I started blogging because I felt under represented. I wanted to build a safe community for black girls like me. Things have not happened as quickly as I thought they would, but I can see the growth. The blog is finally in a place that I am truly proud of. The process of building a brand, literally making nothing into something will teach you a thing or two. Here are my 10 lessons of blogging:
1. Patience Whatever a successful blog looks like for you, it won't happen overnight. You must have patience. When I first started I just knew that people would connect with the brand and become readers of the blog. The only problem was, I had no idea how to connect with people or how to create quality original content. It's taken some time to improve my craft and become worthy of my readers time.
2. Authenticity Nothing you do as a blogger will impact your blog as much as being yourself. When I first started blogging I didn't think that sharing my own stories would be interesting enough, so I focused on telling the stories of women like me. As time passed, I realized that readers had no idea who I was. The blog and my social media pages read like a mystery person. I had to remove the mystery and infuse who I am into all aspects of the brand. Being your authentic self can be hard, but nothing will help you connect with your audience as much a YOU.
3. Connections Being yourself affords you great opportunities to connect. Your passions, interests, and talents will lead you to others with the same passions, interests, and talents. The last few months I've made some really great connections with bloggers, entrepreneurs, and stylistas. It's been a really rewarding experience. Shout out to all my connects…lol.
4. Be supportive As I've made these connections, being supportive has been just as important. You really can't expect people to read and support your blog if you don't do the same. I've found it easy to engage with other blogger's content, or just sending a kind word can really help keep a fellow blogger motivated.
5. Details Matter There are millions of blogs out. I've learned to pay attention to the details and turn up the volume on the things that sets me a part.
6. Write...a lot. You must keep writing. It's literally the only way to improve your writing skills. This continues to be a challenge, but with every blog post it gets easier. I'm always writing a piece for the blog, some come together easier than others. I actually hope to start writing for other blogs soon. Keep your fingers crossed.
7. Have a voice Your own unique voice as a blogger is key to keeping your blog fresh and interesting. It's easy to try to emulate the voice of bigger blogs but that gains you nothing. Your voice as a blogger is infused with personality, humor, and strong opinions. It takes some time to get there, but it remains at the forefront of my mind.
8. Be fearless Authentic blogging requires a certain level of fearlessness. To be honest, I didn't blog about myself for a really long time because I was worried about what people would think. I was worried about being viewed as self-centered. The end of my marriage (this is still hard to write) really changed that. Looking back so much of my life, wedding, and marriage was about what people thought of me. When it all fell apart, there was a weight lifted. I now fear nothing, especially the opinions of people.
9. Work Hard I've always worked hard but nothing compares to building something from scratch. I'm constantly working to grow the blog. It can be a 24/7 job if you're not careful. Everything that it is now took a tremendous amount of ME. With that said, there is still a ton of work to be done. I'm here for it...let's go!
10. Don't give up You never know how close you are to your goal. Stick with it. I love this blog so much. I see pieces of it falling into place and that warms my heart. I could have given up, but I did not. It's all coming together now and I'm so happy I didn't.
I don't have it all figured out, at all. I truly enjoy blogging and the lessons I've learned so far can be applied to more than just this blog but my life.
Fellow bloggers, please share lessons #bloggingtaughtyou. I hope it's been as wonderful for you all as it's been for me.