3 Things I Learnt About Blogging in My First Week

3 Things I Learnt About Blogging in My First Week

Blogging Lessons

As of today, I have been blogging for a whole week (yay for me!). I know that’s not a long period of time, but I already feel like I’ve learnt a few important lessons. I’m interested to see what I’ll learn in the months to come. For now, these are my top 3 from the past seven days.

1. Blogging is harder than it looks.

It’s a testament to the blogging community that they make it look so easy. Having attempted blogging before, I had some understanding that it’s not as easy as it appears, but that was only the writing side of things. I would struggle for inspiration, feel like nobody cared or just feel embarrassed by my writing, so I wouldn’t stick it out. This time, I’ve gone all in and have been trying to follow all the tips and tricks I’ve seen from others. Boy, there’s a lot to do!

I am enjoying the challenge, but it definitely feels like you’re doing ten different jobs in one. When you actually stop to think about it, that’s because you are. Other bloggers have mentioned how you are responsible for your writing, your marketing, your photography – every single aspect of it falls to you and it’s a lot to take on. Megan from MeganSays breaks it down in her post which you can read here.

If you’ve found this and you’re just starting out: don’t let it put you off. It’s worth the time, energy and effort you put into it. It can be a shock to the system when you are trying to take all of the information on board, but I’ve found the overall experience very rewarding so far.

2. Most bloggers question themselves.

A couple of weeks ago, when I started seriously contemplating blogging, I did a little bit of research. It seemed like everybody else was really confident and comfortable in their own skin. As I mentioned in this post, I’ve always been plagued by the fear that my writing just isn’t good enough, and that nobody wants to read what I have to say. The idea of putting myself out there terrified me. Everyone else was making it look effortless. I felt like I had a mountain to climb.

If I’d delved a little deeper, I would have learnt that I’m not alone in that. Since connecting with other bloggers, I’ve found that they’re dealing with the same worries as I am. Whether they’re questioning their place in the blogging community or worrying about their content, pretty much everyone is going through the same struggles. Even those who seem to have it all figured out are experiencing the same emotions. I’ve found a great deal of comfort in that over the past seven days!

3. The community is amazing.

As an outsider looking in, I always found the blogging community quite intimidating. I thought you had to have certain interests or be a certain way to fit in. It seemed like every blogger I came across was writing about hair and makeup. I was questioning if the things I wanted to write about were suitable and had serious doubts that I would find my place. I needn’t have worried quite so much.

It’s early days and I’m still finding my way, but everyone has been so welcoming. This has had such a positive impact on my mood and my confidence. The community is full of people who are ready and waiting to motivate, support and encourage you. I’d definitely recommend jumping in and interacting with as many other bloggers as you can. Twitter has been the best place for doing this for me. Bloggerkind have been brilliantly supportive and taking part in GRLPOWR‘s chat was highly rewarding. You can find information on different Twitter chats throughout the week here. Twitter chats are a great way to talk to other bloggers and put yourself out there, so I strongly recommend giving them a try when you can.

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22 Comments

  • Rebecca Ellis 30th April 2018 at 11:43 am

    I’m so pleased to see that you’re enjoying this space, I agree the community is amazing! There are so many supportive content creators out there x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

    • ruthinrevolt 30th April 2018 at 11:49 am

      Thank you, lovely! I’m thrilled, too. I couldn’t have gotten anywhere without the support of everyone – I’m so grateful x

  • Raki 30th April 2018 at 11:56 am

    I love this! Amazing read

    • ruthinrevolt 30th April 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you!

