I can not believe it has been a month since I started this blog and published my first article!
What I find even less believable is that hundreds of people have visited this blog and read my articles….
I never mentioned this before but I used to be a pretty popular fan fiction writer back in the day which considering English is not my first language is quite an accomplishment. I received thousands of comments on my stories which were read by hundreds if not thousands of people and I had quite a lot of subscribers too.
It always amazed me that people were actually interested in what I had to say. I never wrote fan fiction to be popular but because the shows I was writing about were not giving what I wanted so I started to write as a way of creating my own alternate universe if you will.
I have not published anything in years but I am grateful for this experience, without it I do not think I would have started this blog for two reasons.
1.I am not that confident that my English is good enough to be published for hundreds of people to read.
2.I never thought I was creative or original enough to get people’s attention.
Thankfully, fanfiction proved me wrong many times over.
Also a few years back I started a youtube channel where I would post fanvideos I have made about Criminal Minds which at the time was my favorite show. Once again, my endeavor was met with success and I now have had over a million views and hundreds of subscribers.
I must say I am quite proud of the work I have done with my videos. I spent hours editing parts of the show, putting them together to tell a story and adding a song that would match the theme of the video perfectly.
To this day I still get thousands of views every month (11 500 over the past 28 days) even though I have not published videos in years(aside for that one supergirl videos a few months back).
I do not know if this blog will be as successful as my previous projects but I know that I am more prepared than I was back then and have a better understanding how things work.
What I have learned over the past month :
1)Use a proofreader!
I personally use the grammarly extension for google chrome. It does not matter how many times you read your articles or if you are an English major, you will miss errors.
2)Social networking is crucial.
Don’t be shy to promote yourself by tagging your favorite blogs or leaving comments on every article you reads, bloggers will be intrigued and visit your blog and if you are lucky they will leave a comment too or subscribe.
I have noticed a significant increase in my clicks the two times I tagged popular bloggers in one of my tweets that contained a direct link to my most recent posts. Both liked it and my tweet was seen by their followers which tickled their curiosity and they visited the blog!
3) Read as many blogs as you can.
In the FI community, people are so open-minded and will share pretty much everything about their FI journey, their numbers, spreadsheets, tips to improve your blog and more.
4) Do not start a blog money.
Tim Cook recently said, ” If you work solely to make money you will never be happy.”
I would agree with him on this. If you start blogging just because you have read that some bloggers make a lot of money doing it you will never be successful.
The most successful bloggers I have encountered are the ones who are truly genuine, who are doing it for reasons that have nothing to do with money.
They are doing it to document their journey(many blogs started for this reason and bloggers never even suspected they would or could reach thousands of people), some do it because they feel they can contribute to this movement and help other people in the community make their lives better or be more efficient in certain areas they have mastered over time.
Some like myself started a blog for accountability if you write about something you better do it or you may look like a complete idiot to your readers.
5) Develop your own style,
Sure tutorials are great for the technical stuff but I truly believe your blog will be more authentic if you have your own style and own specific audience.
Find that one thing you know you can blog about better than anyone else and stick to it. (some bloggers are very good at travel hacks, others at travel hacks or at giving budgeting tips, it does not matter which aspect of FI you have mastered over the years, write about it and stick to it.
Stay tuned for my next post, it will be about what I call the 5 stages of financial enlightenment, which are essentially the 5 stages a lot of people go through before they are truly really to embrace financial independence.
PS : if you liked this article or if you did not and have constructive criticism, please do not hesitate to leave a comment!