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    10 Things I’ve Learned Since Starting A Blog

    10 Things I've Learned Since Starting a Blog

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months that I’ve been blogging here at Amidst the Chaos. But on the other hand, it feels like I’ve been at it for years. Before I ever started this blog, I knew that it wasn’t going to be just a hobby blog but rather I wanted this to be my new “job” where I could make money with it. I thought I knew how much work I was going to need to put into it and boy, was I ever wrong! It’s about 10 times MORE work than I ever imagined. I’m not complaining AT ALL, but rather, reflecting on how much I’ve learned and worked over the past six months.

    I find that I am at a point now where I am getting weekly private messages and emails from other bloggers and friends who are considering blogging asking me two things: 1) how can they achieve that same layout, look and feel as I have with this blog and 2) how am I growing my brand and site to the point it is at now. 

    For me, I don’t have a superstar blogger in my life that I know personally. When I first started this blog, I will honestly admit that I had maybe read a handful of blogs before. I wasn’t overly familiar with the world of blogging and without having someone to really guide me through it, there was some trial and error. It’s been A LOT of research and asking questions. It’s been A LOT of work and not enough sleep. But it’s all been worth it as I sit back and reflect what this blog has achieved in six short months.

    10 Things I've Learned Since Starting a Blog

    So I thought that I would do a post today where I can try to answer those questions for my blogger friends and anyone else who might be interested in possibly starting a blog. I am by no means an expert AT ALL and still have so much to learn. Even in just six months, I find that the game is constantly changing and therefore I am daily learning new things to incorporate into my blog and brand.

    10 Things I’ve Learned Since Starting a Blog 

    1. Have a Game Plan & Set Goals
    Before you even think about launching a blog, have a game plan in mind. In the same way a sports team would never go into a major sporting event without a plan of how to win, you do not want to enter the blogging arena without your own strategies in mind. 

    Especially if you are wanting to monetize (make money) your blog, you are going to need to think through your purpose, your niche, your targeted readers and your platform. This will become the mission and purpose of your blog and it’s crucial that this is set in place either before you start your blog or very early on to help keep you on task and focused. 

    Once you know what your game plan is, you must set goals. Where do you want to be in six months from now? What do you want your blog to achieve? How many times a week do you want to post? It’s crucial that you plan this out ahead of time to help keep you on track and make your blog successful.

    2. Blog With a Purpose to Build Your Brand
    To further our first point, you want to make sure you are always blogging with a purpose that will ultimately help you build your brand. You don’t want to blog about anything and everything. You want to pick your  niche and try to stick within it. And then everything you do should reflect that purpose. 

    You are wanting to build your brand across everything you do. So you want to make sure that whatever you are blogging about, that it will always point back to your brand and stick in line with it. This includes partnerships with specific brands: there have been some brands that have contacted me and I have decided not to work with them because either it wasn’t beneficial to me and/or it didn’t keep in line with my brand messaging.

    3. Great Content & Consistency Are Paramount
    This is huge. You want to sure you have great content and consistent content. You can have a fabulous design and even a large enough social media following, but if you don’t have great content, people aren’t going to want to read your blog.

    People have often asked me how I have so much content. Well when I was in that planning phase, before I ever launched my blog, I made a MASSIVE list of everything and anything I could blog about, that fit within my niche (which is food and lifestyle). No exaggeration, there are over 100 items on that list and growing. From recipes to past events to my favorite places, I have a huge list that I can always pull from if I’m ever stuck for content. Some days, I am inspired by something totally new and that’s what I choose to blog about. But it’s important to always have a place where you can refer back to.

    Sticking with great content, you also want to make sure you are consistent with when and how you post. I threw in an extra post a few weeks ago and one of my readers actually commented “Oh that’s weird, you never post on Thursdays!” They are paying attention. Keep it consistent. And be realistic with those goals (back to point #1). If you don’t have enough content to post three times a week, then don’t! If it’s only once a week, that’s fine. But be consistent with it and make it great!

    4. Hustle Hard
    You are going to have to work much harder than you thought you would. If you really want to make blogging a full time job and a source of income for yourself, you will have to hustle and hustle hard. 

