What I've Learned from Blogging for 1 year

As I sit here inside a Peet's cafe, I am  thinking about everything that I've learned this year. All I can think about is how much more I want to do with my blog. I guess that will have to be a post for another day. I want to focus on what I have learned from this first year.  

I for one cannot believe it has been one whole year. I guess I can thank my domain renewal for even knowing it has been that long. Here is what I have learned and I hope if you are a new blogger that this gives you some motivation. 

Be Consistent


This has meant different things throughout this past year. First, it meant posting 3-4 times a week, and then it meant posting a picture on my Instagram account every day and now it means a little bit of both. Sometimes life happens or a vacation is needed and for mean that means to unplug. Now a year later I want to post content that means something. Recipes that are fun to make and taste delicious, wine recommendations that I can't help but want to share with the world and now I want to add any small adventure. The adventure could be a new wine bar or in the near future I will be writing about a chocolate making class (Thank you, Dave!). My advice: Start with weekly goals and once you have a handle on that then move to a month and so on. Above all don't beat yourself up for not posting and living in the moment!

Keywords are Key


I am still learning and improving in this aspect. There are a ton of recommendations and podcasts out there that talk about which keywords to use and how to make an awesome headline. One podcast I listened to mentioned to check out Copy Blogger, so far I am really liking the info on Copy Blogger I would recommend you check out their headline info I think there are like four different posts about it.  My advice: Check out this site and see if it helps out at all. 

Social Media Matters


Yes, I know this is obvious, but for some reason, this wasn't something I did right a way with my blog. I am horrible at promoting myself, I rarely tell people I'm a blogger, and it might be because I don't really think of myself as one. Blogging is just something I do for fun and if someone reads it or uses a recipe I'm flattered. Still, it is important to be on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I have so many re-posts on Pinterest I was shocked when I saw which recipe it was! My advice: post often and share with the world! At the very least make the social accounts.

Feel free to Like the PetiteTaste Facebook page.

Feel free to Like the PetiteTaste Facebook page.

Know your Niche


I started off as a wine, food, and lifestyle blogger. For the most part, I still am although I most mostly about food and wine. I have learned so much more about cooking and wine that I don't think I would have if I didn't have this blog. Having a known niche gives you a guide and topic. It allows me to do research and try new things in the food and wine realm that I don't think I would have if I didn't have the need to write about it. This year I want to learn more and share with you all some of my successes and of course failure because I think those are just as important. My advice: Pick a niche and be the best at it. Stay focused and learn all you can. 

Be You


Like I mentioned before this blog is more of a hobby for me. It is a nice outlet to sit down and just write about an experience or recipe. It's like my personal online recipe book and if that is all it becomes at least I will always have awesome food to make. PetiteTaste has allowed me to see my own progress in my writing, my reviews, and even taste buds. I remember when I first started I barely had one review on a white wine. Now I have ventured into all types of varietals. I love that I can have my own voice and that's what really matters. My advice: Be you, and you don't have to be the same person you were yesterday, in the last post or even last month. 

Happy writing and I hope you too learn something. 
Have Fun!

Marie 

Here's to another year of blogging and wine!

Here's to another year of blogging and wine!