5 Things I have learned in my first month of blogging

Hello lovelies! Today is the last day of January meaning I have successfully been blogging for one whole month! It has been the most incredible month so far and I am so proud of how far I have come, deciding to blog has been the best decision I have made in a long time.

Throughout this month there are so many things I have learned about the complex world of blogging (and a lot that I haven’t), so here are 5 things that I now know! Let me know in the comments what the biggest thing you have learned so far about blogging.

1.ย Blogging is time consuming! Time management is key.

When I first started blogging, I didn’t think that it would take up so much of my time, mainly because I thought no one would read my little blog and so I wouldn’t have to post as regularly as others. Well, now there is quite a lot of you who follow my blog and read my ramblings and I am so eternally grateful. It means that now I don’t want to just post for myself but for you also, to produce quality content that others can read, enjoy and learn from. This year I am working full time and so posting twice a week has been a bit of a struggle but I am starting to understand what works best for me.

I am becoming a lot more organised when it comes to planning blog posts, taking photographs and doing everything I can in advance to make posting day a lot less stressful! I now write down my blog ideas, take my pictures at the weekends were I know I will get the natural light, and schedule my posts in advance… all of which make blogging so much easier and much more fun!

2. I am not very Tech-savvy

Before blogging, I thought I was pretty techy, and that blogging was as simple as writing a few words and clicking post. News flash: Its not. There is a whole world of blogging terms out there from self hosted to SEO, and hey even widget (yes I didn’t know what a widget was). Even something as simple as creating a bloglovin account I found difficult, and so blogging is definitely a learning curve. I am constantly learning more about the internet and the more you learn, the more there is to know!

3. Social media is extremely powerfulย 

This is arguably the biggest thing that I have learned since starting to blog. I realised that I could have the best blog content in the world, but if no one knows it exists, it will just stay tucked away unread. I now always promote my blog across many forms of social media, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (usernames: Being_Chloe96) and get so many more engagement. I used to think people would find me promoting my blog really annoying, but hey if I don’t, who will?

I still don’t know how to use Pinterest to promote my blog (annoyingly I got blocked after pinning one post… still annoyed) but I am hoping it is something I can learn in the upcoming months.

4.ย The blogging community is lovely

One thing that I love the most about blogging is how lovely and supportive the blogging community it is. Whether it is a like, a comment, a follow or an award nomination… all of them make me extremely happy and want to continue blogging. You are all always there to give me advice when I need it, or help when I don’t understand something, and it’s because of you guys that being-chloe.com continues to grow and improve as time goes on. Love ya!

5. There is so much that I don’t know… and that’s okay!

One thing that I 100% know, is that I don’t know everything. But I am fine with that! If i knew everything about blogging it wouldn’t be as enjoyable and I have you guys to learn with me. For example, I don’t know:

  • Whether to go self-hosted or not
  • How to use bloglovin – really does confuse me haha!
  • How to use pinterest
  • How to increase domain authority
  • How to take good pictures!

Thankyou all so much for following my blog over the past month, or if you’re new… Hi! I am proud of what I have achieved in such a small time and it is all down to you guys! Thankyou for reading!

Chloe x

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36 Comments

  1. Jade
    January 31, 2018 / 8:36 am

    I’ve been blogging for around two months and I’m not sure about whether to go self hosted or not, as well as purchase my own domain xx

    • January 31, 2018 / 8:38 am

      It’s such a hard decision! I keep changing my mind all the time ๐Ÿ˜‚ xx

  2. January 31, 2018 / 8:41 am

    What a great post Chloe, we were thinking of doing something similar as there has been quite a few comments lately on Twitter from our fellow new bloggers if blogging was worth continuing . Youโ€™re amazing posts are just proof that itโ€™s the right decision to stick with it ๐Ÿ’•

    Saaf xxx

    http://www.thetravelbugster.com

    • January 31, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Aww thankyou lovely it means a lot! It can be tough sometimes, you just have to remember why you are doing it and not compare yourself to others ๐Ÿ’• chlo xx

  3. February 1, 2018 / 5:22 am

    If you never said you’ve only been blogging for a month I’d never know lol Can’t imagine how far you’ll be after a year. Keep it up!

