Newbie blogger on the block: just hangin tough!

I almost fell for it. I almost let it get to me. I almost got caught up in it…you all know what I’m talking about…the craziness that is the blogosphere!  Hi, I’m Natalie, and I’m a newbie blogger.

I started this blog journey mid summer, a dream project I had been eager to launch since 2010. I knew it would be tough, I knew it would be challenging and time-consuming but I also knew that blogging was something I wanted to do and I knew why I wanted to do it.

Niche? I don’t really have one, yet.   Am I a “mom blogger” (such a popular and maybe overused term) or am I just a blogger who happens to be a mom?  I believe I’m the latter and I think there’s a difference, don’t you?  Perhaps I’m a lifestyle blogger? Sure, that works!  At the end of the day, I’m just me.
Content?  Well that really isn’t an issue, anyone who knows me, knows I have a lot to say all the time hahahaha

So why am I writing this post now?  Well, I’ve experienced a few challenges I’d like to share and just maybe someone else is feeling the same way.  Maybe there are other newbies out there who have other  solutions they’d like to share.  Talk amongst yourselves…in the comments (wink, wink).

Newbie Blogger Challenges

  1. TIME –   This one is the absolute biggest challenge for me personally.  I’m a new mom (again) and in my head at the time I thought to myself, well, I’m on maternity leave so I’ll have the time, babies aren’t as difficult as I remember. Ha! My son is  almost 7 months old and SO active, my daughters (tween and teen) are so busy with school and extracurricular activities, and oh yea I have a significant other who works hard all day and has his own activities! We still have to eat and enjoy family time. Oh and let’s not forget my extended family and friends too.  I would say at times I’m spread quite thin!  I need:
    • Time to write
    • Time to edit
    • Time to optimize
    • Time to read/research
    • Time to comment
    • Time to network
    • Time to update and maintain blog design
  2. Naive expectations of the blogosphere –  it can be like high school all over again!   There are the popular bloggers, the niche cliques who u may or may not belong to, bloggers who ignore you and don’t reciprocate when you comment or tweet them,  the shady spammers who always have a new way to get rich quick and the list could go on!quote for newbie blogger

Newbie Blogger Solutions

  1. Didn’t publish that post today/this week? It’s ok! The world will not end – you have a life!  However, re-visit why you started blogging in the first place, if you are looking for brand connections and sponsorship,  posting once a month or less probably wont cut it.  Pot calling kettle?  I’m workin on it and getting better!!! haha
  2. Plan posts! Use an organizer or your smartphone and software like Evernote.  Thanks to Evernote and my iPhone, I am able to capture the many thoughts in my head during that 3am breastfeed or when I’m waiting to pick my daughter up from piano class. Almost all of my posts begin in Evernote on my iPhone.  Evernote syncs to my iphone, tablet, and laptop (now all they need to do is get a current plugin for WordPress)!  The tools available online to maximize the potential of a blog are endless – use the ones that are simple for you to use.
    Organizers for newbie blogger

    Thank you Dollarama! I keep the small purple on in my purse. The large green one is for planning posts etc.

  3. Content – it’s truly everywhere – don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s usually right under your nose and you’re more than likely experiencing it every day.  If you’ve exhausted that route, use a site like Plinky to give you random questions, prompts or challenges, then blog about it!
  4. Connect with your blogging community – other bloggers who can help keep you accountable if that’s what u want, or just to check on ya once in a while like my new blogging buddy Nenette.
  5. Schedule!  Take the time you need to work on your blog.  Have a discussion with your family and get that 1 or 2 hours a day just for you and your blog.  Use your time wisely!
  6. Chillax!  Have fun with it!  Don’t let your blogging become a job you don’t want to go to!  Don’t become disenchanted or get caught up in the stats and who’s paying attention to you or not –  Tailor your actions around those initial goals of why you became a blogger extraordinaire.

My hour’s almost up, and I have a ton of other posts to edit and schedule  haha  Regardless of the challenges I’ve experienced, I still love this blogging journey I’m on, it’s what makes it so awesome!

Are you a newbie blogger like me?   Do you have a few solutions worth sharing?  Maybe you’re an established blogger and have some wisdom to impart on us newbies?  Comment away!

 

8 Comments

  1. HelloMoe
    November 28, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Found you via the BLM Group. I love the tips and I'm definitely going to to using them ( especially plinky). I've been blogging for almost 13 years, but it wasn't until the last year (after a long hiatus) that I decided to take it to the next level and actually network and build my following.

    • November 28, 2012 / 6:46 pm

      Wow 13 years! Congrats and thanks for your kind words! I look forward to reading your blog 🙂

  2. Trashy Blog
    November 26, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    I'm not new to blogging, but my blog is new as I decided to start over in order to go anonymous. I love what you said about blogging–a blogger must plan what he/she is going to say so that quality posts can be put out there. I'd love for you to hop on over to my blog. It is a humor blog updated every Friday. I can promise you'll get a laugh out of it. Thanks for the great tips! http://www.trashyblog.com

    • November 28, 2012 / 6:50 pm

      Omg I just read a couple of your posts bwahahaha awesome and super funny! Thanks for sharing! I've added you to my google reader 😉 so I'm curious, what prompted you to start over as anonymous?

  3. Angela
    November 22, 2012 / 7:39 am

    This is awesome!! As a newbie blogger, you discussed a lot of the things I battle since started – and occasionally stopping along the way – blogging. From the time issues to trying to "fit in", I've contemplated the purpose and reason for blogging. Thank you for your list of solutions and the advice on using Plinky !

    Thanks to BLMGirls for connecting me to a circle of wonderful women who share!!

    ~Angela http://lifeshiftingseasons.wordpress.com

    • November 22, 2012 / 9:45 am

      I'm so glad I'm not the only one feeling the same way! Thankful for BLMGirls for creating a community for folks like us to connect 🙂 ill be sure to add you to my blog roll!

  4. Karen Curtis
    November 22, 2012 / 1:46 am

    This is so great! Welcome to blogging! I am pretty much where you are so this post is very helpful. I am slowly finding my "voice" in this blogging world. Come on over and check me out! #BLMGIrl

    -Karen http://www.yourstylistkaren.com

    • November 22, 2012 / 9:43 am

      So glad you liked it! I visited and commented on your latest post – great blog!

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