Friday, June 17, 2016

My First 60 Days of Blogging - What I've Learned So Far & FREE E-Book

First 60 Days of Blogging
I started blogging on April 11th 2016 with a simple 'hey folks, this is what I'm doing!' 
It has turned into something a bit bigger and a lot different from what I expected.

Here's what I've learned:

There Are No Haters
What has kept me from writing a blog and writing in general in the past has been a lack  of confidence and a fear of people being mean. True story. When I started the blog I prepared for an onslaught of rude comments, shit talking, and haters in general.

They never came.

Surprisingly, they never friggen came! I don't think that's because I'm a great writer or spectacular at blogging, rather I think it's because a) the 'haters' only existed in my mind b) most people are too busy to actually 'hate' on people.

Deadlines Are All In Your Mind
If you've been reading this blog much since I started you know that I've changed the schedule on it a couple of times. At one point I was posting everyday and running myself into the ground with phantom deadlines. It wasn't until Matt said, "there comes a point where you can't do anymore' that I realized I was making myself sick. Literally sick. 
The idea that I would disappoint my 'readers' if I wasn't posting every day was totally an idea concocted in my brain. Another fear concoction if we're being honest.

At about the point that I hit 20 posts, writing actually became easier. When I started I made an entire 'editorial calendar' (Pinterest told me to!) and wracked my brain trying to come up with ideas on what to write. Once I stopped following that everything was a lot less stressful. It does help that I have my bullet journal on me at all times to write down ideas, but for the most part I just write about whatever topic is interesting to me that week.

Building a Blog Does NOT 'Take Just 5 Minutes'
Could someone PLEASE tell all the jerks on Pinterest to take a hike?! Setting up a blog takes a good week, maybe longer if you don't know how to code. It's just not even a fraction as simple as they'd like you to believe. Do you know why they want you to believe that?
So you'll visit their site.
That's all it is. Just pretty, dressed up click bait and a lot of people fall for it. Then the next thing you know you've paid for a year's worth of hosting and bought a domain name and have no idea what to do with it. Don't do that.
If you want to blog, do your research. Find out what the best platform is (I use blogger - it's not the best or the most user-friendly) and weigh your options. 
Once you've decided, let me give you a couple of hints:

Step 1.Use Unsplash and Pexels for free stock photos.
Step. 2.Use those free stock photos with Canva.
Step 3. ???
Step 4. Profit

Gaining Views is More Work Than Writing
Another thing they don't tell you is that getting people to actually read what you write is seriously hard work. If you take a week to set up a blog, do yourself a favor before that process even starts - before you buy your domain - to find out if you have what it takes to do the actual 'marketing' for your blog. Though, to be sure if you're okay with shouting into the void, by all means - do you honey.

For the most part what I do is repost to Google+, my personal Facebook page, and Snark and String's Facebook page. From there I'll repost on relevant Facebook groups, Google+ groups and very occasionally I'll comment on another blogger's article with a link back. I don't do that very often and should probably try to connect with others more. 

There's a shit ton of other things I've learned and I'm sharing them with you in my free E-book '10 Days to Starting a Blog'. 

There is so much to stuff to do when you want to start a blog: choosing a name, registering it, finding a host, and then the whole actually making content! If you're curious about how to start a blog in 10 days, sign up below and you'll get a link to view the book for FREE!!!

If you have any questions about the above and want some in depth answers, just shoot me an e-mail. I'd love to hear from you!


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