I’ve been an on-and-off blogger for about 5 years. And in those 5 years, I’ve struggled with consistency, confidence, and finding a niche.
But with all the setbacks, there were 5 lessons I learned over the years that have made this platform much easier to use.
If you want to learn how to write content every day without the burnout, keep reading.
1. You’re a writer, not a photographer.
If you’re a blogger that intends to write, do not waste your time trying to take aesthetically-pleasing pictures. You started your website to write, not to take pictures.
When I first started blogging, I wasted so much time taking pictures around the house and getting extremely frustrated with myself. I wasted so much time that I could’ve spent writing more posts!
Just go to this website here for free, high-quality photos. You can thank me later.
2. Don’t obsess over grammar
A lot of blog posts that I read on the internet don’t have perfect grammar. Many times I catch one or two typos or repeating sentences. But did that stop me from reading their post? Absolutely not.
So, why is that we’re so critical of our own work, to the point where we’d lock away dozens of posts because they weren’t edited for the tenth time?
Remember that 95% of readers could care less about the small mistakes they find in your post, as long as it’s easy to read.
3. Write multiple posts at once and publish them separately
I never understood how some bloggers would post daily. I would write up to 10 posts in one sitting and publish them all at once, because after all, my readers need content!
But as the years went by, I learned that spacing out my content not only builds trust, but readers will have something to look forward to throughout the week.
There were some bloggers who came out and shared that this was their secret to remaining consistent with their blog!
4. You learn as you go
I’m not that good of letting go of control. That’s why it was so hard to remain consistent with my blog. I didn’t know what my niche was, so I refused to write content until I knew.
But all this did was postpone the inevitable. The only way I’ll know what my niche is is by doing. I needed to sit down and write out content until the “aha!” moment arrives.
A lot of bloggers urge their readers to find a niche and stick with it, but honestly, this advice hindered me so much that I was too afraid to write.
If this is you, I give you permission to flesh out your ideas. Post all the content you love and pay attention. Do you see a pattern in the topics you cover? Well, there’s your niche!
5. Consistency matters more than your content
Readers come back to your blog for a number of reasons. But the main one is consistency.
If you’re a consistent blogger, readers will trust you enough to keep coming.
Keep a schedule and stick to it. If you’re not able to post everyday, post twice a week. Not just your readers, but Google itself will notice your grind and may boost your blog’s optimization.
Well, that’s it folks! These are the 5 lessons I’ve learned about blogging after 5 years.
What lessons have you learned about blogging over time, and what lessons did someone show you that saved you valuable time?
Leave a comment below!