My first blog post went live on June 12th, 2010.
Lucky for me, my blog name has stuck — I am so glad I did the research at the beginning. While sometimes my emphasis is more on ‘live’-ing with my foodiness, and less ‘sweat’, I’m not mad about it 😉
The first post was titled it “First Date,” and well, that title still fits. Sometimes, even today, sitting down to write a post is like a first date. You’re nervous, palms are clammy, don’t know what to say.
Regardless, five plus years later, I’m still typing away. I’ve learned a lot, my blog has grown (and I’ve grown), I’ve made so many friendships and love to see how all of this has happened because of a little spot on the interwebs. While none of these tips are life-altering, here are a few things I feel worth mentioning — whether you are just starting out, or even more established.
it’s a lot of work — consistently. #keepingitreal, I am always working. Even while I am awaiting hurricane Irma to knock on our door. But growing your blog, creating content and publishing your work is another full time job … be ready for some sacrifices to be made, and always taking photos. Ha!
invest. I’m about to mention some obvious tactics and some that maybe, you didn’t quite think of. Invest in a logo; it adds professionalism to you blog and adds a complete look. If you see your blog lasting long term, look into investing in obtaining a LLC or S-Corp to make your blog the real-deal. Get some headshots! Find a friend to help out, or offer trade — a professional photo (and not a selfie) of yourself makes a difference and can leave a lasting impression. And a few simple ones: if you’re posting products and always holding the items, do you nails look nice?; will upgrading your camera make a big difference for your blog & social media photos?; what about props for your photos?
do or do not…work for free. Everyone feels differently about this one… with my experience starting & growing my blog, occasionally working for free or for product greatly benefited me. Personally, I say, don’t mind working for free — however, consider if it will be a fit for your blog, interest your readers, and know your worth (don’t do too much for free!).
don’t be afraid of copying… Now this one need an explanation! If you come across someone else’s idea (another blogger’s post, an awesome social media post, etc), don’t be afraid to make it your own! No, I’m not telling you to copy their work or exact idea, but remember that you will be putting it in your own voice and can genuinely make it yours.
life is a marathon, not a sprint. One my favorite quotes… but think of this as you start your blog, and continue to share away. Growth is gradual, but the work is persistent. I’ve trained for numerous marathons, it’s not an easy task — it takes time, sacrifice, a lot of effort and quite a bit of mental strength. I would say, a lot of the same goes for growing your blog or social media presence. It’s not an easy road, takes consistent work — but can be fun & rewarding.
if you have been blogging a couple years, what is the biggest piece of advice you could give?