Hello everyone! Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend, I had an okayish (last) week because half of the days were spent feeling a bit unwell but pulling through🙌🏽! This post is one that I have been wanting to do in like forever, or specifically around the time I took my unplanned break in February! I have been blogging for about a year now, and it’s fair to say that I have learnt a LOT about it within the past year. So, buckle up and fix up your mindset, this post is going to be raw and a bumpy ride.
BLOGGING IS NOT EASY AND TAKES TIME
If you want to start blogging and you think you are going to crash into success overnight, monetize within three months and enjoy the chill lifestyle, well then you have got it all wrong. Blogging is in no way an easy task, you need to constantly write, think, socialize and be at the top of your game. Once readers don’t find you interesting anymore then there goes the views.
It will take you a while to start getting constant traffic and monetization is not something that you can do within the snap of a finger. Blogging takes time and is not easy. Write. Proofread. Design. Interact.
A HIGH FOLLOWER COUNT ≠ INCREASE IN TRAFFIC
Gosh this part of blogging annoys me, there are literally bloggers with like 5000+ followers but they only get like 100 views on average per post! EEK. That’s like 2% of your follower count. So don’t ever think that just cause your follower count is growing your traffic is going to grow. The follower count of BrainStorms is growing, Allhamdulliah (all praise is to God) but the average number of views per post is around 90, that’s simply 11% of my follower count😑. It was a bit better before I went on my unplanned break and broke my consistency record.
ENGAGEMENT AND CONSISTENCY ARE KEY IN DRIVING TRAFFIC
Like I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, engagement is the secret to traffic. You cannot simply publish a post and expect people to magically stumble across it, remember there are a lot of blogs out there so you need to stand out. If you want people to visit your blog then you have to visit theirs and make new friends, blogging is a two-way thing, hence, keep socializing and pay attention to your comment section. Consistency is another important aspect of blogging, don’t burnout by overposting everyday instead make it a habit to have a schedule and publish posts according to what you can do.
THE BLOGGING COMMUNTIY IS AMAZING
I love the blogosphere. It’s filled with wonderful people and soo many different cultures. I have learnt soo much from all my blogging friends, honestly to think about it, it’s such a pure relationship. I haven’t met any of them physically but believe me when I tell you I worry about them if something is amiss (always end up panicking when someone doesn’t post for a long while). The community is phenomenal and brimming with positivity. ✨
YOU WILL TAKE BREAKS. THAT’S NORMAL
I started blogging thinking that, Nabeeha is going to be one consistent blogger and she will not go on breaks. But within 5 months I proved myself wrong, and I am happy I did. Since:
- I returned much fresher
- I was blog hungry (motivated to make this blog work)
- I had plenty of content ideas
Breaks are normal and do not hesitate to go on one. It helps. Way better than suffering a burnout.
There ends the 600 words of wisdom, which literally reflect off my one year of blogging. This is my 93rd post 😂😣, we are nearing a 100! Maybe the 100th post will be a different and exciting one, I’ll get planning. If you are interested you can also check out BrainStorms’ Pinterest Account, it has kinda become my personal account as well! 😂 Any questions with regards to blogging wisdom, ask away in the comment section! Byee!