Blogging – 5 Things No One Said
Blogging is only hard if we let it become hard!
Looking back at the very first post I ever did on tumblr (where I started my first blog) I wish there had been resources that were easy to understand and explained things from a beginners standpoint. I am not planning on writing technical manuals about blogging. I thought I would share a few things I wish I had known from day 1.
As a general rule, excited bloggers anticipate making their first post. You have a sense of accomplishment about blogging once your first post is wrote. You then sit back and wait for people to appear on your site. You are sure that you will become discovered and become famous within days. Now let me explain something to anyone “thinking” about blogging
1. Excited – You just bought your own website. You are still happy when you make it to your “new” domain control panel and you are trying to find how to write posts (writing is the reason you blog….you don’t have time for technical details). You are still excited when you discover you will have to download WordPress to make your first post. You start to download the program and the internet provider goes down….sigh
2. Still Excited – The internet server is back up and you download WordPress. Finishing your first post excites you. (even if it did take 112 post revisions). You schedule your post for first thing in the morning.
3. Excited Less – You periodically check your site stats during the day. Your stats finally show a visitor which makes you feel good. Upon further examination the one visitor was on your site for less than 2 seconds.
4. Not Excited – Each day, you continue to check your stats and they begin to depress you.
Many new bloggers (and some veterans) will quit at this point. They decide that blogging won’t get any better. Once they quit, some potentially, excellent content disappears into the web.
Persistent bloggers will continue to question how they can improve their site. You will start to have questions and discover that everyone has an answer to your questions. The problem is that you don’t know who is correct and who isn’t.
1. Determination - When I started blogging I read a simple statement someone posted, “do you know the reasons you blog?” If you blog for fun or an online diary don’t worry about anything and write. If you blog to have a voice you will need to search, listen and learn. Don’t wait for someone to tell you the answers to things. You need to actively look for answers to questions.
2. Snoop – Don’t be afraid to look at other sites. You won’t break their site by looking (I promise or at least not intentionally)! I might have a parenting blog but it never stops me from looking at other blogs. Having a parenting blog means I need to become aware of the latest trends in other things besides parenting (your niche isn’t reading in stone)!
3. Notes - While you are looking around take notes on things that you like, e.g., widgets, colors or word styles. If you really like the site don’t be afraid to leave a message telling them you really enjoy their site. Everyone is a little vain and people like to hear they did something exceptionally well. It is possible they might give you constructive criticism on your site if you ask them too.
4. Proactive – Be proactive about yourself and content. Don’t wait for others to notice you! If you want people to notice your content, you need to start noticing theirs first. Most bloggers post their social networks they are on, make sure to follow them (click any of those to reach mine), e.g., facebook, twitter or stumbleupon. Don’t just become a follower become a super follower.
5. Value – In my opinion, value comments are one of the most important things a person can do in blogging. If someone leaves comment on my blog, “Great job!” I have doubts they even looked at my work. If someone adds to the discussion by having questions or statements that are well thought out, then they have added value to my work. I try to value comment on several blogs a day. Value comments can and will bring back potential viewers to your blog.
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6. Share - Triberr is a way for bloggers to extend their reach through social media and the help of other bloggers. Anyone blogging can join triberr. You will look for tribes you can join or invite people to your tribe (there is no cost to join tribes). Once you are in some tribes you can share each others content on your social networks. Triberr will also help you to connect with other bloggers and make some great online friends (these are the people who will support you and your blog….. never forget to return the favors)!
There are many other topics I wish someone had told me from day one, e.g., S.E.O, Google Analytic and Alexa. I will write about them at a future time when I can dedicate a whole post to each topic. If I blog about them I might stop someone from making some of the mistakes I have made. After all, I know parenting is about continuing to learn new things and I am never to old to learn (Note: I can still tie in the main focus of my blog, parenting, to my post topic blogging and learning)
I made many mistakes when I started blogging including some that I am still learning about. How did you do when you started your blog? Did you just write with a vengeance or learn about the market and coding? Is there anything you would do differently if you could? Be sure to tell me in the comments!
Today I am on Silly Dad Blog Names being featured (they seem to think Dadblunders is a funny name)! Check out my interview Post 8 – Some Catching Up Silly Dad Name Blogs – Dadblunders
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, dream on
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, own website
, reality bites
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