I know this is a photography tip blog and not a blogging tip blog but you know how much I like to share lessons learned. I wanted to share with you guys what I’ve learned in my first year of blogging.
1. That I actually love to learn about blogging almost as much as I do about photography. This surprised me!
2. A great plug-in can save me a ton of time. Some of my favorite plug-ins are:
What would Seth Godin Do – puts the box at the top of the post for new readers
Avatars-I love seeing your pretty faces when you leave comments
CommentLuv-I really like seeing the title of your latest post so I can check them out
Comment Reply Notification-I realize not everyone comes back to check my response to their comment so this is a great way to email back my reply
LinkWithin-Shows other posts you may like at the bottom of the post
3. Having a blog calendar is a life saver. If you are like me you come up with your best ideas in the shower. I have actually written ideas on my mirror with a dry erase marker. I have a monthly calendar that I write all my posts on.
4. Try to stay at least a week ahead. Since I have about a month’s worth of posts done at a time, I have no excuse not to write at least a week of them ahead of time. This helps me when I don’t feel like writing or am crunched on time.
5. Schedule my posts. It is fantastic to not have to worry about hitting publish and my post is just posted automatically at a certain time.
6. My mom is my spelling police. If I’ve been really distracted or lazy when I was writing then I have a ton of spelling mistakes. I’m also the worst speller in the world so I appreciate the morning emails from my mom with just misspelled words in it. Thanks Mom!!
7. I finally know the difference between than and then. Don’t read too many of my early posts. I think my mom wrote me every day with just the word “than” in the email. She would call on the phone and just say “than, than, than”. Then again, I got a phone call this morning informing me of a “than” mistake. Maybe next year I’ll know the difference.
8. It’s okay to not answer emails on the weekend. I used to make myself available 100% of the time. However, I’m slowly learning that as much time as I put into this blog I need to allow myself some time off on the weekends. In fact, I’m thinking of giving myself some “office hours” so I’m not working on things as much in the evening.
9. I don’t have to reply to every comment and visit every blog that visits. When I first started I felt the need to comment on everyone’s blog who visited me and reply to every.single.comment I received. I started to get so overwhelmed with it all so I gave myself permission to not put that kind of pressure on myself.
10. That you guys are truly amazing readers. I would never have imagined that so many of you would be sharing my blog with your friends and readers. I have not done any advertising for this blog it has all been word of mouth. THANK YOU!! You make all the hours and work I put into this blog totally worth it!!
11. I get more out of this blog than you do. Seriously, I love teaching so much! I do miss being in the classroom some days but I wouldn’t trade staying at home with my girls for the world. This blog allows me to teach and feel like something other than my kids “mom”.