When I first started blogging back in 2009, I had not a clue as to what I was doing. 9 years later I still am learning. And while my blog doesn’t have a million followers and does not make much $$ I am proud of it. I love saying I am a blogger, although that is a more recent addition. I have always leaned on the side of caution when talking about my blog. On one hand it sounds cool since I get to go to events and meet new people. On the other it seems a bit vain and narcissistic to say, I have this blog where I stand around and take pictures of myself, by myself. Which trust me it takes a lot of gumption to go out in public and set up Samwise(tripod) to the stand in front of it and wait for the timer.
It can get a bit weird.
So why do it? Well, when I first started blogging, my priorities were, for lack of better words all fucked up. I was thinking $$$ and also was pushed to come up with something fast. I hadn’t a foggiest on how to blog. I posted about clothes and things I thought people might buy. There was no personal attachment and my blog then was seemingly more spammy. The name was awful, gofashiondeals. What was I thinking? Well, I wasn’t.So, if you want to start a blog pick a good name.
Over time I would tinker away with the blog. my writing evolved and then I realized bloggers were more than hey buy this. Even though we really want you to buy what we are wearing, we have bills to pay too. Blogging would soon become an outlet for me. In 2013 I had my son G, and had post partum bad. I was needing an outlet and so in secret I started to pour my heart and my soul in to this blog. Well, the last blog. The blog helped me, so another blog thing, blogging can be therapeutic. Now, granted some blogging has lost it’s way with people trying to out insta each other. But, the core of it is still there, the creative outlook and writing.
Blogging sure has it’s perks with brands reaching out, but even that has it’s downside. You might think that sounds crazy but I can assure you it isn’t. And when you tell people you blog sometime you get the “oh you get free stuff??? do you make money?” While getting products are fun and exciting, you as a blogger should know your worth. If a brand( a big multi million dollar brand) says they do not have a budget and want you to write for free even without product, YOU FUCKING SAY NO. Why? Because when bloggers say yes, they can make it harder for the rest of the bloggers who are trying to make this a career. When you say yes, you are being taken advantage of and no matter how many times they tell you they will give you exposure, I can honestly say THEY WILL NOT DO THAT.I am speaking from experience my friends. In fact, you should watch out for plagiarism.
Sorry but I have to be blunt and the swearing. I have seen too many bloggers get shafted for this and as a blogger, I want to look out for my fellow bloggers. WE are a tribe, a community. AND do not feel bad for asking if they are going to pay you along with product, because lipstick wont pay that rent.
Blogging is a lot of work. I mean a lot of work. It can take hours to write up one post. That isn’t including proof reading, editing photos, blasting on social media, and reading other blogs to get your name out there. Events to get your name out there are a good way of fun and work. AS an introvert it is challenging for me, but I force myself out of the house. When you want to blog, understand there is a lot to be done. It is harder than it looks, just like being a youtuber is harder than it looks.
SO remember if you want to start a blog, while it has it’s perks it is a lot of hard work!
SO, what are my tips for blogging?
pick a good name!
buy a url, that is important because then you own your blog. You can post on Insta all you want but in the end your blog should be your focus. And I think we lost that as bloggers.
take social media seriously and then also remember to step away from it too when need be.
Get on pinterest and get on TAILWIND. ASAP.
reach out to bloggers in your community and make friends!
KNOW YOUR WORTH and be willing to say no!
If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
YOU WILL WORK your ASS off.
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