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What I Learned My First Year Blogging

January 25, 2017
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Happy 1 year to this blog!  I cannot believe it has already been one year since my first post.  When I started this blog, I had a few goals in mind, but ultimately I just wanted to all of the great things north Dallas has to offer and healthy lifestyle tips.  As of today, I have 176 published posts, new friends and connections, and a drive I did not have a year ago.  In honor of Love You More turning 1, I wanted to what I learned from my first year blogging.

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Blogging is a lot of work

I underestimated how much work actually goes in to blogging.  It takes time to write posts, share them, and respond to comments.  That doesn’t include all the time spent on social media.  If you want your blog to be successful, you have to commit and set aside time to focus on it.  This can be difficult for someone with a full time job, but not impossible.  In September, I shared my tips for blogging and working full time as well as an outline of my schedule.

Blogging is a lot of fun

On the flip side, blogging is a lot of fun.  If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t continue doing it.  I have had many opportunities and experiences this year that I would not have had.  There is something rewarding about hitting the submit button when completing a post, or seeing in shared on social media.  When blogging is no longer fun and becomes a “have to” rather than a “get to,” it is time for a break.  Thankfully, I haven’t reached that point yet and I still enjoy every aspect of it.

Consistency is key

When you start your blog, you need to decide on your posting schedule and stay consistent.  This was a tip I read early on, and have stuck with all year.  Everyone has a different schedule.  There are bloggers that post everyday and some that post once a week or less.  Whatever works with your schedule and you can stick with is perfect, just convey it to your readers with consistency. I decided to publish a post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.  Fortunately, this schedule has worked with me, and I have been able to keep up with it.

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Create a planning calendar

In order to stay consistent, it is helpful to have a planner calendar.  I use Google calendar, because I can access it from any device and easily move things around as needed.  When I have an idea for a post, I add it to the calendar.  If you plan at least two weeks of posts in advance, you won’t have to worry last minute about writing something to stay consistent.  Often, I have a whole month of blog ideas on the calendar to stay ahead.

Don’t compete or compare

There is no benefit in comparing yourself or your blog to other bloggers or blogs.  You will never have the same experiences as they do, and you have your own experiences to share.  Sure, there are hundreds of bloggers I admire and read, but when I start to think “I wish I was more like them” or “they have so many more comments than me” then I lose my authenticity.  Competition can be healthy, but in the blogger world, it is healthier to create community and learn from those you admire.  Bloggers are helpful and many of them want to see you succeed.  When my blogger friends nail an incredible deal or opportunity, I get nothing from being jealous of them.  I find greater joy in being genuinely happy for them.  My time will come too.

Join communities

One of my favorite parts of blogging last year was finding communities to fit in to.  There are many like-minded bloggers in DFW that I have had the opportunity to meet at various events.  I am also a part of the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors and love having the opportunity to sweat with other amazing girl bosses. Discover your niche, and search for like-minded bloggers to meet up with.

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There are also many online blogger communities I have joined and felt connected to.  Find the ones that you can grow from and make connections with bloggers in similar niches.  Facebook has hundreds of blogging and social media groups, so search for your niche and go from there.

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Make connections

If there is a company I am interested in working with, I will reach out to them.  The worst they can say is “no,” so it is worth starting the conversation.  I learned this early on when I was planning my 80s Barre and Bubbles charity event for the Movemeant Foundation.  Most of the places I contacted were more than willing to lend a hand or a prize for the raffle.  If you have the opportunity to work with a company you love, stay in contact with them.  When I partner with someone, I always try to go above and beyond what I am expected to do.  Then, we have a relationship and can collaborate again in the future.

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It’s ok to say “no”

If you are feeling overwhelmed, say “no.”  Blogging is fun, but it is not my whole life.  I have learned that it doesn’t always come first.  If I can’t finish a post by the original date, I move things around. When there are too many things going on during the week and I need a day to myself, I turn down an event.

This also goes for sponsored opportunities.  If you aren’t passionate about the brand or product, don’t agree to write about it.  You do not have to work with every company that emails you.  It is okay to say no.

There it is, 8 things I have learned from my first year blogging.  I cannot wait to see where 2017 takes me.

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If you are a blogger, how long have you been blogging?  What’s something you have learned? Leave me a comment below!

  • Kirsty January 25, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Great read. I’m only just starting out and loving it, reading this makes me so excited for the future of my blog. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much Kirsty! I am excited for you too. The first year is such an incredible experience.

  • Harmony, Momma To Go January 25, 2017 at 6:11 am

    HAppy 1 year! Love this list! I’m a few months in and still trying to get in my groove.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you!! Getting your groove is the first step to success. You are doing a great job! Keep it up. 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks January 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Happy 1 year! You have been an inspiration since your very first blog post, and I’ve loved reading your blog the past year. I’ve learned many of these things over the course of time and they really have been game changers when it comes to building a successful blog. Can’t wait to see what year 2 holds for you! <3

    PS I could NOT agree with you more on not competing or comparing. This has been a HUGE lesson learned, that's for sure!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Rebecca, you are so sweet and have been such an amazing cheerleader throughout this year! I am excited for you and your blog this year too. 😀 You are doing great work! Hugs!

