The brutal truth is blogging can be challenging.
Making the time.
Organizing your thoughts.
Creating original content.
Developing a place people want to click to.
To filter or not to filter. I don't like grounds in my coffee, do you?
Staying focused but also growing with your blog's own evolution.
I started blogging almost seven years ago. Seven years ago as a friend introduced me to "blogging" I had no idea what I was in for. I've published good posts, bad posts, interesting posts, and boring posts. Weekly segments have been created and retired. I was single. Then engaged. Married. And now a mother. What I was writing about seven years ago is no longer relevant. Well, except for my posts on gorgeous boots and handbags that cost more than a small Mercedes of course!
You go from your mother being your only reader to strangers reading your blog to building an online tribe. You go from thinking it's odd a girl you don't know left a comment on your blog to talking to that person every day on the phone.
You learn to ride the waves of analytics. A recent post title on The Clothspring Adventures of a WAHM said it perfectly, Blogging is a Roller Coaster! That's right. There are highs and lows and sometimes it makes you SCREAM but you absolutely love it!
You gain followers and lose followers. You follow people and unfollow people. It's the natural progression of relationships in life, offline or online. All the same. I know I have a different audience now than I did four years ago. And I'm happy about that. My audience has either grown with me or found a new blog to read. Both are okay and the beauty of blogging. It's just like watching television, if you don't like something you see switch the channel.
You find your "network" and create your "policy." I'm not a controversial blogger and over the years I've thickened my filter even more. I don't blog about the death penalty, tax cuts, or personal family matters. I write about a wide-variety of things from beauty products to made-up recipes to random thoughts on blogging. Sometimes companies send me things to review but the reviews are still my true, genuine thoughts. And just because bloggers (including myself) occasionally receive products from companies, it does not mean that everything we write about we received for free. I'm pretty sure there is not a new Louis Vuitton on it's way to my house. ha! If I find something I love I share it with everyone I know online and offline, even if it's the coffee creamer I purchased during a recent trip to the grocery store. That's me! I've been that way since I was old enough to talk.
I like opinionated people. Opinionated, NICE people. I'm opinionated for goodness sakes! You do not have to agree with me and I don't have to agree with you on every single subject. I've always and will always welcome and post comments from real people with real thought no matter what they say. I value people's opinions. We learn from one another! It's a wonderful thing. But I do not and will not publish comments that use a fake name, fake email address, and software to mask their IP addresses only to leave me a comment that is a nasty attack at me, my family and/or my friends.
I've said this before and I'm sure you'll hear it again. As a blogger, you must be prepared for the worst. The good is a bonus. Be ready to read that you are the ugliest, worst person alive. Be ready to read mean things about your children. But the rewards? They outweigh the bad! The opportunities are endless and the people you meet makes it all worth it. It's not for everyone though. I thank God every day for the confidence I have in myself. If it weren't for that this blog would have been shut down years ago.
And that's what I have to say about that.
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