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.
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!!
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