Curriculum Chef turned a year old in April of 2019. It’s a milestone indeed, BUT boy oh boy has it been a journey!
I’m celebrating by sharing my blogging tips with you! (strange, maybe?)
As I reflect on my one-year blogaversary, I think of all the mistakes I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned along the way.
I want to share those lessons and blogging tips with you so that you learn from my experiences plus save yourself some growing pains.
Even though learning comes from the journey itself, hey, if you can learn from other people’s experiences, why not?
So this post gives you seven blogging tips that I wish I’d known before I started my education blog.
Just a note… This post talks about blogging from the perspective of a business. not as a hobby. So if you blog as a hobby, writing your thoughts mostly for the entertainment of friends and family, then this post really isn’t for you.
I’m talking directly to those who want to start a teacher blog as a business with the intention of one day making a profit from it in some way.
Okay. Here are my blogging tips..
Blogging Tip #1: There’s a Huge Learning Curve.
There is a HUGE learning curve when it comes to blogging.
When I started this journey, I had no idea that there were so many moving parts to blogging.
I mean, I knew that you had to write good, quality blog posts, but oh my goodness, I totally underestimated the amount of time it takes to brainstorm post ideas, write the post, promote the darn thing, and then tweak it every now and then (wiping sweat from my forehead).
Then there’s the site itself.
Hosting, maintenance, plugins, keeping hackers away, the list goes on folks!
And let’s not forget about email marketing, appropriate use of images, lead magnets, etc.
Though it’s a normal stage every new blogger experiences, it can get overwhelming in the beginning.
You must go into blogging with the right mindset.
One of the best blogging tips someone ever gave me is this…
Understand that you’re not going to have all the answers the first day of your journey, nor the first month, or even the first year.
It’s a path of continuous growth, twists, and turns.
I’m still learning how all of this stuff works. But I enjoy the journey. You should, too.
Read a lot, research, learn from other bloggers, and see what other people in your niche are doing well.
With time, just like with any new task you take on, you’ll learn the ins and outs.
You’ll look back in awe of how far you’ve come compared to where you started.
Ride through the rough patches like a boss! Published a post but getting no traffic?
Tweak your strategy, but keep moving.
This blogging stuff takes time; it’s not an overnight thing. It’s something that you’ve got to keep at because it’s always a work in progress.
If you ever need help, join a blogger support Facebook group or reach out to a teacher blogger you trust and ask questions.
Blogging Tip #2: Start with the End in Mind.
The one blogger tip that I wish I’d known more than any other when starting my teacher blog is to begin with the end in mind.
What do you want to accomplish with your blog? What is it that you’re trying to achieve?
A lot of advice given by the big bloggers out there say that you simply need to choose a topic that you’re passionate about and write about it.
Okay, that’s completely fine if you see your blog as a hobby and never intend to make a profit from it.
If in the future you plan on making a profit from your blog, it’s best to begin with the end in mind.
Want to sell your products on Teachers Pay Teachers? If so, what steps do you need to do with your blog in order to arrive at that goal?
What I’ve observed is that so many people just choose a niche, start writing random topics around that niche, and then hope for it all to just come together.
And that can work! I’ve seen it!
But, to save lots of headaches and misdirection, you really do need a plan.
Your desired outcome determines your blogging roadmap; you’ll know exactly where you’re going or at the very least have some kind of direction.
Randomly choosing a topic every week and just writing about whatever comes to mind can work.
But you do want all of your ideas to be connected in some way, and that kind of goes back to thinking with the end in mind.
Do this by choosing a niche. You’re going to be a teacher blogger. Great!
But in which area of teaching will you focus? This article breaks down choosing a niche really well.
So basically, have a blueprint so that you have some idea where you’re going. You can always change things up along the way.
Blogging Tip #3: Invest in Your Blog.
There may come a time in your blogging journey that you feel like you’ve plateaued or want to speed the process up a bit.
This blogging tip may cause a few eye rolls. Spending money? On a blog?
When you’re ready, invest in a good blogging course.
Before making a purchase, research the heck out of the sea of blogging courses available to ensure that the one you’re eyeing seems like a good fit for your personality, learning style, and niche.
Investing in resources can be very valuable to your blog and save you time and headache during the steep learning curve stage.
Not interested in paying money right now? Join a Facebook group.
Eventually, however, if you’re serious about blogging, you need to get training from someone who’s been in your shoes and has been successful with it. Remember, you’re investing in yourself and your online platform.
It’s not just a hobby.
Blogging Tip #4 :It’s Normal to Feel Blogger Envy.
Oh my. Blogger Envy. I’m guilty as charged!
