So I’ve completed my first full month of blogging!
This month I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, with starting my blog, recently starting a new job, and planning a round the world trip! (phew! A lot can happy in a month!)
I’ve had so many people say how they would love to start a blog but for one reason or another haven’t, I’ve also been asked quite a few questions! So I thought I’d wrote a post to cover the things that I have learnt in the last month, the good the bad and the ugly! So let’s get down to it! What have I learnt and what are my current stats?
What a blogger actually is? Common misconceptions
I think people who don’t blog have a stereotypical notion that bloggers (and youtubers) kind of sit there and write/record and magically get paid money. A blogger in a nutshell is all of the below and more in no particular order:
A photographer, a writer, a copywriter, a marketer, a creative, an editor, a social media manager, a PR manager and an influencer. It’s a full circle job, and if you already have a job it does take a lot of time and effort, but the best thing is it’s a space that is all yours to create, and totally worth it!
I think we tend to get carried away when we begin anything really, ‘run before we walk that’ kind of thing. It’s easy to see all the fab bloggers getting whisked away on yachts AND getting paid for it, and looking at your little blog and thinking AHHH where am I going wrong?! I think in my first month I was quite naive to the amount of time, effort, patience and consistency running a blog takes. You may now be an overnight viral success, but little by little if you work hard enough, you will be a success, I believe in you
This isn’t harmful for any of us – considering no matter what job you have the digital world is taking over! A few steps I would suggest when starting up your blog:
- Pay for wordpress.org, a domain name and a web host – if your blog gets successful (which it will I’ve got faith in youuu!) You will wish you had your own domain name – so you can ‘own’ your space in the digital world! Plus you can get beautifully designed themes and endless plug- ins – it’s worth the money and saves time in the long run.
- Try a bit of coding: Coding terrifies me – I don’t know why – I think it’s all the numbers and crazy squiggles. But it’s a great way to design your blog exactly how you want it and shape your creative vision authentically.
- Lets get social! Set up a twitter account and an Instagram account for your blog. I am still getting to grips with pinterest and tumblr (and all the rest) but I find twitter, instagram and facebook best for traffic.
Come up with a blog name that you will like – FOREVER – my blog has gone in quite a different direction since I started, and I am already thinking of changing it! Eeek.
Imagery matters – use your own.
Use your imagery to create your own vision. Making a stamp on an ‘overcrowded’ market is never easy. It’s even harder if you use someone else’s work. Why? Because it’s already been done. It is as simple as that, you’re not bringing anything new to the table, it’s already out there in the world and nobody likes a copycat. Every photograph, every opinion, every review is still important no matter how many times It’s been written about everyone has something different to bring to the table, that’s why we were all made so unique. Of course its great to use images from tumblr or pinterest from time to time but try and use your own imagery to create your own vision. People talk about ‘themes’ im not really a theme person, purely because one day I feel one way, and the next day I feel another, because I’m human. But I know the importance of branding as a key way to retain an ‘audience’ or reader as this is what I work with on a daily basis, but do whatever comes naturally to you, don’t force anything just because it worked for someone else, do you!
Blog stats – Okay so I’m (very) new to google analytics so I’ve took my stats from my web host control panel which shares similar information in terms of traffic just not in as much detail.
In a month I have had a total: 8,589 page views – that seems crazy to me! Sometimes I feel like i’m just talking to myself on this blog but apparently i’m not ha! Here is a break down of the main countries that have visited my blog this month:
UK – 5,122 views
USA – 1,912 views
Sweden – 373 views
Germany -329 views
Australia views – 115 views
France 80 views
Japan 73 views
The rest are broken down into different countries but above are my highest numbers, they fluctuate a lot as I though they would, with the UK clearly leading.
Instagram: I started with 324 followers on Instagram (unsure how as I only had about 12 posts!)As of today (18th May) I have 492 that’s 168 more followers this month.
Twitter: – I started with 290 followers and around 200 tweets.
I now have 471 followers which is 181 more people following this month.
Top blogger tip: – followers fluctuate all of the time – its natural don’t freak out!
So all together on my main social media platforms I have gained 349 followers in one month, I know this doesn’t sound a lot as some bloggers have thousands and thousands of followers but for my first month of blogging and considering I was completely private before (actually rejecting people who tried to follow me on social media) I’m proud of that!
Most of all, if it feels right for you keep blogging and following your dreams!