traffic from platforms like Pinterest and Twitter.
You need to write about what you enjoy
As a newbie blogger, I hadn’t heard about book blogging so I didn’t know exactly what to write about. Looking at other book blogs helped but blogging became a million times easier when I started to blog about what I liked.
Good photos are important
If your photos are blurry, grainy, or just of bad quality, people will think your blog is unprofessional. You don’t have to take your own photos – sites like Unsplash have good free photos – but if you’re going to, I have a Pinterest board all about good photo taking tips.
So is good blog design
I cringe every time I think of my first blog. A purple background with bright turquoise doesn’t seem like a good idea nowadays.
There will be a lot of things you’ll want to change
If you’ve been following this blog for the past year, you’ll know it’s come a long way. It’s only natural as a blogger to want to change things. You’ll constantly have new ideas and find better ways of doing things – just try not to change things too much!
It will be one of the best things to happen to you
I would never go back and not start my blog. It’s been such a fun experience and if you can’t decide whether to start a blog, well what are you waiting for?
Tomi is a book lover and the blogger behind A Bookworm’s Guide to Life which is a space for avid readers, creatives and all-round cool kids.