5 Lessons I have learnt from blogging

This week I am celebrating, The Organised Housewife turns 5!  I have been blogging since 1st of August 2010, time has passed so quickly but I have had so much fun.  I started The Organised Housewife to catalogue my recipes and to share some of my home organising tips and printables with friends.  They then shared my tips with their friends and within months the blog and facebook page grew beyond belief.  

Way back when I first started I had no idea how to start a blog so I borrowed the book ‘how to blog for dummies’ from my local library, I followed it step by step to create my very own website. I had so much fun designing it, creating images, taking photos of my home, writing blog posts and chatting with readers.  It soon started to take up all the spare moments in my day, which I really didn’t mind as it was fun and helped me pass the time while the kids were at school.

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Sharing my blog tips

I have learnt so much over these past 5 years and I am often asked for tips on how to start a blog, how do I do it all etc.  In celebration of my 5th Blogiversary I will share some of my blogging tips with you each day this week, so stay tuned if you are thinking of starting a blog (I’ll share step by step instructions) or curious on how it all works.

Please leave any questions you may have below, if I don’t cover them in the upcoming blog posts this week I will reply with a comment.  

Lessons I have learnt from blogging

There is always something to learn about blogging, from code to SEO, time management to what are the best plugins. Over the next few days I’ll share my blog tips, but today as I look back on the past 5 years sharing a few lessons I have learnt from blogging.

1. Balance – I discuss this in more detail throughout the tips I will share through the week, but balance is an HUGE lesson I learnt in the early days of blogging. Blogging can consume so much time if you let it.  I now step away from the computer at 3pm, it doesn’t matter what deadlines I have, they wait till tomorrow.  From 3pm it’s family time.  I never turn on the desktop on weekends and readers don’t know it but I take breaks throughout year. I work really hard to schedule blog and social media posts to keep the blog rolling while I take some time out.  When I take breaks I spend a few minutes each day while having a coffee checking on comments, emails and social media. Then its 100% family time.  After having some time out I always feel fresh, have loads of post ideas in mind and really motivated.  

2. Don’t compare yourself to others – Be yourself, this will make you unique and authentic which will set you apart from the rest. Comparing yourself to another takes up too much valuable time and effort which is better focused on your own direction.  

3. The blogging community is amazing –  As a result of networking and connecting with small business owners and bloggers online I have formed some wonderful friendships. The blogging community is open in helping each other with advice, technical assistance, they celebrate achievements with you and they are a wonderful support group.  Blogging can be lonely and it’s a humble feeling to know that you have support in the online world, which makes it less isolating.  It’s very much like hanging around a virtual watercooler!  

4. Lessons from criticism – I have learnt to use criticism as a lesson and try not to take it to heart. I mostly receive criticism for my grammatical errors, which I don’t mind being informed of, then I can correct it. I strive to do my best and that’s all I can do. My lesson when picked up on my grammar is that I add it to my list of common mistakes and ensure that I understand how to use it correctly in a sentence next time… my big one is your and you’re and brought and bought.

5. Privacy and anonymity  – I started my blog keeping my kids names, school and our suburb anonymous.  I chose to do this for my kids privacy, when I started they were young and I couldn’t ask them for permission, they wouldn’t understand.  Whilst there are elements of the blog where I share details about my kids, the blog is mainly about my tips on parenting, I don’t find the need to publish their names.  My kids have been recognised by teachers, at the shops and when with grandparents, which they think is ‘way cool’. However, now they are older I am glad I kept their names offline as I don’t want their friends to google them and make fun of anything they may find, which I am very conscious of when writing on the blog.  With the Internet, children can become cruel so I feel the privacy is not just protecting them now but also their future.  

What is one important lesson you have learnt as a blogger?

Please share your lesson in the comments below as it may help another blogger or a soon to be blogger!

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65 comments

Eva Van Strijp August 3, 2015 - 6:20 AM

Serious dedication, Kat! What an incredible effort to keep at this for 5 years – good on you. You’ve created a really wonderful resource for parents. And I love your honesty πŸ™‚

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Naw thank you Eva, I do love this little space.

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Bonnie August 3, 2015 - 6:27 AM

Thanks for the tips. Your timing is perfect. I am just starting a blog of my own. I am looking forward to your help.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Hi Bonnie, please share your blog with me when you have it up and running, I’d love to visit it!

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Lana August 3, 2015 - 7:11 AM

Congrats Kat! That’s awesome. How /where can you find the blogging community? Is there a forum or meetup group people go to?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:30 AM

I have found a wonderful group of blogging friends from conferences that I have attended and we keep in touch via facebook. You can also find groups on facebook like QLD bloggers, Brisbane Bloggers, search your local area and add bloggers into the title and you may find one. There is also the Aussie Bloggers group which is a wonderfully supportive group.

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Annette Higgins August 3, 2015 - 7:29 AM

I just started my own blog at WordPress and did my first post.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Annette that is so exciting, please send me the link I would love to read it!