    This is a business you are creating…a brand. You are the boss, the CEO, the chief executive. You are doing ground breaking work that’s never been done before because it’s unique to YOU. While that can seem scary and daunting to some, for us creative entrepreneurs, it’s exciting. But it also means it’s going to require A LOT of work. 

    I don’t really have “down time” anymore. Whenever I’m free, I’m working on the blog. I don’t watch tv shows that often because I’d rather spend my time at night doing stuff for the blog. I’m ok with that because that was part of the ultimate goal to make my blog into a brand and ultimately a source of income for our family. 

    The hustle is real and not for the faint of heart. You will only get from your blog what you are willing to put into it.

    [Tweet “You will only get from your blog what you are willing to put into it. #amidstthechaos #thehustleisreal”]

    5. Networking
    No one builds a blog and a brand alone. You want to find yourself great blogging friends who will be there for support you and help you along the way. Facebook blogging communities are HUGE. This is where I’ve met most of my blogging friends, some of whom have become really great friends of mine.

    Find groups that you want to be a part of and become an active member in them. If you want comments, likes and shares on  your posts, make sure you are doing the same for others on their posts. Organize giveaways and link parties and guest posts with some of your new blogging buds. In the end, this will only help boost your blog. It does require time, but it is worth it to invest in others along the way. 

    6. Constantly Be Learning
    As I’ve mentioned above, this blogosphere is constantly changing. You need to be always learning. Being a part of those blogging communities is a great way to learn. You can ask questions and get helpful tips from other seasoned bloggers. 

    There are also loads of free webinars out there from expert bloggers. Sign up for their newsletters and soak in as much as you can. Don’t think you know it all, cause truth be told, none of us do. I am always on the look out for new ideas, new campaigns, new networks to join up with. It will only make you better as a blogger. 

    While anyone can start a blog, not everyone can have a successful one. In the same way you have educated yourself for whatever career path you’ve taken, you must do so with blogging too. There is TONS of information out there, so start searching for it, studying it and applying it to your blog.

    7. Marketing
    You can have the best blog, filled with the most amazing content but if you aren’t sharing with people other than your family and friends, it’s really nothing more than a glorified personal Facebook page. Boom, there, I said it. Unless your goal is to simply have an online journal that is mainly for your family and friends, you need to be spending a lot of your time marketing your blog. 

    I recently heard in a webinar that blogging is really 20% writing great content and the other 80% is marketing that content. He went as so far to say that there really is no point in blogging if you aren’t sharing with new readers. I tend to agree. Always be on the lookout for how to find new readers. You can do this through Facebook blogger communities, as I’ve mentioned before, through partnering with brands, through guest posting on other blogs. There are tons of different ways. Be creative, put yourself out there and you will start seeing a big boost in your blog reach.

    8. Get Social & Engage With Your Readers
    I have a friend who has been blogging for some time and she only ever shared her blogs with her friends and family through her personal Facebook page. I was on her case for a while telling her that she desperately needed to branch out and start using more social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook fan pages, Instagram and Pinterest, to start gaining more readership. This allows you to broaden your audience as well as connect with more bloggers and brands. 

    Once you begin doing this, it’s important to make sure you are engaging with your readers. When someone leaves you a comment, respond back. You are having an online conversation with these people and you don’t want it to be all one way. You want to hear from your readers because this means they are reading and are invested in what you are sharing. This is how you are ultimately building your brand. 

    9. Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons
    I’m not even sure where this expression came from, but I’m loving it! Some of the best advice I was ever given was to NOT do everything else that you see all the other bloggers do, but try your own unique things.There are obviously some tried and true avenues to take when blogging, but as a creative, especially in an industry that has millions of other competitors, make sure you stand out. There are well over 250 MILLION blogs worldwide! Let that number set in for a minute…250 MILLION! So how are YOU going to stand out amongst those millions? What unique gifts and talents do you bring to the table? Why should people read your blog versus the other millions out there?
    Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

    10. Become an Expert
    People are looking at YOU to tell them how to do things. How to make something, how to cook a certain food, how to decorate their house, how to save their money, how to organize their home, etc, etc, etc. You are a perceived expert in their eyes, even if you don’t feel like one. When you post about something, you need to come across like you have authority on that subject. You want buy-in, you want your readers to feel confident in what you are telling them to do and how to do it. 

