6 Lessons I Learned in 2 Months of Blogging

It’s hard to believe that this corner of the internet has been up and running for a little more than 2 months! If you’re a returning or new reader – thank you so much for visiting! Starting a blog is both incredibly fun and slightly terrifying, and I’m glad you’re along for the ride. Thanks for making this an awesome journey.

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Throughout the process of starting a blog, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons (both about myself and about the practice of blogging in general). I fully believe that these lessons apply to just about any passion project. Whether you’re looking to start a blog, side hustle, business, or something else, I hope that these reminders provide inspiration and guidance.

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1. Devote your time to the right things. Minutes add up!

Here’s the truth. When starting a blog (or any side gig), you’re going to feel pulled in so many different directions. From helpful blogging courses, to mentorship resources, to social media feeds, there are a thousand outlets vying for your attention. Here’s my advice: set limits on how much time you spend on these things. Especially if you only have a few hours a day to work!

I’ve invested in some amazing courses and resources that I don’t regret one bit. (Check out my honest review of the course that helped me launch!) But I’m so tempted to use all of these learning opportunities as a way to procrastinate on the hard, focused work that’s required in the beginning.

Even tonight, my husband had to look at me and say, “No more learning, just writing!”

It’s always going to be easier to keep scrolling Instagram, or floating around on Facebook, than it is to put your nose down and get to work. In the first two months of starting my blog, I can honestly say I spent a disproportionate amount of time browsing and reading resources, and not enough time actually creating content! That’s something I hope to change in the next few months.

2. Don’t let fear stop you from starting a blog or moving forward.

I know that we live in a pretty transparent world nowadays. Most of us are plugged in and sharing life on social media regularly. But creating written content for the world to see and judge – that’s no joke!

It’s easy to feel like we’re never going to make it. That no one will read or like the content we produce. That it will go unnoticed or fizzle away after a while. I’ve learned that whenever I feel stuck, it’s often because I’m scared. Scared to take the risk, scared to invest my time, scared to make the sacrifices it might take to truly succeed or make this more than a hobby.

One of my favorite resources about conquering fear and being vulnerable is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Perhaps it’s time to take another look at the truths in those pages!

3. Have optimistic and realistic expectations.

If you’ve spent any time in the blogging world, you’ve probably seen Pinterest pins promising crazy income, massive blog traffic, and thousands of email subscribers all in the first few months. While I love hearing success stories from fellow bloggers or writers, this type of instant success is not always easy to achieve.

I’ve learned that having realistic expectations is crucial.

Take it one day at a time.

Celebrate the small wins.

And start dreaming big.

There have been plenty of days that I’ve looked at lower traffic numbers than what I wanted to see and thought, Why am I doing this? I’ve worked so hard! The truth is, you only fail when you quit.

The small days of consistency, of building and gaining steam, are not in vain at all.

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4. Have an editorial plan that includes deadlines.

This lesson has everything to do with motivation and accountability. I spent the first month in a whirlwind, creating posts whenever I could. This meant that I was a little less methodical and planned out than I would like to be. As I’ve studied the habits of successful bloggers, I’ve noticed that they treat it like a real job (and usually it becomes that!). This means that they’re intentional with their content, they’re ahead of the curve, and they’re accountable to deadlines.

  • If online planning is your style, check out Amy Porterfield’s 3-month editorial calendar system.
  • If you want a pen and paper system, you’ll probably love the Epic Blog One-Year Editorial Planner. I’m always more productive when I actually write, so I’m really excited about having this planner on hand in the coming months!

5. Be willing to give, encourage, and support others.

Something that became immediately clear the past 2 months is that blogging can’t happen in a vacuum! If I want things to click into place, I’ve got to be willing to network and give time, encouragement, and support to other bloggers.

Fortunately, this is one of the best parts about starting a blog! I’ve made some amazing blogging and fellow mom friends since I’ve started, and I’ve gained incredible advice and wisdom from those who have been at this for a while. Facebook groups are a great place to start. Search by niche, and you’ll usually come up with a group that helps you connect to others with similar goals.

This lesson is a reminder that most people are genuinely kind and willing to cheer someone else on. Thank goodness for that!

6. Starting a blog means working hard, having fun, and staying true.

You’d think after many years of being an avid blog reader, I would have known what I was getting myself into. But truthfully, blogging is crazy hard work! Squeezing in the time to blog has meant being more focused and purposeful in other parts of my day so that I can write new and better content in the spare moments. It’s meant being on the same page with my hubby, who understands and encourages me to devote a few evenings a week to the blog.

