I just wanted to talk about how my growth has increased organically as a blogger. I want to talk about how much it has changed me and how you can grow organically as well.
I started my blog using Blogger. It began as an outlet for me to talk about my mental health and my natural hair. I didn’t know what I was doing really. Yet, I knew that I wanted it to become something that can inspire others, as I have been inspired. So, one of my first pieces of content was on how I deal with depression. It was a video on YouTube and I think it’s still there. However, but it was the first time I was so raw and open about my issue. It was the bravest thing that I’ve ever done.
The Roller Coaster of Organic Growth.
The past five years have been a roller coaster ride with feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and personal problems that would derail the plans I had for my blog. These feelings would cause me to post inconsistently or not at all. I’ve even deleted posts because I felt that they would make my blog unattractive. That wasn’t true.
Over time, I’ve linked up with other bloggers, learned tips and tricks, use appropriate apps, studied the work of other bloggers, and reached out for help from a mentor. I’m even working on how to break away from perfectionism and just do the work.
As I am in year five now, I can say that I’ve grown to the point where I now feel confident enough to write for other bloggers and pitch ideas to companies and offer content for sponsorship,
How can I Grow Organically As a Blogger?
I recommend several things.
- If you have a favorite blogger or youtuber, look for videos where they talk about their struggles and determine if it this something that you want to continue doing. This isn’t for the faint of heart. Especially when you want it so bad.
- If those same youtubers or bloggers are offering a course, take it. They have valuable info to share and it’s most likely worth it.
- Treat it like a business, even if you are just journaling your ideas and feelings, do this anyway. Your readers will appreciate that you took the time to consider as customers.
- In relation to #3, learn customer service. Find out what your readers like and try to offer that while remaining true to yourself. For example, you should your pins on Pinterest to see where they’ve posted your pin and look at what they’ve pinned so far. Create your next post based on those ideas.
- Join a community of other bloggers within your niche. There are tons of groups on social media that will help get you started. Most groups have designated days where everyone shares their content. Just be careful of falling into the ‘follow for follow’ trap.
- Find apps that would make content creation super simple. Find free or paid apps to help you create better content and graphics.
- Continue to study and find ways to improve. You have to learn before you can teach.
I recommend these sites to get started.
7 Reasons Your Blog Isn’t Making Money, and What to Do About It.
Influencer Spotlight: Alysha Littlejohn.
- Study your analytics and see which posts performed the best and build around that.
I hope that I’ve been helpful. If I forgot anything please tell me in the comment section. Or fill out the form below.