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I’ve been in the blogging world around 2 months now and I’ve a lot to learn. Building websites and designing them is the easy part for me. Thinking of, finding and creating content that people will enjoy isn’t as easy and simple as it seems. I want to share some points that I think all new bloggers can relate to.

Being a blogger isn’t easy

Blogging isn’t as simple as it seemed. I enjoy writing and giving my opinion and thoughts. But creating articles with content that engages the reader to want more is no easy task. A lot of time and thought goes into blogging. Planning, Creating ideas, taking original photos where possible and promoting posts. That’s just a handful of things you have to do to keep it engaging.

Constantly taking photos

Your mobile phone becomes surgically attached to your hand. Just in case that inspirational moment comes when you need to take a snap. Like when your dog does something Instagram worthy or when one of your kids has hurt them selves. Photo first then caring parent second. If you miss that moment you ask them to re-enact what they did just for the photo.

Missy's first day in her new home

SEO, SERP and DA

Unless you’re in the ‘web world’ no one has a foggiest idea what SEO, SERP or DA means.

SEO – Search Engine Optimisation is a mind field. Basically you optimise your content so people like Google and Bing can find your content. It’s massive and takes up loads of time. Get it right and your onto a winner. After writing your post you spend so much time tinkering to make sure google can find you.

SERP – Search Engine Results Page is basically the pages search engines return after a search query is entered. You spend most of your free time searching the keywords you used in your SEO strategy to see if it’s working.

DA – Domain Authority is basically how authoritative your domain name is in search engines. Your rank within the search engine. You obsess of trying to do everything possible to create a higher ‘DA’. Otherwise that ‘big brand’ you desperately want to work with won’t touch you with a barge pole.

Media Kit

You presume a media kit is just a collection of pictures, audio and video. Then you realise you need some form of CV for your blog and the penny drops.

Statistics

You become obsessed with your website statistics. What post is performing well, how many people are visiting your site. Impressions, views, behaviours and more. You’re researching what all this means while buzzing that one post had 400 views in one day.

Social Media

You sign up to every conceivable Social media platform you can find. In the hope that as many people as possible will see your blog and it’s contents. Some of which lie dormant with no content because they don’t actually tie in with your blog style.

Social Media Icons on iphone

Obsessive tweeting

Twitter becomes your best friend. You follow and tweet as many people as possible. While presuming everyone in your target country is on Twitter at 11pm.

Website tweaking

You check out your fellow blogger websites and find some cool features they have and constantly tweaking your own blog. You spend so much time over thinking your blog possibilities.

Laptop screen showing some PHP code

Being a Parent blogger

Parent bloggers don’t sit there all day drinking tea and typing stuff. We’re like animals in the wild. We become most active after the school run and remain active until the next school run. We’re constantly thinking and planning our next post in between tidying up after our little cherubs. ‘should I post an article about me doing the ironing’.

This is my take on being a new blogger. Do you have anything to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “9 Things new ‘Bloggers’ can relate to

  1. Interesting read thanks! I am a newbie blogger. Only started last month and ill be honest I don’t even know what SEO is or how to do anything like that! Writing my blog around my toddler and job as a teacher means I don’t have as much time to spend on that side as I would like! So for now I may have to just have a hobby blog which I promote through twitter (at least until the LO goes off to school next year!)

    1. Bex, I’ve only been doing this a few months too, luckily for me, I’m aware of a lot of the jargon and know what to do. However there are a lot of resources online that can explain all of the jargon for you in simple terms. It can be difficult at times, finding the time to blog when you have little ones. Just do what you can when you can. Good Luck with it all.

  2. There are so many truths here. I’ve had a book review blog (see sadie read) since 2013 that I’ve never put ads on or sought an audience for. It was basically just a book diary and I love it. But I recently started a book promo site (sadie’s spotlight) that I need an audience for and suddenly I’m having to think about blogging in a whole new (somewhat uncomfortable) way. I miss the oblivious days. LOL

    1. Thanks for your comment Sadie.
      You’re right, I wish it was easier but the hard work will pay off I’m sure. I’m still very new to it all, but I’m finding consistency and finding which of my social media works best.

      Good look and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

  3. Haha, yes, I know what you mean about the social media thing but you’ll probably stop using some of them soon enough. I’ve been doing this for ages and seen so many changes. Interesting to see things from a newbie’s perspective.

  4. Great read Damion

    Some great points covered, like some may assume that blogging is sunshine and rainbows and an easy way to make some side hustle money. Nope you would be wrong. Its a waiting game for sure. Waiting for your blog to become established.

    The content ideas is something I struggle with, especially as a stay at home dad, you have a million and 1 things fluttering round your mind, pe kits, packed lunches, library books, is their uniform clean to re wear tomorrow, do I need to iron another shirt and thats just school never mind anything else.

    For me it means the odd few late nights whipping up a couple of posts at a time and promoting in-between throughout the days jobs.

    Thanks for sharing buddy.

    1. 100% agree with you there. I guess as ‘ new Bloggers ‘ we’ll find our own flow that works and fits in with everything. But in the mean time we’ll just carry on pulling late nighters..

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