Blogging mentality: How did I get mine?
When I decided to become a blogger, I was not sure what was blogging all about. I decided to become a blogger because I was told by a professor that I should start to write about all my traveling experiences. I didn’t know how I should do that but I was sure that showcasing my texts would be a great idea so, why not buying a domain and start to write? That’s exactly what I did. Now there was another doubt killing me. Why isn’t people reading my texts if I promote them on Facebook? Of course, because blogging does not work like that. I began to understand it more than a year after buying my domain.
I did not understand what being part of a “niche” was, and in fact it was a benefit for reaching little milestones among the way. The less receptive people with my ideas were exactly the ones I always thought would be the most: people in my own country. I have always thought is funny how many Puerto Ricans are not really looking forward to travel a little more than they actually do. Definitely, we all know a lot of people that do not want to get out of their comfort zone, but boricuas -until now- are the least likely to understand the concept of traveling.
I had to blog about something else to understand what blogging was all about.
I had to understand what blogging was all about when I started to write for Sport blogs. Was there when I understood that it was needed to write for a specific audience, that I could not think that writing for everyone was something possible. It was the moment when I figured out that sometimes is more about quality and not quantity. That all those attempts that I tried to succeed like making bake sales and trying to fund a webmaster and a social media manager were not the best option. At the end, the blog belongs to me and if I bring other people that could not really understand my blogging voice and where did I wanted to take my blog, that would not be helpful. Yes, I had to understand that while developing sports content. For many months I had a writers block when it comes to travel.
Finally, I feel totally back in shape to keep on writing about my trips (and definitely for traveling). My best advice for all the beginner bloggers is to first, follow their inner blogging voices: authenticity attract readers. Second, I will definitely recommend to understand the basics of blogging. Blogging is not just writing, blogging is making social media campaigns, is to network, is to meet more people who are doing the same as you. Don’t try to be an outsider just to be “hipster”. Most of the people who put in practice things that are radical and new, actually understand what the norm is all about, and definitely, that is why you should know your blogging theory. Read other bloggers, join facebook groups, e-mail people who actually has been doing this for a long time. Don’t think that you will make profit right away. This is all about consistency. Having the right attitude on working will get you little milestones on your blogging career.
With that said, I think we are all able to gain our blogging mentality. No one has ever said that its easy. It can take you two months, or definitely, it can take you two years.