Blogging Tips – The Adventures of Ordy and Joon

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Today, we are so lucky to have Ordy and Joon here!!!

{she’s Joon and her fiance is Ordy}

We met at Creative Estates in Phoenix and I’ve followed her ever since!

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She’s getting married and it’s so fun to check out her blog to live vicariously through her photos she’s posting with plans of a beautiful wedding!  {we got married with literally 1.5 weeks of planning, so I didn’t get a chance to ‘plan’ …. no, I wasn’t pregnant}

Anyways, she’s a law student and here’s what she has to say about blogging….

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I have a mentor in almost every aspect of my life. There’s a specific attorney I look
up to for career guidance, a professor I look up to for school guidance, and even
peers to help me with other miscellaneous things. The one thing I DIDN’T have
that I wish I did was a “blog mentor”. I went about creating my own blog all alone.
My sister had a blog, but she was on Tumblr and for some reason, I knew from the
beginning I needed one that was easier to read than hers (logging in with a Tumblr
account, etc…)

With that being said, I was overwhelmed with the things to blog about! I was
creative, a student, a daughter, an aunt, and in love. I felt silly having a blog
without being married or having kids. I felt that all the blogs out there were
family oriented or strictly crafting blogs! I tossed aside all my care last summer
when Ordy (my fiance) and I were going to Paris and I wanted to keep my family
and his posted on our trip… I thought our families were the only ones reading… Until
I saw the traffic and noticed that 7 followers did NOT mean 7 readers!!! I was blown
away. When I got back to the States and decided that blogging was done for me, I
realized I loved it too much. I was even more surprised when random people were
facebook messaging me asking to keep up with the blog! I couldn’t believe people
cared about what I had to say!

So, that’s how I molded into a blogger, a year and a half later. It keeps me sane, it
makes me happy, and it connects me with other like minded people! I have loved the
people blogging has connected me with and I couldn’t be happier to be a “blogger”!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the comparisons. I would have never started if I
thought my target audience was the entire world wide web. Knowing my target
audience was just close friends and family took the pressure off of me. I knew I
didn’t have to have profound blog posts to be on the cover of Tip Junkie or other
well known blogs (even thought that’s nice- don’t get me wrong)! The pressure to
create a good blog post can be too overwhelming especially when you see blogs with
thousands of followers and you get discouraged. Do it for yourself.
The minute I realized blogging was keeping me sane after hours of reading cases for school, I couldn’t care about being the next Tatertots and Jello or Pioneer Woman.They are brilliant ladies, but I was a full time law student and had to realize this was not a full time job!

Take some time to unwind. Don’t neglect your friends and family to create your
next post. Enjoy candid family moments. Not everything has to be
documented. Pretty soon, people will question your genuineness and whether
you’re really having family time for the company or for a “good post”. Quit looking at
Pinterest, other blogs, facebook, or any other distraction for a few days. Sometimes
you get sensory overload and want to do SO much you confuse yourself and don’t
get anything done!


Don’t forget, you’re doing this as a hobby. The chances of Home Depot or Michael’s
sponsoring you from the get go is rare- start out slow and build your followers.
Progress into a loved (and sponsored) blog. Nothing is more annoying than seeing
banners on a blog that has 5 followers, because I automatically feel that every post
influenced by a product is a sponsor and the blog is not as authentic as I’d like. Don’t
blog with intentions of being sponsored, your readers can tell. This is a hobby- that
may (or may not) turn into a full time job. Just don’t lose followers before you even
have them!

Set time aside for blogging so you don’t burn out. There is nothing worse than
FEELING like you HAVE to blog. You end up with 3 uninspiring posts vs. 1 quality blog post a week. Your followers would rather wait a week for that one good post than know you’re pumping out lousy ones they don’t care to read!

If you aren’t tech savvy (which I’m betting most of you AREN’T), go ahead and
spend some (not a lot) on a decent design package. I know if I’ll like a blog (and
follow) within the first two seconds of visiting. If you have too much going on or
music playing, etc, it might discourage people from seeing the “meat” of you blog!
Don’t splurge from the get-go, blog a while and see if it’s something you want to
continue doing. I didn’t care about design much until I realized it’s the first thing
people judge me on! I ended up googling until 4 a.m. several nights just to figure out
how to do it for free. I found out I could do a lot on my own (with a few questions to
graphic design friends) on my own free time. Here’s a tip: I do most of my design on
PowerPoint- it helps me pick my own fonts and images, then I take a screen shot and
upload them to the blog! Feel free to ask me for help, I don’t know much, but I can
try!!!

Comments

  1. these are such great tips, especially 1 and 2!! i love ordy and joon!!! :D woot for creative estates!!

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