Blogging is complicated.
Let’s make it easier.
Thanks for joining me here on Maple Street to learn a variety of simple tips and mindsets to simplify your blogging journey.
If you find yourself in this beginning phase of blogging, trying to decide whether it’s a good fit for you, here are a few questions to ask yourself to gauge your level of desire for calling yourself a blogger.
To blog or not to blog? If you’ve answered that question in the affirmative, there are more decisions waiting as you take each new step forward on your new venture. Domain name? Web host? Niche? And when you get answers to those, there’s more to come. How do you ever know what to do next?
I can’t remember what clicked in my brain to say, “I want to start a blog.” If you’ve started a blog maybe you know exactly when, where and how you decided to blog.
Or maybe not.
When you’re blogging, do you ever feel like you’re starting from behind so far behind that you’ll never even be in the race? Do you think the people “in front” of you have an unfair advantage? Do you see social media posts and fear everyone else has a head start on getting their business moving and making progress toward their goals?
I currently live in “Blogostan.” Six months ago, I didn’t know such a place existed, let alone how many inhabitants it has. But now? Now I eat, sleep and breathe in it and have, after six months, finally begun to feel at home here.
Blogging is a long slog up a steep hill with unknown weather awaiting and guide signs written in a language you don’t understand. Each time you climb around a bend, you think you’ll be seeing the top around the curve. And each time, you’re met with another curve and more hill.
Yes, it takes longer to write 1,000 words than 500 and you have to determine the purpose of each post and whether quality beats quantity. But data says it does, so let’s come up with a plan to bring longer posts within your reach.
How many pieces of advice have you come across in your blogging learning curve and thought, “I know I keep hearing everyone say the same thing, but I think I could make it work the way I want.” We all do that, but in the blogging arena, we risk making costly mistakes, in both time and money.
Is there such a thing as a perfect website? As I’m still learning about blogging, I check out plenty of blogs. Some of them blow me away and intimidate me with their perfect images and clever words.
Whether you’re working on your blog alongside your full time job or squeezing it in while taking care of your family or even if it’s your full time gig, one thing we all have in common is never feeling like we have enough time to get everything done.
Have you ever been waiting for your car to get an oil change and the TV in the waiting area is blaring distracting game shows. This might have happened to me just this afternoon and actually inspired this post. I found myself on my phone on Pinterest and tried to figure out what I could use my time most efficiently.