I can’t believe that it’s been a year, this week, since my journey with UndercoverSuperhero began! I’m definitely no expert but I have learned a lot in my first year of blogging. I entered the bloggersphere with blinkers, I had no idea what to do or how to do it. I took a chance and learned along the way. That’s the best way for me to learn new things.
But I didn’t realise just how much there is to learn and the things I needed to consider!
One Niche Only?
To start out with, it was difficult to decide a niche – there is so many! I knew I wanted to write about my life experiences, as a young disabled woman, to raise awareness of what is important to me, and of course, superheroes. That was my initial plan, however along the way, I’ve discovered there have been more topics I wish to discuss, e.g. weddings, inclusion, accessibility and more!
While some topics are still a work in progress (currently residing in my drafts), they will definitely make an appearance!
I consider UndercoverSuperhero to be a Personal blog currently, and I aim to discuss more disability related topics in the near future and be seen as both a Personal and Disability blog.
So, do you need to stick with one niche? Not at all, it can be overwhelming to write about every topic possible, but focus on what you are passionate about!
Is Engagement Important?
Most definitely! I love to be able to connect with my readers and fellow bloggers. Engagement is also something I’m passionate about.
From the start, I made a promise to myself that I would respond to any comments or emails I received and I think I have kept that promise and will continue to do so. It doesn’t just stop there though, following other blogs and commenting on their posts is something I’m keen to do. If I enjoy your post but feel like I have no opinion to add, then I will ‘Like’ your post.
However, with posts that I can easily relate to and can see the bloggers are engaging with their readers, then I will definitely leave a comment. Overall, I just love to feel connected!
Quality vs Quantity
There have been times where I’ve been worried that I’m not consistent with blogging, but I look back on previous posts and know I put my heart into them 100%. I can’t post if my heart is not in it. I would much rather produce quality content than blogging just to boost numbers.
I will put my hands up and admit I did get into a bad habit…obsessing with the number of views and comparing myself to bloggers who are achieving great things. Overtime, I learned to ignore these habits, it was difficult because it is incredibly easy to get caught up in the hype of seeing others succeed.
What you see is what you get, I don’t like to beat around the bush. I think it’s good to share the ups and downs along the way, it shows you’re human. My blog has enabled me to express myself freely and I’ve learned so much about myself.
To begin with, I struggled to figure out a routine on promoting my blog posts, I was always swaying between “am I promoting too much” or “should I be promoting them more?”, I have settled on promoting 1 post per day but at different times.
When Opportunities Come A-Knockin’, UndercoverSuperhero is A-Rockin’!
Wow, cheesy much? I’ve had some incredible opportunities throughout my first year of blogging, from providing guest posts for bloggers to writing an article for a bridal magazine! Plus, I’m so proud of how well “The Reality of…” series has been doing, I want UndercoverSuperhero to be as diverse as possible and to create an open space for everyone to raise awareness. All of this wouldn’t have been possible if not for the wonderful opportunities and for the bloggers and readers who have raised awareness on my blog. From the heart of my bottom, thank you!
Slow and Steady
Progress is slow. My progress with my blog is very similar to my progress in my physiotherapy sessions. I need to pace myself in order to improve and achieve small changes which as a result, creates a huge difference.
Believe in Yourself
I never believed in myself, this stems from my childhood. I was always told that everything I did was never good enough. Even some teachers said my writing was poor. In the first few months of blogging, and providing guest posts for other blogs, I always had that criticism going around in my head. It got so bad that I kept asking Ewan to read my draft posts and give me any feedback.
The turning point was when I started receiving a lot of positive feedback about my style of writing, especially with regards to my recovery story. This boosted my confidence substantially and, not just in my writing, but I also began to believe in myself.
How long have you been blogging? What are a few things that you have learned?