6 tips from 6 months of blogging

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Hi friends, how are you doing? This Thursday my blog will be exactly 6 months old! I’m already on my halfway mark and I wanted to celebrate it by sharing a few tips with you that I’ve learned along the way and that have helped me over the years. Yes years. Friday may be Words by Wildflower’s half birthday but there have been others. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that this isn’t my first blog, it’s more like my fifth or sixth. And although my previous ones failed pretty badly, they paved the way for me to do much better with my current blog and I couldn’t be happier for all the mistakes I made. So these are my six tips from my six months of blogging;

1. It’s okay to take rest from blogging when you feel like quitting. A lot of the time before I decided I was going to quit blogging, I always felt overwhelmed, frustrated and hopeless. It felt like anything I did wasn’t bringing me any closer to my blogging dreams and I was just wasting my time. I changed my theme so many times that I lost count and deleted so many posts that I wasn’t happy with. I now see that all that anxiety and frustration could have easily been dealt with had I given myself a break. Instead of quitting blogging completely, I could have just dedicated a specific amount of time to take care of myself and have a break from writing. There was no need for me to quit and start all over again because all I needed was to pause everything and take a break.

2. It’s okay to ask for help/advice from people who inspire you. Something I did a lot in the beginning of my journey was reaching out to people who inspired me. It didn’t matter whether they were, a blogger, an Instagram influencer, a photographer, I wanted advice from them all. Most of them would help me and I’m so glad I got over the fear of rejection (incase any of them decided not to respond to me). If you admire someone in the creative world I say gain some courage and reach out to your favorite people and ask them for advice. They may not respond to you very quickly but most of the time they do actually respond, you just have to be patient. And don’t be afraid, you never know what might happen after.

3. It’s okay to be your own cheerleader and support system. Is blogging your own little secret? Do the people closest to you know about it or have you told them yet? I’ll be honest and say since I changed my blog name only one person in my personal life knows about it. I’m not yet ready to reveal it to my loved ones although I know they would support me all the way. At the moment (and most of the time) I have been my own cheerleader. I don’t depend on anyone to cheer me on this journey because it’s my own journey. The voice that matters most to me is my own because that is what drives me to keep on writing, creating and sharing. Think about it. If you didn’t cheer yourself on you would have zero drive to do the things you love. It’s for that reason that each time I hit publish I always say to myself “I’m so proud of you” or “your doing such a great job.”

4. It’s okay to delete everything and start over. I know this one sounds a bit extreme but I would have never gotten to where I am had I not erased all my mistakes and started over. In past blogs, I have written about food, music, fashion, poetry etc And although at the time they seemed like the right choice of topics for me to write about, as I got to know myself better and what I was trying to achieve I realized it was all wrong. I could have kept everything in my archives as a means of storing old (and failed) memories but I like starting again if I feel like I can do something much better the second time around. Keeping my old blog and topics would have been a distraction to my new and better journey which is why I advocate for starting all over if you think you’ve been doing it all wrong and can create something more valuable.

5. It’s okay to find inspiration on Pinterest. Pinterest really is the google of the creative world. If your stuck or lack inspiration and don’t have a Pinterest account I would highly recommend you start one now. There is inspiration for literally anything out their. You can find ideas about which topics to write about, how to write, social media tips, money management, health, fitness, food, the list goes on. I personally use it to create vision boards because their’s an abundance of pretty and inspiring pictures you can find that will help you focus on your personal goals. As for blogging, if your always looking for topics or don’t know what to write about I would say Pinterest will be very useful to you. With pins like “100+ blog topic ideas” who can possibly run out of ideas to write about?

6. It’s okay to be kind to trolls. Wanting and wishing for engagement on your blog is a double-edged sword. On the bright side you have plenty of people who love, support and care about what you write about and totally support you but on the other hand you will encounter people who want to discredit or provoke you in some way. I am learning to be kind to everyone and part of that has taught me how to respond to trolls. I don’t know about you but holding on to bad feelings like anger or spite feels so poisonous to me! I don’t want to be upset just because someone is mean to me, I want to be nice to them because you never know what is happening to them in their life. They could be going through something rough. So be prepared for both good and bad comments if you want engagement and interaction with your readers.

Final thoughts.

Sometimes when we start building a good thing it feels like everything is going to be easy and we won’t come across any hurdles. I started blogging 6 years ago and boy have there been a lot of hurdles! But despite all that I went through to get to this point I wouldn’t  change a thing because I learned a lot and I’m reaping the rewards today. If you’re having any trouble on your creative journey I would  say, don’t waste any time worrying about it because things will and do get better. That is the mentality I have when things get tough because I know my journey will improve if I am patient, poised and consistent. To end my post I have a few questions to ask you? Do you ever feel like quitting sometimes? What are you most currently frustrated about? Do you mind sharing your answers with me and my readers? Please feel free your thoughts are always welcome here. Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post!

