Every week someone questions me about blogging and whether or not it’s a good idea to start one. Sometimes it’s a close friend, a family member, a friend of a family member, someone I went to high school with or just someone who follows my blog. I am always so overwhelmed with the fact that anyone would even come to me seeking advice or help regarding a blog since I am barely becoming comfortable with my own. Although, I am always flattered.
Since I have received so many questions from different people about whether or not they should start a blog I decided to write about it because there are probably a couple of people out there who do have questions but aren’t open to asking or are on the fence about the idea of starting a blog alone.
Been there, sister!
I started my blog a couple of months ago and I was one of the very few people that I personally knew who had one, which is why I’m open to answering questions for people because I didn’t have many people I could talk to about my concerns and obvious questions. Luckily, I have friends who do other things in social media, but no one I knew personally had a blog, which left me clueless a lot of the time. I did a lot of research on my own before starting this blog and I was extremely hesitant to even begin because I was so afraid of failure. If you’ve thought about a blog, this might be or might have been something that kept you back. DON’T LET IT.
BUT SERIOUSLY, now that I’ve been doing it for some time (3 months maybe), I’ve learned a few things that I want to share with people who are interested in blogging.
Being a new blogger I would say that I am very naive when it comes to whether or not it is smart to start a blog, but I always tell people who are interested the same thing, so here it goes:
If you feel like you have a story to tell or something to continuously share with people, do it. I personally wanted to start a blog because I knew that there were so many things that I was going to be doing in the upcoming months that I needed to share with the world. Sometimes I like to share things like skincare products because I’m into that stuff and I personally like seeing recommendations from my favorite influencers, so I share my insights on products with you. Other posts may be about what I am learning as a young, newly wed wife who is new to the baseball life. And sometimes there are little things I like to share because I think it may serve a purpose and help one of my followers/readers. If you’re a great cook, start your cooking blog if you know you have some crazy delicious recipes that people would want to learn. If you are a new mom that thinks she has some cool mom hacks to share with pregnant women or women who are going through the same walk of life that you are, go for it. Maybe you’re someone who travels a lot and you want to start a travel blog, go for it because I know every time I go on a trip I look up other blogs for advice on what to do or not to do when going somewhere, or must stop places, etc. Whatever it may be, if you feel like you have something people would want to read or you have something people could learn from, go for it.
Do it for the right reasons. People still ask me if this is my new job. I wish. I do it because I like to, not because I want to make money. I have made some money off of my blog, but it barely buys me a Chick-fil-A meal. NOTHING CRAY. If this does end up being successful enough for me to not work then I’ll roll with it, but my goal isn’t to make money. My goal is to share my life with y’all because I know a lot of people can relate to my posts, whether it’s baseball related, beauty related, or whatevzzz because I like to. If you’re doing it for the money, you won’t get very far because people will see that through your posts.
Quality over quantity. It is a crazy world once you’re in it. Once I started following other bloggers I realized how much time and effort they put into their blog. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be successful because I didn’t have the time to post pictures every day like others did. I didn’t have content to write about three or four times a week like others did. One of my good friends told me that I should focus on what I write, not how much I write and it really resonated with me. I only write about once a week, and that’s because I can produce one good blog a week. Once a week is my goal. Anything more I’d be writing absolute BS just to have more posts up. Make sure your content serves a purpose. Don’t write a blog post because you only wrote one the entire month and you don’t want to fall off and lose followers. You will lose followers if you’re writing just to write, and trust me people can tell. You’ll know what is good content and what isn’t. I could write a blog post every day if I wanted to, but they would probably suck. So, just remember to write about things that are helpful or serve a purpose. Like I said before, do it for the right reasons.
Determine your own success. Some people may say that having the most followers makes them successful or if they end up blogging as their sole job they’re successful. Do not let anyone else’s idea of success dictate your idea of what success is going to be or what it is for your blog. My personal definition of success for my blog is having a following that truly enjoys my blog posts. As long as I receive positive feedback and encounter a ton of engagement on my posts, then I feel satisfied. That may or may not be what success is to you. Define it yourself. Do not fall into the pressure of meeting the same goals everyone else has.
Like I said- I’m not a big time blogger and I’m fairly new to this, but whenever someone comes to me with questions, these are the things I consistently tell them in regards to starting a blog. You can apply this to any social media platform for that matter. If you have any other questions about what I do for my blog or if you need more advice on how to do certain things or how to start in general, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am all about community over competition. There is so much room for everyone on the internet. There is no need to be selfish about tips and tricks, especially if we can share with people to help them do something they want to do.