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Trudy Stanton August 3, 2015 - 8:05 AM

I have beenr reading your blog since shortly after you started, it’s my place to go to when I have my morning cuppa. What I love about your blog Kat is that it’s real, it’s honest and you don’t sugar coat anything. You give us some great tips and remind us to do things in our homes that can easily be forgotten, or as busy mums we don’t have time to think of. The biggest would be that I was doing everything for my kids, they were 7 and 9 at the time and I stepped back and saw that your 6 year old twins were making their bed and as you put it, not perfect, but they still did it, and they were helping with chores around the house. Thats that day that big changes happened in my home, for the better. From the bottom of my heart Kat, thank you, thank you for everything you do to run your blog and share with us.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Naw Trudy, music to my ears thank you so much for your beautiful words x

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Donna Stanley August 3, 2015 - 8:08 AM

Kat I don’t know how you do it, I don’t have a desire to write a blog, but I love learning more about you and how you are a master at blogging, you just simply amaze me in everything you do, your dedication, how open you are but yet still have your privacy (I love how you have kept that about your kids, I admire that despite us all wondering and wanting to know more about them) and mostly I just love your passion for what you do, it’s clear how much you love it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:32 AM

I do love it, and I think if you don’t have a passion for what you do you shouldn’t do it! Thank you Donna x

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Cheryl August 3, 2015 - 8:09 AM

I only read your blog, I make sure I find time for it every few days. Congratulations on 5 years, you are just amazing.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Thank you Cheryl, you are very sweet x

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felicity August 3, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Hi kat,I love the practicality of your site,I check it every day,I even check it before all my other emails!!!im a bit of a control freak !I love every aspect of your site ,its so fresh and clean,a pleasure to read.Happy birthday ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Thank you Felicity, that’s so sweet that it’s your #1 task!! So pleased that you enjoy reading the site and your feedback, it’s exactly what I am going for!!

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Annette August 3, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Thanks for your wonderful tips about blogging. This is perfect timing as I started a blog on Friday.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Wahoo, another bloggers, how exciting, please share your blog URL here I would love to visit it!!

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[email protected] August 3, 2015 - 9:24 AM

Congratulations on 5 years! I just looked back to check and realised I just passed the 4year mark and forgot all about it. I think I have some learning to do though. I think I understand blogging just as much as I did when I first started. It is just a bit of an all consuming hobby for me. Looking forward to reading your tips.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:37 AM

There is so much to learn and then when you think you have learnt that element, it changes and there is a different way to do it. Never ending! Yay congrats on 4 years!! You may enjoy the tips I share on Thursday!!

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Maxabella August 3, 2015 - 10:16 AM

You were a natural right from the start, Kat. Sharing useful, useable information in such a positive, uplifting, meaningful way. I’m so glad you found such a good niche and settled in so quickly and so well. x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Thank you lovely and I remember you commenting on my blog way back then!!

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Bev Lange August 3, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Hi Kat, happy 5th blogiversary (love the name). I am a quiet follower of most of your things, my kids are grown up and gone but I still love reading your tips etc.
Whilst I may not always do the job for the day, it’s always in the back of my mind to do another time and wow, who would have thought there are so many extras that need to be done.
Keep up the fantastic work that you are doing, you are a true joy with your positive attitude. xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 3, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Thank you Bev, there is always something to do around the home, no rest for the wicked!! Thank you for taking time out to message me, I really appreciate it xx

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Nikki @ Styling You August 3, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Congratulations Kat! You lessons and tips are invaluable, as is everything you share here. Bring on the next 5 years!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Thank you Nikki x

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pam davies August 3, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Congratulations Kat ! take a bow I can’t believe how 5 years has passed so quickly !

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:30 PM

So very quickly, and I am looking forward to the next 5!!

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Michelle @ Keep Calm Get Organised August 3, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Congratulations Katrina, what an incredible achievement! I certainly find it a struggle to find a balance between blog and family (especially with two under school at home). It’s something I’m really working on. Thanks for your tips

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Thank you Michelle.

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Jen August 3, 2015 - 7:14 PM

While working on my blog http://www.lifewrangling.com I have learnt the importance of making notes about post ideas. Too many times I have had a great idea and not written it down, thinking that I would easily remember it later. Unfortunately that has not always been the case. I am only a beginner blogger so I am very interested in learning about how other people go about things in this space.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:30 PM

You are going to love tomorrows blog post Jen πŸ˜‰

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Christina @ Hair Romance August 3, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Congrats on 5 years Kat! You’re an inspiration to me and really live what you share online. Here’s to the next five years xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Thank you Chrissie xx

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Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers August 3, 2015 - 7:29 PM

Congratulations Kat, 5 years is amazing. Balance is a struggle for me so I’m going to take on board your tips and I look forward to the rest of the tips this week. Your blog is fabulous and I love visiting it and all the practical advice. Well done to you on such a milestone and here’s to the next 5 years. x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Thank you Vicki x

