During the life of my blog I've experienced growth that I'm proud of. I've seen an increase in readership (thank you!) and tremendous growth in Pinterest and Twitter followers. I've also seen growth in myself as a blogger. I'm writing better posts, being more active on social media, have upped my photography game and am focusing more on blog planning.
In addition to going through change and growth, I've also learned more about blogging and social media and how much the two go hand-in-hand. When I reflect on all of the knowledge I've gained and what I've learned I wish I knew all of it before launching my blog. If I had I may have been able to avoid my recent rebrand and have launched my blog with an established following instead of starting from zero. So I want pass my earnings on to you in the hopes that it helps make your blogging journey easier.
For me starting a blog was intimidating, exciting, overwhelming and empowering all at once. If it's the same for you all of those emotions can make you rush with writing your first post and launching your blog. By rushing you can skip some important steps and slow down your growth.
When I started my blog A Relaxed Gal it was originally a very niche site with the name and focus of Growing Healthy Relaxed Hair. Over time I decided wanted to share more of my life, thoughts and opinions. So I changed the focus to a lifestyle blog and renamed it A Relaxed Gal. If I had spent time to prepare and read blog posts like this on launching a blog I probably would have spent more time planning. I would have thought through areas like the focus of my blog, the name and the look and feel it.
I am by no means a blogging expert. Nor do I have what most would call a really successful blog. Everything I've learned and will share with you has come from my own personal trial and error. As well as from research I've done and posts I've read from other bloggers on what tactics have brought them success and they've learned a lot from.
In several posts I'm sharing what I've learned about blogging since launching my blog
- Determining your blog focus
- Choosing your blog name, look and feel
- Building your blog
- Planning your blog content
- Launching your blog
What have you learned since launching your blog?