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Introduction to what I’ve learned after writing 50 blog posts
This post is a bit celebratory.
I have finally written 50 blog posts. And let me tell you. Sometimes it was a real struggle.
I felt like it took forever to get to this point. You see 50 blog posts for a year of blogging is not that impressive. In fact, I’m growing at a snail’s pace. I know I could have done so much more. But forward is still forward. I am still proud because it is a milestone for me now.
I get that some bloggers push much more posts out in one year of blogging.
But I’m not gonna compare myself to anyone. You shouldn’t either. All it does is steal your joy. I am really proud of myself for getting this far.
For not quitting and giving up. Blogging is probably the easiest way to become the best version of yourself. Because it is hard work and you will encounter a lot of challenges. This leads me to one of the first things I learned early on.
1.It’s not as easy as you think
Writing post after post. Not to mention coming up with blog topics. It’s not the easiest thing. Then there is sitting down week after week, writing those posts.
Even for us who love to write, sometimes it gets too much. Definitely not as easy as bloggers make it look. But you get used to it and it does get easier.
Just make sure you take breaks and don’t overwork yourself so much that you can’t stand writing another post again. That happens quite often.
2. You are not motivated all the time
Being motivated all the time is not possible. At least for me and 99% of the population. For this reason, you have to be disciplined. It wins over motivation every time.
Motivation wears off easily. But if you teach yourself to become disciplined you will reach every single goal you set for yourself. Regardless of whether you are motivated or not.
3. It’s not a guarantee you’ll make money
I thought writing 50 posts will start making money already. It does for some. Some even make money with fewer posts. Sadly that is not the case with every blogger. Everybody’s journey is different.
Other bloggers actually wait to monetize until they have a good number of posts under their belt. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to blogging. Do whatever feels right for you.
4. You need a ton of content
50 posts are the bare minimum. You need much more if you want to make good money. Think 500 or 1000 posts. Please don’t get intimidated.
Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. Take it step-by-step and enjoy the process. You are in it for the long haul.
5. Writing gets easier
The more you write, the easier it gets. It really is hard the first time. But after time even the most difficult things become easy.
Also, you learn to do it much faster. So if it took you 3 hours, in the beginning, to write a blog post, after some time it can take 1 hour.
6. You become more disciplined
To be honest with you I wasn’t very disciplined in my first year of blogging. That’s why I’m growing so slow. But the longer I do this the more disciplined I become.
I see it happen to a lot of bloggers. The same will happen to you. You will learn how important your time is. Where you are wasting it. And how you can get more out of it.
7. Writing favors consistency
If I don’t write for a few days or weeks it becomes harder putting pen to paper. You lose your flow and have to work hard at getting back to where you were before. My writing sucks if I haven’t done it for a while.
So staying consistent is key. It doesn’t matter what you write as long as you write.
8. What I’ve learned after writing 50 blog posts is that this is only the beginning
I think the next face is where you start growing. At least in my case, it seems. You become confident.
You know what you are doing and start to see the potential of what you are creating. It’s exciting what this little blog of yours can become. That makes you work harder and be more focused.
9. Very few people actually see your beginner posts
As a beginner blogger, you won’t get much traffic. Only after building an online presence and an audience for your traffic start gaining momentum.
This means your earlier blog posts won’t get as many eyes on them. And that is a good thing. Because as new bloggers our first few posts will pretty much suck because we are still finding our blogger’s voice.
Conclusion to what I’ve learned after writing 50 blog posts
Writing isn’t always fun. But as a blogger, you have to do it. Everyday. Everybody has time to write. Make it a priority. You will grow and become a much better writer. Making your job as a content creator easier.
There’s a lot I learned from writing 50 blog posts. It wasn’t easy getting to this point. It felt like I was stuck at a certain number and I felt like giving up a few times.
But I made it. I’m proud of myself and celebrate this little win. I still have a long way to go but life is about stopping and smelling the roses.
And that’s what I’m doing.
I also know that the next 50 blog posts won’t take another year to write.
Armed with all the tips I’ve learned, I’m much better prepared as I go into my next 50 blog posts.
Lastly, write to help people. Create content with the intention to help your audience with their problems. Helping someone is the most selfish thing you can do. Denzel Washington said that.
I wrote and learned a lot. What you learn will be different than what I have learned. This is how we learn from each other.
So tell me what have you learned from writing your blog posts?
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