Blogging advice is something I’ll never feel qualified to give out – for me, blogging is so personal and there’s no one way that works. But I was recently nominated for The Blogging Recognition Award (twice!) by two lovely bloggers Clare at The Pramshed and Angela at Life Motherhood and Everything – thank you for tagging me – so I thought I’d write a few words about my little blog and what I wish I knew when I started writing.
How did Bridie By The Sea start?
The week I started writing my blog, it was because I had felt that at 11 months old, Emma was changing so rapidly and I wanted to remember everything. I knew there was so much already that I had forgotten and put down to day-to-day moments, and I wanted all those little moments to be documented somewhere. As she approaches two years old, I love being able to look back on the last year and see the ups and downs of being a family – warts and all.
I also started writing because it was something that was 100% mine. Up until I started blogging, I suppose I felt like I had to be a certain type of mum – trying all the Annabel Karmel recipes and researching what kind of toys will help Emma the most. At 11 months in, it all felt a bit overwhelming and I craved being Bridget again. I didn’t realise it at the time but blogging would make me feel more like me again.
What I wish I knew when I started blogging…
Just start. In those initial months, I remember feeling so daunted by all the things that I didn’t know – DA, page views, niche, widgets, plugins and even how to get that Instagram feed onto the footer of my blog! I wanted to conquer it all, until I realised that starting is the hard bit and it’s okay to learn the rest of it as you go along. I still don’t understand SEO properly but I now have a new tactic to focus on one social media platform at a time, mainly for my sanity.
Ask yourself the what, why and how’s. Recently, I’ve been asking myself those key questions about my blog – why do I blog and what do I want my blog to become? I wish I’d done this from the start as it gives you such a focus when you’re writing. I think for the most part, I’ve been throwing spaghetti at the wall and just hoped it would stick. Having said that, everyone’s blog is individual so this approach might not work for everyone!
So that’s a little bit about me and my blog – I’ve nominated some of my favourite bloggers below to take part too: