Good things come to those that work their butts off. I also like the quote “anything worth doing is worth doing well”. It doesn’t matter is blogging is your job or your pastime. Make sure you spell check, research, and tell a story. Anyone can copy and paste a press release, but no one is going to want to read them.
There is no easy button. Sorry.
There is no such thing as free stuff. Occasionally I get sent products to review, to the average person it looks a lot like free stuff. I assure you there is no such thing. Aside from writing a blog post about said product there are many things that go on behind the scenes to make sure I know what I am talking about when I write my review. That means changing routines to fit in new products, vlogging, photographing and taking notes on impressions throughout the testing process to name a few.
Being consistent pays off. This goes with working hard and the lack of an easy button. Yes good content is key, but if you don’t blog regularly your readers won’t stay. We follow blogs because we love what they write if they aren’t writing regularly we have no reason to stay.
Blog what you know and mean it. I recently have made the decision to cut back on food and recipe related posts on my blog. It’s not because I don’t cook but it’s because working on recipes and development can be very time-consuming, something I have in limited supply. Food, while eating it is an enjoyable pursuit, it’s not my passion and I really feel it shows in my posts. Photography, and advertorials on the other hand are both things that I enjoy and think I do well. I want my readers to enjoy everything I write about, but I also want to enjoy writing it. Telling my personal tales while writing about products and charities I love while coming up with creative ways to share those feelings through photography is a challenge I am excited about every single time. It’s also something I do in real life. Yes I am that girl in the grocery aisle that gushes about a particular cleaning product or cereal.
You’ll have good days and bad days. On the bad days it’s OK to step away from the computer. Whether it’s for yourself or to help support your family sometimes we just need a break and a chance to recharge. Putting yourself out there all the time can be hard. Read a good book, go for a hike or have a mega dance battle with your kids. You’ll all be happier for it in the end.
Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want your kids, grammy, mom, dad, aunts etc. to see on a billboard in Times Square. The lines between what is personal and what is private have been blurred. Only you can decided what kind of information you want to share with the rest of the world for all eternity, but if it’s not something you would say to a persons face, it’s probably not something you should post online. The internet is forever and even if you don’t intend to hurt someone with your words and don’t think they will ever see it you can never know for sure. Even writing anonymously doesn’t guarantee anything. Chances are if someone shared an experience with you they would know who the anonymous writer is.
True friendship can be found on the internet. A couple of years ago when I was on my way to my very first conference I accepted a very generous offer of a place to sleep from a person I only knew online. It was exciting, a little scary and one of the best things I ever did. From that one experience I have built real friendships that have carried on well past the conference.
You can’t please all of the people all of the time. Heck you can’t even please most of the people some of the time. Blog about things that make you happy. This is your space on the ‘net. Own it.
Find a community that is supportive and give back to it. You get what you give (most of the time). Having a community of like-minded people to share ideas, concerns and problems with is a wonderful thing. Not only will they help lift you up when you need it you will get satisfaction from being able to help others when they need it. Plus if you need to vent about blogging stuff they get it, unlike your hubby who just looks at you blankly while nodding.
So there you have it. Some wisdom from me on my 37th birthday. What would be one life you have learned?