Lessons and Tips From a Year of Blogging

Happy birthday to Casually Christiana! This summer, Casually Christiana turned one! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT (writing it in capital letters expresses my excitement). Starting Casually Christiana was an incredible decision and I have LOVED working on my blog since day one. I’ve learned so much, connected with so many wonderful bloggers and have the BEST followers and readers I could ask for (yes, I’m talking to you).

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In this one year of blogging, I have learned many lessons, written many blogs, found my blogging niche and so much more. Today, I wanted to highlight some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year, along with some tips I’ve found to be helpful. After writing these, I realized that these tips don’t just apply to blogging, but to life in general. πŸ™‚

Set Goals

Always set goals, with anything you do. I’ve always been a huge fan of goals, even before I started blogging. I think goals are so important for many reasons. They motivate you to accomplish something important to you and they encourage you to work hard. Therefore, one lesson and tip is to set goals. Heck – set some goals after you read this blog! There is no time like the present.

Have A Plan

You don’t need to have everything figured out, but it’s good to have some sort of plan. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate plan, but some kind of ground work is good. When I started Casually Christiana, I had a plan. I knew I wanted my blog to be a lifestyle blog. That was one thing! I also knew I wanted to talk about a variety of topics, such as wellness, books, lifestyle, DIY and so on. By having a plan, it helped me tremendously with my blog.

Be You

This one is huge. BE YOU. Don’t be like someone else, be you. I cannot emphasize that enough. A big reason I follow various bloggers is because I like reading their posts and seeing their personality shine through. If you’re trying to be like someone else in your blog, you’re not being true to yourself. Trust me, you are unique and don’t need to be like someone else. Be you, and stay true to yourself.

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Work Hard & Don’t Get Discouraged

I remember when I had my first blog follower. I jumped and cheered and was so excited. I kept writing more and more blogs, and I slowly gained more followers. It can be easier to get discouraged with followers, because obviously you want people to read your hard and passionate work. However, don’t get discouraged. Keep working hard, because great things take time, hard work and effort. Keep working hard, set goals and do not get discouraged – with anything you do.

Join Facebook Blogging Groups

One big tip I have for bloggers is to join blogging groups. These groups are great for support, getting questions answered and getting to know fellow bloggers. Remember my blog and How to Travel Like an Instagram Blogger for Less? I collaborated on that post with a blogger I met on a Facebook blogging group. I love being part of different blogging groups, because they’re a great network of people who love doing what you do.

Here are some of the groups I am part of:

Boss Girl BloggersΒ |Β Bloggers Supporting Bloggers |Β Blogging BoostΒ | Grow Your Blog

Collaborate, Follow & Support Fellow Bloggers

If you want other bloggers to read your blogs, you need to read theirs! It’s important to follow other bloggers, read and comment on their content – let them know you’re reading! It’s so important to support fellow bloggers out there, we are all a team. When you get to know other bloggers, you can even collaborate with them and create some great content. Also, reading other blogs may help spark an idea for your blog! It’s truly a win-win for everyone.

Acknowledge Your Followers

I love my followers and I am so grateful for them (I’m talking to YOU)! It is so humbling to know that you are reading my blog and coming back to read future posts. That’s why it’s SO important to acknowledge your followers – make sure they know YOU are grateful for them and that you’re reading their comments. Have I mentioned how grateful I am for you all?! I am so grateful. πŸ™‚

Love What You Do

My goodness – I can’t emphasize this enough. Make sure you love what you do – whether you are blogging, in school, changing jobs… make sure you’re happy. This applies to life in general, not just blogging, because it’s crucial to love what you’re doing. Life flies by so quickly, so we need to make sure we are enjoying every moment.

Have Fun

I have SO MUCH FUN blogging. Seriously, I absolutely love it. Blogging is no doubt one of my passions and I have so much fun writing posts and engaging with my followers and fellow bloggers. Whatever you are doing in life, make sure you have fun. It’s as simple as that.

WOW. Thank you all for reading and following me on my blogging journey. Thank you to Nic for always being there to support my blog – whether it’s helping me design graphics, being part of my posts, brainstorming ideas for future topics or taking last minute photos of me for my posts – you’re the best and I love you dearly. Thank you to my friend Hannah for taking photos of me for my blogs (all the photos in this post are taken by her) and thank you to ALL of my readers for coming back, reading and commenting – it means the world to me.

I love blogging and I love that I have the BEST FOLLOWERS AND READERS EVER. Here is to many more years of Casually Christiana – this is only the first birthday of many more. There are many more exciting things ahead, folks, and I’m glad you’ll be joining me in the journey.

Love to you all!

β™₯ Christiana

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36 thoughts on “Lessons and Tips From a Year of Blogging

  1. Congratulations Christiana! I am enjoying your posts and learning from them too. 😊

    Well Done!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ·πŸ˜€

    Ann

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  2. Some excellent advice here! I’ve been blogging for years but only started taking it ‘seriously’ in the past couple of months. There’s so much to consider, but I’ve found Facebook groups and engaging with other bloggers is so important! Thanks for sharing, Leanne x

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  3. This is great advice! I’ve only been blogging for a couple of months and it’s been pretty difficult trying to blog AND work in the crazy busy industry I work in. I’m glad you pointed out had great blogger groups are! I’ve just recently started searching and joining a bunch of these in hopes to find blogs that inspire me and a place where I can learn and grow!

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  4. This might sound strange but there is a sort of peace and happiness that exudes from your writing. I’m a blogger too, just starting to take my blog seriously. This is very inspiring. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh, my! I cannot emphasize enough how I much I loved reading this. I think I might have even stopped breathing while reading it. πŸ™‚ Congrats and many more years of blogging and pure joy! I love reading articles I see they are written from the heart. That warmth surely gets through to the reader and one can relate to what is reading and that is the pure joy of it! And for a blogging “baby” like me, your tips and detailed info are sooo encouraging and I could relate to so many (or even to all) of them. And this is exactly what I also planned with my blog to show: my uniqueness, my passion for writing, my passion for learning, for sharing… so many passions! πŸ™‚ You gave me a boost of confidence that I am on the right track. And yes, that gratitude you refer to is so vivid inside, isn’t it? So, thank you! Will definitely follow you on Facebook!

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    1. Wow – thank you so much for your kind words! I am SO HAPPY to hear you found my tips helpful and encouraging. Your comment made me smile from ear and to ear. This is why I love my readers and fellow bloggers so much. Thank you! I’m looking forward to reading your blogs! πŸ™‚

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  6. I am just starting out… sometimes no page views, no visitors. I get discouraged so much to think that no one is reading my work. Thank you so much, Christiana. I truly needed somebody to just tell me to keep going, to be me and this is what you have done with this post. I can’t thank you enough. Happy birthday to Casually Christiana πŸ™‚

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    1. I am so happy my blog encouraged you. It is easy to get discouraged when you’re putting so much work into posts and there are hardly any page views or visitors – I’ve been there! But in time, that changes. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read your blog. Thank you for reading, and keep rocking your blog! ❀

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