7 Things I’ve Learned In Three Years Of Blogging

I posted my first blog post in August 2015, so it’s been just over three years since I first hit the publish button. At the time, I wanted a way of sharing my writing with family and friends without having to show them my novels, and this seemed like the perfect way of doing it.

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be surprised to know that I didn’t even have my autism diagnosis when I first started writing. It came shortly afterwards, and after a matter of months, became something I enjoy blogging about regularly.

In the last three years—the last eighteen months in particular—I’ve learnt a lot about blogging. I could probably sit here all day talking about everything I’ve learnt, but for the sake of everyone’s sanity, I’ll focus on the most important things.

Consistency Is Key To Growth

You might be looking at my blog wondering why I think I have the authority to speak about this. In three years of blogging, I’ve had very short bouts of consistency, and it never lasts.

Whether it’s mental health, college work, or job assignments, something always seems to take priority. What’s the saying, though? Do as I say and not as I do? That’s it.

Hear me out.

I write this from experience. In the times I’ve managed to post more regularly, at least once a week, my traffic grew immensely. Not only that, but the support I received from other bloggers grew, too.

While in the past consistency has never been something I’ve stuck to, I’m determined to do better. I’m now freelancing full time, so finding the time to write a blog post here and there shouldn’t be too hard.

Social Media Is SO Important 

If you’re serious about making blogging work for you, then getting active on social media is the best thing you can do. Writing a blog post is all well and good, but nobody will know it exists unless you make them aware of it.

A lot of people think social media is something that you use to talk to your friends, and while it is that, it can also be so much more. It’s a great promotion tool for many bloggers, and helps to get your posts noticed by other people. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger willing to admit that I spend far more time promoting my blog posts than I do writing them.

If you’re new to blogging, you might be wondering which social media websites you should focus on. In three years of blogging, I’ve used numerous different websites. If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that different things will work for different people.

Personally, I’ve found most of my success this year with Twitter and Pinterest. I do also share appropriate blog posts on Reddit occasionally, which can give your stats a massive boost if done well (and sparingly).

There are advice posts about using pretty much every social media site imaginable to promote your blog, though. It might be worth doing some research to find some that work for you.

The Blogging Community Is Super Supportive

One mistake a lot of people make when they first start blogging is viewing other bloggers as competition. If three years of blogging has taught me anything it’s that this probably won’t get you very far.

Instead, treat other members of the blogging community as your colleagues. You won’t get along with everyone in the community, but that goes for everything. Will it really hurt to remain civil?

You’ll find supportive blogging communities on whichever social media website you join, but I have a soft spot for Twitter. Earlier this year, I was locked out of my account with no explanation and no way of contacting Twitter directly. When I gave up and restarted my account, bloggers rallied around to help me feel accepted again. It was something I’ve never experienced before, and something I’m so grateful for.

I’ve also started being more supportive on my new Twitter account, and it’s made such a difference. It doesn’t take much to reply to a tweet when someone asks a question, or reaches a new milestone. Blogging can be extremely lonely, so taking steps to involve yourself in the community can really help.

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Blogging Is Hard

A lot of people have this misconception that all bloggers do is write a blog post and hit the publish button, but blogging is so much more than that. Whether you blog as a hobby or a job, you’re often balancing several different jobs at once. This includes marketing your blog, updating it, taking photographs, promoting it, and maybe even negotiating with brands.

Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. I love writing and sharing what I produce with the world. The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, however, means that bloggers are often working harder than people believe.

People Will Be Negative Regardless Of What You Do

After three years of blogging, running into the occasional hate comment is to be expected. People always feel more powerful behind a screen, and may not think so much about how what they’re saying affects the person on the other side.

I’m not the most popular blogger out there, but I have received several nasty comments over the last three years. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem to be on my autism-related posts, which is a shame when I’m trying to do something positive.

If I’ve learnt anything about these people, though, it’s that the best thing to do is ignore them. They’re looking for a reaction, and the last thing you want to do is add fuel to the fire. Instead, walk away, and only come back to your comment section when you’re calm enough to delete the comment altogether. Why should someone’s comment see the light of day when they have nothing positive to say?

On the occasion that a comment hits me harder that I’d like to admit, I’ll revisit the blog post someone has commented on and read through some of the positive comments I’ve received. It helps to remind me that other people have found my content helpful, even if that one person didn’t.

Blogging Can Take You In Many Different Directions

When I first started blogging in 2015, it was always going to be a hobby for me. I knew there were other, bigger bloggers who made money from it, but I didn’t think I’d ever be one of them. I’m not claiming I’ll ever be raking it in, but it would be nice to try and earn back some of the money I’ve spent on my domain and hosting in the past couple of years.

Blogging also influenced my future when I realised that university wasn’t going to be an option for me. I was feeling lost and fearful of my future, when I realised that I had the skills I needed to start a new career path. I’m now using what three years of blogging has taught me to kick start my own freelancing career. I’ve still got a long way to go, and lots to learn, but I’m proud of the progress I’ve made this far.

