A Blogger’s Guide to Newbies

So I suppose I’m ever so slightly a blogger…I think, maybe, a bit.

I’ve been ‘blogging’ for an adventurous 2 and a bit months now and that’s around 2 months longer than I thought I would last.

It all started out as a hobby, an alternative outlet to the ears of my long-suffering husband. However, it has engulfed me completely now. I’ve always preferred writing to talking (my brain is able to keep up better with the former) but holy shit now people are actually reading it!!! Eeeeeeeeeek! (for want of a better word). I’ve had to hit the ground running, I’ve had to up my writing game (ongoing) and embark upon the steep learning curve that is the world of  blogging.

It’s SO much more than writing a nice little story and posting it online. I literally acquired IT skills overnight that would rival the knowledge of my husband (who happens to be an IT lecturer – awks).

I would have been totally at sea had it not been for some very very lovely bloggers who really know their stuff and were of massive help to me in the very early days – Lindsay from Have You Seen That Girl?, Lucy from Lucy At Home, Wendy from Naptime Natter and Zoe from The Tales of Mummyhood to name but a few.

So I thought I would return the favour by writing a guide to newbie bloggers for all the amazing experienced bloggers out there  – just in case you have forgotten what it was like to be the new blogger in town!

1. We have NO idea what a linky is!!!

Everytime I typed it into my phone auto correct changed it to ‘kinky,’ which really wasn’t helpful. And the very first ‘linky’ I joined was an interesting experience. I had my husband distract my kids in another room and had my fingers poised on the keys of my laptop with all the anticipation of a teenager waiting to hit refresh the moment the Beiber tickets are due on sale. I was confused terribly by all the rules on commenting etc so I wrote them all down in a list – because obviously if I simply rewrote what was on my screen into list form on a page I would miraculously know what I was doing. In any event I was lucky enough to have chosen #BlogCrush as my first link-up, which is hosted by two of the loveliest bloggers I’ve ever met, who were never anything but kind and supportive to me when I must’ve looked like a total plank.

2. Twitter is hip flask territory for new bloggers.

Who do I follow? Will I look like a stalker? Will they follow me back? If they don’t am I shit? I’m shit aren’t I? Oh look a follower! Not so shit after all eh? Oh…..wait, it’s a start-up company that sells wild yam cream and happens to follow 10,660 people but has only actually been followed back by 12 of those. Probably a bit shit after all.

It took me a while to get the hang of Twitter and the retweet etqituette etc. I’m nowhere there yet but am definitely much less of a dork than in the very early days.

3. Newbies can’t work Pinterest.

So while you’re all discussing what software you use for Pinterest scheduling etc, most of us are grappling with the log-in. Although that’s a whole level up from my mother who insists on pronouncing it ‘pee interest‘ no matter how many times I correct her. Ironically it was her who always reminded me that in times of hardship there’s always someone worse off, in this case her.

4. Blog envy.

We have massive blog envy of your all-singing all-dancing websites with your clear, funky social media buttons. Not to mention the hundreds of comments (against our one, posted by our mothers) and those little red bubbles beside the Facebook and Twitter buttons boasting a share figure into the hundreds. We stare longingly, sat there with our little free templates and a pocketful of dreams.

All joking aside, I actually love having something to aspire to and there are some truly amazing blog websites out there!

5. Being as excited as Iggle Piggle on acid.

We are as excited as Iggle Piggle on acid the first time we gain some form of recognition in the blogging community.

For me it was when my post about my gross car was featured by Lucy from Lucy at Home on her BlogCrush link-up. If it was socially acceptable to randomly snog the postman, I would’ve done it out of sheer excitement the day I found out I’d been featured. Luckily for the postman it’s not socially acceptable and I eventually calmed down.

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I really hope my little guide to newbies has brought back memories of when you started blogging? I would really love to hear what you remember of the early days of your blog and also would love to hear from other fellow newbies!!

Rhyming with Wine
DIY Daddy Blog

27 Comments

  1. Valerie Robinson
    19th July 2017 / 2:18 pm

    “Pee interest” as to Pinterest! Love it! Lol

  2. 21st July 2017 / 2:29 am

    I’ve been going for 9 months and I still don’t understand what a pinterest is. Maybe when you’ve got it all figured out, you can explain it to me! Nice work, keep it up! #ThatFridayLinky

    • 21st July 2017 / 9:35 am

      Oh no! I was hoping to have Pinterest down by the time I’m 9 months in! There is no hope!! Haha – yes I will definitely let you know if I figure anything out! Thanks for your comment!

  3. 21st July 2017 / 2:51 am

    You cracked me up! Welcome to the blogging world, I’m about to hit my 4th anniversary and I’m shocked by the stuff that used to baffle me…and more shocked that I am still baffled by new things everyday. #ThatFridayLinky

    • 21st July 2017 / 9:39 am

      The fact I made Shank You Very Much laugh is definitely going on my resume!!!!! #goals Thanks so much for your comment. Love to Lola!x

  4. 21st July 2017 / 6:55 am

    This is great haha your writing is so conversational and funny I love it!

