Today I am going to write about something more important than all the “how to’s or the 5 ways to better ……” that I usually write about on my blog and that is, celebrating the small wins in your blogging journey.
We all started blogging for some or other reason, but if we are totally honest with each other, we started blogging mostly to make some extra money.
Yip, that is right, we do it for love and money. I mean, why work your butt off for a comment like – “Nice article, very insightful”. I mean really?
You want to get rewarded for the gazillion hours you spent in front of a computer screen and there is nothing wrong with that. However, what is wrong with it, is all the fluff on the internet about how to make you’re first $10 000 in the first three months of blogging or the overly promoted “I make 6 figures a month from blogging in just one year” you see all over.
Don’t get me wrong, it is doable but not for the 90% of brand-new bloggers kick-starting their blogs to life from scratch. Those bloggers who promote things like that are looking to get paid by gullible creatures like us.
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They rarely tell the truth about what it takes to get to the 6 figure point in their blogging career and that’s why it is so problematic. Their information is just not transparent enough.
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The real problem.
Posts and comments like the above mentioned create a yardstick for blogging and as a new blogger, you compare yourself to those statistics and measurements. When we only get a handful of visitors from a Pinterest campaign we launched with high hopes, we feel discouraged.
By month three we are still on a roll but barely motivated to do anything, because no one said it’s going to be this hard.
They are robbing you from celebrating the small progress and achievements your blog could be making, and I am truly sorry for that.
Take a step back and wipe all those “promises” out of your head and take some time to think about what you have accomplished in the last few months or even in your first month.
Give yourself a pat on the back and be proud of your work. Remember, it is your first time trying and slow progress is the best way to learn.
Blogging is not a race.
That is right, blogging is not a race. You can blog at your own pace, not everyone has the time or means to hire freelancers or even pay for premium tools, that could give their blog a head start.
Most information shared by online courses are very general, but it will give you a strong foundation to build your blog from. In the end, it will be your responsibility to take your blog all the way to the moon.
Don’t get me wrong, there is some seriously nice put together courses out there that you can learn from.
Courses like –
- The Perfect Pin by Breaking The One Percent
- Making Pinterest Possible by Ana from The She Approach
- The Pinterest Ninja by Megan Johnson
- The Pro Blogger Bundle by – Create and Go
- Blog to Biz by Milyssa Griffin
The above courses are some that I have tried myself. Like ‘The Perfect Pin’ and “Pinterest Ninja” and there are some which I haven’t had the chance to try out yet, however, they are all rated top of their class and you won’t make a mistake looking into them.
Some are very expensive and some are not. Courses like ‘The perfect pin’ is only R336 bucks and I learned a good deal from that course.
But if you want a fully stocked course, go for the Pinterest Ninja.
It opened my eyes completely.
Whatever you do, learn from one source and do not jump around from one website to another. It will leave you with more questions than answers.
Have you set goals for yourself yet?
If not, please do! It is very important for blogging, as it will give you something to work towards. When you accomplish one of your goals, see it as a milestone in your blogging journey and you celebrate it! OK?
Also, important to note – Keep your goals realistic.
Wrapping it up.
If you made your first R100 from your blog, remember, you just achieved something that 1000s if not millions of new bloggers are trying to get right. You are actually a step ahead of the rest.
Celebrate it by framing your first R100 and hang it somewhere where you can see it every day.
BE PROUD OF THAT R100
Also, remember why you started your blog in the first place and don’t stray from your roots because of all the fluff on the internet.
Be true to yourself and enjoy blogging, it is an amazing learning experience.
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