    Even if you don’t feel like you are an expert, you need to start taking the stance of one. Do your research before EVERY SINGLE POST. Don’t just assume things, know what you are talking about…even if you just learned it five minutes before you posted it. People are counting on YOU to know what you are talking about. So learn and present it well.

    [Tweet “10 Things I’ve Learned Since Starting a Blog #amidstthechaos #blogging”]

    Well there you have it, my Top 10 things I’ve learned since starting this blog. There are honestly so many other things I’ve learned as well and like I said, I’m constantly learning. I will be starting to share more on specific areas I’ve learned about such as growing your social media, partnering with brands, etc. So be on the lookout for those in the coming months.

    I want to take one final minute to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all my faithful readers and supporters. You guys are the reason why I do this and have allowed me to continue on with this. This is only just the beginning. I honestly have some amazing things lined up…you aren’t going to want to miss them! 

    Love & Blessings,





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  • Reply Brittany Bergman June 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Yay! Congrats on 6 months of blogging, my friend! I wholeheartedly agree with all these lessons. When I started out, I suspected blogging would be a lot of work, but I had no idea just what that meant! #3 has served me so well. Like you, before I even launched my blog, I made a huge list of all the possible things I could write about within my niche and wrote a solid 3 months of posts so I could start out ahead. It has helped me survive the busier weeks and not feel stressed about running out of content.

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Brittany! And that’s awesome that you got ahead with so much content. What I did was built pre-existing content (on my web designers recommendation) so that when people came to read for the first time, there would be other posts already on there for them to read too. I would like to write a few more posts as back-ups for busier days though! xox

      • Reply Kaaren June 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm

        I’m getting ready to launch and I have ask so many bloggers how many post to write ahead. You and Brittany had finally answered my question. Thanks for that, to both of you. My question: What do you mean by “building a pre-existing” content? I thought I’d post several post to start for that same reason but this pre-existing sounds even better. How is that done? Also, what is a reasonable goal for 6 months?

        Thanks for your informative post.

        • Reply Christine June 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

          Pre-existing content just means that you have posts already published. My blog was actually “live” for a few months before I launched. But no one knew about it so it didn’t really matter. This way I could build up my content so that when I officially launched, I already had posts on my site for my readers to read. Make sense? Hope that helps! Best of luck! xox

          • Kenna June 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

            What do you mean by “launched”? How did you launch it and how did you market it?

          • Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

            What I mean by launching my blog is when I started it. I promoted it for a few weeks amongst my friends and family via various social media outlets and then I did a launch party with some of my closest girlfriends to celebrate the launch of the blog.

  • Reply Maegan Dockery June 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing! I LOVE that Be a Flamingo saying; so cute! #PeonyProjectLove

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Maegan! We will have it up in our online shop soon so watch out for it! xox

  • Reply Kayla June 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Networking has been a HUGE part of growing my blog. I’ve only been at it for about a month and a half now, and I’m impatient, so I would love for my blog to be growing faster, but I just take it one day at a time. Thanks for the great insight!

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      I am SUPER impatient as well Kayla, so I hear ya on that. It does take time…and networking and landing some great opportunities. Just keep at it and you will see it grow! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Tricia McKenley June 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Awesome tips. Keep up the amazing work 🙂

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much Tricia! xox

  • Reply Jessica June 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    GREAT post….you certainly said it without even holding back. I remember when I started blogging I researched a lot and I emailed other bloggers to review my blog and to at least give me a hand or help guide me and only 2 out of the many that I emailed laid it out for me the others were very secretive. I agree…I just found out about blogging communities a couple months ago and they have helped out a bunch. I see other established bloggers that I read in these communities and I am like what, no way. If I found out about these communities when I first started blogging I probably would have been more consistent and motivated. Thanks doll for spilling the truth.

