10 things to expect when becoming a blogger....{Part 1}

Ready for some more blogging tips?


Here are a few from yours truly and things I have learned along the way!

I don't know about you, but I feel like I can be much more successful when I know what to expect from something, so I came up with a list that I have learned through my time in blogging:)


 Hope you find it helpful!

1-Expect to have no clue when you start:
Well, let's be honest you don't get a manual when you become a parent, unfortunately, and neither do you get one when you become a blogger. My advice to you, because this is my personality,is try things. It's ok to try out different things if you are interested in different things in your life. You will learn as you go and do what comes to you most naturally and focus in on that, this will give you the most productive blog without feeling like you are pulling your hair out trying to do something that just doesn't fit you.


2-Expect for it to take a while to grow you blog:
Have crazy dreams, I am all for shooting for the stars, but don't be unrealistic about how fast it happens! Once you find what you love to blog about it and do it with ease and real enjoyment like-minded people will naturally find you because they enjoy what you share as much as you do.


3-Expect dry blogging periods:
There will be times when you feel like you have too many ideas and not enough time to write them all, and then there will be times when you could care less about blogging or simply feel like you have nothing to share. Other times you will just be too busy or just emotionally or physically wrung out. This happens to EVERYONE. The big blogs that you see, the really big ones that always keep going, they most likely have help. This is when you head to pinterest or just read other blogs, no doubt you will be back and raring to go shortly. Also, have you been devistated by a lack of presence of a blog you pop into? You might wonder where they had been but unless you are friends with them you might not even notice. The blog world appears to be revolving around our blog only when we are blogging because we are making that happen, you are pumping life into it, but it does go on without us when we are not blogging. And sadly, probably not that many people notice or care. Come back to it when you can, it will be even better than before!

4-Expect an amazing community:
When I first started blogging I felt like a fraud in the world of well versed bloggers. I thought certainly that they would notice I was a rookie nerd if I commented on their blogs and was also certain no one would ever want to follow mine. I was nervous for anyone to even know I had a blog for the first month. This was not the case at all, I am sure a new blog pops up and one disappears every day! Comment away, get involved, ask questions, try things that intimidate you. You will be amazed at how supportive other bloggers are and what great friends await you on the other side of that comment.

5-Expect to keep learning:
Once you have been at this for a few months you will find you will still be learning, this is the best place to be. Read all the tips you can, soak up all the advice you can read, seek out as much advice as you can get your hands on. Learn, and keep an attitude of learning, there are no trophies or blogging presidents, we are all still learning and mostly making things up as we go.




Would you add anything to this list of what to expect??

Come back next week for part 2!


"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate."~ George Burns




24 Thank you for your thoughts:

  1. I agree with all of these. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the next 5.

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  3. Great tips, i definitely agree with them!!!
    For me blogging is a constant learning experience, it can be stressful at times, but it has helped me grow as a person and develop my online shop.
    Claire xox

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  4. fantastic tips! i just started blogging and these really help. i cant wait for more of them, thanks!!!

    -kelly

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  5. You are so right with number 4! I was really freaked about commenting on big blogs, but was really surprised when I got comments back. Also posting comments on my favorite bloggers Facebook pages is great! It's always nice to get feedback.
    Great post... Can't wait for part two!

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  6. These are great tips-- I especially agree with expecting an amazing community. I've "met" some of the sweetest women through blogging and it's become one of my favorite parts :)

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  7. In my 3 months so far i have found each one of these to be true. I'm in the phase where I need to be ok with keeping the joy in blogging and not to be bound down when it feels like a chore. I need to keep reminding myself why I started and let go. Thanks Erin, can't wait till next week!!! :)

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  8. Thanks Eisy! This is really encouraging to me, a new blogger:) Your blog is beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. You couldn't be more correct on these points. I'm a newbie blogger and have come across all of these issues. I can especially relate to feeling like a fraud. It's in our nature to compare & doubt. For a good month, I was wondering what am I doing? How am I gonna bring something to the table that someone else hasn't? And one morning, I woke up & said screw it, just jump in & see what happens. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone. Thanks for sharing.

    Abrazos,
    Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your advice! It is hard to get started and keep going even for me who is doing it as a hobby. I love to meet new people and that is what I am trying to do.

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  11. LOVE this and such a great and true tips! The community seriously is amazing and has become one of the best part of the whole experience! Also time to build and grow you blog is a definite, but once you have it starts to grow and build faster and faster and in ways you never imagined...it is such a passion of mine today!

    Liesl :)

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  12. Love the tips! Awesome and so true!

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  13. Thanks so much for keeping it real :) You are one of the reasons I began blogging and I look at you and your blog for inspiration. Love the tips! Each one spoke to me. I have only been blogging a little over 3 months and when people ask how is going I tell them it has taken on a life of its own! It is my baby and I am the one that has to nourish and encourage it to grow as a good mother would her child. If it ever feels like a chore I will step back and remember why I started this adventure.

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  14. You're in the Denver area?? That is just awesome :)

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  15. This is inspiring. I just started a blog, and have a lot to learn. Great tip!!!

    http://liveoutloud14.blogspot.com

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  16. These are so true! :) I am always learning something new every time I read a post! You should do a Blogging No No post!!

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  17. So true. I began blogging 4 months ago and didnt have internet for about 2 weeks and wanted to blog so bad but every time I open a new post I never know what to say. :/
    xoxo

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  18. You are totally right! I also feel like if you really want your blog to go you HAVE to be diligent about putting yourself out there -genuinely and authentically- readers feel that:)

    Anywho-I LOVE your blog and I would be totally happy if you might come link up something at my NEW link party this weekend. Anything goes-no rules!

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/get-schooled-saturday-1.html

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  19. Awesome! This is really helpful, I started out back a month ago or so and still feel like I have no idea whats going on. Thanks for the tips, I'll be checking back for the rest of series.

    http://love-eightdaysaweek.blogspot.com

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  20. This is awesome Ash! Thanks for your thoughts - I have totally experienced all of these so far. I love blogging, but it's nice to know that everyone struggles with it and that it can be a bit of a rollercoaster! xo

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  21. I think what I am learning so far, is that finding people who are kinda "at your same stage" in blogging can be such a relief compared to trying to get to know people with larger readerships. It seems so important to promote and help each other grow and create your own blogging buddies, than to try to jump in with other more established groups. If that makes sense? But what do I know I am 3 months in! ;)

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  22. Thanks for this post! It's awesome to know that everyone struggles and I'm not the only one going...what in the world should I blog about this week? As strange as it sounds, sometimes this blogging thing is totally a daunting task, but I'm looking forward to the rewards of it in the future.
    Love reading what you have to say!

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  23. thanks so much for you tips! they are very helpful and encouraging!

    xo, Kelsey Belle

    www.happiereading.typepad.com

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  24. Oh, I soooo needed this. I worry constantly about being a fraud or people saying 'Uh, don't give up the day job' when it comes to my blog!

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