I’ve been blogging for about four months now. I’m still a baby in the blogging world. My motivation for getting started was my dear mother. She came to live with us while undergoing cancer treatments and I wanted to write about our time with her. I share that story here. I want to be a source of encouragement for others. Blogging is a great way to do that.
A few short years ago, I was clueless about blogging. My first introduction to blogging was through DIY, home decor, and decorating blogs. Three years ago I began following a few DIY blogs. I was looking for ideas to give my home some pizzazz without breaking the bank. I’ve been in my current home for six years, and I have enjoyed decorating it. Over the years, I’ve completed many home decor and craft projects. I’ve not produced much recently but I’m always on the hunt for a project. You may see some DIY projects featured here on my blog in the near future. I enjoy making old things new again, adding character and a splash of color to just about anything.
There is a lot of advice out there for new bloggers like me. I’ve appreciated the tips and have applied most of what I’ve learned. There are so many tips to consider, it’s overwhelming. As a way to clear my head, and focus on MY OWN goals for my blog, I’ve created some tips for the new blogger (me).
1. Establish your purpose for blogging. Write it down. It’s also a good idea to create a long-term plan for your blog. I’m not looking for financial gain or notoriety but if that happens along the way, fine with me.
2. Get over your fear of blogging. Yes you read that right. I am the blogger who is reluctant to blog. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. First let me say that I really do enjoy blogging. The reason that I struggle is I am a VERY private person. As a kid, I was taught to keep my personal home life private. I’m also not as outgoing as people think I am. My husband says I am not proactively outgoing but very social and he is so right. When I originally started blogging, I decided it was just for my own personal outlet and didn’t really care if anyone read it. In theory that is nice and all, but let’s face it, if it is on the internet, it’s out there for the world to see.
3. If you are going to blog, then do it right. After working through my fears, I decided that if I am going to blog, then I should do it right. As a result, I’ve been on a huge learning curve. I mean huge. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned in four short months. There were times when I was ready to shut it down, but I persevered. I’ve even learned a bit about code (grudgingly of course). I have no interest in learning code.
4. Don’t stress over creating a specific niche for yourself right away. Although, it is a good idea to create a general category for your blog. My content tends to be inspirational, encouraging with a focus on family life and self-improvement. Get started, don’t put it off and it will evolve over time.
5. Take your time connecting to social media! I focused on building my content before connecting to social media. It is important to decide which social media sites you plan to connect to. I connected to one social media site every few weeks or so. I never tweeted before my blog. I really didn’t see the point. I know, old school! I still do not have many followers and that’s alright with me. It took time to learn about plug-ins and WordPress. Most tasks take me a while and I’m okay with that. You should see me when I figure something out. I do the happy dance all over the place.
6. Begin to take part in link up parties with other bloggers. There is no urgency for me but I do plan to connect more. There are a lot of great bloggers out there with unique link up events.
7. Be yourself. Personally, I’m not looking to impress anyone. We are all human with strengths and weaknesses. I hope to use this blog to encourage others by discussing issues that are real and meaningful.
8. Create a content schedule. This is a work in progress for me. I’ve come across this advice on several occasions from fellow bloggers. Point well taken.
These are just a few tips that I have established for myself. I’m sure there are others but these stand out for now.
Blogging is sharing. By sharing, we encourage ourselves and others. If nothing else, sharing normalizes our experiences by helping us to see that we are not alone and that we share interests as well as experiences.
Peace and Blessings!
Peace and Blessings,