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My 3 year blog anniversary has just whizzed by. I find it hard to believe I have been blogging for so long. I began in 2015, as I honestly thought I was a bit boring! I didn’t have a hobby apart from my love of exercise and didn’t think this was enough. I had started scrapbooking a year previously and combined with my love of fitness, Run Jump Scrap was born.
I started off on good old Blogger and had my site designed for the fabulous price of £15. I didn’t know what a linky was, Google analytics was double dutch and I only think I have understood DA in the last 12 months. I had zero clue how many friends I would make, never expected some of the fabulous opportunities I would have and to be now topping up my part time wage, with an income; wow it’s insane!
In September 2015, I went self hosted but it was much later before I bought a theme and had a beautiful new header designed. I toyed with changing the name of my blog over the last 6 months, as the scrapbooking aspect has been pushed aside due to my lack of time but I’ve kept it going. Some of my blogging mates talked me out of that one!! I only really started earning regularly in September 2017, typically before I was going back to work after maternity leave and alongside a blogging bud we have a lovely linky each week – Bloggers’ Best.
My stats are modest but I’m happy with where I am. I have to see blogging as a hobby due to working part time as a Dietitian, a job I know I would not give up. I also know if I declared blogging my job, some of the fun would disappear and it would become work.
Blogging is fun and all seems like trial and error. I have literally just sat and done my first flat lay with the help of my husband and I always said I never would.
Rather than continuing to ramble about the amazing world of blogging I thought I would share some of massive dumb moves I have made as a blogger. Like with everything you learn as you go along and of course, this means making mistakes or doing work for peanuts. I’ve written in the past about my blogging faux pas but these are different and some of them I’m still doing!! I know I need to interact on Twitter more. I know I need to make more use of my YouTube channel and I know I need to up my fees sometimes but I’m always learning and this will never change.
So I thought I would share with you, my top 5 daft blogging moves and any newbies reading this, take note!
– Setting up a newsletter and when people signed up it showed them my full address! My husband who works in IT security went ape!! You do need some form of address but I have since been told by a blogger mate, you can fudge an address and put something very vague in. Oops!
– Installing Google Analytics twice. Yep, it can be done and sadly this means your blog stats will by doubled falsely. I figured this out as I had an insanely low bounce rate and had installed the analytics code in both the theme and the footer plugin. This was quite annoying but I realised with blog work I am rarely asked for my stats and it has not affected my work.
– Doing a paid post for £15. Now I’m not slating anyone for accepting lower fees, as I do it but £15 is nothing!! Know your worth and seek advice from the fellow blogging world if you feel unsure.
– Writing a post for a crappy apron, which included cooking!! I just didn’t realise that you should be paid for these things. Like any other job, blogging takes time, writing the post, taking photos and publicising! We do deserve payment for promoting a brand or product.
– Not having clear terms an conditions for my giveaways. Some compers will complain over a rip in packaging and obviously want to sell prizes. Ensure you have clear conditions, as you could end up in hot water.
The last 3 years have flown by as a blogger. If you are just starting up, you are in for a some serious learning, some brilliant experiences hopefully and the chance to meet an amazing community.
It’s been great fun and let’s set what the next 3 years bring!