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10 Lessons That Will Make You a Better Blogger

10 Lessons That Will Make You a Better BloggerBy Holly Reisem Hanna

I have been working at home and blogging for 6 years and during this time I have learned a ton of valuable lessons and insight as a blogger.

I always enjoy it when others share their wisdom with me, so here are 10 lessons that I’ve learned and have helped me become a better blogger and work-at-home mom.

Don’t Be Obsessed with the Numbers.

As a blogger I am constantly checking and monitoring my numbers; how many Twitter followers do I have? How many Facebook Fans do I have? How many page views did I receive today?!? It can really drive you nuts and create a ton of self doubt, especially if your stats start to go down. Let it go, focus on creating quality content and cultivating relationships, when you do something that you love the rest will fall into place.

On the other hand, don’t ignore your numbers either. Checking your stats weekly is sufficient to monitor what’s going on and alert you to potential issues or problems.

Watch Who You’re Friends With.

In the past I worked at establishment where the majority of the employees were unhappy and disgruntled, needless to say this negativity rubbed off on me. Hang around positive and inspiring people, the energy that they emit is infectious and when you hang around the right people you will find yourself feeling motivated and empowered. Can’t leave your current job? Try joining a blogging group, women’s self renewal group, or attending a blogging conference, this will give you the boost and energy that you need to stay upbeat through the difficult and trying times.

Keep Learning.

In her book, The Chic Entrepreneur, Elizabeth Gordon suggests reading a new business book every month. When I first had my daughter I thought I was too busy to read a new book every month, but when I took her advice, I found that you can find the time – you just need to make it. Cut out a little TV watching, read while you’re waiting for appointments. I like to take my books in the car so that I can read while my husband is driving. Learning exercises your brain and helps get those creative juices flowing.

Enjoy the Simple Things in Life.

Bloggers tend a LOT of time of their blogs; I’m no exception. Remember to take breaks and cherish the simple things in life; a great way to do this is to keep a notebook and write down the small occurrences that make you smile. One of those times for me, was when I went to the Texas Conference for Women and was talking to a woman who I had never met before. When she asked me what I did, she said, “I know The Work at Home Woman – I love that site”, it made me feel like a million dollars. It’s the little moments like this that enrich our lives and make us feel special, remember them by writing them down.

Go Outdoors Everyday.

Being a home-based blogger, there are days that I just feel trapped and isolated. When I start feeling this way I know it’s time to get outdoors. Whether it’s sipping some coffee on my deck, playing in the sandbox with my daughter, or going for walk being out in the fresh air always makes me feel refreshed and renewed.


Do what you love and surround yourself with the people that you love. Life is way too short to spend 40 hours a week working on something that you don’t enjoy. If you have a client that’s unpleasant to work with, or a project that you dread, let it go. It’s your business — you call the shots. On the same note, don’t burn bridges along the way. Make sure to handle all matters professionally.

Take Care of Yourself.

Good health, you don’t appreciate it until it’s gone. I know this because this past fall myself, my mom and my sister all went through some health issues and let me tell you, if you don’t have your health the world turns upside down. Take care of your health, eat right, exercise, schedule regular check ups and be kind to your body. You only have one life, why not make the best you possibly can.

Get Rid of the Guilt.

Guilt is a terrible feeling and it is totally useless. Moms feel it because they work outside the home, they feel it because they stay-at-home, and other women feel it because they decide not to have children, it is a vicious cycle, let it go. Live your life knowing that you’re doing what’s right for you and because of the choices you’ve made you’re the best possible person you can be!

Vocalize Your Appreciation.

Let the special people if your life know how much you appreciate them, it will make their day. A hand written card, a private message on Facebook, or a phone call are unexpected and go a long way in nurturing relationships. Make it a habit to spend 5 minutes each day making a personalized connection with someone in your life.

Everything in Moderation.

Extremes in any direction are never a good thing. Don’t go overboard on any one activity or action, instead do a little each day and slowly, but surely, your blog will grow.

What lessons have you learned as a work at home woman and blogger? I look forward to your comments!

10 Lessons That Will Make You a Better Blogger

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24 Responses to “10 Lessons That Will Make You a Better Blogger”

  1. 1
    ebbandflo says:

    I’ve been ‘engineering’ a home jewelry design business in, around and in spite of my family (in an effort to stay sane) for the last 4 years. What I’ve learned is that there are never enough hours in the day!! so to continue the sanity theme I’ve learned to prioritise in every aspect of my working day, whether it’s housework, business or ‘me time’. I’m still learning but I’m now nicely poised to capitalise on my son attending fulltime schooling – I feel like I’ve almost completed my apprenticeship!
    PS: i’m a recent follower – love the blog!
    .-= ebbandflo´s last blog ..(almost) wordless wednesday =-.