 

114 thoughts on “6 tips from 6 months of blogging

  1. Hi 👋 @Word By Wildflower,

    Thank you so much for the follow.

    I too am new to blogging. Just put out my third or fourth post 🤔. I’m excited though because I love to write.

    I want to wish you another 6 months of blogging amazingness and thousands more subscribers.

    God bless!
    -Steph ❤️

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    1. Hi Steph! Thanks so much and your welcome! I love following new blogs because it reminds me of how I started my journey and I want to encourage other people not to quit like i did. Thank you so much for your kindness and I wish you well on your joiurney ❤️

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  2. I think we all get to a point where we want to quit, but it depends upon our reason for doing it. I sunset a blog this year so I could focus on other blogs and I realize how much I miss it now. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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  3. I can relate to the fear of having your closed ones read your blog. I don’t make it known to family and friends that I have a blog because judgment from people closest to you are scarier than all the trolls in the cyber world.

    I realised that I neededto deal with this fear, but I’m still not ready to announce to everyone about my blog. So what I did was, I wrote my blog’s link at my Instagram’s bio, and I leave it to people to realise that it’s there. 😊

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  4. Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve only just restarted my blog and I always have second thoughts as to whether I’m the the only one that keeps restarting😂 so it was good to hear that it’s not just me haha! 💕

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  5. Hi I enjoyed reading your helpful and informative blog. Like yourself I have had many different blogs over the years and instead of archiving them I have just deleted the blogs or posts. I feel the same way as you when you said keeping them round would just distract as you say from the bigger and better journey. Congratulations on your blogs 6 month anniversary. It is a lovely and helpful blog and I am just reading through some of your posts now. Yes I have felt like quitting my blogs in the past and I have done. Some times I have outgrown the blog and my values have changed and I have gone in different direction. However this new blog I am so enjoying writing this and I think I am going to stay with this.

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  6. Wow! This is inspiring. I’m just starting out and feel like there are so many things I don’t know. All I can think to do is keep posting until I figure out what I want to do. Keep up the good work! ❤

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    1. Thank you Chinasa ❤️ and that is the most important thing you can do. To just keep going even if your not sure of the road ahead and slowly but surely you will start to become more familiar with your journey and things will get much easier.

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  7. Congratulations on 6 months!! You give a lot of wonderful tips! My blog has evolved over its three years. But it was also always a journey of my evolution as well so that was expected. Loving what you write about it so important. 🙂

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  8. Congrats on your six month!!! actually i really forget i have another stupid blog in my tumblr like a diary,tahts right i’m so true to my self but i hope i will write an inspiring blog like you did based on my real experience too
    Your word is really nice to me, I love this

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  9. This was really helpful! As a starting blogger, I’m currently dealing with exploring the topics I write most about. I think we don’t really know ourselves until we have to write about ourselves

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  10. Ah what a useful read! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been in & out of blogs for a few years & never felt anything stuck. For now I’m just going with the flow & finding what feels right 🥰

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  11. It’s for that reason that each time I hit publish I always say to myself “I’m so proud of you” or “your doing such a great job.”

    We can beat ourselves up so much sometimes, when the world feels so heavy. This is very sweet, and why shouldn’t we be kind to ourselves?

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  12. HEY!! I REALLY liked this post, you have a really good relatable voice. I can definitely see that you’ve gotten to a good point in your blogging, and I like your advice. Honestly, I think my favorite is: “It’s okay to be your own cheerleader and support system”. I read this and I was like “YES”! Also, Pinterest really is the best.
    I normally have a hard time getting into blogs and I skim through them, even though I like blogging myself, but yours caught me right away. Your voice is just so relatable and kind, I like the tone of it. I feel better from reading your work, and after reading this blog I can’t wait to see more. I hope this doesn’t make you nervous to be perfect or anything, because I know a lot of people start to set up expectations after people like their work. but really, this is good and is very encouraging.
    Thanks for taking the time to post something meaningful and unique. I enjoyed it, immensely!! I’m going to have to see what else you have here…good stuff!

    Caroline

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    1. Awww thanks so much Caroline, your words are so kind and you have really made my day! I’m grateful and appreciate it a lot 😢❤️ You wouldn’t imagine how hard I used to pray to get to a point like this in my blogging journey where I’m comfortable with my writing and can still be relatable to my readers. It was all worth it and people like you are a reminder to me to never give up on this dream again. Thank you very much again ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Yeah! No problem. Look, I really don’t take the time to write comments–let alone read the whole post, unless I really like it. Honesty is super important to me, so I try to be real with people. Serious, I like the spirit–so to speak, of your blog, it’s genuine. I get the sense from it that you put a lot of effort into your work and I hope you keep maturing because it’s only gonna get better! To be honest, I was kind of inspired after reading your blog and I hope I can have that transformation of getting better over time as well. Thanks for writing!

