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Monday, February 25, 2013

10 {HELPFUL} Things I Have Learned Since I Start Blogging

Is it just me, or does it seem like GFC is merely an ego boost?
Personally I rarely actually use GFC to browse new posts. Yet it seems like we all rate
ourselves by the number of GFC followers we have. Don't do that. Don't let GFC numbers
determine how you rate your own blog. There are SO many other ways people read.

 If you are a new blogger and aren't aware of this. You want exposure?
You want to connect and make friends. You need to have twitter and instagram. Most group
conversations and communication in general seems to happen on twitter. And instagram is a
constant way to not let people forget about you.

Now naturally this is my own personal opinion, but giveaways involving more than 
six or seven people are obnoxious. I'm talking about being involved in one  (and entering them too, I guess.) I've been involved in giveaways where there were 50+ prizes and I think I got one fb like...maybe. And giveaways where there are 4-5 people and have gotten like 50 followers. 

Well, here is the thing. I like to be supportive, but I don't have a lot of extra money lying around to pay for ad space. So really it's all about what you want. Are you wanting more readers and exposure? Or just to be a good bloggy friend? I've done both. But as far as wanting more readers, again I go for people that don't have an insane amount of sponsorship "spaces" available on their blog. If I'm one of six in a group giveaway or feature I'm a lot more likely to get exposure as opposed to
 if I am one of thirty.

Not everyone. But we just have to deal with it. Either because they realized they are not really into what you do on your blog. Or because they simply they just wanted the free stuff. Personally I always get deleted whenever I write about God. It's inevitable. As soon as I post something, as I hit publish I tell myself "Here it comes." Sigh. Any person that followed me because they like me or they find me inspiring always stick around no matter what. But people the follow due to a giveaway or blog hop aren't always going to stay.

I've been in tears over blogging. I've threatened to quit completely. I've taken six week long breaks because I get too overwhelmed with trying to please people. Having sponsorship on your blog is great for extra money if you need it, and I know some people live off it. I just can't do it. I'm way too emotional. I really am. And I want to be able to quit blogging for a whole month if I feel like it. And I do...a lot. But if I have sponsors, I feel obligated to be supportive. Haha that sound's horrible. I love to be supportive, because I want to be, not because I have to be. I recently took my sponsor spaces down and am trying to work that all out as to what I can and can't handle. 
Hopefully I will figure it out soon.

Again, this is a matter of opinion. But there is no way on this planet you will ever find me trying to do DIY posts or Recipe posts  just because...My blog is mainly inspirational writing, throw in a little humor and a tad bit of fashion and photography intermixed. I've tried the "being who I am not thing" to get more people to like me. It's so pathetic. I'm so pathetic. I'm done with that. Do it because YOU love to do it. Not because other people will love you if you do. Not to say you can't venture out for fun, but my personal experience is I'm a lot happier doing what I love and loving what I do.

The business of blogging is very time consuming. But blogging in itself its fun if you are passionate about it. For whatever reason you are. There are days where I can spend hours on the computer editing photos and writing and love every moment of it because it's my creative outlet. And that is just one post. But again, that moment you feel like you HAVE to do something because someone else is expecting it...or you WERE PLANNING on linking up, or you comitted to co-host something before you had that minor nervous breakdown, then it becomes a burden.
You are in control of what your blog is. If you don't want pressure. Let it go. And just do what
you started out doing...blogging. I've really trying to watch myself, what I commit to lately.
Mainly because I am so emotional and I know it. If I commit to something, be it a guest
post or a giveaway or co-host spot, etc...what if that week I have a bad week? Haha
Yes, I plan that way. At least now I try to. I am a cross between wanting to support 
everyone and their mother and wanting nothing to do with anything. That's a weird place to be in,
but at least I know myself well enough to know I am like that and work around it.

If you have a blog facebook page that people can "like," You get WAY more views on your fb posts if you write up your description "as a status" and then post the actual link inthe comment section. I'm not sure how Facebook works exactly, but I know they want you to pay to promote your advertising. I'm guessing if it "looks" just like a status then it's not advertising and more people see it.

Unless blogging really IS your source of livelihood, i.e. it puts food on the table, textbooks in your backpack, tires on the car...then don't let it consume your life and thoughts. Sure when something crosses my mind or I am at an event that might be blog worthy, I make a mental note of it, capture a few pictures. But don't let go of that moment because you are too busy thinking about getting the perfect photo for your blog or how you are going to write about it. You will miss experiencing a lot of your life's precious moments while you are blogging about them. Life first. Family first. God first. 
Your blog is your journal about those things, not to take the place of those things. 
Sounds silly. But I've been there.

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