While I don’t consider myself a blogging expert by any means, I am no longer a blogging newbie.
After having some interactions with newer bloggers on the block, I realized a few things about my own blogging habits that I wanted to change or be more aware of for their sake.
1. Make more time for blog reading
If I told you how many times this very phrase makes it to my weekly to do list, whether real or mental, it would be 100% of the time. As much as I can work on my own blog, I feel I owe it to the smaller blogs below me trying to gain community and blogger friends to read the stuff they’re writing.
This is my main goal this year for blogging. Anyone have any tips on how you make blog reading a better habit?
2. Read new blogs
I am a huge creature of habit. I have my “daily reads” URL’s memorized and type them in with ease. (Yeah, I don’t use Blog Lovin and maybe I should, but I’m just kind of old school.) It takes a really long time for me to incorporate new blogs into my daily reading. Not sure why, but I need to be better about broadening my horizons for sure!
Also, since getting pregnant, I’ve realized my serious need to connect with other mom bloggers. I wasn’t really reading many mom-focused blogs before because, well, I wasn’t about to become a mom like I am now. I really need more mom blogger friends, especially once baby is here!
3. Check my freaking email
I admit that on my contact page, I list my email and say contact me for anything you might need. What I don’t list is that email is probably the single worst way to get my attention these days.
After working on email all day 5 days a week, checking my personal email is the last thing I want to do. Add blog email into that? Yeah, sometimes I’ve gone a month without properly checking it. Oops.
I’ve been a lot better about this lately, but man, I have really dropped the ball with this one on some people, and it makes me feel horrible!
4. Match my social media following with my blog following
Too often, I am finding holes in my community. There’s a blogger I love that I follow on Instagram and we talk there all the time, but neither of us read each other’s blogs very often. While social media is a big area to tackle, I want things like this to change. Her blog should be on my radar, not just on my Instagram.
Because I’m a more experienced blogger, I feel I owe it to the community I’m a part of to really be engaged in that community fully, and not just half-way there.
5. Share more practical advice
Whether that be about balancing blog life or how I have attained success with a certain part of blogging, I always want to be pouring out what the blog community has poured into me. While I am typically sharing blog tips pretty often, I have a lot of ideas that are left unwritten that keep tugging at my heart. I know these ideas could help someone else in their journey and I feel like it’s my duty to share this information.
Some of my more helpful posts about blogging have been:
- How to Start a Blog
- 20 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Blogging
- Managing Your Blog with a Full-Time Job
- How to Connect with Other Bloggers
6. Always stay humble & make time for ALL bloggers
I don’t think I have an issue with pride and my blog or skills, but sometimes I do find myself dismissing newer or unfamiliar bloggers because they are not in the same boat as me. But we are all in the same boat, no matter what stage of life we are in.
I always want to remain an open ear or source of help for a newer blogger if they need it. I know I was ridiculously lost at first too, and some of the people who actually took the time to invest in me when I first started were angels. I want to be someone else’s angel too.
I don’t think I’m a perfect example or an “ideal” blogger. But I do want to try to be the best example I can be for those who are following me.
With that being said, here are some bloggers I want to give a shout out to and just say thanks for reading my blog & I wish you some extra encouragement today, should you need it.
- Alison @ Anchor in the Stratosphere
- Emilie @ Essentially Em
- Emily @ Love a Latte
- Ashley @ Chronicles of a Cold Texan
- Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
And if you haven’t checked them out, you definitely should! Happy Tuesday, friends 🙂
Questions for You:
- What would you add to this list?
- If you are a newer blogger, what do you wish more experienced bloggers would do or not do?