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My biggest lesson(s) in blogging…

So there is a female blogging conference coming up in a few weeks in Virginia. To promote it I was asked to write a post about the biggest lesson I’ve learned in my blogging…wow! That’s a big one….

There are a few. I think I have narrowed it down to these as the biggest:

1. Do your research.

Really… as silly as it sounds, it’s SO important. For example, you will need to find a web hosting provider like hostiserver first and foremost. Try to think about what you might want from blogging even someday way down the line and use that to make some basic beginning decisions. If you might ever want to take on sponsors or do giveaways use WordPress.org or Blogger. I’ll admit I’m still not entirely certain of all the ins and outs… but I do know that the appeal of WordPress.com fades fast when you realize you’re not allowed to give presents away…

2. You don’t have to be perfect.

It’s really ok if you aren’t. People WANT to know how you did something and if you’re only an average DIYer- even better! Talk about your mistakes in a project, what you wish you would have known or done differently, etc.. It makes your audience feel more connected to you and encourages them to share and read through your post.

3. Don’t be afraid of humor.

Even if it’s snarky… I tend to write like I talk- with a bit of sarcasm and occasional jaded edge. I can’t really help it, I do hope I don’t offend too many… it’s who I am though, and so far people still seem to like me.

4. BE YOURSELF

Don’t try to be that blogger with the perfect house if you don’t have it. I’ll tell you- I don’t. I mean it, my house is a disaster area most days. I try to clean it up… and then everyone comes home. I’ve decided that I can be that stressed out woman who hates her family because she’s always picking up after them, or I can let some of it go and just enjoy them. I chose the latter…most of the time. I’m tired and they like me better this way. The odds of you really seeing posts about what my house really looks like are slim… some kind of Holiday House Tour… even less.

I will show you the insanity that is my garage (here or on my facebook page), because it’s who I am. It’s crazy and the furniture is piled HIGH, but some think it’s funny and friends beg me to “let them have a quick peek so they can laugh at me” Really.. I had a friend say that to me.

5. NETWORK

Tell people what you’re doing. You can grow your audience organically and can weave your other social media into your blogging to drive traffic, or you can give yourself a boost to start with an instagram manager. Or, you can reach out to those you know. After all, what’s wrong with letting your friends and family help you too though? They might learn something fun about you, it might bring you closer together… but if not, what if you just get more readers.. because really… isn’t that why you probably started a blog in the first place?

(The Femworking Blogger and small business conference will be October 26, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. For more information on attending, look here)

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jacquelyn
    October 2 at 1:18 PM

    Love sharing your blog with our customers! Great ideas.

    • Reply
      Scottie
      October 2 at 1:51 PM

      Thank you Jacquelyn! I love working with you all! I’ll have to get some photos and do a post about your shop very soon!

  • Reply
    Claudia
    October 3 at 11:21 PM

    Scottie, I LOVE what you said about not having to be perfect and being yourself! With my day-job there is NO way I can have that perfect house or time for all that awesome crafty decor stuff! I’ll never have a picture perfect home and I have gotten to a place where I am also ok with that! Just starting out as a blogger and avoiding the comparison temptation is a big one for me too! I would overwhelm myself while reading all of these huge bloggier’s posts and seeing their amazing homes and pictures! I freaked myself out right into a standstill for a while. Had to get over that too and accept that I dont HAVE to be. So thanks and I know that covering any one of those things on your list is going to be awesome for the participants of that conference!

    • Reply
      Scottie
      October 3 at 11:24 PM

      Thank you Claudia! I agree- it’s way easier said than done though for most (including me). Glad to be in a place where I can accept I’m not perfect (and no one is) 🙂

  • Reply
    Sharla
    October 4 at 5:19 PM

    It was so refreshing to hear about your imperfect home! So often I have visions that all DIYers have perfectly decorated and organized homes-except for me!! And I love snarky humor! Thanks for sharing your adventures in blogging. Perhaps someday I’ll have the courage, and time, to blog! Until then, I’ll enjoy reading yours!

    • Reply
      Scottie
      October 4 at 5:48 PM

      Thank you Sharla! There are WAY too many people in this house to expect perfection or anything close to it. 🙂 There are days when I think lighting a match might be less trouble then trying to fix it…

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