It’s almost been ONE full year that I’ve been blogging consistently, and gosh has been a ride! A good ride lol, yet a ride. I decided late last summer that I wanted to pick back up blogging after I’ve been blogging on and off for YEARS. I did this because I wanted a space to connect with my followers and promote the products that I’ve been dreaming off for years.
At the time, I was a bit hesitant to start again because of the mast amount of blogs that already exits on the web. It wasn’t until I read a comment about competition from a fellow blogger Mary Orton. I can’t remember it word for word, so I’ll paraphrase it “There are tons restaurants, yet that doesn’t stop other restaurants from opening up” . Once I read this, I realize it’s all about be unique and yourself.
These are the 5 biggest lessons that stood out to me so far.
1. DON’T STOP
I have the terrible habit of starting something and not following through with it. Yikes, I promised myself I would stop, but girl it happened again. I had a setback earlier this year, and I stopped blogging for two months. I saw following drop off and engagement ceased because the content was consist.
2. BE YOU NOT EVERYONE ELSE
Instagram can be blessing and curse because try as you might, the trap of comparison happens. I still struggle with this on a daily basis; I remind myself that God made only one me. I have talents that no one else has.
3. HAVE A PLAN
Have a plan and sticking with it when it comes to the content planner is one of the biggest lessons that I learned thus far. I love planning, but sticking with the plan not so much lol! I love the quote “If fail to plan, then you plan to fail” I’m not afraid to fail. I believe “failing” means you need to try it a different way. In the beginning, I didn’t have a planner with a large calendar, now I do, and I write down all of my ideas, and it’s helping me stay on task.
4. PITCH IT GIRLFRIEND
When I first started out, I was pitching myself to the brands that I loved. 90% of the time I wouldn’t hear anything back. Sometimes I would listen to back, and it would be a no, but I loved that no. I was so proud that I could actually pitch myself to a brand and hear back! I plan on doing tons more pitch shortly.
5. CONNECT WITH LOCAL BLOGGERS
Lately, I have noticed bloggers working together and creating content. I believe this is an excellent idea because you get to connect with the blogging community and grow your brand together. If you’re a local Cleveland blogger and want to work together, please email me at hello@simplytieranie and let’s chat!