2022 has been a weird blogging year for me. It started off on a high and then as the year progressed there were a few lows but I’m still here so that’s a good sign. I love blogging, but oh boy it sometimes gets hard to keep up with writing and reading blogs. I have been incredibly blessed to have a blogging circle that has kept me from abandoning blogging even on the days when I’ve felt like I have no inspiration to write. But it still gets hard to keep up with writing when there is so much going on in life and so much on my mind. I have learnt a lot this year from the blogosphere and here are some of my significant learnings –
LESSON #1: You are ONLY going to keep blogging if you have a blogging family that keeps you wanting to come back here.
Every time a new blogger reaches out to me, this is the first piece of advice I give them – find your blogging family. The bloggers you connect with, bloggers who will support you and motivate you on your bad days and will be the reason you keep blogging. By bad days I mean the days when your stats stink and you are seeing no growth on your blog, on those days knowing that you have a handful of lovely people always there for you will keep you going. From October onwards my stats saw a steep fall but I keep going because of my blogging friends who make it worth the while. If you haven’t found your people yet, keep looking, they are out there. (You can also drop me a comment or email and I will respond in 3-4 business weeks. JK!)
LESSON #2: You shouldn’t do for free what you can make money out of
I know this sounds very greedy but hear me out first. Over the past two years on multiple occasions, I’ve been asked by brands, blogs, and businesses to add a link of theirs to a post of mine that helps them build backlinks. I’ve always obliged if their content matches my own but then this year I got offered money to do it. So now specifically for businesses reaching out, I do not agree to do it for free. Again, there are some caveats. I write a lot about mental health so when organizations that work with mental health-related issues reach out, I usually agree to their requests.
LESSON #3: If you do not enjoy interacting with a blogger, there is no force to keep being polite
I am a pretty polite blogger – most of the time – mainly because my interaction with bloggers who aren’t friends is limited to the blogosphere. But this year, I have been curt with some bloggers just because I see no point in continuing any interaction that bugs me. This may sound rude but I have started drawing the line with people who annoy me. So from now on, I will not make an effort to be polite with people I don’t enjoy interacting with. If someone makes you uncomfortable, let them know, block and move on.
LESSON #4: Keep it real always!
A lot of people embellish things and fake things to impress their readers and honestly, I am done with such bloggers. Sorry but I’m not sorry for having this opinion.
LESSON #5: It is okay to keep writing even if no one is reading.
My stats crashed to half of what they were last year. And while I have spent many a day worrying about how many people are reading what I have to say, I don’t anymore. I know there are a bunch of people who do read what I write and enjoy it and that is good enough for me. I am not going to drive myself crazy chasing those stats.
This post was entirely inspired by Pooja’s post. Do check out her amazing post which made me want to do my own take on the post. We do have some common learnings which makes me feel like I’m doing okay in the blogging world! What were your learnings from blogging in 2022? How was blogging for you in 2022? What pearls of wisdom would you want to pass on to other bloggers reading this post? Share share!
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