What I Have Learnt So Far

I recently hit 1000 views on chinsontour and to celebrate I de
cided it was time to share my favourite chins on picture I have ever taken. Before I get into this post, I would just like to thank everyone who has taken a minute out of their days to read, comment, like and encourage!
 Statue of Liberty
I began blogging to learn new skills and ultimately make myself more employable in the future however I soon found out I really enjoying blogging. Whilst I enjoy my job, I felt like it wasn’t giving me much creative freedom so decided to set up a blog to try out more creative endeavors. That was just over two months ago blogging quickly became a hobby of mine. Without further ado, I’m going to talk about a few things I have learnt and a few pieces of advice for new bloggers.
Share your blog
I have really enjoyed running a twitter and instagram account specifically for my blog as it allows me to connect with more people and more bloggers – particularly because people use different blogging platforms. I initially used Twitter purely to share my posts but soon realised I wasn’t getting much enjoyment out of having a Twitter account for my blog. I now participate in a number of the blogging chats, reply and interact with other users and also post about topics that catch my interest. Since doing this I have enjoyed using Twitter a lot more and have received more interaction from other bloggers because I haven’t been using Twitter solely to promote myself.
 
Use other blogs for inspiration, not comparison 
There is always going to be a blog with better photos, a bigger audience or a nicer theme and it can get exhausting constantly comparing yourself to others. It is important to remember that everyone is a beginner at some point and took a while to find their style. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t immediately get 500 followers or you find some of your posts clunky or awkward. Try different things and find out what works for you. There’s no rush so don’t put so much pressure on yourself.
The blogging community is very supportive
I didn’t realise when first beginning to blog how supportive bloggers are of one another. Many are happy to help others and enjoy interacting with people’s content. The Blogging 101 course that I am currently participating in has solidified this as a lot of other participants have been more than willing to help and give their opinions on people’s posts, themes, taglines and all other blog related topics.
It’s okay not to have a niche
Sometimes it can feel like you need to have a niche audience for your blog in order for it to be successful and without one you won’t get very far. I don’t think this is the case. The priority is that you enjoy writing your content. You can tell quickly when someone has written a post purely for the clickbait title and readers won’t stick around for long. Strive to produce the best content you can and readers should keep returning to your blog. If you naturally find a niche you like writing about or have a specific topic or genre you are passionate about then go for it! Just don’t force it.
Don’t obsess over stats
This may sound a little hypocritical as this post is celebrating 1000 views but try your hardest not to obsess over your view, visitor and follower counts. When I first began blogging I checked it continuously to see if it had changed at all and realised I needed to let it go. If a post I really liked didn’t get the readership I had hoped for I had to accept it and move on. I think it’s important not to be too hard on yourself! I appreciate this is easier said then done and everyone will like to know how many people are seeing their content and where in the world they are reading from. Don’t allow the stats to overshadow the main reasons you are blogging. Enjoy it!
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