Yayy From Dream To Plan is turning 1 and I have to admit that it’s a quite an achievement for me! As I stated here, when I started my first blog back in 2014, my enthusiasm for it didn’t last much and I after a few months I stopped posting. So, From Dream To Plan was a challeng for myself, to keep up doing something I liked despite everything else (aka without finding excuses)!
But, if I’m still here today I also need to thank YOU dear (more than) 900 readers! Your support has been so important and essential in these 12 months! A sincere and warm big hug to each of you!
Now, for this special occasion I thought about writing down a few lessons or just things I realised and learnt since blogging, I always find very useful these kind of posts so who knows, someone out there might find mine useful as well! 😉
1 | QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
When I first started (actually, re-started) blogging I normally posted 2/3 times per week. But let’s say it, it was a period of my life where weekends were totally free from anything, so I could dedicate platy of my my time writing plus, since it was the beginning I had so many post ideas that the list was getting longer and longer. And that was good, I mean especially at the beginning pushing a bit on the content is good so people visiting your blog have the possibility to read a few posts.
But, then the “real-blogging life” arrived and I was panicking thinking “omg, if I don’t post at least twice a week my followers will not read me anymore” or “omg, I had so many ideas until a week ago how comes that I can’t think about anything new now?!” Well, girl (talking to the me thinking those thoughts), blogging should be a pleasure, not a pressure!!
Indeed, I discovered that it’s not about how MANY posts you have but rather about how engaging the content is, how your voice when writing a post represents you so that you show them you’re enjoying what you’re doing! And once this is done, no matter if you post once a week or once a month…if you’re showing your love towards blogging, someone out there will read you for sure!! While, regarding the lack-inspiration well, it’s kinda impossible you don’t have ideas (eg. you’re thinking right now, right?), maybe you can’t see it as a topic to write about but maybe even yes… I talked more about this here 😉
2 | THINK VISUAL
Nowadays it’s all about images, cool pictures, unique design and yeah I knew it of course but well, I would have never believed that dedicating a bit more effort on choosing the right pics would have brought such a difference. Especially at the beginning, most of my posts were with no images attached a part from the cover one and if there were they were taken with my phone (and no, I don’t have an iPhone). Since when I started including more images, selecting them accurately and yeah eventually, buying a real camera…WOW the difference on the responses I’ve been having was definitely visible. This not just for my blog of course, but also (especially, actually) on my Social Media.
Now, I’m not saying buy a camera immediately, but at least try to invest more time on the visual and layout of your posts or blog look in general. There are loads of “free stock pictures” websites which you can definitely consult!
If you are looking for a camera though (yeah I feel you, it’s a struggle), Sarah from travelosio.com wrote this very useful post with some tips and advice 😉
3 | SOCIAL MEDIA, I HATE YOU / I LOVE YOU
As a Marketing student, I know how important is to be present on Social Media when you want to promote something. From a theory point of view, I can tell you everything about how amazing they are and most of the things are true…if you already have a large and active audience. The dilemma is when you have to build this audience! Instagram for example, works based on hashtags, tags, complicated formulas that can predict which kind of accounts you could like or who could like you based on your followers, ecc. But why the the truth is: it’s a continuous fight between gaining and losing followers. One week you gain 30 new ones, the week after you lose 20 of them.
I could talk so much about this topic but to be brief, the clue here it to be consistent on what you post if you decide to have an account just for your blog, post pictures and content that are themed with it. And yeah, again pictures are essential, good pictures but at the same time don’t neglect the description. See it as another way of “showing your voice” and to add details or useful specifications 😉
4 | SCHEDULING IS THE KEY
Going back to the post frequency issue, I can’t stop saying: schedule, schedule, schedule. I have a monthly for example, at the beginning of the month I decide what and when to post, so that each week I know what I have to write and by when. Well okay, I think by now you’ll know how much I’m into organisation, lists, goals and… organisation 😀 But really, by using this technique I limit so much the time wasted and maximise my productivity! Which, especially when you have loads of other stuff to do besides blogging, like studying or working, will be the best solution!
If you want more advice about how to manage your blogging life with…the rest of your life, I loved (and actually follow myself) the tips listed by Mattie from mlaceyd.com in this post. The post is targeted for who has a full-time job but of course, the same tips are valid for anyone who has other commitments besides blogging 😉
5 | YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING
I know I already stated it at the beginning but honestly you, yes you who is reading this, I’m so glad you’re here and you’re dedicating a bit of your time reading my posts! Plus, talking about people I would have never thought that the blogging community would have been so such an amazing revelation! Knowing other bloggers, reading their posts, their comments and their experience are so inspiring and encouraging. I had the pleasure to collaborate with some of them (& new collabs are coming soon as well!!) and in all of the cases, it was a great experience!
So, what to say…probably re-starting a blog was one of the best decisions I could take and now I definitely can’t wait to see what will come next! I believe a blog is a representation of yourself kind of so, it will be always learning, expanding and improving hopefully! 😉
Oh, (I think I have to specify this) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do take the points just stated as advice and observations but absolutely NOT as rules, these are thoughts I came out with due to MY experience! 😉
What about you, how’s your blogging journey going? Have you had any pleasant or surprising revelations? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