If you’re considering starting your own blog, please remember to have fun and stay true to your unique message and perspective! Comparison can weigh anyone down, and it’s so easy to divert our attention to what everyone else is doing.


If you need help getting over the fear of getting started – whether in blogging or just about anything else that you’d like to do – check out one of my favorite posts from Month 1!

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33 Comments

    • Write One Week
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      May 10, 2019 / 8:51 pm

      You know it, girl 😉

  1. May 10, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    You’ve learned some important truths in two months! I think you have a bright future in blogging ahead of you. Thanks for sharing your journey and keeping it real!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Cindy! I appreciate your visit to the blog! 🙂

  2. May 10, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Wow! Impressive! Going to save this and come back to it for future use!

    • Write One Week
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      May 12, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      I appreciate it so much, Angela!

  3. Julia
    May 11, 2019 / 12:24 am

    oooh love the idea of creating deadlines for yourself. I might try that! Thank you so much for these awesome tips!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      You’re so welcome, Julia. That one is definitely something I’m trying to get better at.

  4. May 11, 2019 / 5:09 am

    These are geeat tips. Writing a blog has been a learning experience for sure.

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      Absolutely! There’s always something new to learn, it seems!

  5. May 11, 2019 / 6:54 am

    Yes!! To all of this!!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Hi Nicole, I so appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for visiting, girl! 🙂

  6. May 11, 2019 / 9:08 am

    These are all so true! Happy 2 month blogging anniversary babe!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Thanks, Erin! So glad we’ve crossed blogging paths 🙂

  7. May 11, 2019 / 9:30 am

    These are all great insights on what being a new blogger is really like! I struggle to put time limits on things because I could easily spend my whole day doing bloggy stuff. I have learned as a new blogger to not get hung up on the progress other people are making because that’s just a distraction from working towards my own goals. Glad to have found your blog!

    • Write One Week
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      May 12, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      Hi Rebecca,

      I totally agree! I get caught in rabbit holes all the time but am trying to be very focused 🙂

  8. May 11, 2019 / 10:09 am

    YES YES YES!!!!! These are awesome tips

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Mellisa!

  9. May 11, 2019 / 10:32 am

    Great lessons! I feel like I’m still learning a lot of these 1 year in!! I especially like the getting over your fears and just doing it. It’s amazing how much fear can hold us back, isn’t it?

    • Write One Week
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      May 12, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      It is quite crazy! And so easy to envision that success is easier for “everyone else.” Thanks for reading, Caroline!

  10. May 11, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    This is very true, each point. There is so much to learn and this will certainly help anyone at the beginning of their journey in to blogging.

    Thanks for sharing x

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      Of course! Thanks so much for visiting the blog here, Claire!

  11. May 11, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    So many of these completely resonated with me! Especially procrastinating and learning instead of doing! I plan to make me some deadlines and a plan tonight. Thank you!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      Hi Christy,

      So happy to hear that! I’ll be sure to hop over to your blog to check things out 🙂

  12. Margaret
    May 11, 2019 / 8:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I too have just started and appreciate the lessons and resources shared.

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 10:31 am

      So glad that they helped you, Margaret! Cheering you on!

  13. May 12, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    LOVE this blog post! Honestly, I’m going to do multiple tips from this article!

  14. May 14, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Seems like you’ve been going longer than two months. Glad I found your blog!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:16 pm

      Sweet of you to say, Lorna. I’ve been an avid blog reader for YEARS! Will definitely hop over to your blog!

  15. May 14, 2019 / 3:35 pm

    Taking a course can make all the difference in the world! And I need an editorial calendar for sure, going to check out the online one!

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      Yes, sometimes it’s so scary to invest but often worth it. Glad the editorial tip was useful!

  16. May 14, 2019 / 10:20 pm

    Hillary, everything about this post is so true. It took me finally sitting down with a mindset coach to slow me down. I was having shiny object syndrome. Following all the pieces of training etc.

    This then leads to exactly how you described it, the minutes do add up. I have yet to get an editorial calendar in place. As a stay at home mom blogger, my time is kinds unscheduled except for early mornings and late nights. But my 16 month old still gets up, so I am still in the lack of sleep state.

    Have a hubby who supports is key for sure!!

    Love all the resources you listed will have to bookmark for a later day.

    • Write One Week
      Author
      May 17, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      So great to hear, Lisa! Yes- sleep is so precious and there have been many weeks lately where I needed a little extra rest, too!

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