So, today I was going to write a great post about everything I learned from our visit with our Swedish friends….but I’m not. I can’t get my pictures off my camera, and what’s the point of the post if you can’t even see pictures of them? I’m devastated. Not really. But I’m not happy. So instead of a post about Swedes, I’m gonna post about blogging. Get excited.
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.
As I’ve progressed from a newbie blogger to a I-don’t-know-what-to-call-me blogger, I’ve noticed the biggest thing I missed as a new blogger. And as I work with helping other bloggers be awesome, I’ve noticed it’s something they miss too. So what is it they miss?
The power of time. (Read that in the voice of Morgan Freeman to really make it sink it.)
Sounds so epic right? It’s not really that epic though. A large amount of bloggers want the same thing when they first start out (or maybe just me). You want ALL the followers, ALL the views, ALL the sponsorships and most definitely ALL of the money.
You can’t. (Don’t hate me.)
The truth is, very few bloggers start out and are immediately successful. And those that are, generally have some sort of advantage, usually a degree in something blogging related (design, writing, communications), or maybe even know a bigger blogger that gives them free shoutouts.
Feeling impatient? Here’s why you should give blogging time.
It allows you to suck with a smaller audience.
You’re not going to be good at blogging when you first start. You are going to write about things either nobody cares about, or things you don’t care about. Your pictures are going to be terrible. You will settle for a cheap free design because you don’t want to pay for anything yet. All those things are okay. You learn how to do all that stuff and once you have it figured out, you’ll get lots of new readers who wont know you ever tried to be a fitness blogger when you never exercise. (That was me in case you didn’t know me when I sucked.)
It allows you to find your voice.
When you start a blog you have to find yourself. It’s a very long, deep spiritual process. Okay, so maybe it’s not, but you still have to figure out how you want to talk to people. I got my degree in public relations, that means I was forced to write as plain, unbiased and straight forward as possible. So when I started blogging I didn’t know how to make a long post. I still struggle writing longer posts. Getting the point across in less words is great, but it didn’t show my personality. Take time and keep writing. Settle in to what feels right, not what sounds good or sounds like that other blog you love to read.
Helps you figure out what you want to write about.
There’s writing what you want to write and writing what you think will be popular. Neither of those is necessarily a good thing. I’ve already admitted there was a time I thought I was going to be a health and fitness blogger. Please, take a good long moment and laugh at me. While I am on a journey to be healthy, I sure as heck am not going to write about my workouts (because there are none). Don’t write about who you want to be, write about who you are. If you hate cooking, don’t post recipes. If doing a craft would kill you, don’t do it. Just because everyone writes about it doesn’t mean you should too. Write about your life in a way that will help people. Just write in general. Over time you will learn what you love writing about and what you absolutely hate.
Gives you time to figure out the whole photography thing.
Taking photos for your blog is HARD. I can’t emphasize enough how important photos are and how difficult they are. I hate it. On top of that, not only do you need to learn how to take a non sucky photo, but how to make that photo “Pinterest friendly” and branded. Learning how to take a great photo (or find great free photos) takes time, and then you have to figure out how to edit that photo for Pinterest and match your brand. (I’m not even going to mention how important time is in figuring out your brand.) For me, this is what has taken the longest time and is still something I struggle with.
Helps you make friends.
Making friends is hard. Especially when you don’t actually see or talk to each other. But making friends in the blogging world is incredibly important. I mean, what’s the point of sharing your words with people if you don’t ever get any back? You can’t just comment on a blog and be instant BFFs. It takes time. Keep writing and interacting with other bloggers. Over time you’ll meet great people and have other bloggers to relate to.
Being patient is hard, but there are so many things in blogging that take time. It’s more of a journey anyways and teaches whether or not blogging is something you truly want to do. If you never made a dime from blogging and never cracked 100 followers, would you still want to do it? At the end of the day, blogging is about sharing information and meeting other people, all that fancy stuff will come in time.
What has taken you the longest to figure out with blogging?
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