I can’t quite believe that Faraway Lisa Mae has existed for an entire year. It’s been over 365 days since I sat at home, bored on a week off work, and decided that I needed a new outlet for my thoughts and for my writing.
This isn’t the first blog that I made, but it has been the most successful by a country mile. Around 115 blog posts and 28,000 page views later, and Faraway Lisa Mae is still going strong. It may not be the same as it was when it started out, but that’s all worked out for the best. This blog has evolved as I have. I hope it continues to do so long, long into the future.
Here’s to the next 12 months.
First, though, it’s time to take a look back at some of the lessons that I’ve learned. Some may be relevant to you, others won’t be, but I hope you can take something useful from it.
- A blog isn’t set in stone. It’s your outlet to write about whatever you want to. If there’s something you’ve got to say then it’s time to say it, no matter if it ‘fits’ with your blog or not. For me, this meant writing about Disney quite a bit. Potentially too much (if that’s possible).
- Consistency is key. On those weeks where I was rushed off my feet, or even in a different country, I still tried to get a post online. If I hadn’t kept such a strict schedule it would have been a lot easier to quit.
- Listen to your heart. Is your heart in the game? Can you really not be bothered this week? Cut down your posting frequency and write about something your passionate about. If you really need a break, give yourself one. Otherwise you’ll start to forget why you loved blogging in the first time.
- Social media is everything. It gets you both views and friends. I’ve met some great people through blogging, and I’ve now met many of them offline as well. It really adds enjoyment to what could otherwise be a solitary experience.
- Quality over quantity. It may be tempting to try to post nearly everyday, but it’s worth taking a step back. If you weren’t so rushed, would your content be a little stronger? I wish I had time to post everyday, though.
- Buffer, buffer, buffer. I get so many views through twitter and nearly all of these come through promotional tweets about my latest posts. Rather than spending lots of time planning and posting tweets, I can schedule them all through Buffer and even add my Facebook page account to it as well.
- Tell your family and friends. At first, telling people about my blog felt really odd, but the support you can get from friends and family is invaluable. Plus you can celebrate together when you hit one of your blogging targets.
How long have you been blogging for? Share what you have learned in the comments. I’d love to know!