6 months have passed since I started work on This Curvy Life! It doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you work on something every day and are passionate about it, time seems to be much slower and oh so valuable. So during this time, I should have learned something right? Most of these apply to life in general if you are not a blogger so keep reading my love! Here are a ten things I learned that I wish I knew day 1 of blogging…
1. You can’t plan everything, so just start. I waited a few months before launching the site (It still has not officially launched). I wanted to have x amount of posts and while I met that goal it is not crucial. Start sharing because your blog is going to evolve because your voice will change as you become more comfortable with the new extension of yourself.
2. You will need a community to help you feel supported and that group may not be your friends. If your friends don’t blog it will be difficult for them to understand what you are doing. You will spend more time explaining than discussing. You will need blogger friends. Try to find some, if it is the fellow bloggers who comment on your IG posts, ppl you meet at blogging events, or if you join a fb group. That community is pretty supportive and you will find a blogger tribe there. I wanna give a shout out to mine. I adore them! Hey boos! Konnichiwacosmetics Designsxstudio Cecily and allll my girls from the Blog & Insta Squad. There are so many of you guys, I would be tagging all night. Just know I appreciate each one of you.
3. There are no quick answers or quality shortcuts. I keep hearing ppl ask on forums, “How do I get 10,000 followers on IG how do I get x amount of views on my blog”. Trust, there are ways to skip the line but, you have to put the work in to get a quality product or following. Work. Keep blogging, be consistent, use your authentic voice, interact with your followers, research the resources. Keep working and they will find you.
4. Be happy with the journey. We all want a big result but do your best to appreciate the strength and focus it takes to even successfully start. Many will start with you, and I promise you a good 50% of them are gone 6 months in. So appreciate that you started and stayed up long nights and wrote 80 million posts, captions, hashtags and fulfilled promises to check out fellow blogs and comment (I call it blogger homework). This is you laying your foundation for your empire! Do you want it built on those packing styrafoam thingies or do you want it built on bricks? Bricks that you laid and you know its ready to hold you up? Appreciate each brick you are laying.
5. Use your authentic voice. A blog missing a personality is mad boring. Noone wants to see 80 posts without a sense of you or your true view of things. Be yourself and write each post to your reader who is your friend in your head. This will help them see you. It will bring them back.
6. Be consistent. Post at minimum 3 times a week. IG post 5 times a week minimum. Consistency builds your audience.
7. Be clear about what you want and then keep some things to yourself. I made “blogger friends” with a few girls that I started looking up too. They asked me about things I wanted to do and then started doing them when I shared my ideas. They did not respect how much time it took to think of them and come up with an idea to market them. So don’t idealize people or give them to much credit. People are still human. Yes they will take your ideas. You may have to keep some to yourself, no matter how friendly people are. Know your worth, execute your ideas, and if someone borrows from you later, you are doing something right.
8. Don’t waste money. Everyone is an expert these days and offering a free class leading to a fee. I would say some of the best resources do not come from these bigger bloggers. My favorite resources are Jump Into Monday and Love Sarah Coaching both give a different perspective. Jump into Monday is the what to do and Sarah gives you the guidance on executing it.
9. Use life’s distractions to help shape your blog. I started the blog and about 1.5 months in I got a puppy. This puppy had me in instant struggle mode, so I wrote about it. That post is STILL my most popular on the blog. It helps that she is mad cute but I was really myself in that post and I found more of my voice. The struggle can reveal your strength.
10. Don’t forget to take a break. If you are applying everything in this list, I know you are tired. Take a break sometimes and reflect on where you started. Then when you are refreshed, come back and tell us about your break. I bet your readers will love to hear appreciate you sharing. Because we are here to hear from you.
Welp those are my pointers for now. I want to thank you and all the readers that are checking this out for visiting the blog and helping me find an outlet to share my thoughts and concerns. I adore this blog and you inspire me each day to keep going. In celebration, I went out to one of my fave spots (Bread and Butterfly) for a little champagne and brunch. So I will share some pics from that and some from this cool journey! Can’t wait to write this every 6 months going forward.
There are so many others, but I will save them for the 1 year celebration! YAY for 6 months of This Curvy Life!