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One month of blogging: Reflection

Reflections and lessons from one month of blogging daily.

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?
      • Products
      • posts
  • 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
  • Consider YouTube-
    • maybe some motion graphics?
    • Maybe behind the scenes vlog type stuff?

Photo by Pepe Reyes on Unsplash

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