I don’t mean things like a computer, paper, a pen, the internet, etc. I’m talking about things we don’t really think of when it comes to blogging. These are things you only realize after you’ve started blogging. We all jump on blogging bandwagon thinking it’s easy and uncomplicated. There’s much more to blogging than one would think. Below you will find a list of 10 Things Every Blogger Should Have (and this is only the beginning).
1. Patience: Personally I think patience is one of the most important things when it comes to blogging. Every blog grows at its rate. Don’t ever compare yourself to anther blogger, it will crush you and take over your life. You’re not going to get a million hits on your first blog post, heck no one might ever see it. Don’t get discouraged. I think my first blog post had like 4 views. It’s been over a year since I posted for the first time, and I’m so glad I continued. There were many times where I wanted to quit because I wasn’t as good as other bloggers. It’s so important to not worry about them and just focus on making your blog the best you can. I never thought my blog would be where it is today, it’s just a waiting game.
2. E-mail and Social Media Accounts: I can’t stress enough the importance of social media. You need to connect with your readers. If you’re no where to be found in the social media world you’ll sadly fall through the cracks. Social media helps you! Without social media how would one find your blog? Social media is great for building relationships with other bloggers and companies. Connect, Connect, Connect! E-mail is so important! I check my e-mail constantly. I like to be able to answer e-mails in a very timely manner. Don’t keep people waiting.
3. Ideas: If you don’t know what to write about you’re going to have problems. Consistency is key when having a blog. I try to post at least 3-4 times a week. When I run out of ideas I go on Pinterest, watch Food Network, and read magazines. Sometimes the craziest ideas come to me right when I’m about to go to sleep. I have notebooks full of ideas (I call them my secret notebooks). Pick a topic you’re passionate about and just write. The rest will come naturally.
4. Money: When it comes to blogging, most blog topics aren’t free. Being a food blogger for example, I buy ridiculous amounts of butter and sugar. I wouldn’t normally be buying those items at that amount if it wasn’t for my blog. Each cost adds up and eventually gets overwhelming. Not only do I have to worry about food cost I also worry about domain and hosting fees. You may have noticed my blogs new “facelift” as I like to call it, that wasn’t free either. If you’re in it for the long haul, eventually your earnings will outweigh your costs (that’s what we’re hoping for anyway).
5. A Gym Membership: You may be sitting there laughing, but it’s so true. Blogging is a very sedentary activity. If you’re a food blogger like myself you will slowly realize that your butt has doubled in size and that none of your pants fit anymore. Although, that wasn’t the case for me it doesn’t mean it won’t happen. If you’re constantly sitting around on the computer you won’t get any smaller. One of the first things I bought after the new year was a treadmill. I don’t always have the time to run out the house to go to the gym. With a treadmill I can at least get some cardio done at home. I’ve also bought a small weight set and some exercise video games. If you don’t think Just Dance 4 is a workout, you’re crazy.
6. Some Sort of Photography Skills: I don’t care if your the master of iPhone pictures. As long as your pictures are bright and catchy it will help you draw in readers. If you take pictures in the dark using your flash, your blogs more than likely not going to get much attention. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen many poor pictures reach the popular page on pinterest, but if your photography stands out, you’ll stand out.
7. A Sense of Humor: You don’t have to be laugh out loud funny, just don’t bore me. Keep me entertained while reading your posts and don’t be cocky. I’ll admit it, I usually don’t know what I’m talking about, but I don’t act like I know it all. I turn to humor when I run out of things to say. It’s easily the best way to go and it will keep your audience entertained. Don’t just talk about the weather, talk about how on the first nice day you fell up the stairs. Falling up the stairs is funny and your readers will laugh. Maybe they’ll even tell their falling up the stairs stories.
8. Time: Blogging is time consuming. If you’re doing it right, some blog posts can take upwards of 10+ hours. There’s a lot more to blogging than meets the eye. First you come up with an idea, then you put that idea into action. Along the way you may even take photos, but then you have to edit the photos (don’t forget your watermark). You may even want to create your own info-graphics, don’t forget to upload everything to your blog. Now it’s time to write and hit publish, but wait there’s more… It’s promotion time get on your social media accounts and do your thang (see I told you it was important). Look your first comment/question on your new post, it’s time to answer. Did I mention promoting other blogs?? People want to see more than just you. Oh look a new E-mail!
9. Goals: Set goals. Goals keep you on track and keep you motivated. Obviously you should set realistic goals. The ones listed in the image above would be goals for someone who’s been blogging for years. Start with a simple goal like posting 2 times a week. By starting out with easy goals you will be more likely to reach them, keeping you motivated. Once you accomplish a set of small goals set them higher with a longer time frame. It’s like a game when trying to accomplish them. Goals are what keep me motivated and determined.
10. Passion: Without passion nothing matters. People can tell when you’re not passionate about something. Chose a topic you could write about in your sleep. Don’t pick a topic that you think other people would like. If you’re not in it, your blog will crumble. Your blog will be like a wet firework, one that will never spark. I never expected to love blogging so much, but once you set your heart on something, it’s really hard to let it go. Find your passion and let your heart speak.