So, I have been blogging for a while now and I must say I love it.
I love coming here every day, it makes me happy, it fuels my creativity, it makes me feel good about the journey of my life, it gives me connection to people who like the same things as I do and bottom line it has shown me, somehow in some back-handed way, that the little things in my life are important.
Stay with me.
Please, do not vomit on your keyboard.
As part of this journey, nearly a year ago now I decided that, ultimately, I loved this blog and what it gave me in my life, but I needed to get out there with it, if for no other reason than to meet like-minded lovelies…so a year ago I was invited to a big blog event and went not knowing what to think, and not knowing a soul.
I was a little on the nervous side about what to expect but actually I have never looked back.
And so this weekend I have been at my first Problogger conference in Melbourne
This is what I have learnt about blogging today…if you have a blog or start a blog these might be of interest
1. It’s ok to be small
Just this, it is ok to be small, we all started there.
2. It’s great to be you
I’ve banged on enough about this now that you are probably well aware that I think Blog Voice and being unique is the only way to go and that being you is crucial to blogging success. In my blog course Real Girls Blogging I talk about how I think this is key to getting a blog going…it’s what people are looking for online, whatever the subject or niche.
But what I have learnt the last few months and what came about today as I chatted to other bloggers and listened to what was being said, is that it is ok to just be you, you don’t have to be a fancy schmancy all singing all dancing super star blogger to do well. You just don’t.
I sat their in the audience with people with very successful blogs…with super-hot successful bloggers making full-time money out of their blogging and most of them had come from just being them. I like that.
3. Don’t stress the small stuff.
Plugins, affiliates, adsense, comments, widgets…ahhh!
I was talking to another blogger about this in the coffee break and how how much time this can waste and how really in the long scheme of things it does not matter what comment system you are using and especially not in the early days of your blog…
Yep it’s good to get to grips with some of these things but all the bells and whistles are not crucial to the success of your blogging, trust me from someone who has spent way way to much time trying to figure out some of this stuff…don’t stress it, just get out there and create great content.
Do you waste time with the small stuff? What plugin for your comments? Whatever. Get out there and write.
4. From Little Things Big Things Grow
Light bulb moment here – we all know this one, chunking things down into manageable pieces and getting it done.
It only takes 15 minutes to get that thing that you want done on your blog done – want a slider on your blog? A few sets of 15 minutes and it will be yours. Want the clutter off your sidebar. 15 minutes will do it. Want to write
5. It’s all about the Sparkles baby.
So Darren Rowse,aka Problogger delivered an excellent Keynote speech, I am well aware that there is probably more likelihood of Darren Rowse going to the moon than there is in him visiting this blog about white stuff and beaches but I will say this, I wasn’t thinking he would inspire me, I mean hello he’s all like serious and profssional and I blog about ruffles and polka dots. Wrong. I bow down to him the Blogging King.
A lot of what he said resonated with this girl with the old cottage and the journey of this blog, but mostly I loved his ‘sparks’ (ideas that he followed through on and turned into content for his blog) and how sparks are your little feeds into success on your blog. Some of his sparks have made him a lot of money. Just saying.
Now let us, girls who like ruffles and polka dots call them Sparkles though, I feel that is a whole lot more appropriate in Beach Cottage Land…he made me think of my Sparkles…one of which was my Real Girl’s Blogging Course, I wanted to write something about blogging and my journey and I felt that there was nothing about blogging that was appropriate for someone like me – a mum with three kids and a blog – it was all about SEO and marketing and techie speak and I was like ahhhhhh, so I wrote my own.
Other Sparkles have kinda become the bones of my blog…photography, a total Sparkle moment…I picked up a camera in the early days and never looked back. Ditto food photography & styling…messing around with food made me sparkle, styling it even more so and then photographing it, hello! From that Sparkle, Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipes was born…with a little help on the name from Mr BC.
I have more sparkles on the way, lovelies, sparkles be my blogging thing.
What are your Sparkles? What gives you energy? What makes you tick?
Because bet your bottom dollar if they make you tick they will tickle someone else’s fancy too.
And lastly, point 6 and before we get back on this blog to what we know and love, ahem, old furniture and curry I would like also to say that in the last few months there has been some crapola around on blogging…some trolls, talk of bullying rah rah rah, but for me I would like to quote my friend Mrs W whose widget I put up recently to raise money for charity (THANK YOU to all of those who went over and donated to that, I love you BC girls)
‘So to me, Social Media is personal. It is not about bullying and trolls and all that sh*t. It is an avenue for ordinary people like you and me to have a say and a voice. And how good is that.’
Whatever your voice is about, it’s yours and it’s good out here people
And that my friends is my take on Problogging Beach Cottage style.
See you next time
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