Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

I can’t believe it, I looked back at my blog archives from my old blogs and realized I’ve been blogging for 7 years. WOW, just wow. And though I’ve been blogging on and off for all these years, I’ve learned so much in all this time. Through trial and error I’ve found my voice, my writing style, a posting schedule, and all while I journey through self-realization and self-worth.

If you’re thinking of starting a blog, here are some tips that I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Be yourself. The whole point of a blog is to have a medium to express yourself, your true and authentic you. You’ll attract a like-minded audience that’ll value what you have to say.
  2. Don’t worry about how many people are reading your blog. They keyword here: patience. Just do your thing. Trust me here, patience is key. Readers will come as long as you’re consistent and posting good content which leads me to my next point…
  3. Good content. This is a very subjective piece of advice. Good content means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But the main thing I want to get across is promoting yourself, your products, or your services isn’t going to cut it. Neither is copying and pasting a press release. What people want to read about is you. What you think about things, how things make you feel, your personal experiences.
  4. Share the lime light. This goes along the lines of good content. Share products and services you enjoy. Reach out to other bloggers and collaborate on a project, product, or contest. Cross promotion and taking interest in other blogs is such a big part of blogging.
  5. Come up with a schedule. Consistency is key. This is the hardest thing for me to do. I make up excuses of why I didn’t have time to post or how I’m too busy to do it. But for me, blogging is my way of venting, expressing myself, and letting loose; it’s almost therapeutic. When I don’t blog I feel like I have so many thoughts running through my head. Blogging allows me to let my fingers do the talking and it helps me to sort through all the mumbo-jumbo. Once I realized that a blog schedule would help me sort through my ideas about posts and when to post it, it helped with the consistency. I realized that I needed this time for myself, to type what I’m going through and what I’m feeling. Putting it on a schedule gives my blog consistent new content, and it has grown this blog exponentially as well as given me some me time every other day.

The truth is, blogging isn’t easy and it’s not for everyone. As a writer, you need to figure out why you do it. But more on that later 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

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It’s tax season. You know when you start seeing tax commercials back-to-back on T.V. Blehh, taxes just puts a sour taste in my mouth.The bane of my existence…

Okay maybe not THE bane, but one of them! I hate doing my taxes. It’s just one of those things that I I have learned a few things over the years being a small business owner, though.

  1. Save your receipts! Did you treat your client out to coffee or lunch? Expense! Did you buy those cute paper clips for your paperwork? Expense! Did you buy that new laptop for all your designing needs? Expense! You get it.
  2. Track your mileage! Meetings, working in the field, deliveries, etc. are all valuable expenditures of a small business. Trust me, these bad boys add up!
  3. Have a bookkeeping system. This is one of the hardest things for me to stay on top of. But I promise you it’s SO worth it. Personally, I use Quickbooks but you can use any type that works with your budget and needs.
  4. Keep your paperwork for 7 years. Trust me, I’m going through it. Don’t throw your stuff away so quickly. Keep a copy just in case you get a call and need to show your paperwork.
  5. Hire a professional. I can’t stress this enough guys. This is THE best thing I have done. My accountant, Jenn, saved me from all this stress. She’s someone I can trust, is a friend and colleague, and is really good at what she does. Thanks to her, I have peace of mind during this time of year!
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