There are so many, I don’t know where to start, seriously there are so many!
- The first thing that comes to mind is I took advice from people who weren’t bloggers and they were never going to be bloggers. People in your life want to help you, they have good intentions (well let’s hope they do), they want to give advice that they think will help. One thing I realised over the years is people give you advice on what they think you should do on your blog or how it should look because that’s their personal preference. If they don’t like the way you are creating your blog then it’s not for them. They need to find a blogger that resonates with them. You don’t need to change a thing. If you are offered advice, kindly listen, thank them and move the conversation to something else.
- When I first started blogging I would write my posts and I wouldn’t take the time to re-read my work prior to hitting publish. My patience would run out, I would just want to get it up on my site. PlusI was too nervous to even look at it once it was published. Now I have accepted that I make mistakes when I am writing. Now I allow enough time to write and edit my work. I check, check and re-check. I still make mistakes, we all do, but I never let it worry me because who cares? I’m human, I’m beautifully flawed, this is my blog, my passion and it’s a true reflection of who I am.
- I didn’t realise the importance of consistency. I blogged consistently every Friday at 6:00 am my blog was published and my newsletter was emailed out, I never missed a week. The consistency I underestimated and lacked was across my social media channels. Bloggers have to be across all the social media channels, we must be consistent just like we are with our blogging.
- Having quality images. I never took the time an effort I needed to take and post great images. I now realise how important this element is. I have invested in my equipment, apps, lighting and the amount of time I need to produce my images. I often get askes “who takes your photos for you? Because they are beautiful” this is the best question because I quickly answer “oh I do!” It’s very rewarding knowing I’m getting it right.
- I didn’t acknowledge how important my blog was to me. When I first started blogging I felt as if I was hiding a secret. Everyone knew I was blogging, but no one knew how important it truly was to me. I was blasé about how I felt. This meant that the people around me had the same attitude. If I had my time again I would shout it from the rooftops, print it on t-shirts and get it tattooed on my arm. Just as an FYI last year I got Love the life you live. Live the life you love tattooed on my arm. So, no more blasé attitude from this blogger!