One of the main things that you must understand as a blogger, is that it all starts with good content. You have to have good content in order to get readers. That is the start, the during and the after. Regardless of what the content is about. Whether it’s about Fashion, Food, Photography, Politics or just writing about your daily life. You need to have something to say. You need to contribute something to the blogging world. Then of course, it’s about getting the message out there.
It is so important to know how promote your blog. The first thing that I feel it’s about, is figuring what is the voice of your blog. What do you want to talk about? How do you want to bring your message across to your readers? Once you understand your message and how you want to describe it to people, then you will know how to properly promote it. You have to always remember that you are the one that has the power of you blog, in the palm of your hand. Literally. You determine how you want it to look, what it’s path will be, etc. No can promote your blog like you can. Because, it’s your work. It is your point of view. These are words that has come straight from your heart, soul and mind. These are words, are not just words. But, they are a part of you. So, it’s incredibly important to understand where it fits and how it should be nurtured.
Think of your blog as your child. Whether you have a child or not, your blog is a part of you. You created it, you are delivering your work to the world, and it is up to raise it right. You are responsible for it. So make sure that you treat it a such.
One of the things that I’ve learned so far as a blogger, is waiting takes you out of the game! It simply does not pay to wait. See, blogging is one of those things where if you wait too long to blog, you can lose serious momentum, when you’re starting out. You need to work on your blog, even when you’re not in front of the computer. Often times when I’m watching TV, I’ll be thinking, ‘ What am I going to blog about today?’ You should always be thinking about ways to make your blog better. Now of course, social media plays a major role in this. If you’re going to blog, you’ve got to be socially active. You’ve got to get into Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin, and every other good source that you can get into to promote your blog. You’ve got to use those sources, after each blog post.
Now at first, I got involved with BlogHer. That is where I wrote my first blog and I love BloghHer! I love that I found them, (on an ad on Ree Drummond’s blog, of course! I mean, I absoulutely adore her!). Anyway, I was surprised at how much work it takes to be a blogger. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication. But, if you love what you’re doing, then it really doesn’t feel like work. You’re honored to do it. Now, so many people that blog, are writers and authors. And some, have become authors since starting their blogs. It’s because of the traffic and popularity that their blog has generated. That too, is a dream of bloggers. You should want your work to spread to other venues. You should want to grow as a writer. And blogs gives us the platform to do that with. Each time we blog, we should be growing. We should be challenging ourselves and coming up with new ideas. From a personal standpoint, blogging challenges me. This is the first time, when I’ve created something from scratch that I am solely responsible for. That is new and exciting! But, it makes me a little nervous from time to time.
Another thing about blogging, is the fact that it helps to read other blogs. When you read other people’s blogs, it can inspire you. You can look at everything from content to photography to design. There is a large world of blogs out there and is growing in leaps and bounds everyday. For instance, I’m sitting here blogging and it’s almost one ‘o’ clock in the morning. But, I know for a fact that I’m not the only doing that right now. As a matter a fact, I am sure that there are people that are creating their blog right now! So, read! Read, Read, and Read some more. Google the term, ‘Blog’ and see how many of the pop up. You’ll see everything from websites offering guidelines and outlines on how to start a blog, to blogs that people own, which are already up and running. There is so much to check out. So, the next time you might be tempted to complain that you don’t have anything to do, grab your laptop, iPad, or go to your desktop and look up ‘blogs’ and see what’s out there. Who knows? You might find a empty space in the blogging world that you know how to fill.
Blogging is incredibly exciting and I could go on and on about it. And I will, trust me. But, for right now, this is kind of an opener to what else I want to talk about. And if you get nothing out anything that I wrote, please pay attention to this. Blogging is not easy. It takes work, inspiration, dedication, and you’ve got to willing to be a little uncomfortable in order to get better. We as bloggers, we want people to read our work. We want really readership. But, just know that it takes a lot of work to get there. There will be days when you don’t have the readership that you want. But, take those days and let them make you strive for more. Let them make you hungry to get better. Let them make you want to work more, want to write more. But most importantly, write about things that you are passionate about. Write about things that you believe in. Write about things that are important to you. And if you’d like to write about things that are important to our world, then please feel free.
Whatever you want to write about, especially if you don’t see it out there, by no means should you wait and see if someone else will write about it. Get out there and write about it yourself.
Be a Life Do-it- Yourselfer!
Happy Blogging, everyone!