  • Belle January 25, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Happy 1 year! Some of these I am still learning but I’m still pretty new to this!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you, Belle! You’re doing a great job too!!

  • Anna January 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Happy 1 year. I love blogging it’s a lot of fun, even my husband is enjoying it.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! I do too. My husband enjoys it too. 🙂

  • Charlotte January 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Happy anniversary! You have such a beautiful home here, and I’m glad that you have discovered what works and what doesn’t for you. I’m trying to stick with consistency too and so far (knocks wood) it’s been working. I love that you plan out your posts so far in advance–that’s really impressive!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Charlotte. It has been such a great learning experience. I have to stay ahead for my sanity.

  • Bonnie Marrow January 25, 2017 at 8:27 am

    So I wasn’t going to post a blog today…then I read this and put on my blogging pants to stay consistent 😊

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Awh, Thank you for telling me that. Glad to hear that this post inspired you to post that delicious recipe!!

  • Leah | Five for the Road January 25, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Congrats on 1 year!! That is awesome! Your tips are spot on. Saying “no” and not comparing are good lessons.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you! It has flown by. Those are the two things that hit me the hardest this year. 🙂

  • Casey January 25, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Great post! As a new blogger, I found this very helpful! I plan to check out your blogging and working full time post too!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you, Casey! I am glad you found it helpful and I hope you enjoyed the other post as well.

  • Clarissa January 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

    The “Don’t Compete or Compare” is the hardest part about blogging for me…it’s so hard not to! I’m trying to focus solely on my work but jeeezzzz, sometimes you feel so behind….lol

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here </a

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      It can be hard for sure. Sometimes I struggle with social media numbers, but I have to remind myself that that is not what it is all about. You’re doing great!

  • Margaret Paige January 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I love this!! Happy one year and thanks for the tips!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you so much! It has been a whirlwind. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by.

  • Jasmine January 25, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I really enjoyed this post. I just started my Blog on Jan 1st and I love learning from other bloggers. I also work full time so I and going to check out your post on blogging and working full time.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Jasmine! It has been such a crazy year. I hope you have a fun and successful year! Working and blogging is hard work, but you can do it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • Alexa Brooks January 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Happy Anniversary! that cake you have looks delicious!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you, Alexa! It’s a Nothing Bundt Cake…so good!

  • Krysten January 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Happy 1 year! I just turned a year a couple of weeks ago, I learned a lot of the same things that you learned. I never thought about joining communities helping the blog, although I have joined communities, I thought it was just for myself!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Yay! We have close blogiversaries! The communities are for you for sure, but they also help my blog by collaborating, sharing each other’s posts and support when I feel stuck. 🙂

  • Mistle January 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Congrats on your one year blogging anniversary!!! Blogging is so much work! I never realized that until I started. I work a FT job, so it can be a little tough to find a balance between the two but I get it done. Comparing yourself to other bloggers is a huge no-no. It can hurt your blog a lot. I did that for awhile and then I realized that it was okay to not be where other bloggers are at. We all have different journeys.

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Mistle! The amount of work was my first realization, and it happened very early on. You are spot on with the comparison thing. Keep up the amazing work! You are doing great.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. January 25, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Happy bloggiversary! You have such an established blog for only writing for a year! I’m so impressed 🙂 I enjoy reading your blog a lot!

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much Divya! That means the world to me. 🙂

  • Melissa Blake January 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What great insight! I agree that posting consistently is key…it’s something that always been at the top of my priority list! Happy anniversary to you! xoxo

    • Jessica January 25, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you, Melissa!

  • -CAP- from The Art of Posivita January 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Congratulations! I enjoyed reading this, since I am a beginner blogger. It seems there is so much to learn and my to-do list never ends! There’s something so exciting and satisfying about blogging, though, and it’s nice to see how far you’ve come in only 1 year. It gives me a vision for how I hope my first year will go! I hope to connect sometime since we are both in the Dallas metroplex!
    -CAP-

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much! I agree, it is completely satisfying. Yay! Love meeting other DFW bloggers. There’s a lot of us, but it is such a great community!

  • Dominique January 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I can’t believe it’s only been a year! Your blog is so well done I thought you must have been doing it for a long time. Love hearing your insights as well, and very impressive that you work full time and maintain the blog too 🙂

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Dominique! That means a lot. 🙂

  • Cassandra January 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Yes it’s hard for those who have to work full time. It’s been challenging to me but definitely not impossible. Thank you for sharing and Happy Anniversary:-) -Cass from sugarsaltspice.com

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health January 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    such wise tips! i think connection is such a huge thing and saying no is something im doing more of. .

