Blogging is more than just a hobby for me now. It’s more of a necessity. I never knew one could get addicted to blogging. When I started my first blog, I used Blogger. One of the main reasons I did that, is because its so easy to navigate. Some time afterwards, I started seeing beautiful self-hosted blogs and thought, “THAT is what I need to do! See you, Blogger!” What I didn’t know at the time, is that if one buys one of those pretty themes from Themeforest, you also have to know a little about installing themes.
If you’re also not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to installing themes, find someone who can do it for you. Just like writers, blogger get writer’s block as well. Thinking of something new to write three times a week can be challenging. I used to think blogging was just sitting down, writing about whatever interests you (or whatever you choose to talk about). After joining so many groups on Facebook, I realize there is a little bit more to blogging.
It can be very intimidating when you’re new to game & read so many different things about blogging.
- “You need to write a post every day!”
- “Can’t sell anything on a personal blog, rethink your strategy!”
- “Boost your posts every single hour on social media.””When one looks at a theme, one needs to think of its target audience.”
I can go on. It was a bit overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start. Something that also irritated me a bit, is that there were these “Blogging & Traffic Generating Gurus” who claim they can help you, but never answer e-mails. Then there’s another group charge a lot of money. When you pay and they send you their “Golden Handbook,” it’s full of things you can find online, if you ask Google. We all need to make a living, but I think some people really overcharge.
I learned more about blogging when I joined Facebook groups. These groups are fun, interactive & a great place to connect with other bloggers.
Why is it so important to join Facebook groups? Below (what I think are) two great reasons:
- design help
I am absolutely clueless when it comes to installing stuff. Don’t think I need to say that I’m the type of woman who drives her car until something breaks. That’s me. I own it. It’s the same with blogging. I bought two really pretty themes on Themeforest. A friend downloaded them for me and installed them, but they didn’t look like the theme I bought. If you’re also one of the people who think themes will just look like the pretty picture they sell you, I’m going to burst your bubble. It’s in Facebook groups that I met many graphic designers. There are so many people with so many skills in in those groups. All of them are looking to either make some money, expand their portfolio, or meet other bloggers. Nothing is for free, so you will need to be clear if you’re on a budget.
- blogging tips & great opportunities
When I realized there was a little more to blogging than I thought (SEO, choosing the right images, word count, etc.), it overwhelmed me. It’s in these groups that I received some of the best tips ever. People are very nice, very helpful, and they love connecting with other bloggers. One of the main headaches of blogging, is driving traffic to your posts. I’ve had a few more visits since I joined those groups.
If you’re a new blogger and need some help, read this post by Melyssa Griffin and her Facebook group is amazing!