You Need a Plan.
Surprise, bet ya didn’t see that coming? You do need a plan, whether you’re in this for a hobby like me, or your planning to make this a career. You need some type of plan. What are you going to blog about? What’s your schedule going to be? When will you find time to write, take/find images, etc. How are you going to juggle daily life with your blog life? These are all questions you need to ask yourself and answer before you begin.
What Tools Will You Use?
Hosting? Theme? Social media? Tech equipment? Plugins? Will you need a camera? Computer? Photo editor? How will you gather ideas? Where will you collect your information? Some of these are more immediately important than others, but they’re all pretty crucial to your blog.
An Editorial Calendar Will Save You.
I don’t know what I’m doing one minute to the next, so I keep my handy dandy planner with me all the time. But in my ignorance I thought, “I’m going to blog as life comes at me, it’s lifestyle not planned style.” lol. Hold on, L.O.L. Yeaaahh… slowly I came to accept the editorial calendar is needed. I started adding it to my google calendar, only to realize I don’t use my digital calendar for literally anything else, so it’s not going to work for this. I added a page into my monthly planner just for blogging. (Check out Bullet Journal for Bloggers). This has actually been a life saver. I’m not saying I’m sticking to it entirely, but if I’m not posting what I wrote, I better find something to post in the same slot!
It Starts Pretty Slow.
I felt pretty inadequate when I was getting less than 10 views a day on the days I didn’t do anything. I saw everyone saying “I’m only getting a thousand views a day” and I’m over here like, I’ve been at this for a month and am just hitting that as my lifetime! Most blogs don’t hit the big times immediately, if yours does, that is awesome! However, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t mean you’re a blogging failure.
I was so intimidated joining groups and posting my work. But, if you want views you have to be viewed. Blogging is often personal, you’re writing from you. I can share with you all the essays and papers I wrote in school, I don’t care if you like my paper on JFK. But I do care if I look like an idiot when you read something more personal. You have to share, and you have to reciprocate. Don’t just post your link and go. Nobody likes it. I made a little rule for myself – for every link I leave, I look at at least 5 others and try to share/comment/etc. their posts as well. Give 80, get 20. I know that came from somewhere.
I think one of the most uncomfortable things about blogging is you’re putting yourself out into the entire world. You’re using your face as something, and for me sometimes it almost felt fake. Like, I’m not feeling this today, even though I may have felt good about it while writing it once I’m posting, I’m questioning who I really am. Blogging has taught me a lot about myself and even changed me in some ways. It’s like some weird mind experiment… but the best person you can be is yourself. You want to be authentic, I want you to be authentic.
Don’t Give Up.
If it was easy, everyone would do it. Add in another 15 motivational quotes to get you going and inspired. Now go blog about it!