My blog went live on July 14. I'm blogging for 2.5 months now and I love it even more than I imagined. That small box where I type in my blog posts feels already very familiar and I'm really happy how this blog turned out.
What I've learned so far:
The more you make/write the more ideas you have
I'm sure you've read this already somewhere else and I have to say, it is true. One of my fears before I started blogging was to not have enough to write or share. That I'll run out of ideas and sit in front of my computer screen and don't know what to write about. But the opposite happened. While I was working on a project for the blog or wrote something there were always new ideas coming from that one thing I was doing. I have a long list of ideas and I won't run out of blog posts for a few months.
You need to take time for blogging
Blogging takes time. You have to map out your idea, make photos, edit the photos and finally write the words for your blog post. But also afterwards you have to calculate some time for answering blog comments or to promote a blog post on social media sites. A few weeks ago I timed how long it takes me to write some blog posts. And right now I need around 10 minutes to make photos for a blog post, 20 minutes to edit them and 50 minutes to actually write the blog post and publish it. This means 80 minutes per blog post. Of course sometimes I need more or less time but whenever I plan to work on my blog I calculate 80 minutes for one blog post.
You (or maybe this is only me) need to have a plan
I knew from the beginning of this journey I need to have a planner. I wrote more about my planning process in this blog post but again: My goal is it to always know what to post in the following month at the latest in the last week of the previous month. To reach this goal it's important to have a plan. And when you made your plan you also have to work on it.
Love what you do and eventually people will love it as well
There are so many very very good blogs out there and it's really hard to find your place and voice in the whole system. It is so easy to compare your own (brand new) blog to another (long time) one and feel like yours is less good. Or you see how your favorite blogs get so many comments while your own one doesn't. I banned those thoughts from my mind completely. My blog is my blog because it's the way I want it to have. I put a lot of time and love into this space and I truly like blogging. And I can see progress. Each week more people follow my blog through bloglovin, my rss feed or subscribe to it via email. And I am SO thankful for each and every reader, for all those awesome comments and supporting people. My blog already got picked up on other blogs and this is awesome.
Be you and stay you
And because there are so many blogs out there you have to be yourself. Don't try to copy or imitate someone else. You are unique the way you are and this makes your blog unique.
Don't second-guess it too much
Write and make and put the things out there in the world. Don't try to make it perfect, just make it very good and actually do it!