If you have started a blog, you understand the amount of time and work that goes into it. People who have never started a blog, tend to have the misunderstanding that we just sit at our computer a type up a post now and then and go about our day of drinking Starbucks and getting manicures.
Holy Crap, they could NOT more wrong??!!
Creating content, creating graphics, marketing, sending out emails, attracting the right audience, etc. The list goes on and on. I am limited on what time I can spend on my blog, but if I didn’t, who knows how many hours I would be sitting at my computer working on my neverending to-do list.
Every time I have a few minutes, I am filling my Buffer queue or filling my Boardbooster boards.
I actually find myself doing this at stop lights….shhh…..don’t tell anyone.
It’s is exhausting as hell, but at the same time, I am proud of what I’ve done for my blog.
To be honest, I had been talking about starting a blog about a six months before I put it into fruition. My husband was SUPER supportive and kept asking me when I was going to take the leap and start it. My apprehension was that I had soo many ideas of what I wanted to blog about. Seriously, it was ridiculous…..
My blog Little Miss List Maker had been redone three times in its first few months, and now I love it. I was okay with it when I first started, then I got a pro to help me redesign the site, and I began to feel really good about it. But it wasn’t until I took it back into my own hands again and narrowed down my niche that I absolutely fell in love with it. Sure, there are things I want to tweak here and there, but I think that will always be the case.
There is always room for improvement.
On that note, I wanted to tell you that you work hard and I appreciate the work you do. I try and visit as many blogs as I can in Facebook Groups and on Pinterest, and I can see everyone putting their heart, soul, sweat and tears into their work. I know how hard you must work because I know how hard it is for me.
For all of you who are always pushing yourself too much, beating yourself up over every little slight, and ready to give up, take a minute….. Look at what you’ve accomplished and remember how many people out there who haven’t taken the risk to join this crazy world of blogging. You are amazing and what you’ve done is AMAZING.
Let that sink in….
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Celebrate your Accomplishments
Celebrate…no matter how big or how small. Every new viewer, each post in a Facebook group, new Twitter follower…. it all counts. Take a second everytime you get discouraged to look at what you’ve already done and what you may have gained since you last looked at your stats or blog and give yourself a high-five. You’ve worked hard, and it is showing. Don’t forget that.
Set goals for yourself and make a mental note of when you make progress towards reaching your set goal. If you feel good about yourself and are proud of the work you do, it will show in your writing, graphics, and your interactions with other bloggers.
Help Someone in the Blogging Community
Facebook groups are excellent. You may have seen me boast about them in once or twice in some of my blog posts. I can’t help it; it is an amazing community of people I can look up to and ask for guidance.
Every day you need to go through your feed and read the questions that are posed by other bloggers. Answer someone’s question. Give some advice, as long as it is good, solid advice. Don’t answer a question about WordPress if you have no idea what you are talking about. That doesn’t help anyone.
However, on any given day, I can guarantee there is someone asking for an opinion on which picture looks better or which font works best. Give your two cents. It helps the person asking, and you know that you are contributing, not just fishing for page views. And that can feel pretty damn good.
When I first joined these groups, I would just post my promos, do my reciprocations and skedaddle. Now, I read what other bloggers are posting in these groups outside of the promo posts, and sometimes I post a question myself. To get the feedback that I do, makes me feel like people are listening to me and want to help. It feels great.
Be one of those that wants to help others.
Do Something for Yourself every day.
Hold up….I know we are all busy. I have taken on way too much myself, but there are still things I do every day that I do for myself. It doesn’t have to be a huge pampering thing, an expensive thing or even a try to find a babysitter type of deal.
Just something that makes you feel good about yourself. For me, it’s a glass of wine and one of my shows on the DVR. Tonight, it was This is Us. Love that show. Last night, it was taking an extra long shower so I could try my new conditioning hair mask.
Trust me, when you can take a second to only be in the moment with yourself, it can go a long way for your sanity. Completely clear your mind, or think about only the good things that you’ve experienced that day.
You’ve already spent too much of your time thinking about your to-do lists, remembering what you forgot to do, and adding to your list for tomorrow. 30 minutes of nothing won’t kill you, in fact it may actually inspire you.
Cater your blog to fit you
When you started your blog, you probably had this vision of what you wanted it to look like. Then when you started your site, you may not have had the knowledge or patience to make your site look how you wanted it. So, you settled. Well, don’t. There are so many ways to get guidance on this. You want your site to reflect your personality, so you feel comfortable on it. When you feel more comfortable on your site, you’ll want to post more and market it more.
There are so many ways to get help with this. I settled when I first started, then I sought guidance on Fiverr and found a pro for a good price to help me completely redesign it. From there, I’ve found so much on Pinterest and on Facebook that has helped me the rest of the way.
Trust me, when you love the look of your site, you will want others to see it and will love reading their encouraging comments. Also, learn to ask for help. On Facebook, you’d be surprised at how many time I saw “I hate to ask….” or “I feel stupid for asking….” or my personal fav “Total newbie question, but….” And once I read the question, I was like “Oh yeah, I was wondering that myself.” Post your questions because you never know how many you’re helping just by asking, not to mention how much advice you can get in return.
Get off of your blog, Facebook, and Pinterest. When you are constantly online, you will nitpick your site, or you will continue to find those who are more successful boasting about making six figures from their blog. Those posts are great for inspiration, but when it is constantly in your face, it can become discouraging. That is not helpful, nor productive. So you need just to get offline. If you get blog post ideas when you are offline, physically write them down.
Step back, walk away, or sit down with a pen and paper. It is also good for your eyes and mental capacity to not be constantly sitting in front of a screen. This is an excellent time just to brainstorm.
By getting offline, you can have one less distraction so you can focus. Write down some goals, recap your day and everything you’ve done. When you can take a minute offline, you may be able to see that you’ve done a lot more than you thought. This will help you to appreciate what you have done and give yourself a break.
We all need a little encouragement and appreciation sometimes. However, when you can appreciate what you’ve done and can see how far you’ve come, you will strive to do more.