My 100 pound business – Blogging for beginners – Week 2
So this week has been all about being a ‘newbie’ , a ‘newbie’ at blogging and what that means to me. Below are a few tips for blogging beginners
I am what is called a’newbie’ at this blogging and business owner thing – ‘newbie’ – that’s what you are called on the circuit. New; New at joining established blogging communities, in blogging Facebook groups and other online groups, new at asking for sponsorship, reviewing and writing in a certain style. In the first week, you are just failing around in the dark and are happy when you manage to put code in the right box and you test it in ‘visual’ and it comes up as a picture and not just a long list of words and numbers! By now though you have had time to talk to other bloggers, see their work and join some groups and you realise that you are at the bottom of a huge blogging mountain !
I won’t lie after seeing people selling similar items to mine on Ebay, and seeing much more seasoned dog shop owners and their online shops,my triumph of getting my little Yogadogs labels through the post I was getting seemed to have lost its shine now – I had the might as well give up now feeling.
I have the image of setting up a weekend newbie boot camp – where I come in yelling at you all at 5 am and have you stand to attention firing ‘newbie’ questions at you – What is a permalink?, What Social Media automatic posting device have you installed ? How high up are you in the Google Rankings ? Quick, answers people, ANSWERS !!! Right you have all failed right there and are never going to to make it.
So what am I new at ?
In blogging terms, everything, the one thing that has been a huge learning curve this week has been joining blogging communities on Facebook – I think I got over excited and joined all the blogging groups I could find – now I am thinking maybe best to just stick to a couple.
I joined in a ‘blog thread’ – wow that was a learning curve of epic scale – The rules are strict , for goodness sake DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PREVIEW UP, I learnt that rule fast – I didn’t even know what a preview was until I got told off for having one up. I left my link and watched my ‘site stats go up and the comments on my blog post come in thick and fast – WOW someone had actually read my post – this was great – the most views my blog had ever had – the issue was that you have to do the same and comment on all the other links – after a whole day of commenting ( rule 2, leave more than one word comments on others posts ) on 1 thousand posts and after reading a couple of posts and then learning that you DO NOT LEAVE THE WORDS ‘DONE’ on the Facebook link but you press the ‘like’ button to show you had read the post I was exhausted. After reading others’ blogs was when I started to feel that maybe I should give up on this blogging business …
I saw amazing posts – the graphics, the writing, the sponsorships , the professionalism – I was starting to feel way out of my depth – then the sinking feeling – these people had just read my blog – they must have looked at my blog and thought to themselves – oh bless, she knows nothing, she will not last, where is her product placements, pictures, carefully placed affiliate links – does she not know that you can’t just plonk ( no that is not a blogging term – should be though ) the Amazon links !
This newbie has also learnt not to obsessively watch her ‘site stats’
I spent the beginning of the week clicking on my WordPress stats ( Jetpack – Widget) just hoping that someone, anyone, had left a comment – that I had another view or the best of all a follow…My advice is don’t. don’t check , it gets you no-where. If you are going to check, once a day is enough I think.
Maybe being a ‘newbie’ is not such a bad thing…
Maybe being a ‘newbie’ has positives… maybe being a ‘newbie’ lets you naïvely start new rules, groups, start new styles of writing or being – that’s how progress is made, how change happen. If we are all the same how boring – well that’s what I think, I am probably way off course and as a ‘newbie’ and will learn, just as you will .
All I am saying is, have confidence in your own being – you have so many skills, you are an expert in so many things that you don’t even realise. Before you go on write a list of all you are an expert in – Are you a Parent, a good listener, have a positive attitude you can share with others, books, walks…see, you know more than you think. Wear your ‘Newbie’ Badge with pride – and if be any chance you are a seasoned Blogger reading this – be kind to us ‘Newbies’ we didn’t know that we were not to leave our Preview up x
Remember a lot of these Bloggers, Business owners have done it for years, of course they know more than you – but take it slow – you don’t need to know everything on day one. Enjoy the Journey not the finished product !
Jobs for this week
For writing skills
I have found two great sites for writers
www.problogger.com and www.growmedia.com – they both have great writer tool kits and Problogger even has a job board where they advertise blogging assignments.
Try Canva – lots of free templates to use for graphics – already sized for different social media platforms
If you do one thing this week, download an Editorial Calendar it helps get your posts organised a great tool
Best views this week
Build my shop and to be honest I am going to turn off my laptop and make my doggy items for two days !
Don’t forget have a fun week blogging and wear your newbie badge with pride