Hello, hello. Happy Wednesday!
As of late, I’ve been really working on owning the “blogger” part of my life and personality.
I added it to a few bios, brought it up in conversation with new people, and gotten back in the hang of taking photos with the disclaimer, “It’s for my blog!”
It’s a good feeling. Lately I have read a lot of posts along the lines of “I was struggling with my blog for awhile, but I’ve since taken a break (or stepped back or changed topics) and am feeling more confident about what I’m making in my life and sharing on my blog.”
Sometimes I try really hard to get back into my mindset before I was a blogger, when I was just an avid blog reader. What made blogs something I just couldn’t get enough of?
The answer I keep coming back to is connection. Human connection. It’s fun to know that other people struggle (whether it’s with the same things I do or different things). Or that they’ve learned something cool and can teach it to me. Or that they’ve found and shared a bit of beauty when I’m stuck staring at the four walls of my cubicle.
Little glimpses into the lives of others paired with a dialog and a conversation (albeit in a digital sense) has kept me coming back to read blogs for years.
Once you’re “on the other side” of the story and doing the sharing, blogging can get a lot more complex. There are a lot of opinions out there telling you which way is up and which is down, which is wrong and which is right. So naturally, you seek out the advice of people who have been there, done that.
Whenever anyone asks me for advice on blogging, I tend to come back to a handful of truths and encouragement that I would have loved to have heard when I was starting out (about 2 years ago now, whoa).
So if you’re out there, new to the “blogger” side of the equation, this list is for you.
Encouragement + Tips for Beginning Bloggers:
- Live a life worth blogging about. Lead an interesting and adventurous life filled with colorful people and you’ll never run out of blog post ideas.
- Don’t feel like you have to follow any rules. The beauty of a blog is that you can do whatever you want with it. Take all advice (including this advice) with a grain of salt and DO YOU.
- Simple is usually better. In blogging, and in life. Use normal, everyday words. Choose simple images, easy-to-read fonts, complimentary colors. Make your words stand out.
- You don’t have to blog every day. Or even multiple times per week. I took a bit of a hiatus this summer and my readers haven’t completely abandoned me. Life happens.
- Make ‘Internet friends.’ Connect with other bloggers (I’ve found Twitter and the blog comment section to be best for this). Your real life friends might make fun of you, but it’s whatev.
- Good things come with time. Very few (read: no) blogs were awesome from the start. Practice makes perfect. There is no “success” in blogging. Go at your own pace.
- Great things happen when you make the first move & talk to other people. I’ve learned that you get what you ASK for in life. Start asking.
- Write the blog you want to read. Chances are, someone else is looking for the same type of blog you are. Write it for the both of you.
- Everyone just wants to relate. There’s a special magic in “me too.” Don’t shy away from sharing the less-than-perfect parts of your life (remember when I wrote about the obstacles of single life? Or dealing with painful grief? Or how hard it is to make friends? Those are my most popular posts.)
- Have FUN. Try new stuff. Get overly excited about seasons. Bring your zest for life to your online space. People like that shit.
This list was pretty closely adapted from a list I put together for my Resources page. You can check that out, right over here.
Tell me in the comments: what’s the best piece of blogging advice you’ve ever gotten?