        Caroline

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      2. Aaww that is soo sweet, I really appreciate it Caroline 🥰🥰 and trust me, you will totally get there as long as you never stop believing in yourself and understand that anything within the realm of human attainment is definitely achievable (no matter how impossible it may seem at first). I wish you well on your journey ❤️❤️

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  13. awwww, thanks for sharing this. I’ve decided this go around I was just gonna use my blog space as journey journal and not worry so much about what I put in it, how long or short it is or if it even says anything at all as long as it speaks to me. Whoever likes it likes it and if not thats okay too and it’s taking nearly all the pressure off of writing which I typically enjoy doing and found I was not when I was hyperfocused on stats etc.

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    1. Yes not focusing on things like followers and likes really does take the pressure off of writing and blogging. I noticed more engagement on my blog when I decided not to let these things define me. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️☺️

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  14. I’ve been blogging now since way before it was even called blogging. I’ve had 4 over the last 20 years, but they were always called Marilyn’s Room and were always the same – an online journal to interact with my readers & colleagues – I just had different hosts. I like WordPress the best. I’ve been using it for quite a few years now. My one serious regret about blogging is that for 30 years before blogging, I was a consistent journal keeper. I have about 50 handwritten journals stored in my closet. Now, way too often, my thoughts go onto my blog and not into a handwritten journal. For me, hand-writing my thoughts into a journal helps me really process what is going on in my life. Whereas blogging ends up being a momentary and sometimes trivial thing. For me, there is more discipline in keeping a journal and it kind of bothers me that I choose to blog way more frequently nowadays.

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  15. I was struggling a little while back with my blog, feeling obligated to try and post at least twice a week with chunky writing “assignments.” I saw that I was getting burnt out. As much as I wanted to keep up the pace, I knew I was sprinting and that I would eventually give up altogether if I kept going the way that I was. I have since cut back to just one post a week and it has helped TREMENDOUSLY, allotting more time to do gaming-related stuff and constantly refill my tank of inspiration. I’ve even had some ideas for returning to the Twice a Week format: one simple post, and one more like my traditional work. This was an excellent post that a lot of people on here should see! Thank you!

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  16. i used to think about quitting blogging…but not now…now i have realised that whenever i will feel stucked in life i will always have somewhere to go… i will always have my blog where i can share my story or tell about my creative journey…this is my third blog and i too have deleted multiple posts..but that is absolutely ok… 😊

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  17. All great points Wildflower and I loved reading about your journey! I have experienced a few of these along the way and will continue to I’m sure; it’s an adventure that changes each day over at Bloomwords. ;)) For me, although I agree we absolutely have to be our own cheerleaders, I gain a lot of energy back when readers “ like” or otherwise encourage my work and I’m not sure I would continue blogging without that, though I would still write no matter what. I love that you mentioned Pinterest; I’ve used it in the past for organising thoughts/ideas via images and found it very inspiring. Thanks again for sharing your journey, I so much enjoy posts like yours which tell of the narrator’s personal experience!

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  18. This is absolutely true in blogging I share the same sentiments. I’m thinking of beginning again with my blog and recreating it and I’m not afraid to do so until I get it “right.” Sometimes people are afraid to do the work that comes with recreating your work but that mentality normally doesn’t benefit your efforts.

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  19. I get frustrated because everything revolves around being present on social media and then I get loads of ads like ‘Do you want to be an INFLUENCER????’ and I’m just here like no, I just want to start up conversations about the things I like and enjoy.

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      1. Yes that’s the worst of it! My poor Pinterest is spammed with ‘how to be an influencer’ posts just because I’ve clicked on a couple of ‘how to improve your blog’ suggestions. It’s driving me crazy but I’m glad I’m not alone in this ❤️

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  20. Thank you for this! As a new blogger, reading it gave me just the little confident boost that I needed! Some days are harder than others and I definitely have thought “is this worth it?”, but being my own cheerleader has helped push me through!

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  21. Thank you for posting this, often times I hesitated to start a blog. I didn’t know where to start and I was heavily relying on IG as I was posting a lot of pics. As years go by, I was starting to tell stories on the caption section. Algorithm changes and I can’t just solely rely on a platform. I need a site to tell a story. In fact, who knows I might just monetize in the future? I regretted shutting down my previous blog because I was not focused and thought of giving up. However, it was the start of brands reaching out to me and I was hit by anxiety that I shut it down and turned deals away. I learnt a hard lesson and not give up easily.

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    1. Aww thanks so much for sharing your story ❤️ Although you regret I’m sure you learned a lot through the experience and I’m very glad you shared it as well. Thank you so much and I wish you all the best on your journey ☺️

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