Today marks my 6-month blogger-versary, and I am here to tell you about all of the wonderful and stressful things my blogging adventure has brought me so far in my first 6 months as a blogger.
When I started Mindful Galaxy in April (2019), I had a rough idea of the direction I wanted to go.
My blog was going to be an overnight success – Wooohooo, show me the money!
*Lonely crickets watch a tumbleweed drift by*
That is when I realised, this blogging thing was going to take a lot more effort than I originally thought!
What I have learned in my first 6 months as a blogger
1. It’s hard – like, really hard!
If you are looking to start a blog, then you probably don’t want to hear this straight up!
Blogging is a lot of work. You are suddenly wearing 13 different hats, and you have no clue how to use any of the recommended programs you have signed up for!
In the blink of an eye, you are suddenly taking on jobs you never had qualifications or experience for.
You are now:
- A writer
- A web designer
- Graphic designer
- Your own research assistant
- Statistic Analysis
- Budget Champion
- A salesperson
- Your own boss
- A social media fiend
- Your sites tech support
- A student – forever learning!
I honestly could go on for a while, there are SO many things you suddenly start doing in the beginning.
So when you are starting up, be prepared for a total knowledge overhaul!
2. The best advice is to take less advice from others
Google becomes your best friend and worst enemy all in one. It provides you with the advice you need and then overwhelms you with about 4,000 different ways to tackle the issue.
So when you are starting up, if you find a solution for your fix – stop looking!
I promise this will save you a lot of stress in the long run.
Focus on the exact thing you are hoping to learn and build on for that exact moment and look up ONLY that.
When I first started I was trying to set up my blog, write posts, be present on social media, set up a mailing list, create digital products and write an ebook.
I also signed up for millions of freebies to get a feel for it, and that leads to an overwhelming inbox. As well as signing up for heaps of courses and webinars.
I took on way more than I could handle! It all seemed like a great idea at the time – but looking back, I really wish I had slowed down!
The best thing I have found for my learning is the Ultimate Bloggers Toolkit Bundle.
It’s pretty goddamn amazing and insanely affordable.
Instead of spending $97 per course, its $97 for over 90 resources. Covering nearly every aspect and I have it all ready to go!
There are also other amazing bundles that come and go – such as productivity ones. The website for these awesome offers is here.
I even loaded a bunch of the ebooks onto my Kindle so that I can read them wherever I am. Super convenient!
Unfortunately, this incredible bundle is only around occasionally – with the current sale has ended.
But if you want to be kept in the loop of when it is on sale next, make sure you join our mailing list!
It will save you so much money and stress in the long run.
This brings me to my next learning experience…
3. You really need to invest in yourself and your business
I really struggle with this one, but it is what it is!
If you want to see proper growth and return, you need to be investing in educating yourself, researching your niche, general market research, learning how to read statistics.. lots and lots of personal investment.
Which then requires a monetary investment.
Investing in courses and webinars. Just, again, make sure you only focus on your current goals – don’t buy a course on setting up a sales funnel when you want to focus on building your logo.
4. It is easy to overspend
When I say easy to overspend – I mean it is so ridiculously easy that I beg you to proceed with caution!
Kicking up a micro-debt when you start blogging seems inevitable, but it can be controlled!
How does it happen? When you have 10 great programs that are charging anywhere between $10 and $40 a month each, you are suddenly spending $100-$400 a month without even realising it.
Then you add the cost of ebooks, stock photos, courses and anything else you find useful!
My recommendation is that you work out exactly what you need (this post here will help!) and then only get programs that will fit your budget.
Ideally, these programs are free, but it isn’t always possible.
And take advantage of free trials!
5. It will test your organisational skills
I like to think I am organised (unless you ask me where my keys are – what do they even look like!?)
That temporarily went out of the window when I started my blog.
I was suddenly trying to do so much at once that I felt like I was doing everything but achieving nothing.
That is because I had crappy time management skills when it came to my new found work!
(Ironic, that the basis of my blog is planning and organisation!)
6. Social anxiety gets seriously tested
A big part of blogging is networking and talking with other bloggers and business champions.
This has been a huge test against my social anxiety. I have had some serious issues with fighting my anxiety just to reply to simple messages.
But overall, it has been really beneficial!
7. It is really rewarding
Through all of the challenges that I have faced with my start-up journey, it has been such a rewarding experience.
- Learned skills that I can take to future jobs
- Met some incredible women
- Come to love myself a hell of a lot more, and live a much more full life
- Fought harder against my anxiety than I ever have in the past
- Gotten a huge sense of achievement – even though the fail moments!
If blogging is something you are interested in, then I highly recommend it!
Just remember that it takes time and lots of hard work.
Even if you are doing it as a hobby, there are a lot of things to set up. And I recommend you get as much in place as possible before you go live!
Recommended Resources and Bloggers to check out!
I have gone through a lot of bloggers in the last few months, and 99% of them are absolutely incredible!
However, if I had to choose a handful to recommend to you…
- Brilliant Business Moms
Beth and her team have always been incredibly lovely and helpful!
They focus on business moms and helping them excel in their chosen fields.
I got hooked on BBM after they sent a free and insanely detailed email about creating your ideal offer. It had so much information I couldn’t believe it!
- Ivory Mix
I found Ivory Mix when I was looking for ways to improve the design aspect of my blog. Kayla has some incredible insight on this, and various business areas, such as engagement and marketing strategies!
Plus – She has gorgeous FREE stock photos!
- Sarah Quinney
Sarah is an e-commerce coach. I have only ever received her free emails, but they are all so informative and helpful.
For an awesome list of programs to check out when building your blog, make sure you check out our Blogging Essentials for Beginners post here.
As I said, there are so many brilliant resources out there. But if you don’t know where to start – these are my top picks to help you fight the confusion!
I can’t wait to hear how your blog goes – so keep me updated!