“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath
Many thanks to Beatrisz for this nomination and do check out her blog. I am always quite humbled when fellow bloggers read my pieces, let alone recognize me in such a way as this!
How my blog started:
I originally attempted to blog three years ago, but to no avail. I gave up as quickly as I began, the timing in my life was just all wrong. Now, here I am, a fresh start only a few months ago. Encouragingly, I have 450 followers and growing. It is about timing, certainly, but also about where you are in life. I have found a lot more flow and positive feedback with each day that I am on this journey.
My advice to new bloggers:
I would certainly not consider myself a seasoned blogger, but I will give a few tips that I have found useful.
- Be consistent with reading, liking and commenting on your fellow blogger’s pieces. Genuine interest begets genuine interest. The more you follow others and become a presence, the more traffic from those truly interested is produced on your posts.
- Don’t get caught up in numbers- as in followers, likes or comments. When you begin it can be easy to get caught up in numbers. This can be discouraging or it can be exhilarating. In either case you lose focus of what is important. Personally I feel that to be, connecting with others and writing.
- Make goals. Whether you are blogging for a hobby or working towards a career, goals are a great way to find success. Personally, one goal I made, set a certain amount of time daily/weekly aside to blog. Otherwise, you can easily see time slip away having accomplished little to nothing.
- Use the Daily Prompt. It is a great way to be inspired daily and also to connect with fellow writers. Also, when you are struggling for topics or other points of inspiration, there are many great ideas on sights such as Pinterest. One of my favorites “100 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas.”
- Have fun!
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