A FEW months ago, I considered quitting blogging.
Wrapping my creative baby up and taking her away from the online world.
It happens every so often. Four years into Pouting In Heels and I’m well aware that every so often, when things turn a darker shade, I find myself in the ‘should I quit?!’ position.
A 2.5hr blogging workshop bonanza in my home town of Barnsley to an eager, enthusiastic and absolutely lovely group.
During it I chatted about my personal experience as a blogger, how I’ve made it to the level of ‘professional blogger’ (by that I mean, I do it professionally as a living) and talked about the importance of creating great content, getting involved with the blogging community and other such things.
I know it well. Very well.
I’ve been freelancing for six years now, making money from my blog for the last 18 months or so and still, I fear THAT fear.
When work is quiet. When my inbox is manageable. When my bank balance looks piteously low or I’m in the red.
I’ve been there more times than I count on all my fingers and toes. And yep, I’m totally with you, it sucks.
Of the practical kind. The stuff that has worked for me over the years. The little changes I’ve made or things I do on a regular basis which work a treat!
And which will, I promise you, help to make you and your life, a little lovelier this year. (Or perhaps a lot!)
I’m very happy to share these little golden nuggets of wisdom with you all. But. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could grow this list too and share some more?!
If you’ve got the time, I’d love it if you’d leave one of your own nuggets in the comments below (or more if you fancy!) so we can all make our lives even lovelier, together.
Are you ready? Ok, here we go…
Millions of people sharing their stories, giving intimate glimpses of their lives and hoping to be noticed.
It’s hard to get your blog out there. It takes time, effort, resilience, creativity and bags of determination.
But if you’re not careful, a couple of bad moves (or one if you’re unlucky) and all that hard work of yours can go to pot.
Attracting people is easy. (Kinda).
But hanging onto readers, getting people to comment, share and love your stuff is far from it.
There’s so many reasons why I visit the blogs I love time and time again. But today, I want to talk about the other stuff. The other side of the coin.
The stuff that drives me nuts, puts me off and absolutely makes me stop visiting a blog.
Here are seven things that are a sure fire way to lose my interest. (And quite possibly other peoples too.)
I’m a stickler for manners in all aspects of life, but when it comes to blogging nothing turns me off a blog or blogger faster, than when someone is rude.
When someone asks you to RT a tweet with a link, even though they’ve never spoken to you before (or shared anything of yours). When someone spams a large group of people with the same message, asking for their time or attention, but gives little back. Bloggers who never ever respond to a tweet or comment that you’ve kindly sent them.
And the biggest one? Bloggers who are just plain rude in real life. (We’ve all met one of those.)
To care about your blog, I need to care about you. And that’s never going to happen if you’re rude or don’t give people the time of day.
When I’m reading copy, your copy, I need you to give me some space. Not a lot necessarily, but a little.
Enough for me to pause, take in your words and connect with you and your message.
As a trained journalist, the use of space was drilled into me from an early career age and with good reason too. Because too many words crammed together and too many long paragraphs just. puts. people. off.
You could have written the most magnificent blog post known to mankind, but trust me, if your copy looks crammed or doesn’t have space, then I will not get past the first sentence or two.
Space encourages engagement and lets your words shine. So use it wisely and use it often.
Behind each blog, is a person, which means… I need to see you. And I need to know your name.
Who are you? What do you look like? How do you sound?
Call me nosey but these are the things I need to know.
Logos are wonderful but when it comes to avatars, I want to see your beautiful rosy face. And when I pop on your blog, I want to know what you are called. Hell, I’d even love to hear your voice!
And if I can’t?
Well then you’re almost invisible to me. Why? Because I need a human being to connect to.
Yes, you can have an anonymous blog, yes, you’re entitled to share what you want to share, but for me, when I’m reading a blog or getting to know a blogger, I need to know who you are as a person.
Otherwise you just become another blog in a crammed blogging crowd.
And more to the point, the people who write them. (Including me)
Which has made me feel, well, a little bit sad.
I’ve read that blogs are pointless, boring and dull.
I’ve heard people say they’re not interested in any blogs, because they’re only written by narcissists (yes, really).
And I’ve even come across one blogger who oddly decided to take a big ol’ pop at anyone who made a living from their blogs or called themselves professional bloggers (again, this includes me).
Yep, it seems some people are falling out of love with blogs or in many cases, still don’t get them.
How can this be, I hear you cry?!
I have no idea.
I blog. I am a blogger. And I love blogs. Next week I will be even talking about the importance of blogging to an audience.
So it seems only fair, that today, I do my bit to stick up for my blogging community, try and spread a little blog love and whack some misinformed views down to size.
Here are five good reasons why we all need blogs, and the brilliant people who create them.
Which topics float your boat? What interests you? Which kind of things do you like to look at or read online? Because trust me, whatever it is, you will find a blog to suit your needs.
Wanna read about the meaning of life? There will be a blog out there to suit you. Need some style inspiration? Smashing, let some bloggers show you how to dress. Feeling alone in the world with a particular problem? Fear not, someone out there is going through the same, and – the best bit – they will be blogging about it.
Gone are the days when our information and inspiration, could only come from mass media or books. Gone are the days when if you were into something a little different, you had to feel alone or a bit odd.
There are millions of blogs out there, all serving up different dishes of creativity, words and love, bringing variety to the web and doing a damn good job at it too.
If you haven’t found the one for you yet, it’s because you’re not looking hard enough.
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x
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