When I decided to start my blog, it wasn't with the intent to gain tons of following, sponsorship or to earn money. I started my blog because I wanted to help others along their journey. My hope was that by me being transparent and sharing my story, it would Inspire someone else in theirs. Social media is full of editing apps and filters. But there are people who still crave good old-fashioned, raw, unedited honesty.
But I can't sit here and tell you that this journey has been easy. Juggling a full-time job, grad school, and managing other lifee challenges, has made it hard to be consistent and at times to find motivation. However, I operate with a marathon mindset by keeping the long-term goals in mind. operating in this fashion, has enabled me to take it one step at a time and to be patient in and with this process. As with any journey or "marathon", there are few things that I have learned that I'd love to share with others who are thinking about starting a blog, or who are new in their blog journey. Hopefully, these tips will help alleviate some pressure and provide some guidance in conquering the roadblocks that that new bloggers man encounter in the beginning.
1. Be patient and allow yourself tons of grace. In the beginning, some adjustment will be required when developing new content and new ideas. For example, before I started blogging, I had all these great ideas and topics I wanted to share. At times my desires were bigger and larger than the resources I had available to pull them off. So start small and scale-up. As an example, in the beginning, ,I wanted to hire a professional photographer to take pictures a couple times a month. However, after obtaining a few quotes from local photographers, I realized I couldn'tafford them. So, I had to take pictures with my camera phone until I had enough money to include a photographer in the budget.
2. Strive to stay abreast of what's happening in the industry. Technology is changing at a rapid pace, and It is important to know the newest technological advances. In doing this, it only enhances your role as a blogger. Remember, the goal is to work smarter, not harder. So if there are apps that you can use and that can work on your behalf to make your job easier, use them. You can do this by reading tech magazines and joining blog forums. It's ways a bonus learning best practices.
3. Seek a seasoned mentor, or the advice of someone who has been blogging for some time. These golden gems can give you insight into what has worked for them and what hasn't worked. Translation: they can help save you time and prevent mishaps. This is especially true for bloggers who have been doing it for years. Remember, there is always something to learn from everyone at every level in their journey.
5. Beware of the desire to compare yourself with others. But let's be real, we're all human, and it happens to the best of us. The key is not to allow it to impact you in a negative way, or get you down. You never know another person's story or journey. Heck, some of those people may have extensive budgets, while others could have purchased followers. You never know. Stay the course, be consistent and use their success to motivate you to work harder and to perfect your craft.
In the end, remember why you started this journey. There will be days when you absolutely won't be motivated and won't want to write or post another picture. AND. IT'S. OKAY. If needed, take a break, but stay the course and be authentic to who you are. You will attract those people who are genuinely interested in what you are sharing. Happy blogging!!
💕 Be well!