I haven't thought about this post.
And yet, with the benefit of a vodka and lemonade, and sleep deprivation, for some reason I feel 'qualified' to write what can only be described as my top tips.
And so, these are the things I have learned, and the things I know, after almost* three years of blogging:
(*everyone you meet started blogging the same time as you. Completely not true.)
1. Blogging is full of cliques. This means nothing. Life is full of cliques. Like your first year of secondary school, your first time at a blogging event will be overwhelming. The more times you talk to the person stood next to you (who is completely in the same boat) the more likely you will be talking to people at the next blogging thing and being assessed by a passing blogger as being in a 'clique'.
2. The more you blog the less how many years you have been blogging for is relevant. You can easily be envious of the people who have been blogging for six months more, the same time, six months less, one year less, any *newbie*. Being happy with your blog is key to all.
3. Not having a niche is not a bad thing. Having a niche is a good thing. It really doesn't matter. You can get involved with Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook regardless. You'll have more success with some things if you have a niche. And less likely with other things.
4. Loving your blog is key to all things. Attending blog things is great. It is like any other social thing. It is AMAZING to catch up with friends. It is AMAZING to meet new people and to get to know them. It is AMAZING whether you meet new acquaintances or old friends, to connect in person, to laugh. Not being derogatory about your blog when talking out loud is a good thing which I should remember.
5. You WILL meet the most fantastic people because of blogging. You will meet people who understand you. You will meet people who don't need to know everything to be your friend, they will always know enough to support you.
6. You WILL learn so much from blogging. Social media. You Tube, Pinterest, Twitter. You will drop things into conversation which shock people because they have no clue you might understand more than they assume you do. You will learn every day. As you decide you want to focus on photography, on vlogging, on craft, on food, on fashion so the world around you changes a bit more.
7. You MUST learn to deal with the stats. Really, if you are blogging because you love it, the stats shouldn't matter. They might. And you will learn how to improve your stats. 10,000 parent bloggers on, life isn't the same as it was three years ago. Positioning yourself needs effort. The effort might not be why you started your blog. And that's ok.
8. Your blog is AMAZING. Because it's about you. You are more than likely to have the same positives as others. And the same problems. You do need to make your content unique. Because your blog is amazing because you are unique. No-one can argue with that.
9. Remember you don't need to fit into stereotypes. A number 10 may not be necessary. Because 9 & 10 meet. You will meet people (see number 5), you will share hotel rooms with them to save money, you will stay up talking into the early hours (because you may blog online but people really do make it happen), and you will find yourself on the best nights out. And yes, you won't have met the majority before. But the next time, the next time you get to greet people as friends.
And this was Manchester.
Friends I hadn't met yet.
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