I have been blogging for five months but I am, still by no means, an expert on it. What works for me, may not exactly work for you. And that’s fine. Everybody has different ways of doing things.
Still, to think think that more than a handful of people read my posts, is a totally crazy fact to me. When I started back in March, I never thought I would see a four digit follower number. It’s still totally baffling to me, and I cannot thank everyone enough for all the love and support. This really wouldn’t be possible without you all.
I wasn’t really sure what to do to celebrate the milestone. But it was suggested to me that I do this. – Share about how I got to this crazy number. Or do a blog party, which I have no idea how to do (I’ll look it up for future use). I still want to do something big and outlandish. Though, I suppose this is probably the most useful thing I can give you, haha!
To be honest, I feel like I almost need a re-introduction. It’s been a long ride from there to here. But that is another post.
When I first started Pastel Bottle Rocket, I was sufficiently a blogging newb. As I said in my YouTube video, I tried it a few times before. However, the blog just never worked for me. On the blog I ran before this, I wasn’t really serious with it. So I never really got anywhere.
When I started PBR up, I was afraid the same thing would happen. And I will admit, the first month and a half was a flop. I wasn’t exactly pushing in traffic. I was disappointed, to say the least. But it was something I enjoyed, and I knew I wanted to pursue it.
So, I pushed on.
My first mistake was that, I was kind of embarrassed to tell more than a handful of people I had a blog. I wasn’t sure how anyone would react, or if they’d only end up criticizing me in the end. But that first break out of the darkness helped. Putting my blog out there – on my personal Facebook page, the business page I had started for Pastel Bottle Rocket, and on Instagram really helped.
Posting to the social platforms I had been afraid to before, really brought in a new audience. I reached new people, more people. My family is even subscribed through email to my blog, and my mom has her own (which I’m urging her to use more). Having that support of friends and family is really great! You shouldn’t be embarrassed, at all, about your blog. Especially if it’s something you love to do!
The biggest change I made, though, was interacting with other bloggers.
I started following other bloggers on Instagram and Twitter. I joined Facebook groups for bloggers. I just put it out there that, “Hey! I’m here!!” It was crazy, the change in traffic once I began to do that.
I had read an article by a fellow blogger – one I can’t find now, or remember who it’s by, lol – about how they got their first thousand. They said that they took a little time out of every day to like, follow, and comment on others’ posts in their platform. Once I took up that, everything changed.
I mean, don’t just follow people willy-nilly. Find posts and blogs that interest you! There’s no point in following blogs that you’ll never read, or whose content you don’t like!
Connecting with others is the most important thing you can do to grow your blog. Be loud and proud about all the work you’re putting in!
After every post you’re going to want to make sure to promote it. Anywhere you can! However, advertising on a lot of sites doesn’t guarantee traffic. It’s all about the quality of your posts, and it’s good to engage with your readers.
I’ve been slacking on the advertising and engaging lately, and I have noticed a considerable difference!
(Also, if you’re wondering, yes! I did all of this on a free blog!)
I really hope this helps give some of you some insight and helps grow your blogs! I’ll leave some Facebook groups down below for you!
Thanks for Reading!
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