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
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 I had several blog entries that remain unpublished and sit on my desktop in a word document.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 inquiry 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:
- 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
- Include pictures, videos, and links to your blog whenever possible.
- 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.
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Dani 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.