I would like to give a big shout out to Patrick O’Brien of Mental Health Musings (www.patobrienuk.wordpress.com) for nominating me for The Blogger Recognition Award. I would also like to say thank you to the Twitter blogging and writing community for being kind and supportive in the short time I have been in the Twitterverse.
Why I Began my Blog
I had considered creating a blog a long time before I actually did it. I hesitated mainly because I had no idea how to start and I didn’t know if anyone would be even vaguely interested in reading anything I would write.
When my daughter was born three years ago I needed a creative outlet; with a newborn at home, I wasn’t able to paint whenever I wanted as I was previously able to. I felt rather clueless, lonely, and unsure of myself as a first-time parent and I realized that there were many other moms out there like me that I could try to reach out to. Having found my niche, I decided to give WordPress a try. I was able to write while my baby slept and I’ve continued ever since.
In the beginning, I had very few followers, but I am appreciative to all those who stuck with me. I let my blog grow organically and it has been a slow process. Only recently have I begun to work to increase my followers by listening to tons of blogging podcasts, trying different marketing techniques, joining blogging groups on Twitter and Facebook, etc.
The advice I Would Give to New Bloggers
First, I would say don’t give up. There were times when I wouldn’t write a new post for a few weeks or months, either because I was busy, frustrated, lazy, or just couldn’t come up with fresh content. It can be disheartening to look at analytics and see that no one has viewed your posts or to see that the only visitors to your site were from somewhere like Qatar or Russia and assume they must be bots instead of real people. But I never gave up and kept plugging along. Every day I try to improve my writing, branding, format, and content. I love my blog because it still gives me the creative outlet I need, I feel like I can use it to teach or help others, and I can connect with that mom sitting at home with a newborn like I was.
I would tell new bloggers to use the many great tools available online. There are so many available and many are free. Grammarly is handy for help with writing. Canva is amazing for making good looking graphics- when I first started blogging I tried to use PhotoShop and made terrible graphics. Use Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites to connect with followers and other bloggers. Lastly, podcasts like Do You Even Blog, Blogging your Passion, and Just Keep Blogging, provide so much helpful information.
Rules of The Blogger Recognition Award are as follows:
1. Thank the blogger for nominating you and give the link to their blog.
2. Write a blog post on your website showing the award.
3. Describe the story of why you started your blog.
4. Write two pieces of advice you have for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10 more bloggers.
6. Notify each of your nominees that you have nominated them.