Finding your audience, producing quality content, and gaining a steady stream of hits are all goals, and all will come with time. Yes, that's right - if you don't have about an hour a day of full, 100%, great productive time for your blog, you won't see results as fast as someone who does invest the time. I'm grateful to have had the quality time in the past six (OMG, six!) years to not have to spend as much time on the blog anymore while still seeing results. There's an awesome sense of accomplishment that comes with this feeling.
2. YOUR WORDS ARE EVERYTHING.
The way you write your blog will often enough reflect how much you care about your blog. It's so important to remember that your blog should be a reflection of you, whether it's (for example) about fashion, beauty, or food. Even your quicky posts should always be done with care. Besides your words reflecting yourself, they should also follow SEO rules. Now, don't stress it! This is where you can get really creative. I advise you to learn the secrets of SEO, and make them a vital part of your online writing style.
3. BRANDING SHOULDN'T BE IGNORED.
Your blog is a brand. And this is something that has taken me forever to grasp, as how could my little side hobby be an actual brand? Well, whether you like it or not, people will recognize your blog by the blogs name and logo firstly. Your brand name and logo should reflect the blog you are, and should work to draw in your audience naturally. If you're a minimal fashionista, make sure your logo is just that, while you keep the background as so and easy to navigate always. Getting your signature look in order is probably one of the easiest and also hardest parts of being a blogger. The greatest example I have of this is YOU. I know you, and I promise I check out all of your blogs (you should know, I do leave my comments) and you all are so very similar to me in style, it's awesome. Yes, I blame this on branding.
4. WRITER'S BLOCK IS REAL, AND IT'S AN ANNOYING BATTLE.
Ugh, you know when you open a fresh new post, place your hands at your keyboard, and just have nothing? It's happened to me so often. And it sucks. I also don't believe it's beatable, but you can sure prepare for it. Guys, when you find yourself productive, don't just create one post and finish your blogging time. Create two, three, even four posts and keep them in your drafts. This will save you time later, and will get rid of the stress when you do fall under the writer's block spell. When you've got a strong drafted collection of good content on your side, writers block is nothing.
5. BE GENUINE AND ALWAYS WIN.
This is the best lesson I've learned from blogging, and it's best skill every blogger should learn. Blog genuinely and treat your readers as you would good friends. I promise that it comes across in each post, and it's amazing. Also, this will keep your readers coming and... it'll make you feel better at the end of the day too. Just give it a try and see for yourself.
Now, what have YOU learned from blogging? Share your tips and thoughts! xx