Blogging Tips – What I Wished I Knew When I Started Blogging – Denise from Denise Blooms

We’re back and running this week!

{sorry about last week, friends!  Just was super dooper busy and had a hugely full week!}

I met Denise on Twitter and have loved her blog and her tweets for the last year.  She’s a beautiful writer, and an inspirational woman.

With that said, here is what she has to say….

Thank you Tara for inviting me as a guest to share a bit of my experience in the blogging world. I am always thrilled to be able to encourage someone out there who might need a nudge in the right direction for their blog.

I have been online since 2007, where I started out building a website on home decorating from scratch. I was passionate about that subject and knew I could talk enough about it to build some content that would be helpful to people. I had one year old twins at the time, and was desperate to find a way to make income from home. Using naps and bedtimes as my friend, I would grasp any stolen moment, and learn step by step how to build a website. That first site still exists today and brings in supplemental income for our family.

In 2009 I decided to launch a blog as an extension of my website to offer a more personal side, and a place where I could write about something other than furniture and paint colors! Then most recently I changed that first blog and renamed it, and broadened to a larger homemaking style blog called Denise In Bloom

I have no magic formulas, but through trial and error, and tweaking I have relaxed, gained some knowledge and learned a few things. However, I never want to feel I have arrived, because blogging is always evolving and that is the beauty of it!

10 Things I wish I had known when I started blogging

1. Your blog is a launching pad for others things to come. Its not the end but the beginning. Blogs are the starts of friendships, charity work, promoting a cause, networking, connecting, book deals, publishing gigs, business promotions, and yes income!

2. Write a blog mission statement. Answer the who, the what, the why of your blog. Once you sit down and ask yourself a few questions it helps you get focused. Who do you want to reach? What is the unique approach that you can bring? Why are you doing this? How will you share your passion, hobby or interest? Then be sure to come back to your mission statement from time to time and tweak it, as things evolve. A mission statement is a key to success.

3. Have a “take-away” from each post. The posts that offer a helpful tip, tutorial, a practical idea, an emotion, or a point of action are the posts that do the best for me. If you are sharing a personal story, even that can leave a person with a feeling. Ending a post with a question is a great way to build community and comments from your readers. Even when promoting a product for a company try to bring a tip or helpful point in with it, so people don’t feel “sold” to, but that you truly have their best interest at heart.

4. Write to your blog audience as friends. Imagine you are sitting in a room with friends and write as if you were having a conversation. People don’t want you to talk AT them but TO them.

5. Use Twitter and Facebook to your advantage, but not to compare yourself. Too much time spent on Twitter and Facebook can make all of us feel bad. I have been there many times. We start seeing what everyone else is doing and its hard to keep up. Soon we can feel defeated when we watch people with larger blogs and more followers than us doing things we don’t seem to be keeping up with. I love social media platforms and they have helped me grow my online reach, but too much of a good thing can make you feel blah! So use them with caution.

6. Plan and then plan for change. Start with a general idea for your blog. Know that the blog you set up the first day will not be the same in a year. I am a firm believer that your blog can evolve and change as you do. I am proof of this, as I mentioned I recently made a decision to completely change my blog name and broaden my reach from what I started out with. It is the best decision I ever made. Dont get stuck in a rut, and when something isn’t working, then make adjustments.

7. Be yourself, because you is fabulous! There really is no new information on the web, but if we blog from our heart then the rest will follow. If we stay true to ourself there is no competition and we will succeed. Don’t lose sight of who you are, and why you started in the first place.

8. Having a good blog design and attractive layout is important, and the key to standing out among the crowd. Investing in a blog design is worth every penny. Avoid busy backgrounds, and so many “extras” all around the sides of your content, to where no one can read your beautiful words. Yes we need the ads to make money, but try to make sure every button has a purpose. You have only seconds to keep the reader on your blog. Have some friends give you advice and honest opinions. It will be worth the effort.

9. Have fun! When your blogging ceases to bring you contentment, pleasure and a whole lot of fun, then see what needs adjusting and change it.

10. Balance blogging time with family time. I have had to work to keep it all balanced, but I remind myself every day that my family is more important than getting up another blog post. You do NOT have to blog every day to be successful. Step back and enjoy the ones around you first, live life to the fullest, and you will be more inspired in your blogging!

 

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LOVE, right!!!

You can follow Denise on twitter: @deniseblooms

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Mique from 30 Days

Steph from The Daily Blarg

Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy

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Steph from Somewhat Simple

Kami from No Biggie

Jessica from Allora Handmade

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Comments

  1. I’ve been blogging about 6 months…just long enough to appreciate the wisdom here. (And not long enough to fully appreciate it, I’m sure!)

    My tip? Don’t worry about checking your stats too often. Everyone says this because it’s SO TRUE!! It’s hard not to be obsessive about checking the numbers when you’re a new blogger, but in a few months you’ll be able to pull yourself away and spend your time doing more productive things. So just pretend you’re a more mature blogger and don’t bother with your stats. (well, not much.)

  2. Anne,
    That is an awesome point, and yes hard to not worry about. I probably only check my stats about once a week at the most now. Its better to put the blinders on and blog!

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