Today makes it exactly three months since I created my blog and wow what a rollercoaster ride it has been! Blogging is a whole lot of fun but it’s equally as stressful lol. I have learnt a whole lot in 3 months and I can’t wait to share them with you all. To think that three months ago, I sat down and created this blog is amazingly amazing. Within three months, I have been able to do a whole lot and I am gonna share them with you. My blog has undergone a whole lot of transformation and here they are.
- On the 25th of November 2020, I created this blog. Many of you don’t know but I had a blog before this. Now let’s name that blog X. I created X in March 2020 without knowing a thing about blogging. I saw something about blogging, created a blog and posted very rarely. I created X in March and in November 2020, I decided to take blogging more seriously and start afresh and so I deleted X just before I created Ruthiee loves Glamour. When I deleted X, I had less than 7 posts on an 8 months old blog, ridiculous right? haha. I was so excited to start afresh and go into blogging seriously!
- I created this blog on blogger and I had the .blogspot.com domain but on the 17th of January 2021 after almost 2 months of blogging, I got a domain for my blog.
- On the 29th of January, I went self hosted and here I am waxing stronger everyday haha!
- I created a twitter account for this blog on the 19th of December and on there, we have 131 amazing followers.
BLOG SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND FOLLOWERS COUNT
Twitter – 131 followers. Twitter has been an amazing platform for my blog and it has been the highest source of traffic for my blog. Check out Ruthiee loves Glamour on Twitter!
Facebook – 8 followers. I didn’t keep track of the exact date I created this Facebook account lol. 8 followers on Fb is really small haha. We move anyways! Check out our Facebook page!
Pinterest – 36 followers (211 monthly views) I can’t remember the exact date I created my Pinterest account. OMG! I find Pinterest so hard but somehow I managed to get 36 followers and 1.1k monthly views. I ended up neglecting Pinterest for about a month and my monthly views dropped from 1.1k to 211 monthly views🙈. Check out our Pinterest account!
Instagram – 37 followers. I really don’t have anything to say about Instagram because I rarely use it anyways. I have been really focusing on Twitter and Pinterest and I would love to keep focusing on those two for now but if you want, you can check out our Instagram account!
In exactly three months of blogging, Ruthiee loves Glamour has gained 212 followers across all social media accounts. Fortunately, these figures do not bother me too much as they are pretty much just figures hahaha! I sure want these figures to increase but I do not give myself a headache over them as they will increase with time. I want to be very patient when it comes to getting followers.
Personally, I would rather have 5 followers who interact and engage than 2000 who do not engage and funny enough, I have seen people with thousands of followers who struggle to get 1 like on a tweet and I’m like WHAAAT?! I do not engage in the follow for follow thing anymore because I want people to follow me because they enjoy or relate to whatever I am doing! I feel like if someone follows me just because I followed them, they wouldn’t engage with me as much as they would have done if they followed me because they appreciated, found joy or derived pleasure in what I do! Enough of the lecture now haha! Let’s go straight into the lessons I learnt in 3 months of blogging!
I got to know about the DA thing during these 3 months. Like I stated earlier, I got my domain on the 17th of January 2021. Right now, my domain ruthieelovesglamour.com is 1 month, 1 week and 1 day (39 days) and in 39 days, I managed to get my DA to a 3 and my PA to a 7. That’s probably not a lot but i’m proud of myself for getting such in a little over a month.
LESSONS I LEARNT FROM 3 MONTHS OF BLOGGING
1) Blogging takes patience: There have been times when I have felt so frustrated with my blog. I get fed up easily haha but I have realized that if you really want to succeed in blogging, you need to be patient as there will always be bad times but being patient and trying to stick around through thick and thin will help you and help your blog eventually evolve into something beautiful. Blogging takes up a lot of effort, hardwork, determination and all and a lot of times, you will get frustrated but you just need to be patient and keep going. Your hardwork will pay off eventually!
2) Comparing yourself to other bloggers is no good: Comparison is a f**king b*tch and sometimes, it looks as tho the only thing we are good at doing is comparing ourselves to others. Blogging is not an exception when it comes to comparison. Blogger envy/comparing yourself to other bloggers is something that somehow finds it’s way into our lives. I don’t think there’s any blogger out there that can beat their chest and say that they haven’t once compared themselves to other bloggers.
Blogging is a journey. You shouldn’t compare your journey to anyone’s journey and you should never let the fact that someone seems to be doing well in their journey make you feel like you are doing less. Different people have different timings. It might be that persons time to enjoy now, just hold on, your time will come. Focus on your own journey and everything good will come!
3) Do not be isolated: It’s pretty normal to try and be secluded and in your own space as a newbie but it isn’t always good. Reach out to other bloggers, make blogger friends and interact with as many people as you can. As a blogger, you want to reach out to many people right, being isolated all the time will not help give your blog that boost it needs. Talk to people, make friends, build genuine relationships.
In blogging, relationships matter a lot! Do not always be in your own world, talk to people, make friends and even ask for help when you need it. Interacting with people will give your blog an edge and let your blog be made known to 1 more person.
4) Break your texts into paragraphs and add images to your posts: Believe it or not, no matter how informative or catchy your blog post may be, it will be hard for someone to read it if there are no paragraphs or images in your blog posts. Personally, seeing a large chunk of text that isn’t separated by paragraphs make my eyes hurt. Reading a large chunk of text that isn’t separated by paragraphs is something I wouldn’t even consider doing. Breaking your texts into paragraphs makes your post more attractive and readable.
Also, everyone loves things that are aesthetically pleasing and adding a picture to your blog posts increases your chances of getting more views. I mean who doesn’t love a good image?!
5) Not all posts will receive the same reception and appreciation: Different posts will get different reception and appreciation and that’s fine! It took me time to realize and accept that certain posts will get more appreciation, views, comments and reception and I used to get sad when a post didn’t get as much appreciation as the others but guess what the fact that certain posts are more appreciated than others is normal and you shouldn’t beat yourself up or feel sad if a post doesn’t get as much appreciation and reception as you pictured.
6) Taking things slow and at your own pace is key: Yes you are a new blogger. You just created your blog but you want to do everything all at once. You want to start sending out newsletters, start selling and do everything all at once. You would just end up stressing yourself out. Take things slow and easy… I am guilty of wanting to do everything at an extremely fast pace. Within less than 1 month of starting this blog, I set up a store and started selling planners and advertising planners on my blog.
No doubt, there’s nothing wrong with me owning my own store and all but setting up a store in less than one month of me blogging wasn’t it at all. I learnt that the hard way and I decided to put my store on hold till my blog’s a little older. Taking things slowly really helps save you the stress and it helps you get things done even better. Things are more productive when they are done one at a time.
In conclusion, blogging is a gradual process, it’s an ever learning kinda thing and no matter how long you have been blogging for, you can never know it all. It’s been three months since I started this wonderful journey and I am happy I am making progress. There’s still a lot more that I need to learn which is absolutely fine. The above are lessons I learnt from blogging for 3 months. Now it’s your turn, what lessons have you learnt from blogging? Let me know in the comments!