Blogging: stop trying for perfect & just publish

Stop trying to be perfect and just publish- my story on how I went from 10 viewers a day to 2000 www.eachingtotwins.com

When I decided I would start my blog  I was on bedrest prior to given birth to the twins. I had a few high quality posts and learned a lot about word press, plug ins, and how to promote your blog through social media (most of the information is featured on my Pinterest board: HERE.)

But in the months following the twin’s

Blogging through bedrest

Bedrest Buddies

birth, I would spend so much time trying to make a blog entry perfect I was only publishing once a month. I had several blog entries that remain unpublished and sit on my desktop in a word document. My site traffic was less than 10 visitors a day. Thinking of content was a huge task after I made the first few entries I had wanted to do.

All of that changed a month ago. I had been watching a youtube by the name of Casey Neistat and he was doing a video that talked about the three things he did to make his dream a reality (Link to video here).

One of the things really stuck out to me, if you want to be successful at something then you have to be showing up for work every day. I by work, he meant the work that brings you closer to your dream. Meaning if I wanted my blog to be successful I needed to work on it, every single day. Even if it was just a baby step like: okay today I’m going to learn how to put a Pinterest button in on my site, or today I’m going to watch a youtube video about how to promote my blog via facebook ads, whatever the task was, I did something every day. And I started posting 5-7 times a week.

 

I stopped trying to make it perfect, you will see grammar and spelling mistakes in my post, as I slowly get around to fixing them.  But I am publishing my content, I’m putting it out there. I’m working toward my dream to support my family through things I love to do, things I’m passionate about like writing, education, and family. As I stopped trying to be “Perfect” I began thinking of more and more ideas of things I wanted to share, activities I wanted to make, and adventures I wanted to document. Blogging became easy. And there was surely a positive response.

One month ago I started blogging every day.

By the end of the first week my site traffic was at over 100 visitors a day. Now almost a month later, I have an average of 1800 visitors a day, some post gaining as many as 2000 readers. I have been approached for cross collaborative projects from other bloggers now, and have a company inquHow I stopped trying to be perfect and started blogging -teachingtotwins.comiry in the works for a brand deal. All because I stopped trying to be perfect and started to publish daily.

Now, don’t get me wrong. As an educator, I understand the importance of proper spelling and grammar. But as a mother of twin one year olds, I understand that if it means delaying posting because I’m too tired to “grade” my post before I submit, I just hit publish! I would rather do it with some mistakes, than not do it at all!

I would rather be a hot mess trying!

This is the attitude that changed my blog.

 

I’m a paid writer now, sure not very much, but I have earned money to write, something 30 days ago I would not have believed was possible in just a month’s time.

 

So for those just about to start blogging, here are the things I recommend:

  1. Save 7 completed blog posts before launching your blog. This will allow you to be always working at least a week ahead, and gives you wiggle room for when life happens
  2. Include pictures, videos, and links to your blog whenever possible.
  3. Get to know some bloggers, they will be great resources and cross collaborate to drive site traffic. Hey you can start with me! Follow me on Instagram and send me a message @Teaching2Twins      LINK HERE!!! https://www.instagram.com/teaching2twins/

4.Write about things you want to. If you’re not passionate about it, your reader will hear it.

5.Use Narratives. This was advice I received from a fellow blogger. Narrative stories  help your audience get to know you. My most viewed posts are narrative stories of daily experiences that I decided to write about (Example: CLICK HERE TO SEE A NARRATIV HIGH TRAFFIC POST).

 




Each day make one goal on something you need to do to follow your dream. It is not big changes that contribute to making up our dream, but little steps taken a little at the time.

With Love,

Dani

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DSC03491Dani Wilson is a happy mother of twins, educator, and curriculum consultant. She holds a BA in education, certification as a Reading specialist, and Masters degrees in curriculum development and instructional leadership.She blogs about life as a mother, wife, educator, and friend. She find joys in the misadventures of motherhood while creating and sharing educational resources for all parents. She seeks to help her children learn through play and spend as much time outside as possible. Subscribe on the lower right side of any of the blog pages to recieve free monthly newletter of blog hightlights and free resources to straight to you inbox.

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15 Responses to Blogging: stop trying for perfect & just publish

  1. Savannah says:

    I just started my blog and this was sooo encouraging to me! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the advice about having a few posts saved for when life gets busy.

  2. Katina says:

    You are absolutely correct about showing up to work every single day. I think all bloggers will have their own daily process. When you discover what works for you stick to it.

  3. Heather says:

    Love your attitude and congrats on the success of your blog!! I need to start being a hot mess!!

  4. Tata says:

    Aahhh this was refreshing and totally necessary as soon as I started posting morr on my blog I started to make more money, I’m still not posting as frequently as I would like but this has given me the push I need, my goal right now is 30,000 page views per month.

  5. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for these words of encouragement! Also I am very happy to hear about a fellow bloggers’ success! That’s awesome that you had that much growth in a month! I really appreciate your tips and honesty as a new blogger myself. Thank you!
    – -Rachel@Tidy&Teal

  6. This is something I have definitely struggled with. I tend to be a perfectionist so it’s hard not to pick apart grammar and spelling before hitting publish. It is great to see the quantative results from posting every day.

  7. I love that your so positive, definitely inspiring. And such great tips!

  8. Mary says:

    I feel like my posts are always hot messes. Lol. But they reflect me and my thought process as I’m writing. Does that make sense? Congratulations on your success!

  9. Congratulations! What an achievement! Love your attitude, too. Keep it up.

  10. Grady says:

    I wrote a post on this subject recently, too! It can be SO hard as a total perfectionist to allow myself to just hit “publish” and move forward, but I’ve been trying to be better at it lately and it’s really been great!

    Loved this post!

    xoxo
    Grady

    http://www.gradybirdblog.com

  11. Andree Sandu says:

    I usually read my blog post the day before it’s scheduled to check for any spelling mistakes. But if I don’t have time, it will still be published and I’ll check later. I don’t think I could blog every day though, I still like to give proper time to my blog posts, I publish twice a week.

  12. Sabrina says:

    Keep up the good work! I try to post once a week to my blog andone email a week to subscribers. My personal blog is suffering though lol, just so busy! Thanks for the tips!

  13. Great blogging advice, I loved reading this! Very encouraging 🙂

  14. Jen G says:

    Great ideas! I wish I had saved a few completed posts before I got started.

  15. Amanda L. says:

    I LOVE this post, and I appreciate how honest your posts are, especially when they just feel like a journal entry about life.
    That being said, to answer your question, my dream job would be making my business, Defined Lines Bodywork, my main source of income. On top of that I absolutely love cooking and have always said “I wish I could write a food blog, I just don’t have time”. If I could work 25 hours a week with massage I would! And taking inspiration from you I would love to be able to make the blog “journal-like” and incorporate multiple aspects of my daily life.
    Thanks for the reads!

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