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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

5 things i wish i knew when i started blogging

I’ve been blogging for many years and it doesn’t seem like I will get tired of writing anytime soon.  This May will be the one year anniversary of Bella Vida by Letty .com.  Thinking about that made me want to share some tips that sure could’ve helped me way back when I first began blogging. 

Self Host

If you plan on blogging seriously the main piece of advice I wish I would have taken was to begin with a self hosted WordPress site.  I was on blogger for years cultivating a steadily growing following but when I moved from Blogger to WordPress I lost all of my followers and subscribers.  I had to begin all over again.



Domain Name

When you decide on a name purchase the domain name. It shows professionalism and authority.  Here’s a previous post where I list several more reasons why it’s important to own your own domain name.

Analytics

Set up Google analytics right from the start.  It is the most trusted and reliable.  You can learn all sorts of helpful information like what keywords bring in the most visitors and who your audience is.  That is exactly who you are writing for.

Quality Content

The quality of your content matters.  Everything you post lives online forever.  Take your time to write a proper thoroughly researched post with great photos.  It will receive much more traffic than a hurried one and it will likely get shared because of its useful information.  Don’t worry the more you write, the better you get.  That has been my experience.

Grow Organically

I’m happy to report the site has been steadily organically growing since day one.  I don’t believe in paying for followers, hits, likes, etc.  The main reason is a major factor to measure a blogs success is engagement.  You might not have a lot of subscribers but if you are steadily growing a community who replies and shares your content you are well on your way.  All it takes is time.

Bonus

Build a Community

It’s easy to get caught up in wondering why another blog might have more traffic, ads or sponsors but you shouldn’t compare yourself to them.  You are your own unique voice and it’s up to you to cultivate your brand.  Connect with other bloggers you admire and build relationships with them.  I belong to several different communities which you will find on my sidebar.  Reach out, makes friends and build your community.

 Your turn.  What things have you learned from your years of blogging?  If you had to pick your greatest lesson what would it be?



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 “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” Anaïs Nin

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”  C. JoyBell C.

“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” Heath L. Buckmaster

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Writing: How to Find Your Blogs Voice

Style is the perfection of point of view.

Style is the perfection of point of view.

The internet and blogging platforms are the greatest things ever invented in my opinion.  Previously we were stuck with only one view, the corporate owned media who generates content purely to sell products.  Most of which is harmful to our self esteem.  It’s not healthy to be bombarded with messages telling you how much you need to improve this or that.  The beauty of reading blogs is exposure to alternative perspectives.

Every blog has a particular voice.  Writing voice is the uniqueness of an authors writing style.  It’s not just the words they use but also the perspective they bring to them.  On this blog I write about subjects I care about.  One tends to write more passionately about things we find important.  I use certain expressions and certain styles which all contribute to my unique voice.

The more you develop your voice the more successful you will become with your readers.  Infusing your writing with your personality helps engage your audience.  Revealing your personality gives you authenticity making you a reliable source to your audience.

 10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice

10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice

10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice

 

  1. Name 10 adjectives about yourself.
  2. Name 10 favorite books and similarities between them.
  3. Determine your purpose for writing.
  4. Write down what your passions are.
  5. Is there something you would like to change in the world?
  6. Define your audience.  Who are you writing for?
  7. What skills have you mastered?
  8. Are you an expert at a subject?
  9. Tell your stories.
  10. Ask a friend.
Style is the perfection of point of view.

Style is the perfection of point of view.

 

The more you write the easier it will be to find your voice.  How would you describe your unique voice?

If you have a blog be sure to leave it in the links so I can visit.




 

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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”  T.S. Eliot 

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”  Rumi

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”  Joyce Carol Oates

“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”  Laurie Halse Anderson 

“If you hear a voice within you say „you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent van Gogh

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”  Steve Jobs

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