It’s been 4 weeks since I first started this blog and created my Facebook page. I’m very new to blogging and by no means an expert, but I figure this post would provide a little bit of insight for other baby bloggers like me and maybe get some recommendations from the blogging veterans!
ask yourself – What is my vision for my blog?”
- Blogging is a full time job
I’m not kidding..it is! When I first started the blog, I figured i’d write a post here, a post there, focus on just my travel dairies but over time, I’ve realized that that’s not how a blog works. If you want to have an active ‘blog’ with readers/subscribers, you need to make at least 2 posts per week. It’s all about keeping your audience engaged. And that means putting in at least 1-2 hours per day – writing content, editing photos, proof-reading etc. With a full time super busy job , a family, house chores etc, I found it extremely difficult to manage my time when I first started. But now I’ve established a cadence where I work on the blog at 9 pm every night for an hour while Rahul watches TV.
I think how much effort you put into your blog depends on what your end goal for the blog is. If you are blogging just to use it as an online journal, then yes, you can put in minimum hours and get away with it. If you are trying to make the blog profitable, then it requires more effort and investment.
So, all you need to ask yourself is – What is my vision for my blog?
- Blog promotions are a b**ch
Oh god! Don’t even get me started on blog promotions. 😐 As a new blogger, you are naive enough to think that you’ll write a post, it’ll get published, you’ll post it on your social media handles and that’s it.. You’re done. Umm…NO!
That’s when the real game begins. Writing and publishing the blog post is the easy part. It’s the promotions that kick your read end. I’m still extremely new and confused about the best way to promote my blog and posts on social media. I’ve got my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest handles set up.
Facebook feels like the easiest one to work with. I’ve had the most success getting likes on my Facebook page and also most of my traffic to my blog comes from Facebook. I’ve started posting my blog posts into groups that I am a member of and that has increased traffic. I also joined some blog promotion groups to learn from the experts.
Coming to Twitter, I quickly found out that Twitter handles don’t really work well for me. I’ve got nothing much to tweet. 😉 The handle will still be there but I don’t plan on using it too much.
I will take my time to absorb all the information, think over how it applies to my long term vision and implement my own strategies over a period of time defined by me. “
Instagram has been good for publicizing the photos I attach to my blog posts. Usually i’ll make a collage and post it with a blog post link on Insta. I’ve had very little traffic from it.
Pinterest is the most interesting and confusing one. I’ve heard it’s really good for blog promotions. I did recently create my Pinterest handle but have no idea on how to get my pins to show up in people’s searches. I’ve been told that there’s something called pingroupie where you can go and look for Group Boards related to your niche and try to become a contributor on those. That’s again a pain as you can’t just join it, you have to get the admin or members to invite you to be a contributor. No idea on how to do that, yet.
- Too much research only adds to confusion
In the first month of blogging, I encountered SO MUCH information online. Everyone has something to say about what the ‘best way’ to blogging is. There are thousands of blog posts, training sessions, webinars, videos etc out there on how to get your blog to be profitable, earn money, promote it, create a website, which platform to use..blah blah blah.
It does help if you have some guidance and mentoring when first stepping into the blogging world.”
I was so overwhelmed that it actually intimidated and demotivated me for the first few days. I also started to feel ‘lonely’ and the excitement of blogging died a little.
Then I decided that I wanted to work on my blog, my way. Its success or failure will be defined by what I do with it. Does this mean that i’m going to practice ignorance and not read all that information? No.
This means, I will take my time to absorb it all, think over how it applies to my long term vision and implement my own strategies over a period of time defined by me.
Don’t try to compare yourself to the blogging veterans out there.”
- Having blog-savvy friends helps
Both of them have helped me establish my footings in the blogging world and guided me on the steps I need to take to be successful. They’ve also been instrumental in providing feedback on my blog posts and design. Whenever I’m confused or don’t know how to move forward, they are the people I talk to.
So, it does help if you have some guidance and mentoring when first stepping into the blogging world.
- Take baby steps
This is probably the biggest thing that I have learnt in my 1 month of blogging. Don’t try to compare yourself to the blogging veterans out there. I don’t let anyone’s stats affect me or make me feel like i’m not achieving enough. Take your time and build your blog as you want it.
My goal for the 1st month was to actually see if I can sustain running a blog for 1 month. Which I achieved! 🙂
This month’s goals are:
Keep writing articles consistently – 2 each week
Learn blog promotions on Pinterest
Get my .com domain name
I’ll keep you posted on how this month goes!
the travelling panda..