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.
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.
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.
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.