When I contemplated starting this blogging gig, I did what any anal-retentive person with perfectionist tendencies would do; I researched and researched and researched the heck out of it. I spent time reading blogs. Lots of blogs. I reactivated my Twitter account and I lurked. Yes, I was “that” person. I read articles by some of you stars of the blogosphere about what it was, how to do it, when to write, how often to write, where it could lead, sponsored posts, money, stats, spam, trolls. Then there’s self-hosted or not, there’s ads or not, there’s your niche, your brand, how to get readers, commenting, Facebook pages, Twitter, photos, copyright, coding, techie stuff, now Google+, and so on and so forth.
The more I read, the more my mind swirled. What *was* I getting into? How could I make my blog inviting, interesting, funny, entertaining, professional, attractive, ie: basically “perfect”, from day dot? This endless search for perfection was really an ignoble form of procrastination which, in my experience, would only ever birth regret.
The two main reasons I wanted to try my hand at blogging were to write as a creative outlet and to find my sliver of real estate in this fascinating community of mummy bloggers. Suddenly I was, and totally unexpectedly, learning that it seemed to involve so much more, and I wasn’t sure I was ever going to be “ready” to launch.
“BLOGGING”. Take out the “L”, shift it down 4 letters and you’ve got “BOGGLING”. That’s kind of how I started to feel. Then I realised, as I’ve had to learn a lot in my life, that I have to drop the analysis paralysis and just dive in, or, as Nike stated it so succinctly, “Just do it!” I went back to basics, to the core reason why I wanted to do this, and just started.
And as I have, I’ve been able to work towards my two key goals, bit by bit.
I’ve started writing, started creating, and know it can only evolve. Will it ever be news-worthy or become a book? Will I gain tens of, hundreds of, or even thousands of followers? I don’t know, but that’s okay with me.
I’ve also found a tiny share in a large community of women who, despite where everyone has come from, how successful their blogs are, how small or how large their following, seem really friendly and willing to help an NKOTB – new kid on the block (ok, showing my age!)
I’m still really trying to find my feet, but I can tell that’s okay if the following articles by some very established mummy bloggers are anything to go by:
- An Imperfect Blogger by Naomi Ellis of Seven Cherubs
- People, numbers & the game of blogging by Megan Blandford of Writing Out Loud
- An Oblivious Person and a Small Blog by Zoey Martin of Good Goog
I’ve realised that what counts is giving it a go and trying. A lesson I’ve been attempting to teach my toddler. And what better way to teach her than by example!
By the way, if you’re new to blogging too and want to learn more about the ABCs of getting a successful blog, there are some great articles on the Mummy Bloggers Blog. You can then spring off into the blogs of some of those article writers to find out more.
As a blogger did you find it easy to start or did you have to weigh it all up carefully before diving into the unknown? I’d love to hear your experiences.