My First Month Blogging

I have been blogging for one month now. I am a real pro now! Ok, maybe not, but I have learned a lot. The three most valuable lessons I have learned are in this article.  You may have created a beautiful blog with life-changing content, but the process of getting your blog in front of new readers takes time.  www.groundedandsurrounded.com/first-month-blogging/ ‎

By: Sarah Koontz

I have been a blogger for one month now.  I am a real pro now!  Ok, maybe not, but I have learned a lot.  Here are the 3 most valuable lessons I learned during my first month of blogging:

1. Writing great articles is only about 20% of blogging.  When I decided to start a blog with my best friend, I knew there would be some upfront development work, but I really thought that after that I would spend most of my time writing articles.  Boy, was I wrong!!!  A blogger is not just a writer; they are also a photographer, editor, publicist, and web site administrator.  The learning curve is huge, and it takes time to develop these skills.  I survived my first month of blogging because I love a challenge, I love learning new things, and I believe in my heart that our message is worth sharing.  If you aren’t interested in learning some new skills, then don’t take up blogging.

2. Social Media platforms are worthless if you don’t have any SOCIAL to view your MEDIA.  The problem with social media is the fact that when you start, you really don’t have any social to follow your media.  It can be frustrating to share an article that you poured your soul into creating on a platform where nobody is going to see it.  But you HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE!  I am learning that a huge part growing my blog is getting to know other bloggers in my niche.  In the beginning, finding a few good friends in the blogging world will do more to grow your blog than anything on social media.  I still invest hours a week promoting my stuff on social media, but I am constantly searching for other ways to grow my blog!

Social Media is a tough thing to figure out for a brand new blogger. I have been blogging for one month now. I am a real pro now! Ok, maybe not, but I have learned a lot. The three most valuable lessons I have learned are in this article.  You may have created a beautiful blog with life-changing content, but the process of getting your blog in front of new readers takes time.  www.groundedandsurrounded.com/first-month-blogging/ ‎

3. Starting a new blog is the first step towards making money blogging; but there are about 1 million other steps you have to take before your blog will be profitable. I sincerely believe that bloggers do what they do because they love it and are passionate about their message.  Just like anybody, they do what they can to be compensated for their time and expertise.  But, until you are having 700-1000 unique page views per day, it is difficult to monetize your blog.  If you really want to make a substantial income from blogging, you have to develop multiple sources of income.  Diversify by writing an e-book, selling your own products or services, writing sponsored posts, and selling advertising.  My first goal is to reach that 700-1000 number, then I will start researching how to monetize my blog in a way that fits our goals and our  vision.  For now, blogging is our passion project, but someday it will help me pay the bills!

You may have created a beautiful blog with life-changing content, but the process of getting your blog in front of new readers takes time.  It takes time to get your first comment, your first facebook share, your first re-tweet, your first personal e-mail of support.  It can be a pretty thankless job at the beginning, and it is easy to find yourself wondering if it is worth all of the work.  But I have read stories of women just like me, who started small, who persisted, and eventually became a person of influence.  Someday that will be me.  1 month down, 1000 more to go!

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20 Comments

  1. I have been blogging a week (eek) and am touring lots of blogs and stealing all the tips and hints I can whilst I learn all about the software and techy side. I can’t wait to start creating posts and sharing what I see with others and hopefully encouraging those in the know to share their knowledge with others.Thank you for this post – it’s spot on for my needs.
    Happy Wednesday

  2. Hi, Sarah!
    I have just stumbled upon your post and have read it in one go.
    I like it, and I personally agree with every word you wrote on it.
    I have been writing my blog for two months now, out of sheer passion.
    I am a beginner, I know I have a thousand things to learn yet, but here I am leaving my first comment on someone else’s blog so far.
    I think I will bookmark your website.

    Forgive my English, it’s not my first language.

    • Your English is Lovely, Joe. I also like your “opinion” blog. What a fantastic way to practice your English and discover the contents of your heart. For some of us writing what is on our mind is a necessary step as we try to decipher what is going on in the world around us. I applaud you! Keep up the hard work, it is well worth it and will shape you into a better version of yourself.

  3. Oh my goodness, I am so happy that I came across your blog. I think that blogging is my new love affair, but I find that I am growing impatient with waiting for people to fall in love with my blog the way I have. Thank you for sharing and showing me that what I am feeling is normal, but I know that I am going to keep blogging because it makes me happy.
    Thanks,
    Tamara

  4. Great job on your first month of blogging! Your site is beautiful and your passion is evident in the work you have done thus far. I’ve been blogging for 2 and 1/2 years now and yet to break even. But, here’s the thing: do what you love, do it consistently, always strive to do your best, keep learning and growing and success will follow. Blogging is hard work, but if you do it because you love it, you will never be disappointed! Joining from Better Blogging link up.

  5. I love reading other people’s thoughts on the blogging process and what is IS vs what we thought it would be! It definitely looks a LOT easier than it seems as a casual reader. I also *completely* agree with your comments about making friends in blogging is the best way to grow. It is EVERYTHING. Unless you get extremely lucky and have a pin go viral or something, friends are the key to survival and growth, especially in the first year!
    Gina – On the Daily Express

  6. You are so wise with your first month of blogging under your belt! It took me a lot longer to figure out how hard blogging really is. I have been blogging for 4 years and i am still trying to get my blog how I want it. Stopping by from Better Blogging. Have a great day!

    • Hi Tanya! Blogging is hard, but at some point things have to become more second nature and everything won’t be such a huge learning curve, right? I really hope I’m right! Ha!

  7. I started blogging in August and realize there is a lot to learn, but I am enjoying the process. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  8. This blog is absolutely beautiful and I cannot believe you have been doing for just one month! I have been blogging for just 6 1/2 months and I agree with everything you wrote. May we keep blogging from the heart and perhaps the money will follow one day. If not, at least we have an outlet for our passions, right?

    • Heather! It is so nice to have fellow bloggers visit our site. I am learning how special the community is, and hope we get to know you better in the upcoming months and years. It is a whole new skill-set and there is a huge learning curve, but you are right…it is a great outlet 😉 -Sarah

  9. I agree about writing because you love it. I always heard follow your passion and the money will come. I haven’t seen any money yet from my passion but I have made some awesome friends and that suits me just fine. Enjoyed!!

    • Thanks for checking us out Kim. I think if your life is focused on relationships and loving people, you are always going to feel fulfilled. But being paid for your creative work is important too (at some point). Here’s to hoping there is a financial “bonus” on both of our blogs in 2015 😉 Stay in touch! -Sarah

  10. Great encouragement. I started blogging in August…learning a lot, having fun, and trying to increase my traffic so I too can make a profit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lori, I checked out your blog and I am in love with your chickens! I have been meaning to write an article about my little flock. Thanks for checking us out, it is nice to have a new friend in the blogging world that is just beginning too 😉 -Sarah

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