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When you are starting something new, this could be anything; but I’m talking about blogging, you will hear at least a million pieces of advice about your new thing. Some of it will be great, some will be good, and let’s face it: some will be TERRIBLE! Today, I’m going to go through some of the worst pieces of advice I’ve gotten about blogging and tell you why you don’t need to worry about it.
Don’t Even blogging Start Until You know What You are blogging about
This is terrible because while it’s important to know what you are writing about, it’s almost impossible to nail down just one thing. Most people are into a lot of different things, and it’s more likely you won’t write anything at all than narrow down to the one thing.
Yes it’s important to have a niche, I just don’t think you need to have it all figured out to get started.
Instead, write what you LOVE! Your audience will tell you what they want more of if you ask them.
Your Site Needs to Be Perfect First to start blogging
This isn’t great advice at all. Mostly because you really need to concentrate on creating content and getting that content published before making your site super pretty is important.
Start with a free theme. Pay attention to other bloggers and notice what themes they are using, and start a list. Keep it clean. More white space is easier to read, and that will help keep your readers coming back.
Also, make sure you have a way for your readers to subscribe. I love this one! That’s just as important as creating content. And once you have 1 subscriber, make sure you keep in touch with them every week, or whatever schedule you decide on. Not staying in contact with your subscribers is worse than not publishing posts.
Publish Something Everyday to your blog
I’ve heard this over and over, and I’m here to tell you that this is just crazy! Not only will that stress you out beyond belief, it will probably just make you chuck this while blog thing in the trash.
Instead, I would say choose a schedule that works best for you. I’ll take me as an example. I work a full time job, that is VERY demanding from November 1 to March 30th. At the end of the day, I’m happy if I can remember my own name, much less create something amazing. This doesn’t mean that I can ignore my blog during this time, it just means that I have to do it a little bit differently.
Your own schedule is probably a lot like mine. Are you a stay at home momma? Trust me when I say, your schedule is WAY harder than anything I can ever imagine. Plus, it’s way more important than I could ever make mine to be. Raising good humans is the hardest.thing.everrrrr! But don’t give up on your dream to help the world. Just figure out how to make it work for you.
I have a publish schedule of once a week (Tuesday 11am CST in case you are wondering 🙂 ). This is the post that I’ve spent an entire week perfecting to make sure it checks off all the boxes on my publishing checklist.
That’s my best advice for this: pick a schedule and stick to it. Consistency matters.
Run your Own Race with your blog
This is a weird one. It’s both AWESOME advice and also TERRIBLE.
The awesome part: it’s important to do your thing. You are the captain of your ship. It’s also completely and entirely up to you to create your dream. No one is gonna do it for you. That’s the truth.
The terrible part is this. You don’t have to do it alone. The truth is that the blogging community is an amazing group of people who can help you figure out what it is you can’t wrap your head around. They will be the ones who help keep you going when you don’t think you have it in you.
Find your blogging tribe. Find them and love them hard. This is a part of the blog life that I never knew existed, and if I had, I know for a fact I would be much farther along than I am now. This community has taught me it’s ok to not be perfect, but to not do anything is not ok. I’ve learned more from this community in 2 weeks, than I have in 9 years of trying to figure it out myself. Don’t be like me when it comes to thinking you can do it all with no help. That’s just silly.
What’s some advice that you’ve received that has either resonated in your heart, or you’ve thrown out like last weeks leftovers. Let me know in the comments!