Well, this is a tough one. Why? Because I just started blogging. Well, started in April, but still. This is still just a baby, and I’ve barely scratched the surface on blogging. There’s so much more to do! But, here are the 10 things I’m telling myself during this journey!
1. Take the plunge
I had been mulling over starting a blog for well over a year. I wanted to start sharing the process of applying for a k-1 visa (the infamous fiancé visa) with my husband and all the bumps in the road, challenges of a long distance relationship, etc. But I didn’t. I waited, waited, until my husband told me to just do it. Just create a blog – don’t just talk about it. I love how supportive he is of me and my little space on the internet. He always reads the posts and chats with me about them. God, I love that man.
2. Find your voice
This could be understood as 2 things. Find something different from what’s out there and be original would be my first one. The one I try to go for, is be yourself. I love when I get followers. It’s mind boggling to me that someone is interested in what I have to say – in my day to day challenges. I try to be as honest as I can in this blog. Share the good and the bad, and be relatable.
3. Don’t be discouraged
It’s interesting how much of a bummer it is when I post something and no one responds, cares, or give me no likes. I feel like I’ve failed this blog. But in the end, it’s ok. I tell myself that my ‘readers’ are used to this blog being honest, upbeat place. There are things which are greatly received, and others that are not. It’s part of the learning process. Don’t mind the numbers. Write about what you want.
4. Enjoy life, too
It’s funny how now that I’ve found my little voice I feel like I’m a legit blogger. Like I need the fancy camera, the amazing pictures. Sometimes I’m at home and I get bummed because “i haven’t done anything cool to blog about”. My husband and I talked about this already, about how I need to take it slow, enjoy this blog, enjoy life. It’s great to always add content, but this is my hobby. The moment I start treating this as a job the fun will disappear. Life is so much more than pictures for the blog, and I’m glad I have someone to remind me of it.
5. Be ready for backslash
I haven’t yet had to deal with this, but hopefully when the time comes I will learn to deal with backslash with grace. Bigger name bloggers usually get a lot of heat depending on what topic they blog about, so it’s something to keep in mind.
6. What you say means more than how often
Sometimes I feel the need to post every day. I feel like I owe it to my followers. After a few posts, however, I realized I’d rather blog twice a week with material that I find important then to just fill up the space. When, and if, this blog ever turns out to be my main income, then it’ll be different. But even then, content is so important! As long as you have something important, something you 100% believe in to say, people will listen.
7. Invest in a great camera
That’s the next step on this blog of mine. Keep your eyes open. Hopefully with my birthday coming up and then Christmas I’ll be able to save enough to get a great DSLR camera – and learn to use it. I had to use it for university and never really got into it. Hopefully this will be a great way to get reacquainted with it. Images are so important for a blog!
8. Get to know your community
The greatest thing about blogging to me are the people you get to know. I may not know any of them personally, but I feel like we are friends already. I hear about their struggles, I hear about their accomplishments, I cheer with and for them, and feel for them when something goes wrong. I do hope to get to know some of them in the future, but I truly encourage you to follow other people, and get to know them. Take a moment to not only follow, but comment, and to come back.
9. Be nice – write back
Tied to the one on top: when someone takes time to comment on your blog, be courteous and write back. You have no idea how happy they’ll be.
10. Have fun
Remember why you got started! This is supposed to be fun! Blogging, if not your career, should be about having fun, about sharing something unique with everybody, about keeping in contact with your loved ones, about enjoying life. So enjoy it!