Stress seems to be a reoccurring theme on the blog recently, but such is life when your wedding is literally days away. Today instead of talking about wedding related things, I wanted to talk about stress when it comes to blogging. With so many blogging tutorials out there it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to feel like you have to follow ALL the blogging tips immediately and if you don’t you fail. I just want to let all the new bloggers out there know that it’s ok to not do everything at once. So stop stressing about these things!
Edit: After years of working in a cubicle (as a social media and marketing manager), I’ve broken free and am now writing on a separate site. If you want tips for growing your blog and/or business. Head on over to Winn Creative Co.
Learning how to design your blog
Yes, it’s important to know some basic coding so you can handle some things on your own. But do you need to know how to build an entire WordPress design from scratch? Hell to the no. My thoughts on designing are this, if I can’t google it and read how to do it in one <1000 word blog post, I don’t need to know it. I will gladly pay $50 for a pre-made blog theme for the sake of my sanity and hours of my life.
I do think learning a little bit of coding will be beneficial in the long run. If I were to recommend what coding to know it would be this (all things I learned from Google in less than 10 minutes):
- bold text
- center text
- underline text
- hyperlink text
- hyperlink a photo
Commenting on lots of blogs daily
Now, I’m not saying this isn’t important, but there needs to be a certain quality to the comments you leave on other blog posts. If you don’t have anything to say about a post, don’t say anything. Commenting takes a lot of time too, it’s important to support other bloggers, but if you’re not taking the time to write for your own blog then you’re not doing yourself any favors. Not to mention if you’re too busy commenting and not having a life you’re quickly going to run out of things to blog about.
Here’s how I try and keep up with commenting. I have my very few favorites that I comment on more than once or twice a week. If I come across a post that struck me in some way when I’m reading in the morning, I comment. Beyond that, I take one day a week or so and visit the linkups I’ve participated in and comment on as many blog posts as I like. With that method, I’m commenting on several blogs, but I’m not stressing every day about doing so.
Anything relating to social media
Just like commenting, social media is important. But you don’t have to be on every single form of social media all day every day. If Twitter is your thing but you don’t understand anything about Facebook, then just stick to Twitter. Being awesome at one is better than being piss poor on them all. I recommend creating your profiles on the sites so your name is claimed and then learning bit by bit about each, but really focus on being awesome on one or two sites.
Bloggers that are “better” than you
Comparison is the thief of joy. It’s great to read other blogs for inspiration, but you can’t let them get you down. There will always be blogs with more views and comments but there will also be blogs that haven’t learned you don’t want to blast music at your readers as soon as the page loads. We’re all on a blogging journey and there’s no point in comparing your progress to another blogger’s. They might have been doing this longer, they may have a degree in design or writing, they may make a living doing social media and they might be BFF’s with a huge blogger that’s supporting them every step of the way, regardless they aren’t you and they aren’t worth worrying about. Let them inspire you to make improvements or let them leave your mind. Lastly, I like to sometimes look at the very first posts written by a blogger I admire and see how far they come. It’s inspiring to see how much they’ve grown yet a great reminder that we all start off clueless.
Posting 5 days a week
Here’s the thing, content IS king, and consistency in posting is important. However, the only thing worse than inconsistency is crappy content. Say you stick to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule..that’s great, but if it’s Thursday night and you don’t have anything ready to post and no ideas to work with, don’t post. The world will not come to an end and any reader that does go fetal because you didn’t post that day will get over it. Don’t stress over the missed days. If you miss a day use it to promote other bloggers. Schedule some tweets sharing posts you wish you would have written.
If I were to make one suggestion to a new blogger it would be to not forget about the importance of time. Yes design, content, social media, commenting and consistency are all important, they’re not things you will understand immediately. But to be quite honest, there are blogs with bad designs, never tweeting or never commenting and still get tons of views and money. Such is life. Keep writing and discover what inspires you. A blog with content that is well written and genuine will get farther than the one with the fancy design. Just keep writing on and all the other skills will come.
New bloggers, what do you stress about? Veteran bloggers, what would you add to this list?