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.
Hey there! Great blog post, I’m just starting out so it’s nice to know what goes into it 🙂
Good point! And I can tell you that I had the very same experience: I’ve been running my blog http://www.sabrinabarbante.com for 7 years and one day i started working as gosth blogger for a Drones blog (that I still do today) and so I had to learn everything about true blogging (niche, SEO, social, ecc…) But it was so useful for my personal travel blog that has become part of my work!
Awesome post to help people out! It’s always great to hear how other bloggers got into it, it can be sooo overwhelming. I’ve only started writing a blog in the last couple of months, and there is still SO MUCH that I don’t understand and that goes over my head, so it’s nice to know there are some friendly souls out there to help!
It’s amazing how we all go through the same process! Some of us push through and learn valuable lessons (like you have) and some just give up mid-way. It’s not as easy as most people think but I enjoy it. I like putting my thoughts and voice out there and you know what? Sometimes there’s someone listening and connecting 😉 Keep at it! You’re learning so many skills along the way that you have no idea how useful they’ll be in the future!
Great blogpost about a special theme. Sometimes I feel like I´m the only person who feels like this but reading this makes me kinda happy and sure that I´m not the only one. I have my blog now since 3 years but I still have to learn so much about it and seo and html but I will keep improving.
Nice to read from someone else how they started their blog. Great post.
You’re right, there’s a lot more involved in blogging than just writing the posts.
Honestly I am obsessed with mine now! If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about the next post in my head, or doing something on social media to promote it, or thinking about SEO.. ahh!
Best of luck with it 🙂
Well said, especially the part about authenticity attracting readers. I could never write like someone else if I have never shared their experiences or their viewpoint, so it’s so important to write from the heart and be genuine about what and who you’re writing for!
I can really relate to their post. It is always comforting to read the experiences of other bloggers. Sometimes people don’t understand the work and time that it takes to manage a blog. It’s so much more than just writing content! Thanks so much for being so willing to share your story with us. Excellent post!
Great post, tips and a good insider look at what it is really about to blog.
Interesting perspective and article. I love learning about how and why others blog. Thank you for sharing!
Great article, Brenda! I haven’t read anything similar, before so this was a very refreshing read. I agree that blogging is not just about the writing, but making that connection with readers and other bloggers on social medias as well.
Really true, I just hit the one year anniversary for my blog but have only started being consistent and having an idea of where I was going with it in the last few months, and have seen a lot of growth since then!
I liked this article. I’ve been trying hard to find my niche although the more that I write, the more natural this becomes and the less I need to struggle to write.
This is a great read! Totally give me some clarity about things. Thank you.