It all started seven years ago:
I set up camp at a free blog host, put out my shingle, and started writing.
I had no idea how to blog, or that people actual did it to make money, or that some crazy moms stayed up into the wee hours of the night doing it. I just knew I wanted to write about what I was thinking and learning as a young mom.
What you see here at Little Natural Cottage has been around for about three years, but my humble beginnings started in a small corner of the web in 2007, with a handful of readers.
Many of you requested blogging tips in our recent reader survey, so I’m launching a monthly series in 2014: Confessions of an Honest Blogger.
So what’s my first confession?
It has taken me years to learn how to blog on a professional level.
Yes, I’ve been blogging, but I’ve also been having babies, breastfeeding babies, cloth diapering babies, learning how to be a good pastor’s wife, stretch my hard-working-man’s money, take care of my family with herbs and natural remedies, cook with whole foods (gluten-free, no less), and somehow fit homeschooling and freelance writing into the mix.
So what does it look like to be a blogger and an insanely busy mom? How do you grow a blog without sacrificing your marriage, your kids, and your sleep? How do you build community, earn money, and still keep your house clean?
Well, I’m going to write about these topics (and a bunch of other bloggy stuff) throughout 2014. I’m aiming for one “Confessions of an Honest Blogger” post per month, some months may be more or less.
If you’re a blogger, a writer, or just a very curious reader, I’d love for you to chime in with your questions and input!
To kick off this series, here are 10 things I’d do differently if I had to start all over as a blogger:
1. I’d skip blogger.com and go for self-hosted WordPress.
2. I wouldn’t go it completely alone. I’d build (or join) a small but close-knit group of like-minded bloggers to network with.
3. I’d make my blog mobile-friendly from day one.
4. I’d build a subscriber list from day one.
6. I’d invest in a professional blog design from day one.
8. I wouldn’t worry about trying to become famous, rich, or important. Consistency and good content are better than all the above.
9. I’d be real. A facade of perfection hinders influence and relationships.
10. I’d set boundaries. On my time, my commitments, my goals.
If you’re interested in learning the ropes of blogging, I highly recommend Jacinda’s new ebook, Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home.
This ebook thoroughly covers all the bases of professional blogging without being overwhelming or unnecessarily complex. It’s practical, helpful, and exactly what every mommy blogger needs to learn to thrive as a writer.
What truly sets Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home apart from other blogging how-to’s is Jacinda’s emphasis on every blogger’s role in the home. Most bloggers I know are stay-at-home moms, which means they’re juggling roles of wife, mommy, and homemaker along with the many, many hats which blogging entails.
Jacinda is honest and completely on target in her ebook regarding the importance of keeping first things first as a mommy blogger. I found her message extremely refreshing, as well as practical and informative.
If you’re serious about launching a blog, or taking your current blog to a new level, Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home is where I’d start!
Blessings on your blogging!