My Experience As a New Blogger

I’m fairly new to blogging. I used to have a personal blog back in the day which was more of a diary and I didn’t promote it on social media. So this is something I’m new to because I do try to promote my blog now. My blog now, I’ve only had for a few weeks. Before that, I worked on a different blog but the same topics. Maybe I’m not so new at it but I feel like I am. I’ve been sat here for a couple of days now wondering what to write about and sometimes I just wonder why I’m actually doing it. I LOVE blogging, but I can’t seem to figure out what I want to write about lately. Where should my blog go? Do I try to stick to certain topics? What do people find interesting? I love makeup but everyone seems to write about makeup! When I think I’ve got a good post idea, I then second guess myself and delete it. But reading other people’s blogs this week and grabbing inspiration, it made me remember why I blog and why I enjoy it.

As I said, I used to have a personal blog. It was mainly based around my children and family life, my pregnancy at the time and my health and fitness goals. I was more open back then and I enjoyed it more because I didn’t have to sit worrying about who’s reading it and would it make good content. I just wrote because I enjoyed it. I’d like to see that more often and maybe I should start doing that more. There are niche blogs everywhere (Mine is mostly niche stuff) and I love them, but I really enjoy reading about people’s personal lives, people’s goals, people’s ambitions and their ups and their downs. As humans we are quite nosey aren’t we? We love looking into other people’s lives and seeing what they are up to. I’m not a very open person anymore though but over the next few months, I hope to change that.

What I love about blogging is…  It’s our way to speak to the world. To invite them into our lives and see what we are all about. It’s a way to voice our opinions and really just have our say! It’s a way to motivate other people, to motivate ourselves. It’s our creative outlet. It’s a way to open up, to be vunerable and maybe hope that other people can relate to us. It’s a way to spread positivity! There are no rules to blogging. It’s your blank canvas which turns into your work of art. You have the power to write about what you want and there should be no restrictions.

I recently started my own social media accounts for my blog. I first set up Twitter and I use it for both personal and blogging and I also have Instagram. Instagram isn’t as fun to me because a lot of people do the follow / unfollow game, which I have no time for and I guess you could say I’ve got pretty lazy with updating it lately plus all the hashtags exhaust me, but I love being on Twitter and engaging with other bloggers. I love when a blog train is flying around my timeline. People post the link to their blogs so other bloggers can visit their posts, like, comment and follow which is basically giving each other support. I think it’s a really good way to get your work out there and also make some new friends. Other people’s blogs inspire me. That does not mean I copy ideas, but seeing other people write good content motivates me to do the same. The thought of engaging with complete strangers online as a new blogger intimidated me a little bit at first. I thought I’d be ignored or snubbed but it turns out when you give other people some support, they’ll support you too. I love Twitter!

My blog goals.

My first goal over the next few months is to really apply myself to my blog and write about anything and everything in my life whether it’s personal stuff, cosmetics, horses, kids, running… anything! My goal is to open up to the world and allow people to see a side to me they haven’t yet seen. What I really like about blogging too is how people reach out to each other with certain topics. For example: Mental health. Just reading someone’s thoughts and advice on a certain topic could make a huge difference. So I’d like to do that! I feel like I have a lot to say.

Another one of my goals (which I haven’t fully committed to but I have applied) is to go to Cosmetology school to become a hair dresser and makeup artist. How does this affect my blog goals? Well, my aim is to eventually run a successful Beauty blog linked with the work I’ll do. Something I will both enjoy and make money from. When I say I haven’t committed. My fear kicked in. My “Do I really want to do that, let’s find excuses” fear! I’m a stay at home mum and the thought of leaving my 6 month old knocks me sick but I’m sure I can do it. Maybe??? Arghhh!

My final goal for my blog is to make sure 100% of my blog pictures are mine. Original. Like a good blogger should be doing. In order to do this, I’ve decided to save up for a better camera and become a self-taught photographer, although I’m pretty good behind a camera anyway.

I’m excited for the future. I really do love blogging and am going to continue to. Thank you for everyone who likes, comments and follows my blog. Please continue to and I will return the love 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, my names Laura. Mum of 3, Aspiring Photographer, Blogger, Equestrian, Runner and Makeup Enthusiast. I'm here to write about my life and what I love. Enjoy!

17 thoughts on “My Experience As a New Blogger

  1. Hey Laura, I love this. I really think you should blog about the only thing you can – your truth. What do you love and what do you believe in. They won’t all be hits but by engaging a ton on Twitter you’ll build up an audience who love you just for being you. Check out the WordPress app, it’s a great way to engage with other bloggers

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      1. Use the reader section to find other blogs that interest you. It’s a great way to interact and find great content (as I’m doing now 😂). Pinterest is usually #1 traffic driver for blogs too, have you checked that out?

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      2. I’m not a huge Pinterest person because mainly I don’t understand it just like I don’t understand Bloglovin but I will get to learn about them and use them if it’s going to drive traffic! Ohhhh yes I used the reader section last night a little and found some terrific blogs. How long have you been blogging?

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      3. Pinterest is weird. Once you start realising it’s a search engine, not a social media site it becomes much easier. Use resources from melyssagriffin.com – she’s an expert. I learned everything I know from her for free. I started in around October, once I get into something like this I can’t stop!

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  2. Hi Laura, I am also new to blogging and still finding my feet! Knowing what to write about isn’t always easy, but I think at first write about anything and everything and as time goes you’ll learn about what content you enjoyed creating, and what seemed more like a chore. That’s my plan anyway 🙂 Good luck. Anna x

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  3. Hey Laura! I love this post. I literally just started my first blog yesterday…. I tried to stay targeted but I feel the same exact way you do…. I think the problem is wanted to share so freakin much but trying to find a way to make sense of it all. I think it would be so beneficial if you posted some material for people who are looking to pursue a career in cosmetology like yourself. You could post what you’ve been learning in your classes and all of the ups and downs that go along with pursuing a new career. Best of luck! 🙂

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  4. I loved this post. Being relatively new to blogging I also really struggle with what to write and if people even care to read it (I actually just wrote a blog post on this). Its really refreshing to know I’m not alone in these feelings. Best of luck to your with your new blog, I think the most important thing we can do is stay true to ourselves.

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  5. Welcome back to blogging. You’re doing great so far! I love your choice of wording here, “It’s your blank canvas which turns into your work of art.” That is so true! I think of blogging like my own personal project, and it’s really fun.

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  6. I love that you are blogging, it’s such a great way to connect with others and share your stories, thoughts, ambitions, etc. It’s also a great way to promote any business that you might start.

    I would suggest maybe starting a FB business page, then set a small budget or maybe $15-20 a week on FB and IG advertising. You can tell FB you want to get more engagement on your blogs, and advertise your blog on FB to a specific, targeted demographic. It really depends on who you want to see your blog. Have you ever thought about maybe starting an online business where you can teach and educate others about things you are passionate about and already great at? Look into Kajabi. Anyways, all just ideas to consider. You are very talented and I think there are so many ways to maximize your time and opportunity, both of which we never get back when it’s gone. I know you’re a mom of three, so I’m sure you want to be with them as much as possible. Anyways, keep up with the great blogging.

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    1. Thank you, Derrick! I appreciate that so much. Actually, what you mentioned, I would love to do. I just haven’t yet figured out how! I know my dream is to be a successful photographer and that starting next month, I’ll be a student and I will also have a new camera. Maybe I could incorporate the two. I have made a FB page for my blog, but haven’t yet put it all together. I’m willing to share my blog with everyone.

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