Oh hello lovelies,
Today is my blog’s 7th anniversary and I’m so excited about it. It feels like just yesterday when I took the plunge and wrote my first post. In the seven years I’ve been writing, I have experienced both high and low moments. I’ve embraced both times gracefully, celebrated when I had achieved much and sulked when I failed, but most importantly, I always found my way out of the sadness and celebratory madness and kept going.In honor of my blogs anniversary, I’d like to share about my 7 (one for each year) greatest blogging mistakes and how much I’ve learned from them through the years.
Blogging isn’t the easiest work on earth. It’s actually a full-time job for some. It requires a lot of planning, finances, time and most of all, I had to sacrifice sleep. When I first started, I wrote a lot, but that habit was soon beaten by laziness and my procrastination syndrome and I started writing even less and posting just once in a while. While it’s not okay to over share your posts as they become boring and hence scare off potential readers, it’s also not wise to under share as the readers forget about your brand easily.
Lesson learnt: Finding balance as a blogger is the greatest lesson I learned through the years. Writing throughout the week but only posting during the week and taking a break on Saturday and Sunday. The posts I wrote on the weekend would go straight to my posts bank to be useful when I wasn’t at a position to write.
Learning that blogging is in fact a business was another lesson I had to learn the hard way. Plus, apparently you have to invest more than just money. Time also counts, the less time you spend writing, the little you will produce as a blogger.
Lesson learned: Invest more and gain more. Depending on whether you are a hobby blogger or a business blogger, act accordingly.
“Finding balance as a blogger is the greatest lesson I learned through the years. Writing throughout the week but only posting during the week and taking a break on Saturday and Sunday. The posts I wrote on the weekend would go straight to my posts bank to be useful when I wasn’t at a position to write”Mo Kemunto Teresa
Letting myself drown in fear
Lesson learned:While it’s normal to be afraid of certain things in life, it’s not okay to dwell in them for too long as they stall our lives. It’s the same with blogging, it makes a big difference for your blog when you decide to defeat the fear.
Comparing myself to other bloggers
Competiton is always good for business. Comparing myself to others had me stuck for a long time because I believed that I would never be as good as they were.
Lesson learned: While it’s okay to look at what other people are doing, getting jealous of people whose stories you know nothing about is stupid. I like to think of competition as my watchdog. It has helped with my consistency.
Deleting my social media accounts.
In the wake of my own battle with social media addiction, I had to let go of most of my accounts. This negatively affected my blog as most of my friends were my frequent blog visitors and readers.
Lesson learned:I had to research widely on how to create a following on social media without actually being on social media. I settled on opening social media pages and managing them from a social pages manager account where I can interact with my followers and share posts without actually logging into my own account. Win-win.
Not creating a writing routine
Most successful bloggers actually have a writing routine that they stick to religiously. The only reason I failed to catch up soon is that this routine has to be matched with the greatest and hardest of them all;Discipline.
Learned how to create an editorial calendar, schedule my posts and cross my fingers pray that I stick to the plan.
Blogging less, not creating a writing routine all come down to my own inconsistency that happens to be a close relative of the laziness, procrastination and perfectionism that ail me badly. I could write daily, postpone a few posts and the next few couldn’t be posted because I wasn’t sure they were perfect yet.
Lesson learned:As hard as it is to admit that one has a problem, it takes balls for a blogger to admit that they are failing at their quest. I embraced procrastination and perfectionism as my own flaws and I started healing.
That said, today, I just want to celebrate my blog anniversary with you all. I’m getting Wine and cake for myself later. I wish I could share 😉 😉 😉 Thank you for all your enormous support and great feedback over the last seven years. Y’all are amazing!