A couple of weeks have gone by since I made a serious effort to get my blog up and running. I went through theme after theme trying to find the perfect one that just felt right. Not understanding all the concepts, I turned to the wonderful people in some of the blogging communities I joined and asked questions as well as YouTube and the Internet. Slowly I began to understood a little more and blogging took on a whole new meaning to me. I am by no means an expert and I still have a long ways to go, but I thought I would share a few things I have discovered in my journey.
- Blogging takes a lot of work. It isn’t a matter of just setting up a page and writing in it every once in a while. You have to interact with people and interact often. Most important is to get your name out there.
- When I first started, I joined every blogging community I could find on Facebook. I am not sure this was a smart thing to do because I soon became lost. Too many comments to comment on, not remembering who I liked or followed. I spent more time clicking peoples blogs only to discover I already followed them. I would have been smarter to maybe join one for beginners and work on that, then as I got more confident and experienced, join others.
- First thing I did was get my blog on every social media site I could find, Pinterest, Stumble etc. – not sure that was a smart thing to do because I didn’t and still don’t understand how some of them work. I think I would have been wiser to look into each site and fully learn how they work so I could interact properly. These sites all have great benefits but if you don’t understand them, they are useless.
- Having a niche is very important. Without one you are just blogging for the sake of blogging. If you are going to want people to follow you, you need to have something worthwhile for them to read and something interesting that makes them come back for more.
- Adsense isn’t going to make you lots of money. Everyone wants to make money on their blog, well maybe not everyone but most, and I don’t expect to get rich with mine but I thought some pocket change would be nice. So far with Adsense I have made a whopping 3 cents. – Yahooooo – am living the dream.
- There are a lot of great people out there. Yes, there are. Wonderful, helpful people who will answer questions and go out of their way to make sure you understand.
- You can like, follow and share all you want, if you don’t have good content on your blog, it will not go anywhere. You have to walk the walk. If people like or follow you, you have to make sure you like and follow them.
- If you are going to blog seriously, have a game plan. Just don’t go into blogging without thinking it over or making a schedule. Because I work full time and only do my blogging in the evenings and weekends, it is important that I have a plan. I didn’t at first but realize now just how important it is. Take some time to organize yourself so you know what nights (or days) you are going to do what.
- When ideas hit you, write them down. There have been so many times I have been sitting on the bus or even sitting at work and an idea for a blog article will pop in my head and by the time I get home I have forgotten what it was or can’t find the words anymore for what I want to say. I now make a point of writing it down or if I am on the bus, use my notebook feature on my cell phone.
- Don’t be afraid. For years I never really wrote anything because I thought it sounded stupid, I didn’t think I was any good or I thought no one would want to read my rantings. Now I wish I had started writing years ago.
So after making these discoveries, I have stepped back, taken a good look at my blog and made some changes. Not sure it will help but I am bound and determined to make a go of it.
What has blogging done for me? Well for one thing it has given me confidence. Confidence to know that I have something worthwhile to say and people will listen. It has improved my writing and allowed me the freedom to say what I feel and feel what I say. It has given me courage to not be afraid to put words to paper or words to computer screen in this case.
Blogging is fun and it is also a lot of work. Don’t give up – there are a lot of success stories out there and those are the ones that keep me going.
Happy Blogging to all you wonderful people out there.