  2. 2
    Chris Heidel says:

    “Hang around positive and inspiring people, the energy that they emit is infectious and when you hang around the right people you will find yourself feeling motivated and empowered.” Enough said right there, Holly.

  3. 3
    Trish says:

    I really appreciate that your list focused on the mental side of your business. When I’m not in a good place, all of my great ideas have to wait around for me to get in gear. It’s funny that running a business seems to be all about doing but it’s success is mostly about a solid mindset.


  4. 4
    Ros says:

    Profound lessons Holly, thank you for sharing. I love learning from people, which is where I get my inspiration. I think it’s very important to be a student of life, with an open mind and can-do attitude. Learning new things keeps you growing & evolving.

    Health is big for me. A couple years ago, I unexpectedly became the primary caregiver for my cancer-stricken sister whom unfortunately did not beat cancer. For the first time in my life, I was up close & personal to death. Long-story-short… I learned many life lessons–we’re here to serve, support, but the most important was, at the end, what matters truly is that you’ve loved and that you were loved. I didn’t know it until her passing, but caring for her was a gift. As painful & devastating as it was to see her wither, I’m grateful and humbled she entrusted me to help her through her biggest challenge of her life.

    Thank you again for sharing your lessons. Many will be touched by them.

    • 4.1

      Thanks Ros for sharing your touching story!

      It’s so true we are all here to help each other out; relationships are what matter most in life. It is the special moments we spend and give that we remember not the material things in life.

      Have a great week,

  5. 5
    Heather Stanley says:

    Hi Holly,

    Beautiful thoughts and advice! We’ve both learned a lot in the past eight years that we have known each other. Glad that you are sharing it. That is what life is about: learning and sharing. And being around people who appreciate personal growth. Simple, yet so powerful.

    I love what you are doing. Keep up the hard work on your site and in life! You’ve earned all the kudos you are getting.

    Happy Monday!


  6. 6
    mommy beth says:

    Hi Holly! I totally, agree especially with the seventh which is about our health. As a mompreneur, I also faced health issues before which affected my performance as a mom and as an entrepreneur. We must always remember that Health is wealth!… I love your site, I learned a lot from this blog.

  7. 7
    Ivan Walsh says:

    As a guy – yes I know :) – I can relate to these esp as I work from home and have the school runs and what not.

    Sometimes you have to get some distance and take a break. Otherwise the smallest thing can become a big problem.


    • 7.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      Hi Ivan – I love it when the guys visit =) You definitely need to take breaks, otherwise you’ll get burned out. Even a small 10 minute break can give you the lift that you need.

  8. 8
    Dana says:

    Great tips!
    What I have learned over the last five years is to be grateful for the rush of business, but cherish life when it is quiet. When things are quiet around here – and with 2 boys, that is rare – I take the time to really enjoy my kids, catch up on paperwork, and develop new ideas for the business.

    When things slow down, I no longer stress about where the next client will come from. I take a deep breath and savour the break.

    • 8.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      That is a great philosophy Dana. When things it a lull – I always tell myself, “everything happens for a reason” – we may not know know why at the time, but it always works out. Sometimes you just need to go with the flow.

  9. 9
    Suzie Peacock says:

    Um, just a note…it’s watch who YOU’RE friends with. Sorry, pet peeve.

  10. 10

    I have learned that the most important thing is to discover, then capitalize upon, your strengths and gifts. For me, all the “hard work” in the world won’t result in success as quickly or with more satisfaction (and sometimes not all!) than when I am working within my innate skill set. Often, this means going against the knee-jerk reaction of “chasing the money” and/or taking the slow road to build my business slowly.

    • 10.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      I totally agree Mary. Have your read Marcus Buckingham’s Live Your Strongest Life? He talks about how the most successful women capitalize on their strengths… it’s a good read.

  11. 11
    LaTersa Blakely says:

    I have learned so much as a mom entrepreneur, but the one thing that sticks out the most is that if I don’t take care of me, then I am no good to anyone else. about a month ago i too had a scare and i ended up in the ER. No fun, that’s not the kind of vacation i was hoping for.

  12. 12
    Joanne says:

    Great post Holly and I can definitely relate to being obsessed with the numbers, especially when you are starting out – it can easily take up big chunks of time when we could be working on much more productive business building activities!

    LaTersa – I totally agree, self care is a must! I work full time as well as my part time business and I know that prouctivity goes down as I burn out. On a training call I listened to yesterday, it was suggested that we commit to doing 3 things a day just for ourselves, even if they are only 10 minutes each – it is so important!

  13. 13
    Holly Hanna says:

    Hi Joanne – Glad you enjoyed the post. I’ve gotten good at just checking stats a couple times a week, and now I mostly do it for key word research.

  14. 14
    Amy says:

    Holly, Thanks for your nuggets! I appreciate them! *smile*

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