Did you miss Part One? You can find it here.
6. Set Limits- With blogging there is always more work to do (kind of like cleaning house!). The work isn’t the problem though. Wasting time is what gets me in trouble. Here are a few basic ideas that help me get work done without spending all day on the internet.
- Prioritize- Get the most important things done first.
- Focus- Set aside time to just doing blogging stuff. If you are being pulled in a million directions, you won’t get much done.
- Log Off- When you are done working log off. Real life is way more important than the internet. I promise your readers won't disappear if you leave for a few hours (or days!). Go live your life so you'll have something to write about!
(In full disclosure, I should say my husband laughed out loud when he read about me setting limits. Apparently I still need to work on this…)
7. Make Friends- Online friends can be real friends. Friends that pray for you. Friends that speak encouragement into your life. Friends that cry with you when you accidentally delete the post you've been working on for 2 hours.
Making blog friends is just like making friends in any other area of life. You have to be nice to everybody and pray that God will open doors. A few months ago I was feeling particularly lonely and misunderstood. I prayed for the Lord to send me encouragement, and two days later I found myself in a blogging group with some amazing ladies who spoke my language! I tell you everything in life is better with friends, even blogging.
8. Stop Playing the Comparison Game- In the blogging world, it's easy to get caught up comparing ourselves to other people who seem to have it so much better than we do! We forget to enjoy the blessings that God has given us.
Remember the parable of the talents in Matthew 25? The number of talents (or resources, or followers) you’ve been given doesn't matter. Rather it's about how faithfully you manage those things. If you have 10 followers then be a good steward of those readers, and if the Lord blesses you with thousands of followers, 17 e-books, and a world-wide speaking tour, be grateful and humbly allow him to use you in those ways.
9. Try New Things-and don't expect to be good at all of them.
- The first recipe I ever posted was terrible. Terrible. I'm sure it's still up here somewhere, but I should probably take it down. No one needs to read that!
- The first time I linked up to a blog hop, it took me 10 minutes to figure out what a URL was and how to download (or is it upload?) my picture, and after all that work I only had 2 people visit my blog. Two!
- The first time I wrote a Five Minute Friday post it took me something like 20 mins to write the post, and then another hour to finally publish it. Apparently, I can't do things in 5 minutes.
- The first time I used affiliate links I stressed for days over the how, what, and why, and ended being one of two people who bought the product.
Trying new things is hard, and you may not be good at everything. That's okay. In my case, link-ups were a success and Five Minute Friday still a total failure. You win some, you lose some.
10. Don’t Worry About Followers- Yes, you should put yourself out there. Sell you stuff! It’s okay to post to facebook, blog hops, and online blogging groups. If you put out good content and enjoy what you do, then it stands to reason that you would want other people to know about it.
However, bloggers get into trouble when they start worrying about followers. Stressing over how many likes or un-likes they have, over-analyzing page views and the lack of comments on a post. Nothing will steal your joy more quickly than constantly worrying about what other people think. Pray and ask the Lord to grow you blog, then relax and enjoy the process!
Want to know my secret?
I write for that one person. I write for that one person who is encouraged or blessed by my stories, and sometime that person is me! It would be awesome to be able to speak truth and encouragement into thousands of women’s lives, but if it’s always and only just one person, I’m content. That one person matters to the Lord, and they matter to me too.
Do you have any blogging advice you’d like to share? Which principles work best for you and your blog?