Have you ever been inspired to start writing a blog of your own but needed a little bit of extra help? Have you started a blog but noticed you are missing something? I have decided to write a new blog post dedicated to a handful of things that I have learned since I began this blog over a year ago. Now, I know I am no where close to being an expert, but I am sure that even the smallest bit of advice could help give that last push that someone needs to start their own blogging experience.
Be Dedicated. This one is almost a no brainer, but I will speak the truth just in case anyone thought that blogging was the life of luxury and easy-going days. I hate to burst your bubble and crash your party with the realization that it is not all rainbows and sunshine all the time. Sure, it can really start to pay off to the point where you are living the dream life and traveling the world and working with amazing people and brands, but you are not born in the spotlight with blogging. It takes a lot of dedication and a lot of time spent working on your blog and every part of your life involved with it. Some people just happen to be at the right place at the right time and everything gets shifted to the fast lane for them, but for a lot of others it takes endless amounts of time working on our craft until we “make it”. Some people don’t actually reach their point that they were hoping and get discouraged, but they are not alone as there are many of us out there, working our butts off to keep ourselves dedicated to what we started. Sometimes it takes a change every now and then, but we have to stay focused on whatever goals we wish to achieve with our blogs and just keep going. I used to only post a blog post a week at one point in time, but I knew I had to post more often in hopes of being seen more. It really takes a lot more time, but hopefully one day it will all be worth it.
Be Social. How are people supposed to find out about your work if you never share it? Social networking platforms are the greatest thing we could possibly use to be social and spread the words about our creations because it is likely to reach the most people. Then you just have to hope that someone will eventually see your tweet on twitter and click through to visit your website. Some of it is pure luck, other times it’s persistence in making sure you are always being social about your work. Thankfully social media allows us to tag and mention certain people and companies in our posts. It is a pure blessing when someone with a bigger audience helps you out and many gets you a few more visits to your blog. I have been lucky a handful of times with this and see it as a great asset when it comes to being social. Also, you never know what could happen if you mention your blog to someone in person. It is also a connections game. You could be in Sephora and mention to someone that your are a beauty blogger, or walking through a store like Garage Clothing (yes, I still shop their from time to time) looking for clothing items, and maybe get another visit to your website at some point. You just never really know if you don’t speak up now and then.
Be Grateful. Never stop being grateful! Although you put in the extreme amount of work into your blog, you are to never step on anyone to get ahead and never be ungrateful for the opportunities you are given throughout your entire blogging experience. I am still so happy for every compliment I get from people on my blog and the work I do, even if I end up being really bashful about it. Every opportunity I have received so far has been amazing and I know that my hard work is paying off. It’s not like I can quit my day job any day in the near future, but knowing that my spare time is going to something really rewarding and creative makes me smile. So again, thank you everyone that supports me and my blog. You are all wonderful people!
I hope these tips and tricks come as help to anyone that was seeking it. Have you tried blogging and want to share something you have learned from the blogger experience? Comment below and share the love in the blogging community. Every little bit helps! Also, if you have any questions about blogging, feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will answer them for you to the best of my knowledge.