One year already!? It’s kind of hard to believe that exactly a year ago today I sat down and wrote my first blog post. At that time I didn’t know if it was something I would be able to keep up with. I told myself to at least give it a year and see how I feel at the end of that year. And here I am, still loving to write and share photos from our every day life. I take photos and write about things that make me happy (hence the blog name) and this past year has been such a fun one for our little family. I’m so thankful for each one of you that takes the time out of your day to read these posts and I hope you continue to read and enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them.
I put together a list of things I’ve learned in the first year of blogging, along with my goals for this next year. This is something I am eager to look back on in a years time and be able to mentally put a check mark next to each of my goals. But with this I also hope to encourage new bloggers to set goals for themselves and to know that if what you’re writing makes you happy, then that’s all that matters.
What I’ve Learned
Blogging takes time and effort: You can’t sit down and in 30 minutes produce an amazing blog post. (And if you can, I salute you). But blogging takes time and if you want to write something worth reading, it takes effort. There are times every now and then when I can’t seem to concentrate or my mind is elsewhere, so I take a step back, take my mind off of what I’m doing and return to the post when I’m ready. Between sifting through countless photos I’ve taken and coming up with good quality content to write, a lot of thought comes with each blog post.
Photography is key: People love looking at great photos. So give them great photos. Low quality photos won’t have readers coming back for more. Always take the time to pick out some of your best photos for each blog post. Guaranteed readers will be more likely to be frequent readers if your photos are appealing.
Quality vs quantity: When writing blog posts make sure you’re not writing just to have something to post. Make sure you’re writing content that you enjoy and that is useful to the reader. Always remember that the quality of what you write on your blog is much more important than the quantity.
Engagement: This is key. If a reader or follower comments on any blog post or social media platform I am always quick to respond. It’s refreshing being a reader to see that engagement coming from a blogger. Someone that takes time to read each comment and respond, because of that the blogging community is actually a pretty cool one to be a part of.
Goals for the Next Year
Post more: This one seems simple and writing my blog comes easy to me most the time, but after sitting at a desk from 9-5 all day sometimes it’s hard to go home and sit at the computer. Most days I want to go home and relax, cook dinner, catch up on a show or two, etc. So my goal is to set aside time a few evenings out of the week and on the weekends that is specifically used to write content for my blog.
Work on my photography: As I said in the “What I’ve Learned” section, photography is key. Readers want to see pictures that look good and are high quality. I hope within the next year to get even better with the photos I take and that just comes with practice, practice and more practice.
Become more active on social media: Social media is so important for getting your content out there for others to see. Connecting all your platforms can be time consuming but it’s worth it. When you publish a blog post, shout it from the rooftops aka make sure your cross promote that same blog post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. I don’t always remember to do this, so this next year I hope to really step up my presence on doing social media for my blog.
*A huge thank you to my sweet friend Sarah for taking these fun photos for me.