My Top Five Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers
I've missed you!!!! I took a (much needed) break last week from the blog and I am feeling re-charged and soo ready to get back into writing for y'all! Today's topic is a personal one and has a little more depth to it than my normal outfit post. Although, you can definitely still shop my outfit from the links above. All pieces are similar, except for the bralette! Sorry about that!! Still some super cute pieces, nonetheless!
As some of you know, HEY JODE turned six months old in October!!! Yay! I wanted to share my thoughts as a way to celebrate this fun milestone I've reached. I definitely still consider myself a new blogger, but I HAVE learned a thing or two in these six months of blogging. Actually to be honest, I have learned about 346,739,882 things so far...but I narrowed it down to my top five, just for easy reading ;)
These five things below are more advice than anything. I have no strategies here or even step-by-step instructions in this post. I'm simply offering insight from what I've learned in the six months that I've been blogging. So... #letsgo
1. Find your tribe! This is huuuuuge. I'm talking about blogging gals who you may know through Instagram, as well as local bloggers you can connect with. Find bloggers who are friendly, positive and encouraging, who build you up and offer advice! Those are the type of people you want to find and have them act as your mentor. I went to my first blogging event this summer (just me and my two kids) and met the sweetest group of local bloggers. Margret from Style the Girl, Shelbi from Its All Chic to Me, and Dawn from Dawn P. Darnell have all been great mentors to me and they are all an inspiration to me in the blogging world. I also have several Instagram blogging friends and we message each other all the time about questions we have or how things are going. FIND YOUR TRIBLE. You'll need one. It might take a little time, but don't be shy to reach out to a blogger if you like something that they're doing or you have a question about how they are doing something. I have found most to be extremely friendly!
2. You can't do it all. But you'll want to. I want to do it all. I mean...I think we all do. I still have a huuuuuuge running to-do list of things I "need" to do with my blog. But there is just not enough time. So what do I do? I (try to) prioritize. I prioritize things based off the goals that I set. I set goals every 12 weeks and have daily action items that I do every day to help me accomplish those goals. I cannot have more than 2 goals at a time in those twelve weeks or it's just too much. So anytime I'm wondering if I should be spending time doing something, I ask myself if it will help me get to my goal at the end of my 12 weeks, and if the answer is yes, then I should be spending time on it. I find myself wanting to research a lot and read a lot of articles, and while yes...I think it's a good way to learn from others, I also just think sometimes you need to try things out to see if they work for your blog and learn that way. Just because one thing has worked for one blogger, does not necessarily mean it will work for another. Anyways...prioritize your tasks and ask yourself if your tasks will ultimately help you achieve your goals.
3. Be content with what you're posting. I heard this from Jessi Ashfin over at The Darling Detail the other night when she went live on IG and I thought it was really good advice, and something that I need to work on. This does not mean settling or being complacent with your content. This means that you've put forth your best effort, you are happy with what you've posted and you are content with it (no matter how many likes or comments it might get on IG or no matter if the company thought you weren't the right fit.) Your post should fully represent you and your brand. This means knowing you put forth your best effort. Do not fall into the comparison game. Keep the focus on YOUR blog and what YOU want to do with it and don't get too caught up in what others are doing. Be careful not to compare yourself to others, because this can be a sad and lonely place. Thanks Jessi for that great advice!
4. Decide what direction you're going with the blog. But don't be afraid to veer off the path if you need to. Think about these things. Why did you ultimately start the blog? What are your intentions with the blog? To inspire people? To make money? To offer advice? To make them laugh? WHY are you doing this? And then WHERE would you like to take this? What's your vision? One year from now? Three years from now? Ten years from now? Once you have that established, brainstorm some ideas of where you would go with it IF it didn't work out as planned. Basically I'm saying---Stay open-minded. Stay focused on what you're doing, but keep your mind open to new ideas that may pop up along the way!
5. Be consistent, but take breaks if you need it! Everyone needs a break at some point! Trust me, the blog will still be there when you're ready to come back! Blogging can be mentally exhausting and hard to "turn off" the switch because you are constantly thinking of new ideas (at least that's how I feel.) Not to mention the pressure of social media can be pretty stressful. Don't be afraid to take small breaks if you need it. I dedicate one day of the week where I don't do anything related to the blog or social media all day. It's my free day. A lot of times I feel refreshed to get back after it the next day...or the next day if I need two days off...Sometimes a week break is a great amount of time to refresh your mind as well. Look at me...I just took a week off myself and it felt great! Be careful though, you still want to be consistent to your readers, so they can expect blog posts on certain days of the week.
Those are my five tips for new bloggers! I am by no means an expert in this at all. I just wanted to offer you guys some insight on what I've learned in the blogging world thus far! I hope you all enjoyed this, whether you are a blogger or not. Stay tuned for next weeks post!
Hoping you all had a happy and safe Halloween last night. The kids ate waayyy too much candy and then pretty much crashed after two major meltdowns. #momlife.
PS, if you're a blogger who thinks this article could be helpful to others, be sure to share it on your social media platforms! Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful rest of your week!