Something else I never envisioned I’d do when I started blogging was raising awareness for autism. I didn’t even know I had it, and the thought of going public about something like that scared me to death. I’m glad I did, though, as I’ve received lots of comments from people around the world saying I’ve helped open their eyes to something they knew little about before. I’ve also been contacted to take part in several research opportunities, which is always nice.

There Are No Rules

Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned in three years of blogging is that there are no rules when it comes to blogging. I spent so long trying to follow rules I’d read in countless advice articles that I got confused, and it really took the fun out of blogging. Since letting go of these, I’ve enjoyed blogging a lot more, and it’s been fun discovering what works for me.

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27 thoughts on “7 Things I’ve Learned In Three Years Of Blogging

  1. Well said. And don’t be afraid to keep saying it! I started in 2010, and it’s still one of the main drivers that gets me out of bed in the morning.

  2. I liked your post about what you have learned in 3 yrs. of blogging. I agree blogging is hard and consistency is the key. Yes, social media is also important and a blogging community is truly a blessing.

    1. Thank you! Blogging is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve done, even though I really enjoy it. There’s no way I’d still be at it three years later if it wasn’t for the support of the blogging community!

  3. Consistency is the key to growth is the most IMPORTANT thing I have learnt, only over the last year or so though! I’ve been blogging since 2013 and only when I started posting regularly and keeping to a schedule did I start to see some real, significant growth in my views and my followers! All these points are spot on – social media is really really important too 🙂 xxx

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! It feels like there’s so much more understanding about consistency and blogging/being online in the last year or so, and I’m so grateful. It definitely helps new bloggers understand the importance of it!

  4. Found myself nodding my head at all of these points! I’ve seen such a difference in my blog success now that I’m consistent and use social media more effectively. It’s difficult and time-consuming don’t get me wrong, but so rewarding when you see people reading & commenting all the time.

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

  5. You know what? Consistency is totally a key. I see it now when I got back into blogging, my traffic and followers grow visibly.
    I also agree about social media. I use Twitter for my promotion, but I’m thinking about also using Pinterest for that purpose.

    1. Oh, 100%. Things as so much better for me blog-wise when I’m consistent in my uploads. I’m hoping to get ahead on blog posts and start posting consistently, but lots of work came in after I posted this blog post, so I had to prioritise. I’m hoping to sort it out soon, though!
      Pinterest is so good. I’ve linked a post I wrote about Pinterest a while back, but you can also view it if you click on my blog directly. I’d definitely recommend it!

  6. First of all- Congrats on 3 years of blogging!! that’s such an achievement in itself, such great tips, especially consistency and the importance of social media – both are soo valuable when it comes to blogging and getting stats booming! Thanks for sharing x

    1. Thank you so much! It’s not always been easy and I’m nowhere near the best blogger out there, but I’ve really enjoyed the journey. Consistency and social media are definitely the way to go to improve traffic, I agree!

  7. I completely agree with everything you’ve said here! I love how supportive the blogging community is especially on Twitter. Also I know how important consistency is which is why I stress so much if I don’t have post ideas or posts scheduled in time! Blogging can be such hard work sometimes

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    1. Thank you! The blogging community on Twitter is seriously something else, isn’t it? I’m much the same, but as you can probably tell, that doesn’t stop me from going so long that people are probably questioning what my schedule even IS. To be honest, so am I at this point. Blogging can definitely be hard work, but as long as you’re enjoying it, you’re doing something right.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s lovely to hear from someone who is at a similar stage of blogging to myself. Congratulations on your own three year anniversary, too!

    1. Thank you. I agree that every blogger is different, and I’ve definitely taken things at my own pace in the last three years. Everyone has a different journey so comparing yourself to someone else is totally pointless!

  8. That’s amazing! 💕 3 years of blogging! That’s such an achievement in itself. You have definitely learned a lot and definitely carrying a lot of wisdom. I have learned that consistency has helped me. I have been posting regularly for the past few weeks 2/3 times a week and I have seen an improvement. Organisation and planning has definitely helped. Blogging can be hard but the community has been so supportive. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! 💕xx

    1. Thank you! It’s been a long journey but I’m excited to learn even more about the process as the years go on and the world of blogging continues to change. Congratulations on managing to find a schedule that works for you; that’s great news! Writing consistently is something I’ve always struggled with myself, but the community definitely helps in terms of motivation when I’m feeling low!

    1. Thank you! Social media is definitely a different world when you use it to market yourself as opposed to using it solely for fun or connecting with friends. In the year I didn’t know about social media for blogging, my blog got nowhere, so I definitely think it can really limit your success if you don’t know about it.

  9. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging – that’s brilliant and what a fantastic member of the community you are! 😍 I completely agree with these. I especially like the last one about there being no rules!

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