  4. February 1, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Congrats on completing your first month! โ˜บ๏ธx

  5. February 1, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Congrats on your one month blogging , is such an amazing journey , by 22nd of this month , it will be my three month blogging . Congrats on your achievement so far and I know the skies is made for you . Cheers ๐Ÿฅ‚

    • February 1, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Aww thankyou lovely! Congratulations on persevering so far! I’ve followed your blog ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • February 1, 2018 / 1:57 pm

        Awww appreciate it Hun ! Followed your blog too because I donโ€™t want to miss out in all of your amazing blog posts . Sending you my love ๐Ÿ˜

        • February 1, 2018 / 2:01 pm

          Thankyou for the support lovely ๐Ÿ’•

  6. February 1, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Congrats on your first month of blogging! Your blog looks great, so hard to believe you have only been doing it a month. Way to go!

    • February 1, 2018 / 2:48 pm

      Aww thankyou lovely! Now debating whether to go self hosted so I can make it more professional ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • February 1, 2018 / 4:08 pm

      I definitely need a blog planner or something ๐Ÿ˜‚ thankyou lovely! Xx

  7. February 2, 2018 / 12:15 am

    Blogging IS time consuming! I’ve been doing this for a little over a year now and I’m constantly surprised at how much time it takes. Everyone is always like “make passive income!” but so much work goes into it beforehand that honestly, it’s not really passive. But hey, if you enjoy blogging anyway, it’s fine because you’re still doing something you like and getting money.

    • February 2, 2018 / 7:42 am

      That’s very true! I’m not monetising my blog yet but who knows in the future ๐Ÿ˜Š yeah I definitely don’t think it’s passive income ๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. SophiesChoice
    February 2, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Love this, I’m glad you learnt so much in your first month! It took me ages to get to grips with it all ๐Ÿ™‚

    https://sophieschoice.co.uk

    • February 2, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Thankyou! I’m definitely still learning ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for reading x

  9. February 2, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Congrat on your first month! well done and yes it is very time consuming , but super fun as well

  10. February 4, 2018 / 5:15 am

    I love this! I’m hoping to turn my blog into something more aesthetically pleasing and provide more in depth info but it is time consuming. Time mgmt IS so important. And I agree! The blogosphere is so accepting! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • February 4, 2018 / 8:00 am

      I am in the process of going self hosed and it is a nightmare already! Hopefully it will work out okay! Everyone is so lovely, thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’•

  11. Ayse
    February 6, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    This such a great post and gives so much insight and detail into what blogging is actually like! Iโ€™m not a tech savvy aswell however Iโ€™m learning slowly and canโ€™t wait to go self hosted this summer and make improvements on my blog! Ayse x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      I have just gone self hosted! I took the plunge ๐Ÿ˜Š my post will be up tomorrow if you need any help! I’m definitely not tech savvy haha! X

  12. February 6, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Congratulations on your first month blogging! It’s been mine too and I’m still getting used to everything, you seem to have it under control though and be way more organised than me! I didn’t promote my posts on social media for the first couple of weeks but when I eventually started my stats increased so much it’s definitely worth it to get yourself out there! Good luck with going self hosted!

    Jess xx
    foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thankyou lovely! It can be quite confusing! I recently took the plunge and went self hosted, the post all about it will be up tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š I do promote on twitter but I feel I’m driving people crazy, I’ve yet to find the right balance ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for reading lovely!

  13. February 6, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Congrats on your one month blogging anniversary ๐Ÿ˜ƒ You have such a fantastic professional looking blog itโ€™s so hard to believe itโ€™s only been a month well done. I look forward to reading more .

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Aww thankyou lovely that means a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š thankyou! I’m still not fully happy with it but I prefer it much more to my old theme! X

  14. February 6, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    Aww Iโ€™m so happy you were able to pull away so many things from your first month of blogging. Iโ€™m glad theyโ€™ve all encouraged you to keep this beautiful blog going! I definitely agree with all your points, the blogging community really makes me smile and gets me through so much, Iโ€™m glad I got bitten by the blogging bug. And yassss social media and networking is so vital especially in this day and age. Thanks for sharing โ˜บ๏ธ

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      February 7, 2018 / 6:53 am

      Thankyou for reading lovely! The community is definitely the one keeping me going, every comment makes me smile ๐Ÿ’• my only trouble is trying to the balance between over and under promoting ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. The Muddled Mum
    February 16, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    You are doing amazingly for one month of blogging! Blog looks great!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Aww thanks lovely ๐Ÿ’—

  16. March 2, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    I can totally relate! Good luck blogging! Youโ€™re doing awesome so far! Love your page! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Aww thankyou so much lovely! ๐ŸŒธ

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