These are the stages everyone seems to go through to become a blogger, a sort of right of passage into blogging as it were!
- Read a blog post, decide you could do that.
- Set up a free site. Write a post. Sit back and wait.
- Check stats, wonder why no one has read your wonderful words, it’s been out there for a whole day!
- Set up all relevant social media sites.
- Ask in a facebook blogger group for advice. Post will read something like this; ‘Hi everyone, I have been blogging for a week now and no one has read my post! Any ideas to get more readers?’ Hopefully it will be a nice group and so others will think back to their own days starting out and comment with helpful advice like, ‘keep writing to find your style’ and; ‘it really does take months, even years to be well read.’ Even if they are slightly rolling their eyes remembering the months and months of working every spare minute and evenings til 11pm to get where they are today!
- Learn what the heck twitter is. And keep an excited tally of every new follower.
- Consider setting up an auto DM to thank every lovely person who follows you.
- Swiftly realise auto DMs are not popular!
- Post photos on instagram with no tags, or tags you have made up yourself #colddaytoday #lovechunkyknits
- Write, write, write.
- Get nominated for an award! Be completely over excited and write a gushing post about how happy and excited you are. Then realise that it is actually just a very nice way to connect with other bloggers but there are hundreds of them going around and it’s not actually something to ring home about. 😉
- Receive first email asking to collaborate. Be completely unaware that it is an unscrupulous company praying on new bloggers simply hunting for back links. Either be totally flattered and go for it, (no judgement here!), or trust your gut instinct that the poor spelling, bad grammar and lack of compensation for you is a bad idea!
- Wonder how you had no idea that there was this complete other world out there with it’s own language!
- Realise you need to up your instagram game, and sharpish!
- Discover linkies. Join many many linkys. Know when they are and feel guilty if you miss one.
- Be utterly terrified of the idea of going self hosted. What is it?! Sounds awful. Remember tales of bloggers losing entire sites.
- Finally take the plunge. Wonder what all the fuss was about!
- Anxiously watch DA to see if it will ever recover. Also get slightly excited when you read the phrase; ‘tots has updated!’
- Start your own linky.
- Realise that you have actually made some really amazing friends in the blogging world, and start to really enjoy it.
- Fall totally out of love with it, curse it and it’s neediness.
- Have an idea for a great post, love it again!
- Repeat 20 and 21 on a near weekly basis. 😀
- Take a gazillion photos of yourself when you are dressed up for a wedding or any event where you are dressed up. This is so you have a stock of photos for future use as you do most of your blogging in your pjs with un-brushed hair and no make up!
- Use stock photos for posts like this. That’s because no one needs to see the avalanche of bits that threaten to engulf your laptop on your desk. (Just me?!)
- See someone write their no 5 post. Remember when you did it and cringe a little at you naivety, then write supportive response.
- Be proud of yourself that you have created something wonderful for yourself.
And there you have it! Whether you are at point 1 or point 28, (become a stellar famous blogger, that’s my next step! 😉 ), just remember that it’s hard work, a good group of blogging buddies to bounce ideas and questions off and plenty of chat on social media that can help you to grow your blog.
Also, never forget that we all start somewhere and it’s nice to give something back, be it a friendly comment to a new blogger or sharing a tip that you learnt that has made your life as a blogger easier. It’s nice to be nice!