So, I’m thinking about starting a new blog soon, it might not be 2020, but close enough, since we’re nearing the end of 2019. How futuristic does 2020 sound though? Weren’t we supposed to have flying cars by then? We’re such losers.
Back to blogging though. I’m thinking to keep Beauty Bites only for food and healthy lifestyle and to share my personal development stories, blogging, productivity and business tips and ideas in another blog. When that’s ready I’ll link to it, in case you wanna check it out. I know it’s the right thing to do at this point, as I’m feeling super excited about it!
I understand blogging is not cool anymore, it already wasn’t cool when I started Beauty Bites in 2015. But to me, it makes me happy. It’s fulfilling to see how far I’ve progressed and how much progress I’m making from even just a month ago.
That being said, I never thought blogging would be for me – all the writing and promoting content are so not in what I considered my nature. Back in high school, a million years ago, I hated literature. The teacher did not like me either, because I didn’t live up to my sister’s ability to write and connect, which I guess she expected of me.
I liked math and chemistry. Those were pretty straightforward. You can’t tell someone 2+2 ain’t 6, when it is…I’m kidding I actually liked Geography. Oh, how I hated geography…Can’t tell you where Thailand is on the map if my life depended on it. How did I even finish high school? And with good grades? I guess I was lucky and just slept my way up. Was that joke too much? I still have a recurring dream I need to pass a math exam and it actually scares me. Someone analyze it for me please. I hope it doesn’t mean I’m a complete psychopath who likes to keep hairs in his pillows (I watched about such a guy on TV back when people actually watched TV and not their phones).
Blogging in 2020. Let’s talk about it. What’s gonna be different if I were really to start a blog all over again? A little bit about social media, that seems to be changing by the minute, but in a way still stays the same.
Blogging In 2020: Things I’d Do Differently
1. Start Social Media Before The Blog
The one thing I’d definitely do before starting the new blog is to start social media even before I’ve started the blog. No secret I love Pinterest, so that would be my first choice. Then I’m thinking Instagram since it’s easier to build an audience (even if small) when you’re brand new by using hashtags and other strategies I guess.
The reason I want to do that is because it takes time to build trust with these platforms. You might remember I started social media about 2 years after starting this blog and because of that, during those 2 years I didn’t have anyone come around. Now it’s grown into something that brings me so much joy and helps me connect with others and serve those who need it.
So by starting maybe two, three weeks in advance I’ll have the basics covered and I will have build a small audience. So that when the blog is actually ready, I would have people to show it to.
I also don’t want to wait more than 2-3 weeks to start, because I kinda lose motivation when I put things off and I get less excited.
Of course, with starting social media – I’ll focus on saving and sharing content that’s relevant to my blog niche. So for personal development, blogging and business I won’t necessarily be saving a pin about how to dry tomatoes, even if I might want to do it. Always think what your ideal reader would like to read.
2. SEO Everything.
SEO is a mystery to me. I try to do it, but then I’m too slothful to go and start guest blogging and building backlinks. It just doesn’t excite me, it makes me want to run away and hide somewhere.
But I have found that choosing the right, more niche keywords and writing longer, helpful articles really helps.
Oh sorry, I forgot to mention what SEO is: It stands for Search Engine Optimization and it’s what people do to get found on Google. You do it by using specific keywords and by formatting your blog posts properly.[Read More…]