Welcome to the Blogosphere!
So you’ve started a blog, congratulations!
That’s great news and I’d like to welcome to the world of blogging.
If you’re like me, the anxiety and nerves surrounding the first hit of that ‘publish’ button were quite something else. It wasn’t easy, but my confidence grew in time and hitting that publish button today becomes a moment of exorcising my rights, of defending my thoughts and opinions to the world.
I also found an unceasing desire to improve. To improve my writing, recipes, photography, website and everything else involved with creating a blog post.
How did I do that?
The Perception of Success.
First, I need to dispel a myth about progress and success. I always held a vision of success being a consistent rise towards achieving my goals, as if it’s a constant upwards path, with just the odd minor setback, before moving on to better and greater things.
Like my first graph here.
Time for a reality check, because it doesn’t work like that.
The Reality of Success.
Progress goes up, down, left and right. It goes in circles, it has joyous peaks that feel like moments of sheer clarity and joy whereby the entire universe is yours for the taking along with periods of utter depression, negativity and rage. These are all perfectly normal.
It feels a bit more like this second graph.
Stick With It.
The ability to sit through all of these periods and still strive to improve and move on to bigger and better things is the key to being a great blogger. If you’ve just started, don’t worry about marketing yourself, now is the time to show yourself some love, develop yourself, your opinions and your skills around blogging. By working on yourself, you’ll get much, much more out of blogging.
My first piece of advice to anyone starting out on a blog is to make sure you are writing about the things you love. Focus on the subjects that you really enjoy being involved with. Strive to create better and better content around those subjects, because people who put good things out into the world attract good things back to them.
Ignore The World.
Don’t worry about how big your following is, or your audience size, or your Google Analytics stats, they’re unimportant, especially at first. Blog for yourself, not everyone else. Write about your interests, not what you might think Twitter’s interests are. Reveal who YOU are and what YOU love. That way, you will get even more enjoyment out of it and your audience will grow when everyone finds out how interesting you are.
And that is my first piece of advice to anyone who wants to grow themselves as a person or a blogger. In my experience, the best way to look at the world of blogging is to focus on yourself and ignore marketing, monetisation and everything else, because they’re simply topics that will get in the way of the work you really need to do.
Good luck, and let me know how you get on 🙂