Saturday marked one month since I officially embarked on this blogging journey with the launching of my site. I have learned so much this past month, not only about blogging, but about myself, about social media, about web design (honestly could have done without that one), and so many other things. I have read other posts from fellow bloggers about tips, tricks, and whatnot, and they were very helpful to me as a newbie. I wanted to share what I’ve learned, not necessarily written as tips to other bloggers, but perhaps with information that can help someone else out.
This list is sure to change over time but as of today, this is what I’ve learned about:
One thing I was skeptical of when entering the blogging world was opening my life up for others to view. Not that I have anything to hide, but why did I want to share my life with complete strangers? It was quite scary, actually. I slowly dipped my toes in the Instagram waters with some loop chats and hashtags. I quickly connected to people with like interests. I found myself genuinely enjoying reading blog posts they’d written, smiling at pictures of their children, and even praying for their needs. I have had people share some of the sweetest things about my blog posts or social media uploads. It has been so uplifting to me, and I hope these other ladies – mothers, wives, bloggers, some all of the above, have felt the same way.
Images, Images, Images
A few of my early posts had cute little pictures of my daughter that I’d snapped on my phone. I love those pictures. They are very special to me. Looking from a professional side of things, however, they are not high quality photos. Someone scrolling through to find something intriguing to read aren’t drawn to those photos. Although I have an emotional connection to them they’re not very likely to catch a stranger’s eye. I have found that, across the board, my best bet with photos are through stock photos I have found online. I have since used a few photos of my family, but only because it was an image from our actual camera, not my phone or they were photos we had done by a professional. Regardless, they just need to be QUALITY photos.
I am a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom so I thought, “with all this extra time it is a perfect time to finally launch my blog!” Hahaha Apparently I didn’t realize how busy my six month old keeps me. And on days she doesn’t nap? Yea right! I haven’t found a solution yet, but am trying hard to schedule when I do posts. I was turned off by this idea from the get-go because I didn’t want to take the fun out of it but it really hasn’t! Writing the posts are still enjoyable, even on a time crunch sometimes, because when it comes down to it writing is what I enjoy. I don’t want every single post to be a time crunch, however, so I have been flexible. If I don’t post the EXACT day I intended, it’s going to be okay!
Quality Over Quantity
This is similar to the first point I addressed about making connections, but I felt it was important to address this specifically. I am not going to lie, when I first started using social media to share my blog posts/life in general, I wanted as many likes as possible. Followers meant they were all reading my blog, right? Nope! While your following through different forms of social media does have importance, it is not the be-all, end-all. There are many things you can do via social media that will draw people to like, follow, and retweet, but you have to ask yourself, “are these genuine followers?” The thing is I would rather have a smaller following of people that actually support my blog, uplift me, and actually communicate with me, than a large following of people who could care less about my blog and don’t know a thing about me! You can still have the “quantity” with the “quality,” but ask yourself which you want to focus on.
This blogging venture has been even more fun than I imagined. I have had the opportunity to do giveaways, guest post on other sites, co-host mama chats, and so many other things, so many things I never even thought of when embarking on this journey. Even if it wasn’t for all those things though, it’s still been a blast! It has been so fun to share my writing with others. Writing is a passion of mine and other than it being something I thoroughly enjoy doing, it is also something I find relaxing. I love sharing heartfelt stories, helping someone out, and making people smile. I can do all of these through blogging and it truly makes me so deeply happy.
Thanks for joining me on this new adventure! If you are a blogger reading along and could share one tip, what would it be? If you’re not a blogger, what are some things you’d enjoy reading here on my site?