What 2019 Taught Me About Blogging

Before we get into it, I just want to say (or type?) I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a great day and life is treating you well.

Simply Jamilah underwent a couple of changes in twenty nineteen. They weren’t the changes I was expecting, but I’m happy they happened.

Though only a couple of changes happened this past year, I learned a lot about blogging in twenty nineteen, and I wanted to share everything I learned with you.

Self-hosting with WordPress.org is better than purchasing a plan with WordPress.com
Emily from Blogerize told me about the beautiful world of self-hosting. You can do so much more, and it costs less than the WordPress.com plans. Self-hosting is the smartest move I have made with this blog, and if you haven’t looked into self-hosting, I highly recommend it.

Think about which category your drafted post fits in before you write it
Simply Jamilah already has a lot of categories, so when I write an idea for a new post, I think about where it would fit and ask myself “Is it worth creating another category, or is it a one time thing that doesn’t really need to be published?”

Write for you
For a second, I was people pleasing with this blog. I saw what was getting the most likes and engagement and focused on writing stuff that would be popular. Yes, engagement is super important with any blog, especially if you’re trying to make money from it, but I don’t think it’s worth sacrificing myself and my writing and what this blog is all about. People won’t like every post you put on the Internet, but as long as you’re speaking your truth and are happy with it, whether people like it or not shouldn’t matter.

Not every post is meant to be published forever
It is what it is. I privated (?) and deleted a lot of posts this past year; it was time.

Blogging really is another job
(especially once you start putting more effort into it)
I didn’t think it was a job until I started putting more effort and thought and planning into every post (which I started doing this year); it takes up more time than I estimated.

The more you write, the more your writing style/voice develops
I have been writing for YEARS and didn’t realize I developed a writing style until I got this comment from @ _emilyhorton (Instagram) on January 9th that said, and I quote, “Your blog randomly came up for me yesterday when I was reading someone else’s… I love your writing style/voice. You are hilarious in a very deep way. I’m not sure what plans you have for the future, but writing should definitely be included…” (there was more, but the rest doesn’t relate directly to SJ). This comment made my entire year and stayed with me. After years of writing, I have a writing style/voice that’s unique to me, and knowing that makes me excited. Having a unique writing voice is important; it’s how people recognize and remember your work.

Well, that is everything I learned about blogging in twenty nineteen. I can’t wait to see what happens with Simply Jamilah in 2020.

If you’re a blogger, what have you learned about blogging this year, and what are your blogging goals for 2020?

If you’re not a blogger, what have you learned in your current career/profession/passion project, and what goals do you have for it in 2020?

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