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What it Takes to be a Blogger

08 July 2013

Gather 'round friends as I, Mrs. Collier, reflect on what I've learned as a consequence of transitioning from a casual blogger to a full blown blogger a year ago. I began carving out my little corner of the Internet in 2011 but have grown significantly within the past year. I'm talking from hundreds to several hundreds of views per day and upwards of 7,000 per month. Pretty awesome!

Now, I can't take all the credit [honestly, I can't] but I have been reflecting on what I've learned about blogging. If you wanted to start blogging from scratch, there are billions of pages out there on how to start a blog and what makes a blog marketable. BUT [and that is a big but], I wish I could have read something about what it takes to BE a blogger. So, what exactly does it take to be a blogger? Well, I think I've come up with a pretty solid 5 qualities that I admire in my fellow bloggers and are attempting to nurture within myself.


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Perseverance
Blogging is an awesome hobby and often can grow into a part- or full-time job but it takes A LOT of work! From experiencing life, to taking pictures to document it, to editing photos, writing posts, editing, formatting html to maintain your page and interacting with followers via comments and social media outlets it can be overwhelming! There are some days that I lose focus because of too many ideas. I sometimes have a hard time coming up with ideas to keep posts interesting. And then there are some days where it is 6 a.m. and my posts are supposed to go live at 6:30 a.m. and I'm trying to scramble to make that post launch on time. So perseverance is key. I've found that keeping your readers who steadily comment and the friends that I've made in the blog-o-sphere in mind helps me reach my goals and overcome the seemingly significant obstacles.


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Determination
This sort of goes along with the perseverance but determination also is necessary when blogging. Several of the blogs that I frequent have talked very passionately this spring about how mean people can be when it comes to blogging. Comments can be mean and criticisms fly readily with the anonymity of the Internet. And that is where determination comes in. Every article that I've ever read about starting a blog always has a pointer on "why you are blogging." Well as silly as that seems, it is actually quite important. Having goals keeps us accountable and motivated. If you aim to quit your day job to become a full-time blogger, you better have the determination to get some content written and out there for the world to soak up!


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Creativity
Having an eye is helpful but does it matter if it is blue, green, brown, gray or hazel. NO! What I mean is that creativity comes in different areas of blogging. Do you have a passion for words? Great! Lengthy blog posts articulating your thoughts sounds like the right fit for you! Are you constantly being complimented on your eye for taking amazing photos? Maybe a blog that features big beautiful photos is up your alley! Can you make clothes or design new outfits? How about a fashion blog? It is all about how you perceive your world! And with everyone and their mother starting a blog these days, finding your own corner of the Internet can perhaps help you attain your goals!


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Personality
Readers engage with the writer as soon as the writer reveals their personality. Does your blog persona have to be the same as you are at work? No. But the more authentic that you are, the more real you will seem to your audience. I have a friendly and outgoing personality but also consider myself a connector. I like to share any information, fun facts or gross tidbits that I learn with others. I think that combination really shines through my blog posts especially for tutorials or when I start new challenges just for fun. Consider how your voice comes through your writing and even your social media posts to connect with readers.


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Patience
It is supposed to be a virtue, right? I've saved the best for last because patience, by far, is the most important quality. "Rome wasn't built in a day," as they say. It takes time to built up credibility and grow your audience. You don't just become a popular blogger overnight just as you didn't run before you could walk! Every moment counts. Every post tag counts. Every html permalink counts. Every visitor counts. And either fortunately or unfortunately, it takes time. So stick with it, no matter what!

What other qualities would you add or remove from this list?

9 comments:

  1. Such a great post! I'm just getting starting and I've noticed that as the months have gone on I've slowly been finding my voice and doing a lot of relationship building and I love blogging but sometimes it can be A LOT going on at once.

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  2. Great post!! Yes, after a few months you learn and grow and change. I think reviewing every few months is great too. Re-evaluate what you love about your blog and things you want to learn more about. Same goes for letting go of things you don't want to do. If a topic doesn't feel right don't do it.

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  3. What a great post!! All very good advice!! =)

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  4. Great list. And these are all so true. It seems like there are times when things go really well, and then there are times when I feel like I am getting nothing accomplished. I think that patience part is one of the big ones I seem to have problems with. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  5. Love this post! I was a casual blogger for years and just started to "up the ante" this year. It has been so much fun and very rewarding but also overwhelming!

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  6. These are some great thoughts on being a blogger and so true! You definitely have to figure out who you are through this process! I think that I've become more of the person I truly want to be due to blogging. I try new things more often, I think through situations that I generally would have let pass me, I remember to take more pictures and document memories! It's been a wonderful process. :)

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  7. I will add "generosity" or "selflessness". We bloggers are all in this together, figuring things out as we go along, and it is very disheartening when someone isn't helpful. We have ALL been there, at the beginning, so I believe we should pay it forward and help other bloggers out, who are either just getting started, OR maybe they are a seasoned blogger who wants a fresh perspective. Whatever it is, we are in this together so we should step up and be generous with our time and knowledge! :)

    xoxo,
    Gayle | Grace for Gayle

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  8. This is great! I totally agree with all of your points. Especially that whole "Rome wasn't built in a day" idea. SO TRUE! Thanks for sharing!

    And thank you for linking up with the Fresh Face Friday blog hop this week! Hope to see you back there next Friday, too! Have a lovely weekend!

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