Towards the end of 2017, I re-discovered my love of writing and decided I was going to dust off the blog and start again. I set myself the goal of blogging every day in Jan (lol) and although I didn’t achieve that, I’ve learned a lot about blogging and how I blog this month, so I thought I would share.
Don’t Be Overly Ambitious
January was quite unexpectedly busy, so I didn’t get the chance to create the content I wanted too and reach my goal of writing every day. This was EXTREMELY ambitious and I would have loved to achieve this goal, but unfortunately, I didn’t, and this is ok.
I probably could have posted every day in Jan, but they would have been thrown together and I wouldn’t have been proud of them.
I’m not going to beat myself up over the fact I didn’t blog every day, ‘cos I believe that is how you get stuck in a hole of resenting your blog. Instead, I’m using my first month back as a lesson as to how many blogs I CAN write in a month, and schedule them accordingly.
If You Don’t Like Something, Fix It
When I started blogging again, I realised I wasn’t in love with my blog design and I absolutely hated Blogger. I feel like when you don’t like what you’re working with, it can really impact how you work.
I work with a lot of WordPress sites for work, and I knew I wanted to make the move, so one day I just did it. Fortunately, I hadn’t got a lot of posts on the blogger site, so instead of the faff about migrating the blog over, I decided to start a fresh, and copy the blogs over manually. It also had very little effect on my SEO, as Google wasn’t reading my blogs on Blogger.
WordPress makes blogging SO much easier IMO, and when it’s simple to use it’s not a chore to write!
I also purchased a theme from Pipdig that I’d been lusting after for quite some time, and isn’t it pretty? I’m really happy with how it looks, and my blog is becoming something I’m really proud of!
The last thing I want to ‘fix’ is my header, but that’s not too much of a big deal for now.
Inspiration is Everywhere
I’d always thought my main source of inspiration was reading other blogs and magazines, and while they are great sources of inspiration, I didn’t realise that I could be inspired almost anywhere.
I’ve found inspiration for posts in conversations in work, to something I’ve seen as I’m walking through the city centre, to a post on Twitter. It’s astounding how something that seems so insignificant could be the perfect seed for a great content idea.
I think now I’m loving writing again, I’m feeling more creative and this goes hand in hand with finding more inspiration.
So, that’s what I learned over this past month. I’m really exciting to be blogging again, and can’t wait to see what this little blog becomes!