Right before school started this year (yeah I know that is a crazy time!), I decided to tackle my newest project learning how to blog. Well, I quickly found out there is much more to it than simply sitting down at a keyboard and pouring your heart and soul out to the world!
First of all, learning the nuts and bolts of this business is not a walk in the park. Luckily many bloggers are willing to post advice and tips to steer newbie bloggers in the right direction. The SITS Girls is a fabulous site that I could spend hours reading and learning from. They are a group of women that offer blogging and marketing advice, connect bloggers (a great way to learn and build a following), and even offer free printables. If you haven’t discovered this awesome group for yourself, click on the hyperlink and take a look at what they have to offer.
Another great resource is momcomm. I really appreciate the information on her site as she focuses on the WordPress.org platform which I am using. The author, Melissa Culbertson, provides information, paid courses, and has published a Blog Design for DUMMIES book, which I am currently reading.
As an aside, I do not receive any monetary recognition for promoting these two sites. However, if you are looking for some assistance these are two great places to turn.
The second HUGE thing I have learned is that too much perusing of successful blogs, can lead to a severe case of writer’s block and crumbling confidence. I need to develop my own identity, brand, and voice. The only way I will ever become successful is to jump in and start blogging. I tell my reading and writing students, the only way to get better is to practice. It’s time I took my own advice.