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6 Things I’ve Learned From 6 Months of Blogging

I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I started blogging! The past 6 months have been busy, stressful, crazy, FUN, and I’ve learned so so much! Who knew blogging would take up literally hours and hours out of my day? I sure didn’t. But now that I’m here, I am fully dedicated and happier than I have ever been.

I get to vent, share, inspire, make people laugh, and I love that! I get to share my side of motherhood, which could take up pages and pages of this blog if I had the time to write it all down! Which I will, eventually 😉

6 Things I've Learned from 6 Months of Blogging _ Just One Mommy's Opinion(2)

Here are some things I’ve learned in my 6 months of blogging..

  1. Blogging takes up a lot more time than you think it does. There are so many steps that go into publishing an article. Not only do you have to spend a huge amount of time writing it and making sure it’s up to par, you have to share, advertise, create pics, add links, and spell check, just to name a few. It’s a long process.
  2. Once you really start getting involved in the blogging community, you will meet a lot of awesome people….. and some not so awesome people. I’ve learned that the hard way. Blogging is mostly made up of women, (there ARE quite a few men too) and a couple of the women I’ve met are just catty and drama queens. It’s unfortunate.
  3. You must have a thick skin. I’m still working on this one. But it really is a must if you’re going to put all your thoughts out there for everyone to read. If you ask for constructive criticism from fellow bloggers, it can be hard to handle. And when you don’t ask for anyone’s opinions, and they tell you anyways, that’s when you REALLY need to keep it together, brush it off and move on. Not everyone has the same thoughts as you. And that is SO okay. It’s what makes you unique. And people like unique. So keep doing what you’re doing!
  4. Making money doing this is harder than it looks. I’ve made some income doing blogging, but it doesn’t come easy. Putting ads on your blog basically does NOTHING unless you have a huge amount of traffic, which I still don’t. My money has mostly come from doing reviews. Which I love. If you’re thinking of getting started, PLEASE don’t sell yourself short, CHARGE MONEY to review products. No one should work for free. Even if you are getting a free product. No. Like I said, creating a post takes a TON of work. Charge some money for it people!
  5. SEO is everything. If you want to get noticed on Google, Yahoo, or Bing, you’ve got to have great SEO. There are plenty of plugins that help you in this process. Take advantage of it! Tag, Tag, Tag.. And make sure you have an enticing title! If you wouldn’t want to click on it and read more, chances are no one else will either. Take the time to make sure it’s a clickable title.
  6. Who knew I actually enjoyed writing? I’ve never thought of myself as a writer. Not in the least bit. But I have finally found something that takes up my time in a positive way and maybe even sometimes encourages people. You don’t know how good it feels to see a comment that says how a fellow mom laughed while reading my post because they could totally relate to it and it made their day. Me?! I made your day by writing something??? It makes me extremely happy.

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28 Comments

  1. I love this post!
    I really want my readers to know about this too! I want to share this in my weekly series called “Roll Out The Red Carpet Thursday” – I share bloggers’ amazing posts that I’ve found during the week. I hope that’ ok! Have a great night!
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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much!!

  2. Congrats on your first six months, and I agree with all your points! I think blogging is one of those things that can fill up however much time you have – lucky we enjoy it! 🙂
    annabelt @ geeks diet recently posted…Housework Workout Review: The Stepford Wives and ClairobicsMy Profile

  3. Blogging is definitely hard work. I have 2 blogs but I haven’t really been working on my other one as much. I have to get back to it.

    I love blogging though! I love writing though. That’s probably why I love to blog so much. I think most of the work is promoting. That takes up a lot of time. It’s all worth it though! Congratulations on your 6 month mark! May you have many more great blogging years to come! Thanks for sharing this with us!
    Maketta recently posted…How To Write Long Blog PostsMy Profile

    1. I can’t imagine having two blogs! Wow, lots of hard work..

  4. Rose

    Blogging is def. a lot of work. I think those who have a love for it though, enjoy that hard work. I know I do. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth O.

    I only have 2 blogs and it takes me so much to work on them. Writing the articles takes a lot of time, plus I need more time to promote them in different social media channels. Blogging is hard work.

  6. I agree, blogging is a lot of work and yes, SEO is everything. You really have to work on this if you want people to know about your blog.
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  7. You are so right. Blogging is not for the faint of heart. It is A LOT of work!!!
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  8. Congrats on hitting the 6 month mark! I agree that blogging does take more time than anyone can imagine but I am glad you enjoy writing.
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  9. As someone who has jumped into this again for the 2nd time I can certainly say it takes a lot of time to post blog articles. I’ve been posting articles 30 days straight and it’s tough! I would also agree I’ve met some fantastic people online. And yes there’s a few of us guys out there lol. I haven’t found a good way to monitize the blog yet but I’m really just focusing on creating good and useful content. Thanks for all te geat tips!
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  10. Love this post… congrats on making it 6 months! I didn’t expect blogging to be such a big time commitment either! It’s so much fun though!
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  11. Great article. You make some very good points.

  12. Writing seriously makes me happy, so I totally agree with that one. Who knew? I’ve been blogging on and off since 1997/8 and I love it more now than ever!

    1. That’s so encouraging! I hope I can stay with blogging for the long haul. I really, really love it!

  13. Congrats on 6 months! I’m pretty new, and I have to agree it takes a lot more work than I thought it would. Sorry you’ve met some not so nice people along the way, but I hope the good ones make up for it .
    Shann Eva recently posted…Toddlers at the DentistMy Profile

    1. Ya know, I’m learning to just let it go when it comes to the meanies of the internet. They have nothing better to do! But I’ve met some super helpful, wonderful people online who have helped me grow in my blogging journey. And I’m so thankful for that!

  14. Well congratulations on your 6th month and here’s to 6 more and beyond!!!
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  15. Blogging does take time but you can schedule on your time. To me I am having to much fun to stop.
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    1. I totally need to get better at scheduling! I’m so bad at that..

  16. I have been blogging for 5 years and still have so much to learn. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Rachel Mouton recently posted…Rock Out With Ricki And The Flash #RickiAndTheFlashMy Profile

    1. I wonder if I will ever stop learning of new blogging facts. With social media constantly changing, I doubt I will ever even be close to knowing it all!

  17. Blogging is extremely time consuming and if you want to make something from it, you need to dedicate even more time. Blogging/Vlogging is my full-time job, and I love it, but people don’t realize the intense work it takes!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…GUEST POST: How I Became Empowered By My “History”My Profile

    1. It really is a lot of work. But some people love doing this type of work, like you and me! 😉

  18. Totally agree! I spent days figuring out what to write for my blog. But I am happy to do it! I have too meet so many awesome people! Love the bloggers life <3

    1. I agree. I occasionally get writers block, but then something will happen in my life and I’m like, “Oh that’s a great blog topic!”

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