People ask me why I blog. Until this last year, I sort of kept it a secret that I was a blogger. I would whisper in a hushed tone that I blog, like it was something to be embarrassed by. I’m not really sure why I felt that way. I guess because I wasn’t and at times still not confident in my ability as a blogger.
What if no one read it? Or what if (gasp) people read it and hated it? Blogging requires thick skin. I have found that people are very opinionated, and when you put your thoughts and feeling out there, it opens the door for people to voice their opinion. I have also found that hiding behind a keyboard seems to give people the courage to say things they wouldn’t necessarily say to your face. (Social Media – Think Before You Type)
This last year, I have embraced the fact that I am a blogger. Writing has always been an outlet for me. As a small child, I could express my feelings through writing easier than speaking. Writing is also a way that I work through problems. For some reason, through my writing, in many cases I am able to find a solution to an issue that I am currently dealing with as I put words on the screen.
So why do I blog? I’m an extravert, and this is one way that I can ‘talk’ to people. My Hubby is an introvert, and sometimes he doesn’t want to hear my constant chatter. I’m a stay-at-home Mom, and although I have a lot of interaction with adults, there are times that I just need to get it out. Blogging is a way for me to do that. I might add it’s fun, but it can also be a lot of work. However, that’s another article in itself.
I’ve also recently been asked, how did I get started or do I have any tips for other people who might want to blog?
From my personal experience I’ve learned this:
Find your voice. Write about your passion. If you hate XYZ, then for goodness sake, don’t write about XYZ. I know I’ve read that you should give your readers what they want. I agree with this to some degree, but I believe in being true to yourself. I would rather read an article that someone is passionate about, than an article that you can tell was clearly written to please the followers of the blog.
Develop thick skin. As they say, haters gonna hate. When someone leaves a not-so-nice comment, or disagrees with you, don’t let it really get to you. You have to realize that not everyone is going to like you.
Watermark your pictures. For years, I made the mistake of not putting my name somewhere on my photos in my blog. I later found out that you should always mark your photos. I always try to put at least one photo in my post. Also, in regard to photos, make sure that you don’t use any copyright photos in your posts.
Set the schedule that works for you. Some people blog on specific days. Some people blog every day. Some people blog when the mood strikes. It’s your blog. Make it your own.
Realize that what you put out there is public. So don’t post anything that you don’t really want the world, or your neighbor, or your Mom to know.
Have fun, and be patient. Unless you have a post go viral (which has never happened to me), it can take time for your blog to grow. And never be afraid to toss out a shameless plug every now and then. You can find me at Will Run For Ice Cream. 😉