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      My pleasure Jessica! Thanks for reading! And I hear ya, some don’t care to share or don’t have the time. I guess I feel I have to share because that’s the only way I have learned, is from others sharing. The blogging communities have been paramount for me and I’m so grateful for the ones I’m involved in! xox

  • Reply Rachel June 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Such a great read and I could find a lot of the points relevant. I think the marketing aspect of blogging can be quite difficult. To me, producing content is the fun part. But having to network, build relationships, comment can be very time consuming!

    The Runaway Journal

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      It is very time consuming and the not-so-fun aspects of blogging. But if wanting to build a brand and business, you gotta do it! Thanks for stopping by Rachel! xox

  • Reply Emily, Our house now a home June 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    These are great tips. Congrats on your 6 month blogging anniversary! You are doing so good, I had not idea you had just started out. I think the hustle one is huge, it can all seem like fun and games. But, I am constantly putting myself out there, reaching out to sites, brands, bigger blogs, anything to get my name out there. The community of fellow bloggers is something that has been such a pleasant surprise. I had no idea this existed. I sort of assumes it was every person for themselves, I mean they are technically the competition. It is not like that at all though, the community is so supportive and eager to help each other. I get excited when I see a blogging friend get a huge deal, feature, or launch something. BTW, 250 million…. um, that is ridiculously intimidating….

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      RIGHT?! When I read that stat I was like “Oh my!” HA! And I couldn’t agree more about the blogging communities! I have absolutely LOVED getting to know other bloggers and there is no jealousy…it’s more like inspiring and learning from others! So good!

  • Reply Stephanie June 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    SOLID advice. I definitely look to you as my blogging Mama xox

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Awe! That means a lot Steph! Thank you love! xox

  • Reply Melissa Deason June 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    As a new blogger, I found this extremely helpful! Thank you so much for all the tips, pointers and advice!

    -Melissa Deason

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      My pleasure Melissa! Enjoy the ride! xox

  • Reply Traci@tracesoffaith June 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Congrats! Your list was good. I think I’ve learned a similar key lesson: Blogging will take as much time as you have to give it. I’ve had to really prioritize where my time and skills are best utilized.

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by Traci! xox

  • Reply Jody @easypeasymom June 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Love these tips! I’m a newbie blogger only a few months in and am trying to soak up all the info I can! It can be overwhelming at times but definitely worth it. You mentioned some good free webinars about blogging, any in particular you would recommend? Congrats on your 6 month blogging anniversary, I love the design of your blog!

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Jody! Anything Marie Forleo is FAB! She has her MarieTV and has so much great info on making your business amazing. Sean Kim from The Growth List does free webinars and I’ve learned lots from him. There are so many others out there…those are the two that come to mind. Search them out and learn all that you can! Best of luck Jody! xox

  • Reply Stephanie @ Casa Watkins June 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Great advice! I’ve been blogging for 6 months now and I definitely agree with the 80% marketing, lol. I love blogging and connecting with readers. Thank you for sharing your lessons learned.

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      My pleasure Stephanie! xox

  • Reply Aubrey June 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Perfect! I’ve been blogging for years, and although I’ve learned the same lessons it’s good to be reminded. I especially agree with the always keep learning.

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks Aubrey! So much to learn, right?! xox

  • Reply Holly Housewife June 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    You said it sister!!
    Such a great resource for people wondering about the blog world!
    It is 100million x the amount of work I thought it would be (well at the beginning I wasn’t sure if it was a just for me blog or something more, it’s turned into more because of all the fantastic people I’ve met!)
    And now I am addicted.
    Most definitely a do or die commitment and it’s tough but has become my love!

    I do not want to be a pigeon! Ha :))

    • Reply Christine June 10, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Ha! Me neither my friend! And I agree, when you find your passion, you just gotta keep going for it! Glad we’ve connected! xox

  • Reply LiNdsay June 10, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    It’s such a learning process and it’s so crazy at times but I love it all the same. It really really is a lot of hard work, but well worth it, especially if you put your heart and soul into making it a success.

  • Reply Katy June 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats on 6 months! You’ve established a great blog and by far are way more dedicated than I ever was at 6 months! I think I only had a handful of posts!!!

