5 Lessons Learned as a Blogger

August 30, 2011

Welcome back!  Yesterday, I shared with you a few lessons that I’ve learned along the way as a DIYer.  I reread the post this morning when it went live, and I did get a lil’ personal, don’t you think…??  I usually try to be more informative than personal, but I guess because I feel passionate about what I do, my true feelings came shining through.  Anyway, when putting together my 5 Lessons Learned as a DIYer , I wasn’t able to stop there… my mind kept going and going.  So, I’m continuing my ‘lessons’ in today’s post.

There are SO many blogs out there and I’m sure if you’re a blogger, you’ve wondering, how can I stand out.  Right?  I know I’ve said that to myself.  I’m definitely not a seasoned veteran (yet, hehe), but I have learned a few things along the way that would be helpful for anyone who recently started a blog or is thinking about it.

1. Tweet and Post

You write an amazing post, and then what?  How do you get people to read it (other than your mom and first cousin)?  How do you draw people in to follow your blog?  Social Media is your answer!  By setting up a Facebook page and a Twitter account, you are sharing your wonderfully written posts with the world.  Other than your blog, these two places (amongst many others) are a great way for you to directly connect with others.  Along with the kind comments that I receive from readers, much of my traffic and connections have been through my Facebook page and Twitter chats. Personally, I also love to share others projects by tweeting them and showcasing them on my Facebook Wall.  I feel that through both of these outlets, I can really get to know who people are.  The first layer of them is exposed through their blog, the next layer is peeled off through facebook, and then you finally get to know the true person through Twitter.

If you’re looking for more information on how Twitter can benefit you, take a look at {this} great post

2. Stumble and Pin

Another must for any blogger is to use Stumble Upon and Pinterest.  Both sites can be a huge resource for inspiration!  They are very different, but equally resourceful.  Stumble Upon has been around for a while, but for many bloggers it is a big traffic promoter.  Once you set up an account, share your interests, and download the Stumble button, you are ready to jump around and visit other websites that relate to your common interests. It’s important to submit your site so others can stumble you too!  By going to your home page and clicking, I Like It, other bloggers and peer enthusiasts can enjoy what you are writing.

Pinterest is another amazing place. Again, you download a button to your computer and whenever you find a picture on any website that intrigues you, click Pin It.  When on the Pinterest site, you can also search for anything that comes to mind and other peoples pins will appear.  I will Warn YOU, Pinterest has been known to suck people in!  Don’t say I didn’t tell you beforehand!!  When I visit Pinterest, I have to set a time limit for myself, otherwise I’d be glued to my seat ALL day.

 

3. Interact, Comment, and Connect

The entire concept of blogging is to write and read what others are writing, so it’s important to visit other blogs and leave comments.  By leaving comments, you build connections and from that who knows were a relationship can go.  Through leaving and receiving comments, I have built some great friendships with other bloggers that I’ve never even met in person.  I’ll admit, blogging can be a bit lonely and isolating at times, so it’s important to reach out to others who are experiencing the same situation.  Some of my favorite bloggers who I have made great connections with, are listed on my side bar – yup, right over to the right… Go ahead and check them out (tell them I sent you)!

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4. Determine if you want to make $$$ with your blog

Blogging is fun, but is also hard work, especially if you intend on making a business out of it. Most bloggers don’t start with the intention of making money, but instead for the pure enjoyment of writing and connecting with others.  Every blogger has a story to tell, but the question is, how can it stand out?  Do you want it to stand out?  Or do you want only family and friends to be readers?  These are important questions that you have to ask yourself.  If you want to make money, there are many affiliate programs that you can join to start making money, but if you want it to be for fun only, that’s okay too.  It’s important to determine what your objective is.

 

5. Focus

As I said earlier, I often HAVE to set a time limit for myself because otherwise I get distracted very easily in the blogosphere.  I can be working on something, then all of a sudden, my mind starts to wander and 2 hours later, nothing is done.  I often write a list of things to do for the day, so it keeps me focused and on track.  If there is still time leftover after all my tasks are complete, I let myself roam around, but beforehand I have to stay FOCUSED!  It’s a difficult thing to do when there is so much inspiration out there.

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If you’re a veteran blogger, would you agree with my list of must-knows of being a blogger?  What lessons have you learned that you’d like to share with new bloggers?  If you’re interested in blogging or have recently started a blog, what do you want to know?  What questions do you have? – Ask away!


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Comments

  1. I love this blog post. It is so important to FOCUS! I am sooooo horrible at this and I love the idea of making a list for yourself. I am happy to see that I am doing all of the listed sources of traffic. Now I guess I need to just keep creating fun blogs and wait for it to grow. Thanks!
    -Robyn from http://www.tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com
    Robyn recently posted..It was a Scotcheroo Day

    • Thanks Robyn for the kind email and I’m so glad you are doing everything on the list. Believe me, I am still growing in this world of blogging – it takes time and you just have to enjoy it along the way! I’m sorry that I didn’t email back sooner, but your comment went into my spam folder. I’ve learned from the past, that I have to check spam every few days because there are always some non-spam comments in there. Anyway, I’m going to hop over and check out your blog. Thanks for visiting SAS Interiors! xo Jenna

  2. Great tips. Thanks for sharing!
    Jena @ Involving Color recently posted..Get Ready for the Roomspiration Blog Hop and Link Party

  3. Great list! Thanks. Lisa~

  4. Some good lesons Jenna. I find I could spend all day on the computer now. Before I started blogging I was hardly ever on it. And you’re right, it is a lot of work. Just a “quick” post can take half an hour or more. Thanks for sharing! : )

    ~ Catie
    Catie @ Catie’s Corner recently posted..Pack Your Bags…

  5. Thanks for you comment over on my Ithaca post! I agree, I haven’t seen many other NY blogs ~ but after stopping by over here, I see I’m in good company! I’ll be sure to check back and see what you’re up to, and hope you’ll consider doing the same over at my blog :)

  6. I love your blog! its absolutely beautiful, inspiring and helpful!

  7. Wow timing is everything! Just got back from my evening walk with a friend and the conversation started….”Do you know how to blog?”. “Ahh, no, but I want to learn.”. I’m not their yet but soon.
    Thanks for the encouragement! Next month I’m going to my first MMSMP workshop and an Annie, say that 3x fast :-) Sloan workshop. So exciting.

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