  • Annette Dattilo January 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Great post! Your joy and love for blogging shines through. As a new blogger since December I’m soaking up as much as I can on what bloggers have learned through there journey. I love that…it has been so helpful in prepping my mindset in the right direction.
    I’m learning it is a lot of work, but that strive for consistency has helped keep me inspired and excited about the whole process. The part that has moved me the most about blogging is the powerful community all bloggers seem to share. It really does feel like one big family lifting each other up as we all do our own individual unique thing. Pretty powerful! Thank you so much for sharing Jessica! Happy 1 yr Blogaversary! 😊

  • Thirty30Courtney January 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    First, congrats on making it to one year fellow Dallas blogger! Secondly, you have learned some major keys that I wish I had learned in my first year. Keep up the fabulous work and hopefully we can eventually connect in the city.

  • Jessica Kromer January 25, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Happy first birthday to your blog! I agree with learning that blogging is a lot of work. I don’t think many people know the amount of work it takes to run a successful blog. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons January 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Such truths! We’re having to cut back on our posting schedules (Between us we also have husbands, 2 kids a piece, and 2 full time jobs). blogging is busy-and even with the duties split, we’ve decided to focus on quality over quantity. But we also LOVE it, so it is totally worth it!

  • Francesca January 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    What an amazing post ! I’ve been blogging for a couple of years but I still don’t have a steady pace as all my other project & freelance jobs have to take priority. I’ll try to follow some of your tips though 💖

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks for reading Francesca, Your blog is beautiful. Honestly, my job takes priority over my blog because it is way more important.

  • Amy @ myincomejourney.com January 26, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I’m in my 7th month blogging and feel like I’m still brand new. The time goes so quickly! Congrats on making it to your 1 year mark and for doing so well. It is a lot of work!!

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      It does!! Thank you so much. It is hard work, but so much fun.

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife January 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Happy anniversary! Your tips from your first year hold true when you get to your 12th like me 🙂 Love how you put that blogging is hard work as the first one. So true! Here’s to many more years of sharing great content!

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you so much! 12 years?! I can’t even imagine that. Way to go!

  • Sarah Jean Althouse January 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

    “It’s a lot of work” and “it’s a lot of fun” just about hits it on the head!

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Right?! Thank you! It’s more work than I imagined, but more fun than I thought it would be.

  • Julia January 26, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Awesome read! I really like your tip of making a calendar! We just started using one on Daisy Jar so hopefully that’ll help us along! 🙂

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks, girl! I hope it helps a lot! Love your blog! it’s beautiful.

  • Maggie Unzueta January 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve been blogging since 2010. It’s changed A LOT. I wish I had half the resources new bloggers have today. You’re doing great. Awesome blog.

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Wow! Way to go!! We are very lucky to have all of the things we have, for sure.

  • Natalie Loves Beauty January 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Not comparing yourself to or competing with others is so important – we are all on our own paths.

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you!! It really is. 🙂

  • Sam @ The Haunted Housewife January 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Happy blogiversary! You’ve done so good! Here’s to many more years of awesomeness! 🙂

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you! I sincerely hope so!

  • Danielle Greco January 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Happy one year bloggiversary!!! So exciting!! I agree with everything you’ve said! Especially about community. That’s been my fav part!

    • Jessica January 26, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Danielle! The community is my favorite part too!

  • Michelle January 26, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Yeah social media is a real time suck! Over 170 posts in a year is super impressive.

    • Jessica January 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thank you, Michelle! I completely agree. It takes so much time, but it is a great way to engage with others.

  • Lexi January 27, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Happy blogiversary!!! What an exciting milestone. It looks like you have made some amazing connections!

    • Jessica January 28, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thank you, Lexi! The connections made have been the best part.

  • Willow January 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Great tips! Blogging definitely is time consuming, but so much fun! I love the learning process. There’s so much to know.

    • Jessica January 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Yes! I agree. There will always be something new to learn in blogging!

  • Casey January 28, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Congrats on your blogger birthday! I’m not there quite yet, but I agree blogging is a lot of work but also so fun…and I have met some amazing people through blogging!

    • Jessica January 28, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Thank you, Casey! Blogging is simply the best.

  • Nadine Cathleen January 31, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Totally agree! But the consistency…I’m still working very hard on it. Sometimes I write a lot and don’t stop but then I am busy with other stuff for a week. I guess scheduling helps haha
    Nadine Cathleen | Karateandcaviar.com

  • Jenn March 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I came across your blog because your post on your Chair Cardio Routine was on Pinterest. I just had a tumor removed from my femur 4 weeks ago. I have been looking for non weight baring exercises/seated exercises. I loved that post so I started to poke around. Holy cow! I am in in love! I am on a 3 month medical leave due to the surgery so I am looking for something to do with my time. I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog. This post made me want to go ahead and give it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jessica March 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Jenn, Thank you so much for comment! I hope you heal quickly from your surgery! *hugs*