  • Reply Ashleigh June 11, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I couldn’t agree more! I also have been blogging for just over 6 months and I had no idea what I was getting into (in a good way). Your #4 is my life…I have stopped watching tv, stopped reading romance novels before bed and even my work outs have suffered bc I just want to blog in my free time. With 3 kids and a hubby, hustling for the blog has a whole new meaning. Thank you for posting!!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Absolutely! Same here…workouts have taken a back seat. It’s A LOT of work…but I love it! xox

  • Reply Angie June 11, 2015 at 1:47 am

    You have done an amazing job in 6 months! I’ve been at it a year, but I still have so much to improve on and narrow down, this was very well written and helpful. Thanks!!

  • Reply Mona June 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Hustle hard is definitely a big one! I never thought blogging would be as hard as it actually is.

  • Reply Lindsey Smallwood June 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This is a great list Christine, I’ve found that I’ve had to shape my goals and what I want to write about really quickly because it’s tempting to jump on every bandwagon that comes along. So good to have goals and a focus in place. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks June 11, 2015 at 10:22 am

    LOVE this! I adore all things blogging tip related, one thing i would add to your list is to join linky after linky they are so helpful for growing your blog and gaining a tribe. Don’t forget to push yourself on Twitter people love to connect and always say hi!

    Ooh and on that note, now I’ve tweeted you I’m going to go find you and add you. And then I am going to ask you to join in with my new linky coming on the 29th #blogstorm which is all things blog tip related!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Sounds good Laura. I have done a few linky’s but quite honestly, I never found they really showed much return. I am though going to start hosting a link party and I’m hoping that will reap great benefits! xox

  • Reply Sarah June 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Great tips! Thanks for putting together this helpful information for other bloggers. It looks like you’ve had great success in just 6 months.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

      My pleasure Sarah! Thanks for reading! xox

  • Reply Alison @ Puppies & Pretties June 11, 2015 at 10:38 am

    This is such great advice! The flamingo saying is spot on. The one thing I struggle with is having enough time. While I love blogging, I also just need down time. I like my TV shows and reading books! 🙂 I’m constantly trying to figure out the right balance for me.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

      It is all about balance! xox

  • Reply alicia June 11, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I’ve been blogging the same amount of time you have and am no where near where you are! I’ve had a hard time figuring out my niche but now that I have I’m trying to focus my content. Saving this post!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Awesome! You will get there girl! Just keep at it! xox

  • Reply Cynthia June 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Wow, what great tips! I am pinning the post for continued reference.

    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thanks so much Cynthia! xox

  • Reply Natasha June 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Congrats on 6 months sister! This is a great list and I agree with you, I can’t believe how much work this takes! But it is so much fun too! I think one of my favorite things has been making bloggy friends! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Natasha! My pleasure! xox

  • Reply Shelah June 11, 2015 at 11:04 am

    You really have done an amazing job in a short time. I can use these tips!

  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors June 11, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Love the flamingo in a flock of pigeons, what a fantastic motto!

  • Reply Brittany June 11, 2015 at 11:16 am

    So happy to find your blog from the group–it’s so pretty! I agree networking is so important especially with other bloggers. For the most part I think we’re all in it to help another.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Absolutely! Glad that you stopped in Brittany! Excited for what’s to come! xox

  • Reply Annie @ Annie's Noms June 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This is a wonderful post! I wish I had this list when I started blogging!! I’ve been blogging as a job for just over a year now and I definitely agree with it being more work than you could ever imagine and I’m the same, there isn’t much down time! A lot of people don’t seem to understand that it’s a one woman show, so it’s like I have 12 jobs! They think I just make something then sit on my butt the rest of the week haha!! It’s not like you can turn the internet off at 6pm and say that’s it, my blog is closed for the day!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

      LOL! Exactly! Totally hear ya Annie! xox

  • Reply Heather @ DeansListBlog June 11, 2015 at 11:23 am

    6 Months!!! Yeah girl!! I really wish I were better at networking – i’m in a lot of communities, but I feel I mostly just get comments or likes for the fun of it and not real networking? Who knows. But that’s my goal for the month is to make some good blog friends.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

      You can do it girl! Just keep at it! Find blogs you love and just keep getting to know the bloggers. It will come! xox

  • Reply Nicole June 11, 2015 at 11:39 am

    These are tough lessons! I started my blog as a way of sharing my family moments with friends and family who live far away and have only in the past year started finding my niche and started trying to form my own identity and brand. This is a great post!

