I started this blog on July 25, 2013.
I'm about a month off (whoops), but I wanted to commemorate my six month blogversary today. I have learned so much in the process of creating The Walker Fireside Chats, so I thought I would share for any bloggers who are new to the scene:
What are your Blog Goals?The first thing you should do when starting a blog is decide what you want. Do you want to make money? Do you want to share expertise you have in certain areas such as beauty or food? Having this goal is important because it decides how you will create a successful blog.
My goal as a blogger is to connect with people and grow my membership.
Find a Blogger MentorI was inspired by Elle Sees to start a blog in the first place because I so admired how she helped people. I actually emailed her to ask advice for starting a blog!
After I got mine off the ground, I read other blogs in my genre to get ideas. I'll be honest: my blog looked TERRIBLE when I first started it. The template said nothing about me. I had no way for readers to connect with me or learn more about me. What did I glean from other blogs?
- Adding social media buttons
- BE YOURSELF! Don't be so formal
- Add a "Popular Post" widget
- Use social media to promote your blog
- Use LOTS of pictures to illustrate your posts
- WATERMARK those pictures so you get credit!
ResearchIf I couldn't figure out how to do something on my blog, I Googled it. There are numerous online resources to teach you how to add social media buttons, widgets and more. I have also learned some basic HTML coding through this blog, which is really exciting!
NetworkThis is probably the most important thing I have learned. One of the main joys of blogging is the community you stumble into. I have met so many wonderful, creative, hilarious people through this blog, and it's only been open six(ish) months!
How do you network? Social media is a big one, particularly Twitter (stay tuned for a post about this tomorrow!). I also found a blog support site called The SITSGirls which has lots of tutorials, plus a Post Sharefest on Saturday mornings where you can meet lots of other bloggers.