Back in 2004, when I was focused on learning the basics of how to write, I also started blogging. I had no idea what I was doing. There really were no ‘rules’ or ‘how to’ books or examples really. I just opened up an account and away I went – posting to my hearts desire.
Oh I wish I’d known then what I know now. I could have saved so much time and grown my network so much faster. But I guess the journey and the education has been worth it all. I know I still have a lot to learn.
Over at the Eclectic Six blog we’re asking:
Remember back to the first day you decided to start a blog. You thought up a name for yourself and loaded up a brand new blog. If you could give that version of yourself some advice for the blogging journey you were about to take what would it be? Is there any piece of info you wish you knew then that could have saved you time, effort, headaches? Share your advice and maybe you’ll spare some other newbie a headache or two!
So here it goes – Advice to the 2004 Blogging Me
~ Enough with cutesy names – pick a name and URL that can grow with you no matter what stage of life you’re in and stick with it. ( I can see keeping Home To Heather forever.)
~ Fork out the cash and get on self hosted wordpress asap – it’s WORTH IT.
~ Learn SEO. You need to.
~ Take a photography class and invest in a good camera – This is something I still need to do!
~ Figure out what you want to write about in a concrete way. Map out your categories and focus.
~ Keeping up a blog is not easy, but you’ll love it and you’ll be bonded to your blog like it’s a child….it’s a part of you. Embrace it and enjoy the process.
~ Don’t get sucked into the review / giveaway thing. You don’t HAVE to do what others are doing.
~ Don’t work for free. Put the effort you would have used back into your blog and accomplish something on your to do list.
~ Make blogging work for you – figure out what you want and work towards it.
~ Don’t forget about the writing. Take time to weave a story. Find the funny. Find the lesson. Make your posts useful or entertaining or both.
This advice is meant for my 2004 self and might not apply to you. Don’t be offended but if you disagree please comment and tell me why because it might help a newbie somewhere along the way!