That feeling you get when you sense like every other blogger in your niche has their -ish together and you’re just…just doing the best you can with what seems like snail-paced results!
Your fellow bloggers have beautiful websites, strong social media followings, awesome teaching products.
Will we ever catch up and be like them?
Maybe, maybe not (But we sure hope so.)
Those folks are inspiration, but it’s important to remember that everybody’s journey is unique.
Sometimes, you need to step away from all the “noise” and really just focus on your blogging journey.
Keep facing towards your goals; it’s very easy to get distracted with other people’s blogs and successes.
Everyone had to start somewhere.
If you just focus on what you’re doing, then little by little, you’ll get to where you need to be.
Celebrate the small milestones in your blogging journey along the way.
And a very important blogging tip…
Stay focused on what your audience and your readers need from you. What value do you give them? They are the reason that you blog.
You may not yet have as much traffic or subscribers as other bloggers in your niche.
But how is the engagement with the audience you do have? Two-thousand loyal, engaged subscribers are better than 50,000 mostly- disengaged followers.
Vanity metrics are nice (and definitely have a place in the blogging world), but stay focused on providing value to your audience.
Quality over quantity.
Blogging Tip #5: In the Beginning, Blogging Consumes a Lot of Your Time.
Here’s a good blogging tip for you: prioritize your time well when starting a blog! And I mean well!
Manage your time, or it will manage you.
Because there’s such a steep learning curve associated with blogging, at the beginning of your journey, it can eat up a lot of your precious time.
Writing quality content takes a lot of time.
Add to that promoting your posts on social media, connecting with other bloggers, just figuring out the small details with everything – it all takes SO-MUCH-TIME!
Time management is essential, especially if you’re working a full-time job.
Dedicate a few hours each week to blogging, and even if you plan to blog full-time, it’s still a good idea to schedule “away-time” from your blog.
Your blogging to-do list is hardly ever empty. Just learn to accept that.
Blogging Tip #6: A Teacher Blog is Not One of the Main Blogging Niches.
If you’re a blog researcher and reader like me, then you’ve probably come across some of the top bloggers online talking about the seven main profitable blog niches.
These are the “money-making” niches because they attract large audiences and provide wide access to affiliate marketing products and blog sponsorships.
As you can see, teacher blogs are not one of the “money-making niches”. That’s not the end all, however.
This just means that the advice given from top bloggers online isn’t always directly applicable to teacher blogs when it comes to monetization.
Is it possible to make money with an education blog?
Yes, but if you’re a participant in a general blogging course or reading a typical blogging article, know that you’ll most likely have to tweak things more than a bit and/or get a little more creative when it comes to monetization.
Most teacher bloggers sell digital products on Teachers Pay Teachers. They use their blogs to advertise their products. This is a good way to make money.
Besides Teachers Pay Teachers, other teacher bloggers offer courses, memberships, tutoring, and/or consulting services via their platforms.
Good affiliate marketing programs for teacher bloggers are few and far between.
Back to the main point…
When you’re reading all of those blogging advice articles, keep your unique teaching niche in mind.
If Teachers Pay Teachers isn’t your end goal, you’ll have to be a bit more creative when it comes to creating revenue with your blog.
Blogging Tip #7: There is No One-Size-Fits-All with Blogging.
I can’t repeat this blogging tip enough.
If you talk to other teacher bloggers, some may tell you the exact steps they took to get x amount of traffic, attain a certain amount of social media followers, or to sell a level of revenue in digital products.
So then you go and do some of those same strategies. But they don’t exactly work for you like they did for her.
What’s that about?!
What I do know is that blogging strategies and methods are not all a one-size-fits-all type of thing. Everybody’s journey is unique.
Outcomes depend on a number of factors such as your specific niche, writing style, personality, vibe/connection with your audience, skill-set, how well you market your products, etc.
The difference in results could be due to many things many of which you’re maybe not even aware.
If something works for somebody else but not for you, that doesn’t mean the strategy is flawed or bad.
It just means that the strategy didn’t work for you at this particular point in time.
Change something and try it again, or try something entirely different.
Because your focus is always on providing value to your audience and readers, blogging is always about adjusting your blog to better solve the problems of your audience.
So of course one size doesn’t fit all because all audiences aren’t the same.
Different strokes for different folks!
Wrapping Up: Blogging Tips for the Beginner Teacher Blogger
These are my blogging tips and personal advice for starting a teacher blog ~ things I wish I’d known before getting started.
I would have had fewer headaches for sure!
I hope these blogging tips are helpful for you and guide you as you move forward in your blogging journey.
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