I’ve just hit my six month blogging mark and had a few thoughts that I thought were worth writing down and sharing. Sorry for the selfie—I asked The Hubs to take a close-up of my hands with a short depth of field (so I would be blurry in the background) and this is what I got. Good composition though!
1. Think long and hard about making the switch to being self-hosted. I go back and forth about whether or not to migrate to a self-hosted site. Like most things, there are pro’s and con’s to both. I’ve done my homework and have talked to at least one website developer about making the switch. I don’t feel that I’ve fully exhausted all my options on my WordPress.com hosted site quite yet so for the time being, I’m staying put. I’ve also heard you need to carve out a lot of time to work out the quirks when you do migrate and things just seem to keep coming up (ain’t that the story!).
2. If you feel passionate about something, write about it. You just never know what your readers are going to identify with. I was shocked that my har har post about DIYing a bacon doughnut garnered so much attention on a blog about home design! My point is, it’s worth trying to blog about new things if it’s something you care about. And I care about bacon and doughnuts. Deeply.
3. Create your own recipe for success. Before launching Brave New Home, I did tons of research about blogging and fast tracks to blogging success. Some of that good advice stuck and others, well not so much. For me blogging is still about community and my pursuit of creating an authentic home. It’s not about rushing through a project to be able to participate in a link party (though I have to remind myself of that sometimes). When it starts becoming choresome, I know I’m doing something wrong. Create personal blogging goals so you can measure your own personal success.
4. Find your flow and make sure to incorporate it into your blogging routine. Flow is that rare state when time doesn’t exist (e.g. What?! I’ve been on Pinterest for two hours? I thought I was just gone for a commercial break!). Of all aspects involved with blogging, photo editing still provides me the greatest sense of flow. I feel giddy just knowing I have a new batch of photos to edit. So when blogging starts to feel choresome, I open a batch of photos (or stage a photoshoot) and get to Photoshopping.
5. Use other bloggers as a resource. I’ve been blown away by the interactions I’ve had with fellow bloggers. I’ve not reached out to a single blogger without receiving some sort of response. Most of my emails go a little something like this: “Hi! I absolutely love your blog! How did you make that thingy on the right clickable?” Response: “Omg, I wish I had someone to help me when I first started blogging! Here is tons of useful information for you. And here’s some more.” I’ve really felt accepted into the blogging community and am enjoying all the new bloggy friendships I’ve made. It’s not easy finding a group of people who care about finding the right shade of white for your bathroom walls as much as you do : ]
6. Don’t play the comparison game. I’ve reached that happy (and sometimes elusive) point where I’m comfortable in my own little cozy corner of the blogosphere. I no longer look at other blogs longingly and try to compare how many subscribers we have. Or Facebook followers. Or any other quantitative measure of blogging “success.” And boy is it comfortable. Like favorite jeans and t-shirt comfy. It’s not complacency. Far from. I still have my own personal goals I’m working towards. Some of those goals are shared by other bloggers, some of them not. So it’s only natural that our blogs would reflect that.
Fellow bloggers, any recent realizations you’ve had? Any of my tips ring true for you?