I think everyone should have a blog. I really do. I started blogging about a year ago and knew absolutely nothing including where to begin.
I started to blog because I wanted to keep in touch with my friends. I continue to blog because I want to meet more people.
The other day I was thinking about blogger profiles and how we all have one whether or not we actually have a blog. We all say the same things when we introduce ourselves to one another.
For instance I usually say: "I'm a mother of three beautiful daughters and I LOVE to write."
Sometimes in the blog world I forget to fill out the little "About me" section. I've filled it I don't know how many times, but each time I fill out that "About me" section I think of something NEW I want to add; Something to peak another person's interest so they will click over to my blog.
I admit that when I first started blogging, I didn't understand it at all. Why would anyone in their right mind want to publish their feelings and writings on a blog? Not me! However, as I got used to the idea I noticed I wanted to add more and more of my writing.
Because it was fun.
Because it was me.
Because I was connecting with other women and because as a mother I needed to know that other moms struggle too.
This is what I have learned from blogging:
- Keep your posts short. There are so many blogs in the blogosphere to read. If you keep your posts short you are more likely to get a comment on your blog. (And who doesn't love feedback?)
- Connect with your readers. Listen to them when they comment. Respond back to them. Develop a relationship with them. It will help them to keep coming back for more if they know you care.
- Find your voice. When you write, realize it is you talking. Don't copy anyone else. Just talk to me like you would on the telephone. I want to learn more about YOU! That's why I am on your blog!
- If you have a blog, you have probably heard of Blogfrog and Twitter. Sign up and get on if you haven't already. These are great forums to join and connect with others.
- Just write! Make sure you update somewhat daily on your blog. If you don't post, people can't read what you have to say. I suggest updating your readers 2-3 times a week. Sometimes too much can be overwhelming.
Blogging has brought me some amazing friends and connections I would have never had if I wouldn't have started blogging.
When I blog I remember that I'm not alone and there are other moms who struggle-- just like me.
Blogging is about making connections and lifelong friendships. Who truthfully, who doesn't want more friends?
Alexes is a mother of three beautiful daughters and can be found making videos and connecting with others at One Cluttered Brain.
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