Today marks one year since my first blog post on this blog (You can read it by clicking the link below). I had a few blogs before this one, but this is the only one that's grown and the only one I've really stuck with. Because of this blog, I've learned a lot about blogging, and that it's something I really love doing, it also relaxes me a lot. Looking back to my older blogs, my first posts on this blog, and mostly how much I've learned the last 5 months of blogging, there's a lot of things I wish I'd known since the beginning. I wanted to share those things with you today.
1. There are good and bad ways to find photos to use.
You have to be very careful when you use photos on your blog, especially when they're not yours. You can get in a lot of trouble for using photos that belong to other people. Here are some things you can do to avoid this issue without having to buy photos.
2. Pin all your posts
I've read a several articles and attened a few online seminars about blogging, and they often talk about how Pinterest is the most effective way to get your blog more views. People find pins by seaching on Pinterest, pin them so others can. Another good way to get more views on your pins is by pinning them to group boards, if you're interested in becoming a collaborator on my board and pinning your posts, send me an email, it's good for me and good for you and me the more people pinning on my board! I wish I could give you more Pinterest advice, but I'm still figuring it all out myself.
3. Use Spark Post to create beautiful images for your blog
I recommend using your own images or images from Pixabay for this since people don't usually like you editing your photos, and it's not good to have your main image be a link back to another site. That being said, Spark Post makes beautful photos with text and is very easy to use. My sister is a graphic design genius, I am not, and that's why I like Spark Post, it's super easy to use! All but one of my images with text were created using Spark Post, I usually use the app for it because using the website slows downs my computer a lot and I can't have any other tabs open while I'm using it. Best of all, it's completely free! There aren't even paid features like with many other photo editing software programs, all you have to do to get rid of the logo permanently is share one image on social media.
4. Don't be afraid to change things
I've tried using different features on my blog, I've tried blogging on different days, I've tried blogging about different topics, I've tried so many different things on my blog and some have gone great and others have been total duds. Don't be afraid to try something new, and more importantly, don't be afraid to stop something you tried. Out of all the things I've tried I've stopped using a lot of them because they didn't go well. It's all about two things: (1) Do things that your readers like, and (2) Do things that are convenient and fun for you. I've tried a lot of things that I thought would be so helpful for my readers, but it's turned out that most of my readers haven't used most of them, so I got rid of them. Some things I've tried have taken way too much upkeep for me, so I've gotten rid of those. When I try something new I like to keep it for at least a month before assessing whether I should keep it, some things even longer. Out of all the things I've tried, I've found the most effective thing on my blog to be my blog itself, and producing frequent and relevant posts, so don't let that slip to the side with all your fun new ideas
5. Read Articles, Subscribe to Lessons, and Attend Online Seminars
I've learned the most about blogging by learning from those more successful than me. I attended my first online seminar a month ago, and since then I've learned a lot about blogging. In my free time I like to read articles similar to this one, and then I pin them so I have them for later. There are a lot of blogs about being a successful blogger, and most of them offer free daily emails of advice, and I've learned a lot from subscribing to those. Never stop learning.
If you're new to blogging, looking to get started, or looking for a way to grow your DCP blog, come back in a week for a cool opportunity! As always, if you have questions about this post or others, comment below, find me on social media, or fill out the form on my "about me" tab.