The Best Advice I Have for Aspiring Bloggers
So you wanna be a blogger, eh? Or are you already blogging and looking for a little motivation? Maybe you're stuck in a rut and you don't know where your next blog post or campaign is coming from! Or it is possible that you just came here to see my ramblings? Whatever the reason you stumbled upon this blog and this post, there is one piece of advice that I have for you in your blogging career: JUST DO IT! What are you waiting for? You spend all day online, anyway! If I had one dollar for every post concept that I had conceived, researched, drafted, and NOT shared with my audience, I wouldn't be rich, but I would have accumulated a nice amount! Trust me, just as I am talking you through this, I am talking myself through it, also. Blogging looks fun, and it is, but it is also work. Especially if you would like to profit from your blog and ultimately turn it into a business. So, I've compiled a list of five whole reasons why you...scratch that...why we should JUST DO IT!
1. Write it anyway.
Well, if you're worried about if people are going to like or dislike your content, you'll never know if you never post it! NEWSFLASH: people are going to talk. MY ADVICE: let them! There is a reason that you decided to give blogging a chance. You have something to share that someone else can learn or benefit from, no matter what your niche is. Someone needs your sense of style to inspire their own, fashion blogger! There is someone out there wondering what to cook for dinner right now, food blogger! Someone is trying to figure out why a celeb couple called it quits, gossip blogger! Keep going!
2. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
At one point on this journey, I kept telling myself that I needed a better laptop before I took myself serious as a blogger. I got that laptop a year and a half ago. Then I said that I needed a good camera so that I could have better graphics for my blog and social media posts. I got a new camera a few months back. My point is, all the time I wasted waiting for better could have been used making the most out of what was available to me. If the basics are available to you at this time, use them.
3. Stop comparing numbers.
If you're just starting out, you have to give the numbers time to grow. You're not going to immediately draw in the amount of readers that someone who's been in the game for a while now has if you're just getting here. LISTEN TO ME: THAT'S OKAY! Keep working. Keep writing. Keep promoting yourself and the readers will follow.
4. Be inspired. Don't copy. Give credit.
There is a very fine line between being inspired, and doing something exactly how someone else has done it. We like to call that stealing! It is perfectly fine to be inspired by something you've seen your favorite bloggers do, but make sure you give credit where credit is due. As creatives, it is normal to feed off each other's vibes. Even though there isn't anything new under the sun, you can take what someone else has done and put your own flair on it. Make it yours! Just be smart about it.
5. Hello, my name is Antoinette and I'm a blogger.
I'm terrible at this. Self-promotion is the best way to attract new readers. Social media can only take you so far, so you have to open your mouth and tell people who you are and what you do. I HAVE A STORY FOR YOU: I went to an event last Spring where self-promotion worked out in my favor. During the breakout mingling session, I was nervous about saying that I was a blogger, but something in me said just tell them, so I did. One of the women that I was talking to is an editor for the Michigan Chronicle Online. She asked me to send over some sample posts, and the rest is history! You never know who you could be talking to, or what connections can be made from just opening up and tooting your own horn! Beep, beep.