On July 1, 2010 I became a blogger. I was so excited to start a blog ... and scared, too. What if it was just a waste of time? What if nobody read what I wrote? What if I got mean comments? What if I clicked in the wrong place and blew up my work? It was all so new.
Actually, just before that I started freelancing for a local parent magazine. I was earning $40-60 per month and it was fun. I love to write. Next I started my blog and just two months after that I added HubPages to my list of venues. And Ehow (via Demand Studios), too. I was busy. Since I had a day-job, it smooshed my writing time into evenings and weekends. I was loving every minute of it.
Within a year, Demand Studios took a major turn in their policies so it was no longer viable for me to write for them. At $15 an article and lots of editorial demands (thus their name), it was a good thing. I was exhausted. HubPages and Ducks 'n a Row became my main outlets.
If you have been blogging for any time at all, you know that things are constantly changing. Just days ago Google announced that Google Reader is going away. Much of our audience receives our posts via Google Reader. What affects our readers, affects us. So, we have a new assignment: find out how this will impact our traffic and discover what the alternative readers are. More work.
And, then, there are the images we use to dress up our posts. Photos, and their quality, are more important than ever before. Pinterest is proof of that! In less than 2 years, I've had to take a huge look at what I am visually putting on the page. I even find myself "ouching" when I visit a blog with photos that are less than magazine-quality. (Quickly I remind myself that mine, just a few short months ago, weren't even that good and some are still floating around on old posts.)
As I've learned, I've also enjoyed sharing. That is the inspiration behind our new page entitled "Blog Help". When I come across really neat things to help me blog better, I want to share them with you. As you learn new things, please share them with me, too? I credit my sources.
For my first addition, I want to give you a link to a post I wrote on HubPages called "How To Blog". It includes the essentials to get started with links to great sources for more quality information. As I wrote this, I was so excited to be able to share a little of the history of blogging. Did you know it played a key role on 9-11? You'll be proud to call yourself a blogger.
HubPages Article: How To Blog
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