Happy 1 Month Anniversary to my blog,” The Crafty Afro“! I can’t believe that I have been blogging for a month already. So far I have 7 posts (this makes 8) and 15 followers! Thank you to those 15 people who hit the follow button for whatever reason.
In the month that I have spent blogging I have learned the following 4 things:
1. Blogging Ain’t Easy
There are a butt load of articles out there talking about how simple blogging is and how much money you can make blogging. When the reality is that setting up a blog might be easy…
Personally, I found it a bit confusing and daunting. I spent hours researching the difference between a self-hosted site and a hosted site. The difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
Which self-hosted sites were the best and how much they cost. In the end, I settled for this lovely free wordpress.com site you’re reading right now.
Then there were the themes and how to customize them. Inserting widgets (what the heck is a widget and oh by the way you can’t use that one because it’s not free). And what do you mean I just can’t copy pictures from Google images?!
…but the actual act of blogging is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. I am a procrastinator pure and simple. Blogging requires a lot of time and effort if you really want to make all that money that those other blogs talk about.
There is a lot of research involved if you want to write content that will get people to follow you. Or if you don’t want to get slammed for plagiarism. It’s not easy to put an original spin on something a bazillion people have already written about.
I could go on with the list of things that make this whole venture quite stressful on those that live in procrastination land or technologically challenged land. Don’t get me started on SEO and marketing. But I’ll move on to my next topic.
2. The “Why” Matters
I know by now your probably saying, “Well if it’s so hard, then why are you still doing it?” Well, the answer is simple, it’s because I enjoy a challenge and because it gives me an outlet. The reason Why you blog can make the difference between quitting after a month or continuing on the journey.
A lot of bloggers talk about finding your “niche”. Well, what is a niche? A niche is a role or a place an organism occupies in its environment at least that’s what it is in biology (Yea, I went science teacher on y’all). But in the blogosphere(do people still say that?), your niche is that area you are going to focus on like finances, cooking, crocheting, etc.
And if I was blogging to make money I wager that having a niche would be excellent advice. It would give my blog focus and purpose! I think for newbies like me finding that special area can be a challenge in those first few months. But I encourage you not to give up. I’m sure if you keep at it you’ll find your “why”.
Who knows maybe in a few months The Crafty Afro will morph into something else, but for the time being. I’ll just stick to whatever strikes my fancy.
3. What You Write Doesn’t Matter
I know this point might seem like it doesn’t make sense, but really blogging isn’t about what you write, but how what you write effects others. Blogging is more about connecting with your followers and connecting with other bloggers.
It’s about creating a small community within the world wide web that you might not have been able to reach anywhere else.
As I look at my stats page I see that I’ve had people read my posts from the US, Japan, India, and Russia. And I think that’s pretty darn cool. Where else could the things I’ve written be seen by people all over the world.
Seriously, you can write about anything. Your disdain for cats. Your love of all things French. Conspiracy theories. Aliens. It doesn’t matter what you write about as long as what you write resonates with you and your readers.
4. Comments Are Important But…
Comments are an important part of blogging. They allow you to connect and interact with your readers, but at the same time if you’re just starting to blog they’re not that important.
Just because no one has commented on your stuff doesn’t mean you suck. Just keep swimming, you’ll find your blogging family.
So far I haven’t received any comments on the things that I’ve written, but I believe that the things I’ve written have value, at least to me. (See this goes back to that whole Why thing in #2)
Or maybe my readers are like me and are just too shy to leave a comment or have no idea what to say in a comment. Either way, I know one day somebody will leave me one!
So there you have it, folks. The four things I’ve learned so far about blogging. I’m pretty sure that as I continue to try not to procrastinate that I’ll learn even more about blogging and that I’ll have more to share in my next update in 3-6 months.
Who knows maybe I’ll become a professional blogger one day.
Until Next Time,
The Crafty Afro