I was looking at the calendar today and realized that it’s been two months since my first post. I know it’s not that big of a milestone, but I want to think of it as I’m staying committed. When I first started this blog I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about. I didn’t have a clue on how to put it all together. The only thing I knew was i needed a website in order to start a blog. I did a lot of my research on Pinterest, and you all know how crazy Pinterest is. That right there is another Google. There is so much information, it was overwhelming. It’s like when the doctors tell you not to google that mysterious rash you have on your hand. The same can be said for Pinterest. I probably shouldn’t have searched “How to start a blog” on there. It took me places I didn’t want to go.
At first I felt like I didn’t have what it takes to start a successful blog. As I continued my research, I found that anyone could start one. It all depends on content. I honestly thought that writing was going to be a problem for me but it hasn’t been so far. I’m still worried about how long I can keep this up before I start to run out of things to write about. But until then, I will continue posting. Shockingly, writing is the easy part. The difficult part is branding myself. I know I need readers but I’m not sure how to go about gaining them. I’ve tried posting on instagram but it doesn’t seem like its gaining that much traffic. Facebook is another story. I tried to connect my website to my facebook page but was unsuccessful. It kept linking to my personal Facebook profile. Another thing that I have to solve.
That part is the hardest. I’m writing about my life experiences and I’m not reaching people because I don’t know how to draw them in. Family is all I have reading my posts at this point. I know there are ways to gain viewers and it’s not free. My blog as of right now is a hobby, I’m not trying to make money off of it but I am taking this seriously. If in the future, I decide I want to make my website profitable, I want to make sure that option is available. That’s something I really need to figure out before I start to invest money. As of right now I have a base for whatever it is I plan to do with this. What I’m confused about is, if I don’t put money into it now, will my blog fail? I made sure not to be cheap with my hosting and website. Is it possible to write a successful blog with little to no money? Is this what all personal bloggers do? Do they throw money at it and hope it goes somewhere? I guess the only way to answer my questions is to keep going, maybe give myself a deadline. If in 6 months traffic hasn’t picked up then I know I have to cut my losses. Hopefully in the next 4 months I can have someone other than my mom comment on a posts saying they enjoyed my blog.
I have to say that it is hard work. Not that I thought it was going to be easy, but there’s always something that I need to work on, like my posts or the website. I’m working on ways to attract attention. Social media is a great platform to advertise any business. When I look at my instagram profile and I look at others, mine is boring. I want colors and pretty photos of our lunch at a vintage cafe. Or photos of me working out with makeup on and my hair all beautiful. Or an outfit of the day in front of a pink brick wall with a full bouquet of roses and peonies. That’s what catches my eye when I’m scrolling through instagram. I’m not a fan of facebook, and I’m not on there as much as instagram. So I need to work on how my photos look. I want my instagram page to look like it’s out of an Ikea catalog.
Let’s see where I’m at in 4 months.