  • Lizzums 30th April 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Build it and they will come. That’s the first thing I learned and the last thing I remind myself of every time. It’s tough, but can be so rewarding. You’re doing so well though and you’re a shiny new gem in the community so I do hope you stick around ♥️

    • ruthinrevolt 30th April 2018 at 2:59 pm

      That’s very true and aw, thank you! You are so lovely! 🙂

  • Kayla 30th April 2018 at 4:46 pm

    This is a great post, and very truthful! I’ve been blogging for 2 months now, And I seriously feel like I’ve picked up another full time job. It’s very stressful at times, but so worth it! I’m still terrified to post sometimes, thinking nobody will read, but then I think: you know what, who cares. Ultimately, im writing this for me, to make me feel good, so screw what anyone else thinks! I’m happy with my content, and that’s what majority matters. 😁😁

    • ruthinrevolt 30th April 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Aw, thank you so much. You’re completely right! I have those moments all the time, where I question if anyone will care about what I have to share. Then I have to keep reminding myself to write for me, and not get caught up with everyone else thinks.

  • Sheila Anderson 1st May 2018 at 2:03 am

    Well Ruth once again your inspirational and enabling others to unleash their inner talents! Keep up the “blogging” your doing amazingly well! 😘🌟🌹

    • ruthinrevolt 1st May 2018 at 9:25 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Rachel 2nd May 2018 at 2:20 am

    All so true! I had no idea how much of an effort creating + managing a blog was – and it’s only gotten crazier over the years!

    • ruthinrevolt 2nd May 2018 at 8:19 am

      At least it’s fun at the same time!

  • Tabitha Bradley-Raines 2nd May 2018 at 5:12 am

    Blogging groups have helped me tremendously. They help keep me sane as well as show me that people are reading my post! Best encouragement there is!

    • ruthinrevolt 2nd May 2018 at 8:17 am

      That’s great to know! I’ve joined a few recently and I can’t wait to see how they help me.

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses 2nd May 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Amen on all of the above girlfriend! As someone in it for 5+ years and now blogging fulltime, you sound like you’ve got your head on straight. 🙂 I’ve got multiple posts on lessons I’ve learned 4-5 years in, in case any of those would be helpful perspective for ya, too!

    • ruthinrevolt 2nd May 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Aww, thank you very much! I really appreciate your comment. Definitely going to take a look at your posts – I’m sure you’ll be able to teach me a few things with all of that experience! 🙂

  • Audrey White 2nd May 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I totally agree with each of your 3 things! Blogging is absolutely harder than it looks, and I struggle with feeling confident too. But the community makes it so worth it!

    • ruthinrevolt 2nd May 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Absolutely! I’m thrilled with all the support and encouragement I’ve had. Helps to offset all the hard work and stress!

  • Marie 11th May 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Blogging is really hard. I didn’t know how much work it would be before I started lol. Having to read posts over and over again to make sure there’s no errors. Sharing your blog on all social media. I share my blog posts, on Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Then thinking of blog posts, is sometimes difficult too. I find myself stuck a lot of the time.

    I question myself a lot when I’m reading other blogs. I think about if I’m suppose to be doing this or that to get more views. But I just continue to be myself and remember that I’m writing because I like it. Views can come after that.

    And yess the community, I love itttttt. It’s so welcoming

    • ruthinrevolt 11th May 2018 at 8:30 pm

      That’s probably the best advice – to be yourself and see what happens! It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others, but I believe everyone has something unique to bring. Their views, opinions, personality. At the end of the day, no two people are exactly the same.

      Keep being you and you’ll be absolutely fine! I have no doubt. 🙂

  • Veronica Dsouza 1st October 2018 at 11:22 am

    Hey Ruth, your post was fantastic. Absolutely correct. I undergo this every time. when I see other bloggers and read their posts I feel like ‘what I m doing/ what am I writing? these posts are so apt, so very beautiful. I would feel so low, honestly.
    but after reading your post I felt good. especially the lines in a reply to a comment… Keep being you and you ‘ll be absolutely fine! this line is very motivating… keep writing such fantastic posts. Newbies like me will feel good. will lift up their spirits

    • ruthinrevolt 2nd October 2018 at 11:12 am

      This comment really made me smile – thank you!

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