  • Reply Charlotte June 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Wow!Your very informative , thank you for posting this for others, Great Blog!!

  • Reply Meg @ Green With Decor June 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I love this! I agree with every point – networking with other bloggers has been so much fun (and helpful), and social media/marketing are so important. Glad we have connected on this blogging journey 🙂

  • Reply jacynta June 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    congrats on hitting the 6 month mark! you are rockin it! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah-Ann June 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Love this! I enjoy reading any posts about blogging, but I really enjoyed your tips. I’m a newer blogger since I’ve only been working on mine since January. so any tips will help.
    Thanks for sharing & linking up @ Oh My Heartsie Girl. Have a great weekend.
    Sarah-Ann @ Living Intentionally Simple

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Sarah-Ann! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Mary, Living a Sunshine Life June 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I love this list! I’ve been blogging for 2 years, and it took me quite a while to learn some of these. It’s amazing how much having a vision can help!

  • Reply Channing June 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Hustling is my biggest problem right now. I’ve been so busy that some things are suffering…..the struggle is real lol

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

      The struggle is definitely real! But you got this! One thing at a time. xox

  • Reply Shannon Ketchum June 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    GREAT info, thank you so much for sharing. My blog has only been live for about a month, but I have been planning it since December, and I agree it is a TON of work, especially trying to hold down a full-time job and take care of my family, but I love it and I hope one day it can become my only job. I would love to work doing something I love and am so passionate about!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Good for you Shannon! Just keep at it and you will be surprised at what opportunities start to open up! xox

  • Reply Kate June 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Great Tips! I am reworking my brand and goals a little and your post gives me many things to keep in mind. I struggle with feeling like I have too many topics and if I can make that work but I rally love the things I write about.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

      It can be hard to be pulled in so many directions. And truthfully, I do write about A LOT of different things…all under the banner of lifestyle! xox

  • Reply Chelsea June 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Love it, girl! I especially love #9. It’s pretty depressing to know that there are 250 million blogs out there because it seems so competitive…but then again, it’s awesome that there are so many people out there who put their hearts into blogging.Pinning!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Absolutely! Thanks love! xox

  • Reply Megan VW June 11, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Great tips! I love all 10. Shared

  • Reply Erica June 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Christine, I just revamped my site and I must say each one of your points are SPOT on! My FB groups were huge for me during my relaunch and I seriously appreciated the beta testers, extra pushes, and encouragement along the way!

    Very very great tips!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thank you so much Erica! xox

  • Reply Summer June 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Hustle hard! LOVE THAT! Something I go by for sure. 🙂 I agree with everything here – thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Chantal June 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Wow I love this post! There are so many great points here!

  • Reply Sandy June 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Wow! Great advice! I am saving this to read a few more times! Congrats on 6 months!

  • Reply Kayla Daughetee June 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you. I’ve only had a blog for a week and a half, and am also looking to use this as a source of income since I am a stay at home mom! Trying to research and build but still have a lot of questions.

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Best of luck Kayla! Hopefully these were helpful tips! xox

  • Reply claire June 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Yep all of these are right on! Especially love the flamingo quote!

  • Reply Stephanie Benton June 12, 2015 at 12:51 am

    This is an awesome post! Thank you for taking the time to share this information. I am in month 2 of blogging, and did a post of what I learned in the first month. I can’t wait to see where I will be at 6 months! <3

  • Reply Jessica H. June 12, 2015 at 8:19 am

    “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” I love that! These are some great tips. When I started blogging 5 years ago, I did it as hobby. Now, I’m trying to grow a brand and am so thankful for the opportunities blogging has given me. It’s a lot of work, but totally worth it when you’re doing something you love! Great tips!

