Can you believe I have been blogging for 3-1/2 years so far, it will be 4 in October? Crazy! It doesn’t really seem that long to me, but looking back over the years I have seen my blog grow (slowly) and transform into what it is today. And my blog will continue to change as I get older. That’s pretty cool!
My goals with blogging have been twofold: first, to help people, and second, to enjoy my blogging and stick with it for the long haul. When I started my blog I had hoped to eventually earn money to help out my family, but my first purpose was always to help people. Whenever I get frazzled by blog work, it’s usually because I have forgotten why I started blogging in the first place.
My blog was not and has never been an instant success. But I am perfectly okay with that! And admittedly it has taken me a while to be okay with that, too. I work hard on it and want to improve but, I am okay knowing I am not the absolute best. I am MY best. I want to truly enjoy my work as a blogger.
Whitney @ He and She Eat Clean
Here are some of my blogging tips from 3+ years of imperfect but enjoyable blogging 😉 I’ve also included some great tips throughout the post from fellow bloggers about how they keep blogging fresh and fun. There are some great quotes here!
Enjoy the journey 🙂
Take a numbers break
It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers of blogging, but getting sucked into seeing only numbers sucks the enjoyment out of blogging. Big time. Unless you are hard driven for fast success and lots of money, it’s okay to take a break from looking at your numbers all the time. One less thing to stress about!
Shannon @ Girls Got Sole
I am a big DIY-er when it comes to my blog. I like doing things myself and that has helped me learn how things work. But I have limitations on my time, resources, and talents, so I have hired help when I couldn’t do something myself. DIY is super awesome and all, but save yourself time and headaches by investing a little cash if you can’t figure out something on your own.
Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Sometimes when your blog gets bigger, you will start to feel pulled in so many directions. Pare down your blogging life a bit:
- Unsubscribe from emails and newsletters you don’t need so your inbox is lighter
- Be very purposeful with social media and put a time limit on it
- Be choosy about campaigns you work on: select only the ones that fit you and your blog and don’t worry about the rest
- Keep your workspace organized and junk free, too. It makes a difference!
Quote from Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me
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Develop your other skills and hobbies, and MAKE TIME for them! This is non-negotiable: schedule time to enjoy those activities you love. Whether it’s running or painting, those little things give your brain a break and get you away from the computer/tablet/techie-thing. You need to unplug each day.
Wendy @ Wholistic Woman
Commit to posting by your schedule
Quality content creation takes time, so don’t feel like you have to keep up with other blogger’s posting schedules. My goal is to post 3 times a week, but some weeks it’s only 1 or 2 posts, and other weeks I can manage 4-5 depending on what I’m doing outside of blogging. If you’re pulling your hair out trying to keep up with posting quality content on your blog, ease up a little and find a schedule that fits YOU then be consistent with it.
Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
Here are some great tips from other bloggers about how to enjoy your blogging!
“Write about what interests you. When you start to only blog on the latest trends or what you think your readers want, you lose that feeling of why you started blogging in the first place. Blog first for yourself and what you put out there will be received that much better.” Kayla @ Healthy Helper Blog
“Be you! Do you! I think a blog should first and foremost be an outlet of information that you want to share. Passion is what will get you through the times of frustration or if you want to throw in the towel as well!” Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy
“Just do you and don’t worry if you’re a bad blogger or not eating the trendy superfood of the week etc. If you aren’t having fun there is no point. There’s also a ton of blogs doing the same thing so you’ll stand out!” Lauren @ Breathe Deeply and Smile
“Be real and share what you are most passionate about. Things that you could talk about for hours.” Michelle @ Purely Twins
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