Thinking BackI want you to think back to the last time you had to write a story, a research paper, anything along those lines.
Go ahead and remember how you approached the project...Did you zoom right through it? Procrastinate, then write at warp speed?
If you had to come up with your own topic, did that step alone take forever?
And...ding, ding ding! We have a winner! That is SO me!!! 👈😕✋😕
Overthinking everything, writer's block, you name it! You will notice that it has been a little while since my last post.
The researcher in me can't just look at 1 or 2 sources for ideas to improve her blog. No, she has to check out about 4-5 books, ask people in her FB blogging groups for advice, etc.
When you look to so many places for advice, your head starts swimming! Use professional photos, write shorter posts, use numbers in your title, more this, less that... aaahhhh!!!!
It's like the blogger's equivalent of this golfer's swing! LOL
|Golfer trying to take everyone's|
advice on his swing.
It took me a little while to decide to quiet all the additional voices, and just concentrate on listening to my inner voice. I chose to start this blog in the first place to be able to write publicly, and to provide encouragement for anyone following their dreams.
I cannot provide you with encouragement, if I am being my own worst critic, correct?
So, in the spirit of what the Fledgling Endeavors blog is all about, I am providing a few blogging tips of my own!
Disclaimer: I am not a blogging expert, by any means! But, after blogging for 7 years (this blog) and keeping a 2nd family history blog active for 2 1/2 years, I have a few tips that may be just the thing you need to hear!
Diane's Blogging Tips (Follow at your own peril!)
- Be Yourself! You have a voice all your own that someone needs to hear.
- Small Steps are Fine. You write one post at a time, and can build from that. Ten years ago or so, I started following a fairly new blog called The Pioneer Woman. And, look at her now!
- Do What You Can, with What You Have. I have an older Samsung phone & take most of my photos with that, or I use the free stock photo websites. I use the free Blogger hosting site for the blog itself.
- Just Keep Posting! The internet is filled with blogs that have been abandoned less than a year old. Even if it is just short posts, just keep posting. This is what I need to work on the most. So that will be my blogging goal for the new year: to just keep posting more often!
- Check In With Your Readers! Stay true to yourself, but keep in mind what your readers would like to see more of, also. If they keep reading, they will keep following you...and bring in more followers. They started following you for a reason, so remember to listen to them!
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