What I’ve Learned in My First Year of Blogging

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.

Bad Habits

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.

Authenticity

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.

Promoting Posts

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?

About Ami

Hey fellow superheroes! I'm Ami, I'm 24 and I live in Norfolk, UK. On my blog, UndercoverSuperhero, I openly talk about my recovery journey which stemmed from being in hospital and a specialist neurological rehabilitation centre for 9 months. I talk about how I maintain a positive mindset whilst coming to terms with my disability. I love superheroes, so much so that my partner and I are having a superhero themed wedding! I generally like to talk about anything and everything on my blog, I also have an ongoing series called "The Reality of..." which allows readers and bloggers to raise awareness of the disabilities, mental illnesses, chronic illnesses, impairments, that they live with as it is so important to raise awareness! Everybody has a voice! 💚

39 Responses

  1. Hi! Great post! Thanks. I am new blogger, I have been blogging nearly 4 months. And the main lesson I learnt was patience. In blogging it is essential to be patient and do not wait for quick results.

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  2. Thanks Ami! I started reading your blog a few months ago and always look forward to your heart and honesty. You are doing an amazing job. From this post, it was encouraging to me to read about your experience – I am in my first year as well and have struggled with some of the same questions. I am trying to be true to what I feel I can add value to, and your example reinforces that to me.

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  3. Happy blogiversary! Congratulations! In January I’ll be coming up to a year with my blog and I found so many of your points relatable – particularly the one about being obsessed with numbers and views! It’s so difficult not to compare yourself to other bloggers but I’ve found the moment you do your confidence takes a huge knock. I’ve been loving reading your posts and you are an inspiration – can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you! Xx

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  4. First and foremost Ami – cogratulations on year one, may there and l am sure there will be many more to come .

    as many have already said and you yourself have touched on, it ‘s all one big learning curve. I have been blogging here for two years and l am still learning things each and every day not just from other bloggers but l learn about me, about how l interpret things … life is one big learning curve – the secret is to enjoy the journey and lean into the curve and not away from it … you are doing fine as you are 🙂

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  5. Happy First Anniversary to UnderCoverSuperhero! Congrats, Ami, this is a wonderful blog so full of honesty, information and the highs and lows of life with a disability. I love it! You are such an inspiration to your readers and I am really enjoying following your journey. The very best of luck for the future with your blog, although I know that you won’t need it as it is fab already! x

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  6. Wooohooo, Happy Bloggiversary! I’m not sure how long I’ve been blogging (to be honest, I kind of don’t want to know because I always feel like I’m not very good at it and should be better by now!) I’m with you on all the things you’ve learned along the way. I think the niche one is something that really tripped me over at first, and it’s a bit daunting branching out into other things when you’re predominantly a chronic illness/disability blogger. I think we probably all grow in confidence over time (or hopefully we do anyway 😉) to write what we’re passionate about and care a little less about things like stats, filling a niche, writing in a certain way etc.
    I think you should be hugely proud of everything you’re achieving. I actually thought you’d been blogging a lot longer than a year as you seem so organised (my brain isn’t working, that’s not quite the word I want but hopefully you get what I mean!)
    Here’s to lots more happy blogging  ♥
    Caz xx

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  7. I love posts with personal experiences. Blogging is a personal journey because we are passionate about various topics, and that’s what makes it fun. Thanks for sharing these tips. Wishing you the best with your blog.

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  8. I’ve had my blog for roughly 8 years I think? Maybe even more because I converted all my content from Blogger to WordPress at that point so I think it’s been even longer! Most of my old posts have been deleted to go with the change of my re-branding but it’s understandable. Congrats my dear! ❤

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  9. Congratulations on your blogging milestone! I’ve been blogging on and off over the last few years, but I consider myself seriously blogging for a couple of months. I’m still learning a lot about this platform and I have probably made loads of mistakes so far. Then again that’s how you learn!

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  10. I’ve been blogging for 2 years. One of the things I’ve learned up is that feelings of blogging insecurity are inevitably going to come up every so often, but it’s always possible to refocus and get back on track.

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  11. 🙂 I started blogging somewhere around 2009.

    I will admit that I have learned a lot over the years.

    Since blogging is evolving, the learning aspect of it never stops.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day, my friend!

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