February 21 is my second year “blogiversary.” Happy Blogiversary to me! It’s seems like only yesterday that I was writing 5 Reasons I Blog and Why You Should Too blog post last year for my one year blogiversary. I was thinking about writing a post called “5 more reasons I blog” but realized that all the things I was writing down fell under one big reason to start and keep blogging. The number one reason I keep blogging is because it is challenging and I keep learning new things.
Blogging is Good for the Brain
Limiting the Blog Guru Voices
When I started blogging, I discovered a whole new world. People made side incomes and even full time salaries from blogging?!?! There was so much to learn, but it didn’t phase me – it excited me. I read hundreds of blog articles, signed up for numerous newsletters, and joined multiple blogging Facebook groups to ask questions.
I learned a ton from several successful bloggers through the first year. However, I was finding it difficult to get all the information I needed in one place. I was getting lost in information overload and feeling very scattered.
One of the first free courses I signed up for was Blogging Made Simple by Ruth Soukup. I learned how to create a better pinnable image for my blog posts, how to have F.O.C.U.S in my blog posts, and how to manage my time. After going through her free information, and gaining so much knowledge, I decided to buy her Elite Blog Academy course last year and worked through the material this past year.
It has been so helpful to steadily work my way through a course and not wonder – what’s the next step? That isn’t to say I haven’t been distraction free, but having EBA as a roadmap I come back to has been a life saver!
Goals Reached this Past Year
- I gave my blog a face lift with Pretty Darn Cute Design and installed it on the Genesis Framework. (I should say my husband did this…thanks honey!) This has reduced my bounce rate to under 10%. My bounce rate used to be over 80% with my old, free design I chose off of WordPress when I first started.
- I began writing to my email list regularly in order to connect “behind the blog.” I had an email list almost from the beginning, but didn’t write at all to the list. It was mostly an RSS reader where people got my blog posts when I published them in their email.
- I created more valuable free content for email subscribers.
- I finally made a media kit (now it just needs to be updated!)
- I began thinking about what my first product would be, and decided on an eBook. I launched How to Get Started When You Feel Stuck in November of 2016
Happy Blogiversary Benefits
I’ve learned about design, photography, marketing, running a business, writing, and productivity. Blogging has exposed me to some incredible bloggers as well as business people with valuable lessons on life, goals, and dreams. I feel like I am always learning and growing as a person and a blogger.
What about you? What exciting and challenging activities are you trying or continuing in 2017? Tell me in the comments!