Paths to Becoming a Better Blogger–Discussing Development – Tell us about things you’ve done to expand your blogging horizons, and the things you’d like to do but haven’t managed (or figured out) yet.
Ack! Blogger development has been on my brain for a few weeks now and one of the reasons I decided to participate in Armchair BEA. I don’t feel as if I have enough structure either in my posts or blogging routine, if there is such a thing. It doesn’t help to marathon Game of Thrones or The Vampire Diaries when I could be blogging and figuring this out … but I sure do love me some Salvatore brothers!
My biggest OMG moment for Armchair BEA so far was reading all of your blogger development posts because the most common comment everyone made was “I don’t know what I’m doing”. Even experienced bloggers made this confession. Thank goodness it’s not just me!
I am new to blogging and I am new to classic books. I can put on a lot of swagger, but I lack confidence in both how to approach blogging and how to write about what I’m reading. It’s a wee bit intimidating going into a community where so many of you are educated and knowledgeable about books. I’m not trying to compete with you (I adore you! Envy you!), but I need to determine what I can bring to the table being me. Right now I feel like I’m coming to the wine tasting with a jello mould. Oh, that’s what you brought? That’s so cute. Put it over there. Waaaay over there.
From reading all the great tips in your posts, I made a Top 5 list of blogger development areas I need to focus on.
Schedule – Many of you couldn’t stress enough how important it is for scheduling time to blog or work on your blog. I love the post by Girl XOXO that includs pics of her detailed Evernote calendar. I wouldn’t have thought to also add blogging and reading events. Ah-Mazing!
Connect with other bloggers – I have enjoyed chatting with some of you on Twitter or on our blogs, but I know I need to get out there more. Again, I hold back because of my lack of reading experience. I just don’t know what to say sometimes to keep the conversation going.
Own your blog – I still don’t really understand why self-hosting is better. Maybe someone could clue me in.
Let go of the popularity contest – When I first started on Twitter and blogging, I became a little obsessed with being followed and (big mistake) following back everyone. I haven’t unfollowed anyone, but I have learned who is genuinely interested in what I’m doing.
Utilize blogger resources – Another wonderful thing about the blogging community is that you want to help others grow and be better at this craft. I have received lots of great advice, article and website suggestions from you. I have to give a shout out to Mom’s Small Victories because I learned about Armchair BEA and other great blogger resources from her website (just need to use them).
If I become a better blogger or just putter along, no matter what I’m having fun and that is something all of you seem to agree is what counts on this journey. Thanks and happy blogging!