3 Important Lessons I’ve Learned From Blogging

3 Important Lessons I Learned From Blogging

Last Friday marked my Third Blogiversary and I still can’t believe that it’s already been that long! (Pst… don’t forget to check out the post if you haven’t already and my three days of Instagram giveaways!) I’ve had some time to reflect on my journey, and today I wanted to share some of the most important things that I’ve learned over the past three years.

1) Find your niche.

When I first started blogging, I wanted to do it all – literally. I had so many categories and no clear direction of what I truly wanted my blog to be about. If you have a lifestyle blog, it can be tough to focus on just one specific niche and instead end up blending in with a sea of bloggers. Figure out what makes you unique and sets you apart from others. After researching my stats and thinking more about my brand, I am now more focused on specific topics such as outfit inspo, styling tips, and OC + LA based food and travel. Also, the way I edit my photos has become more consistent – this is especially important for Instagram, where you gain followers based on your feed’s aesthetic and the flow of your photos. Not sure what your followers want to see more of? Ask them! Read my post from earlier this year where I got helpful feedback from my audience.

2) Be organized.

Being organized is especially important if you are thinking about blogging more full time. I admit that I still struggle with this one because I can be such a procrastinator sometimes! Organizing your schedule is one of the most important lessons to learn as a blogger. I don’t go anywhere without my planner – but I also try to keep things backed up on my phone and Google Calendar, just in case. Google Drive is a great resource to store and organize folders, photos, documents, agendas and emails. It’s a good idea to keep everything organized in separate folders, such as your posting schedule, ideas for future posts and lists of collaborations. I usually plan out my week on Sundays so that I will have content ready and won’t get stuck trying to figure out what to post last minute. There are many scheduling apps like Hootsuite and Later that you can plan out and schedule your Facebook posts, tweets, and now Instagram pictures in advance.

3) Community over competition.

In this industry, you will find people that will put you down in order to bring themselves up. But it definitely does not have to be that way! Joining Style Collective has showed me the true meaning of community and how much support can go a long way. I love being a part of a caring sisterhood of girl bosses, entrepreneurs, and creatives who are all focused on connecting with one another and helping each other to achieve our goals. Our mantra is “We Rise by Lifting Others” and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

If you’re interested in growing your blog & network and joining our community, send me an email over at worldwidestylista@gmail.com for more details!

Can you think of any other important lessons or blogging advice you’ve learned? Share your words of wisdom below!

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26 Comments

  1. April 25, 2016 / 8:23 am

    I have learned SO much from blogigng. It can be so hard sometimes, but I’d say the biggest thing I’ve learned is time management :)
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

  2. ruthieridley
    April 25, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Congrats again my dear!! I could not agree more with the 3 points above. Community has changed my blogging life! Happy Monday love! xo

  3. Lauren of An Explorer's Heart
    April 25, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Congrats on you 3 year anniversary! Also, what great tips – I agree with all of them. Really grateful for our Style Collective community :)

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

  4. April 25, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Congrats on three years!!! I firmly agree but still struggle with #2. Having a full time job plus a blog makes your scheduling creative. And I love the Style Collective community :)

  5. April 25, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Happy ‘blogiversary’!!! :) I so love the ‘Community over Competition’ piece. It’s always better to have a team building each other up than knocking each other down. Cheers to another 3 years, babe!!

    xox,
    Kristin

  6. songbirdechoes
    April 25, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Yes yes yes! All great points. Congrats once again on your 3rd year with WWS <3

    Gunjan | http://www.songbirdechoes.com

  7. April 25, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Oganization is key! I think that finding your niche is a lot of trial and error. Congrats again on your 3 year blogiversary.

    xoxo Kylen | Kylen Every Wear

  8. April 25, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    I totally agree with your comments! Thank you for tips it is really valuable

  9. April 25, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Congrats on your 3-year anniversary Ciera. 3 years seems like such a long time, doesn’t it? I love the community aspect to blogging and I love my Style Collective sisters. I’m also happy to have met you Ciera. Without this community I don’t know if I’d still be blogging. Keep up the good work my dear! Xoxo

  10. April 25, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Congrats on 3 years CiCi! I agree with all of your points: your niche, consistency/planning and the networking! I love how you incorporated that into your post :)
    xo Annie
    http://thelovelygirl.co

  11. April 25, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Agree with everything you mentioned here. Lifestyle blogging is hard so thats why we have to remember a niche is not only topics but could be an audience demographic. I consider myself “nicheless” and focus on voice and content only. I think it helps me stay creative without trying to fit too hard into one category. Community is also a huge deal and I am so glad I found you all when I first started out!

    Style Collective Love <3

    xo Mariam
    http://www.thepetitebijou.com

  12. April 25, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Happy Blogiversary babe!! I totally agree with your points!!

  13. mackenzienoelm
    April 25, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Such great tips!! I am a newbie blogger and it’s so much more difficult than I expected, but I absolutely love it!

    ww.brunchonsunday.com

  14. April 26, 2016 / 5:38 am

    I loved reading this post because you definitely hit the main points! Community is so so important, I don’t think some bloggers realize that you can’t be successful at blogging without it. Style Collective is amazing at allowing others to grow. Thank you for sharing, love this post!

    XOXO Morgan
    http://www.styleonedge.net

  15. April 26, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Such great tips love! Finding that niche can be hard at first but so worth it! I can’t wait until I can become a full time blogger Lifestyle Finesse is reaching its year 2 mark so glad I found you and so many others through blogging!
    lifestylefinesse.com

  16. April 26, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Great tips! Congrats on your blogiversary!

  17. April 26, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I love number 3! I wish more bloggers knew that… the more you try to build friendships and network with fellow bloggers, the more successful you’d become rather than trying to look at them as competition.

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  18. April 27, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    CiCi–HAPPY BLOG-iVERSARY GF! what a milestone and i am so glad to celebrate it with you! great post. you hit on the highest key points, #3 being my favorite. community is so important. it has also helped me SO MUCH. the support is almost overwhelming but dang, it keeps me going. without y’all idk if i would still be doing this. #thisismytribe i think one of the biggest things about blogging is that personal voice. that’s the thing that is going to set you apart from others! xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

  19. April 27, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Congrats on 3 years!!!! Love all of these tips. I totally agree on organization and community!!! Community has been a huge part of my growth and support in the growth. I love all of my style collective gals :)

    Xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  20. April 29, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Congratulations lovely lady!! How exciting for you☺️ Love all your insight on blogging, it’s especially helpful for someone new to the game like me. Thank you for sharing!

    Meaghan xx

  21. Heather Johnson
    April 29, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years!!! So exciting! Great insights and I so agree with all of these, and even after two years, still feel like I don’t always have my footing, lol. Love this!
    XX,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

  22. May 3, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Hey girl! Congrats again! I’ve only been following your blog for about 4 months now and I love it! You better stick around for a lot more years. Love your tips! I would love to know more about style collective, can I join even if I don’t live in the US?
    xx
    Ana
    Indie Suns | Bloglovin’ | Instagram