Blogging has opened so many opportunities for me. It has opened up an outlet for me to be creative and share my voice with thousands of readers over time. I love what I do. It helps me to stay home with my children while providing an income to help support my family.
That said blogging is not as easy as it seems. I wish I knew a few things when I decided to take on blogging.
5 Blogging Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started
No one likes a phony or a liar. Be yourself is the most important to me out of this list of blogging tips. This is your little part of the web, make it your own. Write like you are talking to your friend, make it genuine and from the heart. After all your goal is to build a community. People that want to read what you have to say because they share your same interests.
Patience and Time
If you know me, I am not a patient person by nature. This is where I failed early on blogging. It takes time to build a community.
The more you plug away you will eventually burn out – I know this from experience.
In the early days of blogging I dove in head first. Keeping up with posting almost daily and sharing on social media can get tiring fast. Start slow and give yourself grace.
It’s Okay To Reinvent Yourself
We all change over time, growing who we are is part of life. What brought you joy a few years ago may not be the same now. I started out as a coupon blog many years ago. Sharing many deals a day at various stores. A few years into it I realized it did not make me happy so I revamped my site into what you see now. My life – the balancing act of motherhood, keeping up a home and a self employed business woman.
Some readers will follow, some will not and you will gain a whole new set of readers. That’s okay!
Never hesitate to ask a more experienced blogger some questions. We are our own community here. We understand the struggles of social media, writing, keeping it all together. If you are stuck on something shoot them an email. The worst that can happen is they do not respond. In my experience they will and you will be so glad you asked for help. This may open the doors to collaborations or guest posts on their site. More exposure for both of you – its a win win!
Just because you put content out there does not mean it ends there. I keep stressing the word community but that is what this is all about. Engaging with your readers is such an important part of this. Your readers need to feel heard and that is your job to make them feel comfortable to stay a loyal reader.
What other blogging tips would you share with someone that is thinking of starting their own blog?
— More Than A Mom Of 3 (@MoreThanAMomOf3) September 12, 2017