Week 1 in the blogging world... - through these gray eyes...: Week 1 in the blogging world...

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Week 1 in the blogging world...

Wow! 

It's been a whole week since I started this blogging malarky! I'm really enjoying it, having to learn alot of things on my feet though - I was naive enough to think that it was easy and just a simple case of posting and that's it! Ohhh, no there is an awful lot more to it than that!! I apologise to all bloggers out there who have worked seriously hard to get where they are now and for how little research I did beforehand! On the plus side, I guess you're doing it so well that you're making it look easy!

With these kind of things I invariably forget to look before I leap and then have to hit the ground running, luckily, there is plenty of advice and how to's and everybody is incredibly helpful. 

I am looking at all the blogs I read with green envy at the moment! They have a serious number of followers, I wasn't even aware of the number of followers they had before I started a blog! Of course, many of these are very well established with two or more years under their belt so I'm not panicking yet!

I'm even taking notes and have a 'to do list' - the last time I had one that was this long was for my wedding! Top of my 'to do list' is to design a button for promoting my blog so that I can join in with 'link-ups', hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have that sorted!

What I've learnt so far...

1. Social media is seriously important for getting traffic - I haven't been much of a 'tweeter' or 'status updater' on any social media sites over the past few years so I am having to rediscover my chatter - this is taking longer than you would think! I can't remember how I came upon the blogs I was reading before last week but, it wasn't through social media. I have since discovered a heap more through twitter, google+ and bloglovin'.

I'd never heard of bloglovin' before this week but its an awesome site and I would highly recommend it, if you are looking to increase your reading material or promote your blog! I even have the app on my phone I love it that much!

2. I need to be a lot more 'snap happy'. Tom thinks I take too many photos - he is in for a shock this weekend! 

3. There is a blogger community. Honestly, I know that this should have been obvious as so many people do it and everyone is connected via the ever-powerful 'World Wide Web' but, I've only just stepped through the door and discovered how important it is for gaining followers and becoming a known blog.

4. If I ever want to make money from my new found hobby, it's going to take a lot of time and effort, in fact, it may never happen, which I don't really mind about. I would like a successful blog though.

5. I have a serious heap more to learn including CSS! I'm lucky that I work with people that use html etc all the time so if I get really stuck I will ask them for help but, I'd really like to learn it for myself!

And...

6. When it comes to writing I've found it's easier to write when there isn't so much of a deadline, I also frequently start a post and then find a completely new subject to write about! I've seen it recommended that when you have loads to write, to write it all and then when you fingers are less itchy to write you can give yourself a break! May have to give this a whirl!

Thank you to everybody who has followed me so far on the various social medias!

Feedback on my first week would be much appreciated...

P.S. It's official.... Winter has arrived, the summer clothes have to go away and I will have to buy de-icer! Plenty of time to spend wrapped up warm learning and getting through my 'to do list'!



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  1. I felt the same way when I began blogging. I was so overwhelmed. There's so much information to take in and consider when building your blog and trying to gain an audience. It was definitely a learning experience. I'm still learning new things! I love how your pinterest and instagram match the theme of your blog, how did you do that?

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    1. I'm constantly learning more but maybe blogging is always like that! Hope so as it definitely makes it more fun! Ermm... the widgets are incorporated into the layout so that they match! I didn't have to do anything except install them! Not much help am I! Sorry!

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