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Absolutely! Thanks for reading Jessica! xox

  • Reply Crystal @ Dreams, etc. June 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Great tips! Engaging is so important…with people who read your blog and with other bloggers. I don’t think I realized how important it was to network with other bloggers right away. 🙂

    • Reply Christine June 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Right? Huge! That’s totally what’s helped grow my blog is OTHER bloggers! xox

  • Reply Leah June 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

    These are all great observations! Always learning, and be a flamingo, people! Be a flamingo!

    • Reply Christine June 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      RIGHT?! Thanks Leah for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Chelsea June 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Love the article! I am trying now to make goals for myself and stick to them since I tend to be naturally a procrastinator… I have been blogging for 1 month today and it has already brought me so much joy! I cannot wait until I have more reader-engaging. Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

    • Reply Christine June 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      My pleasure Chelsea! Best of luck with it! xox

  • Reply Cheyenne @ Rosevine Cottage Girls June 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    What great tips! Thank you.

  • Reply Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog June 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Great tips! Especially #9. There are so many blogging ‘rules’ that just don’t work for me so I skip them and do my own thing. Much more fun that way.

    • Reply Christine June 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Absolutely! That’s what makes it interesting! xox

  • Reply Vicky June 12, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great post! I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years, but only got serious about late last year. I’ve started networking, improving my site, etc. I’m about to do a huge rebrand with a new name, new site, etc. because of the direction I see myself going and knowing the name I’m currently using just doesn’t fit. But, hustle, hustle, hustle, is the name of the game, lol (once you have all the rest of that down!). I work FT and like you, my evenings and weekends are spent predominately on my website!! But, I love it and I’m going to launching my first e-course (for bloggers!) later this summer, so it’s all coming together :). Congrats on your progress and thanks for sharing your tips!

    • Reply Christine June 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Wow! That all sounds amazing Vicky! Good for you! Can’t wait to see it all unfold! xox

  • Reply twitchetts.com June 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Congrats on the 6 months!! Great tips, keep your goals, and keep on looking for ways to get better. That is the best advice. Thanks!

  • Reply Katelyn Hatton June 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    these are some really great tips! as a new blogger, it was extremely helpful and i’ll definitely be coming back to this post.

  • Reply karyl henry June 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. I LOVE all of these tips!! They are all true, but #4 is a hard truth. Keeping up with everything is A LOT of work, even more so for someone like me who also has a full-time job that’s pretty demanding. I really need to strategize and focus to make sure I’m doing everything I can to market myself

    • Reply Christine June 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      It is hard and a lot of time commitment. Just try and plan everything out and stay focused. That will help! xox

  • Reply Amy @Planning Playtime June 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Congrats on hitting the 6 month mark. Your blog is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing the great things you do.

    • Reply Christine June 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Awe thank you so much Amy! xox

  • Reply Jaclyn June 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    This is a great post! I needed to hear “find your niche!”

  • Reply JcCee B June 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Congrats on 6 months, Christine!! I love all of your tips and they are so true especially number 7. I feel like I spend more time marketing than writing blog posts sometimes.

  • Reply Leighann June 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Great list, Christine! I’ve been blogging for years and just now am looking to be serious about it. Thanks for all the tips.

  • Reply Jacklyn @ Jack's Balancing Act June 19, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Ahh this came at the absolute best time – I’m about a month and a half into blogging and it’s almost hard to believe that I haven’t been doing it forever because it just feels like such a big and important part of my life. That said, I have so so much to learn so this (very well written) post was super appreciated!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      So glad you found this Jacklyn! There is so much to learn! But enjoy the journey! It’s been wonderful for me so far! xox

  • Reply Irene November 11, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Great article! Lots of wise tips….I’m def gonna revisit this read. Starting to think that perhaps my blog has been more of an online journal vibe, rather than a money-maker. Which suits me just fine…for now. But who doesn’t want to generate some extra income via blogging.
    Plus, my ‘spirit animal’ is a flamingo. Totally loved tip #9 🙂

    Looking forward to more great reads here.

    Irene, of Petite Plus, Meow!

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