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Three things I have learned in two years of Blogging
Blogging has given me not only a career option but a voice to inform, inspire and from every corner of the world. When I created my blog over two years ago, little did I knew that it holds an enromous potential to groom yourself, polish yourself as a writer, invoke reading habits, connect with people worldwide and also has money making potential. Yes we can earn through Blogging, I belive this today because I see people around me earning through blogging through various means like Affiliate Marketing , Sponsored Post and also Content Writing . Every blogger has a different story about how they started, what was the inspiration, how they motivate themselves to write daily and above all how they didn’t give up on blogging. Bloggers are not just bloggers anymore. Many of them have become Motivational coaches, Business strategists, Published Authors, Entreprenerus and Digital coaches just by being consistent. My Story of Blogging For initial one year I was very very inconsistent and was hesitant to share my content on Social Media platforms. It was only one year back I started writing religiously. I made a commitment to write daily and adopted a disciplined way of going about it. Suddenly blogging was not just a void filling thing for me, infact it became THE THING for me. The more I created a blog post,the more I wanted to write and share my voice with the world. It helped me find a purpose, I learned basics of SEO, learned about sharing on various Social Media platforms and working on building quality content. Even though I am still a new blogger because I have a long way to go till the day I can call myself an established blogger and guide anyone from scratch to build a blog. But I surely have my story to tell which could help new bloggers to learn and avoid few practises. So how Blogging opens the door to a career? Here are my three cents from my expereince: Blogging gave me an my identity Honestly I don’t leverage the term Mom Blogger because it gives me feeling that people think blogging is something a woman gets into after become a mom and they are not very serious about it. Although Blogging has become a second choice of career for many mothers around the world but any woman who pens down her experiences, learning and passion is definetly serious about it. It is just that blogging is still a foreign land for many, maximum number of people who blog they just write and share and yes with the advent of hard core publicity by the digital gurus now people know that we can earn from blogging. But we are still clueless on “how” part. We can earn from blogging but not right after creating the blog. A lot of dedication, consistency and a little amount of investment in the terms of buying the domain, server space is needed. Then this e-ball is in our court to take it ahead or leave it there. In the end unless and untill our blog have visitors (organic and only organic) and viewership or readership our boat won’t sail through this deep and wide ocean.
Also read: How to start a Blog? Blogging taught me Patience When in my first year of blogging I felt left out and decided to be more consistent, trust me that was the time I started growing, because I was open to learn. I hardly had 4k stats last year, today I have 33k blog stats. Which is obviously not that great to toot my own trumpet. But I could exactly gauge what was working and what was not. Here is what worked for me: Writing regularly, atleast five posts in a week Providing informative and quality content, with proper structured layout. Expressing gratitude and being grateful for every reader and follower. It is like what you sow is what you reap. You have put a plant in your living room just because you like it, you stare at it daily and feel bad when you don’t see it grow. But did you water it daily? Did your nurture it daily? Do not follow the Rat-race She posted, he posted, I posted too. Trust me Blogging world is full of competition because it is an open field. A public place. Refrain from following the rat-race. Do not stress on Social Media followers and fans because they don’t stick by. Post what you like, what you love to do, promote your work but don’t fall for it. Have you recently read the news about the Instagram celebs with highest fake followers? Wherein it states that Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are among the 10 celebrities who have maximum numbers of fake followers or “bots” on Instagram. We go aww-struck by the numbers, we want to flaunt the followers because this has become a culture. I see so many people with very less following and a large chunk of the followers. I can consider the ratio for the celebrities, entrpreneurs or some exceptional personalities. But what about the others, they too fall prey for this whole Influencer Culture. Showing off that they have got so many followers and they are following only few. You know what they do, they unfollow you after sometime, they filter out, they prioritize their followers. Why do we need to serve them? I unfollow everyone who does this to me, I return the favour sincerely . Just be present on every platform to gain visibility to promote your stuff, be regular, connect with your followers but never run after followers. When you will create amazing content people will search you on Google Serach Engine and follow you automatically. Work on yourself, success has got no shortcuts. What is the use of the increased numbers when they don’t even respond to your posts. Instead channelize your energy towards building your profile, good content and engage with your genuine readers which you will find only on your blog. Final Words Identify your niche and try sticking to it. Interact with your readers. Read other blogs as well, connect with amazing bloggers you never knew existed. Learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Keywords, Image attributes. Write descriptive and informative posts. (atelast 1000 words) Write for google and not for Facebook or Intagrammers. Write beacuse you love to write and you have a passion to write. Read books, it helps to improve writing skills. Seek help with a professional if you ever get stuck, do not experiment with your blog. Build your content, your niche, your blog and it will build you. Patience and cosistency.