  5. 21st July 2017 / 11:36 am

    Great funny post made me giggle, it’s tough those early days I remember it well, blogging is very obsessive and totally addictive welcome to the world of blogging Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • 21st July 2017 / 12:55 pm

      Yes you’re so right, it’s completely addictive! I barely remember my kids’ name these days! Thanks for your comment and for hosting!

  6. 22nd July 2017 / 7:47 am

    SO much love for this!! It’s always a pleasure to help if I can! Honestly though, you’re totally nailing it! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • 22nd July 2017 / 3:44 pm

      That is so kind of you to say, thank you so much! Great to know there are experienced bloggers like you around to call on in times of need!xx

  7. 22nd July 2017 / 10:06 am

    Haha, I nodded along with this! I’ve only been blogging a few months too. I wish social media wasn’t part of it, as I can’t keep up, so I feel you about Twitter!!
    #blogstravaganza

    • 22nd July 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Hi Sadie – thanks for your comment! I know the social media aspect is time-consuming, especially if you’re like me and you find the log-in a challenge at times haha!

  8. 22nd July 2017 / 10:30 am

    I’m 9 months in and still have no idea what I’m doing! But not knowing what I’m doing seems to be working for me so I’ve decided to just stick with that haha #ThatFridayLinky

    • 22nd July 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Haha! I definitely don’t see myself having much more of a clue by 9 months! Thanks for your comment!

  9. 22nd July 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Well done on your two month blogging. It is a steep learning curve. And what has happened to twitter notifications? Just when I think I get it under control, they’ve changed the way they send them and you have to start all over.
    Got to love autocorrect changing linky to kinky ha ha
    #Blogstravaganza

    • 22nd July 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Yes I wondered why Twitter’s behaving strangely?! I seem to get some but not all notifications! Yet another thing to add to my list of ‘no clue!’ Thanks for commenting!

  10. 23rd July 2017 / 9:21 am

    Like you I’m new at this and haven’t got a clue about what I’m doing, what’s a BLOG ? What’s PINTREST ? Been trying to set up Instagram account but only got as far as 1st page , I really like what you wrote it’s very interesting and we’ll written keep up the good work

  11. 23rd July 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I have been blogging for 10 months and still feel very much like a newbie. I haven’t got my head around pinterest and want to do the pretty pins but have no idea what software to use 🙁 one more thing to learn! #blogstravaganza

    • 23rd July 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Wow I thought you’d been blogging for so much longer, I read your blog and follow you on Twitter and you seem so established and clued-in with it all. Maybe I just need to start acting like I know what I’m doing haha! Thanks for commenting x

  12. 24th July 2017 / 8:40 am

    Love this! I’ve only been blogging since February so a grand total of 5 and a bit months so I’m very much a newbie too. Pinterest has become this giant thing in my head that I just can’t do, so I’ve given up. When I first got featured on a linky, I was about to shag the postman I was so chuffed. I always think everyone else has been around for so much longer than me, and totally knows what they’re doing so it’s lovely to hear from a fellow newbie. Great post #ThatFridayLinky

    • 24th July 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Hahahahahaha re the postman!!!! Honestly can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 5 months – I thought you were a pro-blogger! Amazing work getting as far as you have done in that space of time xx

  13. 27th July 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Aww I love this!! Where was this when I was a complete newbie?! Can I also just say that your comment on my post about me supposedly being a pro-blogger absolutely made my day today!! So much so that I screenshotted it…and I may still tweet it!! Thank you so much, very kind of you. But remember that we all started somewhere and more often than not, most of us still have no clue what we’re doing!! Thanks so much for linking up with #DreamTeam!

    • 28th July 2017 / 6:04 am

      Aw bless!! I meant every word of that comment. I’m always in awe of you and other pros, it’s nice to know you’re all mortal!! Thanks so much for your comment!xx

  14. 28th July 2017 / 9:33 am

    I was nodding along to all of this. I’ve only been blogging for 4 months so still have no idea about most of it. Pinterest is on my to do list but always gets pushed to the bottom as I can’t get my head around how to use it for blogging purposes, which is really frustrating as I used to love using pinterest before starting my blog 😕
    Every time I think I’m getting somewhere I find something else that I should be doing and then spend forever searching about it, it’s like a never ending circle and when I’m searching about the new thing, something I used to do gets neglected, at the min that’s twitter, oh and linkys 🙈
    Oh well, I’m sure we’ll get there in the end x

    • 29th July 2017 / 7:16 pm

      I know the feeling with the ever-expanding ‘to do’ lists!!! Neverending! I’m trying to get Pinterest sorted once and for all this week! Thanks for your comment!

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