Blogging is my new hobby. I am still in the learning zone but it’s getting easier each day. My tendency is to want to improve, and do better, so hopefully good things are in store for my blog down the line. Blogging is totally different from anything I’ve ever done.
People blog for different reasons. It’s a form of self-expression, and a way to connect with others who share your thoughts and experiences. I’m a trained Counselor, so I like to talk. Words are our craft. So it makes sense that blogging would be attractive to me.
There certainly are a lot of tips out there for new and old bloggers alike. I’ve read A LOT of tips over the last month, and decided to stop for a while. Some of it is great sound advice but honestly, the tips are overwhelming at times. I want to act on them, and it slows down my progress. Maybe it’s just me. Blogging has been a process for me, and I try to take it step by step.
Successful bloggers that have acquired 2000 subscribers in less than two months are very intriguing. Most of them are willing to share their path to success. Afterall, sharing is caring. Many bloggers are hungry for that information. I’ve discovered that the more I read, the more variety I see.
promote (100%)- don’t promote (10%) (focus on creating good content instead),
just keep writing – wait for inspiration,
here’s what I did to be successful (follow my lead) – don’t compare.
The majority of the tips are intended to help other bloggers be successful, and that’s a good thing.
I wrote a post a month ago called 8 tips for the new blogger from the new blogger. Since that time, not a lot has changed but my perspective has. I’ve identified four common themes among the tips I’ve read. They are not new and certainly not all-inclusive. Bare with me as I talk this out.
Know your purpose for blogging. Is this a business for you? Is your goal to create a brand? Is money your primary motivation? Do you just enjoy sharing? Are you looking to connect with people who share the same experiences? Do you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share? There are countless reasons why people blog, all very personal and valid. Only you can define the “why”. Once you know the “why”, stay focused on that and do not be swayed by others or what you read. It can change over time but be clear about your purpose. Your purpose is just that, “yours”.
Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. This is good counsel. Some people have blogged for years now. So naturally they will have more followers and have grown their blog to a full-blown business. I’m all for a blog that grows into a business but it certainly takes time. I read a number of blogs weekly and I find myself thinking, that’s a good post but it wasn’t earth shattering. I know, there are a number of factors that contribute to the success of a blog. I sound like a hater but its tough not to compare when you only have 3 likes on your Facebook page. There is usually a reason for that. I do have days when I get discouraged but I’m not a quitter. So you can be bitter or be better. I choose to be better.
Market and promote your blog in order to grow your blog. I’ve heard spend less time on promotion and more time on building good content. Write when you feel moved and not just for the sake of writing. Honestly, I can’t stand facebook, tweet occasionally and use pinterest a few times a week. I need to step up, don’t you think? I definitely have some hangups that I need to get over if I want to have a successful blog. It just doesn’t happen on its own. The key is finding the right mix of social media while keeping your purpose in mind. To be successful, some level of promotion is necessary and there are definitely dos and dont’s. I’ve decided to set 2 or 3 weekly goals for my blog. With three busy kids, I have to take baby steps. I have recently created a plan for promotion that hopefully works for me. The hard part is the execution.
Be authentic. I don’t know any other way to be. I have a hard time writing about things that are not important to me. My goal is to share, encourage and inspire. I am a relational person, so connecting with others is enjoyable for me. Originally I said this blog was just for me, and I didn’t care if anyone read it. Well, I do care because I enjoy sharing and connecting with others. I’m about producing good quality results with anything that I do.
This is not a theme but my own words of encouragement.
Don’t worry about what other people say. I’ve shared that I blog with a few people in different circles and the reactions have been mixed. I’ve found that family members tend to be the most critical. Some have no idea what a blog is. Has anyone had this experience? Some see it as you telling all of your business to the world, and posting pictures of your kids on the internet. They give you recommendations that have nothing to do with what you are blogging about and never make an effort to visit your blog. Some have asked me, what my husband thinks about it never acknowledging my role and the fact that it belongs to me. Good questions, but marriage is a partnership in my household. Of course, we’ve discussed it! Just don’t let people kill your spirit. Again, know your why and stick to it.
It all boils down to creating a solid plan for your blog. If your plan does not include growth, then that is your choice. I am interested in growing my blog and I’m learning to pace myself. Be true to yourself, take it in stride, and take notes when you come across something that moves you. As you strive to improve your blog, set incremental and achievable weekly goals for yourself.
The best advice I read last week came from The Blog Maven. She said that a successful blog helps someone. It inspires someone to think and act differently. It makes someone’s life better.
Have you found any tips that moved you to action or made a difference for your blog? Do you have any blogging hangups?
Peace and Blessings,