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Jacinta August 3, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Great list! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us πŸ™‚

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Hope it helps Jacinta

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Ali Coultas August 3, 2015 - 7:50 PM

Congratulations on 5 years! I’m just starting out on my blogging journey, so looking forward to learning from a guru! Thanks for sharing.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:31 PM

LOL Guru, feels like it after 5 years!! Ask any questions if you have any, I’m more than happy to help πŸ™‚

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Napoli Restaurant Alert August 3, 2015 - 8:02 PM

Well done! 5 years is a great effort. Here is my tip – don’t write a post for the sake of writing – eg if you think you must write every Tuesday and Thursday for example. Write because the inspiration strikes you or because something really interests you – it comes through in the posts if it is an ‘obligation’ post.

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Jen @ Lifewrangling August 4, 2015 - 8:32 AM

I agree completely. I make sure I take notes when a topic occurs to me and then write as much as I can while the inspiration is still strong. This might be between cooking dinner and supervising homework, whenever I have the ideas. I then schedule that post for a later date so I don’t feel like I have to rush to get something published.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:28 PM

that’s a fabulous tip!!

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Sophie August 3, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Congratulations Kat! And great post… I am new to blogging and found your lessons learnt very helpful. I look forward to reading more tips!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:26 PM

Please share you blog Sophie, I’d love to visit it πŸ™‚

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Sophie August 4, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Thanks Kat. It’s http://www.beingbridesmaid.com.au, a resource website and blog dedicated to helping those navigate their being bridesmaid experience. Congrats again! ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 9:42 PM

Ooh wow, my daughters are going to be junior bridesmaid early next year, off to have a looksie at your blog πŸ™‚

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Lucy @ Bake Play Smile August 3, 2015 - 8:47 PM

WOW!!!! 5 years! You are such an inspiration to me (and so many others!) Kat. I love the lessons you’ve learnt and there’s certainly a lot of tips I will be taking away from this post – particularly about finding a good balance. Happy 5 years! xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Thank you lovely, balance is so important otherwise you are going to burn out and both the blog and family will suffer for it.

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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid August 3, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Love those top tips! Happy Blogaversary! Congratulations on all you have achieved in the last five years and here’s to (at least) five more!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:25 PM

thank you Sammie πŸ™‚

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[email protected] Kids OT August 3, 2015 - 10:09 PM

Congratulations on 5 years! Your blog was one of the first that I followed regularly and has always been an inspiration. I think privacy and anonymity is important and have kept my kids names and faces out of my blog. They are great hand models! I don’t have my photo on my blog either – which is a “no no” …Oh well! Still working on finding a good balance.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:24 PM

keeping faces off the blog must be hard, good on you though for going to the effort. πŸ™‚

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Toni @ Finding Myself Young August 3, 2015 - 10:28 PM

I’ve kept my daughters real name off the blog too for the same reasons. I occasionally google her name to make sure nothing links back to my blog just incase. I’m more worried about in the future when she gets to school as well because I know how cruel kids can be and I can only imagine it’s gotten worse now with social media.

Congrats on 5 years Kat!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:22 PM

that’s a good idea googling their names, I’ve never done that might go do it just to check they haven’t been mentioned. Great idea that you are thinking of your daughters future πŸ™‚

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Caley August 4, 2015 - 4:31 AM

Happy Blog Birthday – what an awesome 5 years it has been for you! Your blog is a true inspiration to others moms and wives out there – I love it all. Thanks so much and keep it up x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:21 PM

thank you Caley x

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me August 4, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Gosh 5 years and you’ve achieved so much, thanks for sharing these invaluable tips with us! I intend to go back through posts and check I was careful with schools/names, as not sure I was a vigilant at the start! x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 4, 2015 - 4:20 PM

thank you lovely xx

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Jo August 6, 2015 - 11:58 AM

Congrats on 5 years – that’s amazing! I loved this post – my blog is a baby at just 3 months and I found this post really helpful – thank you!

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kristy August 7, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Kat, your blog changed my life. I’m an autistic mum of four autistic girls and life is truly chaotic at the best of time. Using your blog has really made a massive difference and given me that order and routine that I SO crave and work best with.

Thank you so much.

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Sacha August 9, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Brilliant! I have recently started a blog about my motherhood journey on WordPress, so your blogging tips have come at the perfect time – thank you!

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Lorelei August 18, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Congratulations Kat. Love your blog and you’ve done amazing things with it, you should be very proud of yourself. xo

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Vivienne September 2, 2015 - 8:40 AM

I just love reading ALL your tips and tricks and recipes too. Of course it all makes perfect sense its just putting it into practice that sometimes gets lost in whatever we get up to during the day. Keep doing what you do as you are an inspiration to so many.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 2, 2015 - 10:21 AM

thank you so much Vivienne, it’s all practical advice and sometimes a gentle reminder or simple idea can make such a big difference.

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