What I’ve learnt after a full month of blogging, and my goals for January 2019.
What I’ve learnt after a month of blogging
Protect your time.
- Just because you work from home, doesn’t mean you’re free to do whatever whenever. This includes lunches with Mum and Doctor’s appointments.
Don’t sweat it.
- I started this month aiming to post every day, and I’ve been reasonably good about doing so, but I’d like to have been better. But I’ve been a little bit sick this month, and those doctors appointments have really eaten into my time.
Have a backup plan.
- If I can’t get a big post published, I need to be able to publish something… for my mind, if not for anyone else.
It doesn’t matter when you get up. It matters what you do when you’re up.
- I like to get my sleep. I love to get A LOT of sleep. 9-10 hours is perfect. So I’ve learnt not to stress about not being up early, but to focus on having a productivity method that works for me. I like Pomodoro, interspersed with bouts of exercise.
Focus on getting good at one thing at a time.
- You don’t have to be amazing at it, you must be good. I’m focused on creating great content now, and not worrying about promotion. As I get more confident, and more effective at creating content, I can add in promotion later. 1 social media network at a time.
The hardest thing about blogging isn’t being consistent, or having an editorial calendar, or a traffic strategy. It’s explaining to your parents and their friends what you do for a living now.
“I run a website that educates women about how to be self-sufficient and independent in their day to day lives.”
Every day is a new day, every week’s a new week.
- Mistakes I made, and goals I missed yesterday don’t matter today. Today is about today’s goals and improving on yesterday’s mistakes.
You can write a blog post in MS Word and publish directly to your WordPress blog.
- This makes everything so much easier, especially with the Grammarly plugin!
No man is an island, and no woman is either.
- I wouldn’t have been able to do this without so many amazing resources available, like Unsplash, Spotify and the metric heck tonne of sites I’ve used for research.
I need to put more of my personality into my posts.
- This is the hardest thing for me, and one thing that I don’t really know how to do. Besides these short update posts. One to think about.
Goals for January- Blog-wise.
I’m not getting into specifics, as I haven’t really sorted them out, and some of these goals are kind of nebulous. I have to prioritise before I start setting smarterest goals.
- Start promoting- get Instagram going.
- Start promoting- Pinterest
- Start an email list
Engage with audience
- What do they want from me?
How can I help them best?
- Make a good start on a product- book?
- Have a plan for when I can’t post daily.
- Protect my time better.
- Make the most of the waiting room.
Start using my own photos- particularly for social media.
- Start learning lightroom
- maybe some motion graphics?
- Maybe behind the scenes vlog type stuff?