5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging

5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging

When I started blogging almost 5 years ago, I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about what it takes to create and maintain a blog. I had been fortunate enough to publish several books, and for 13 years, I had a successful magazine column called Kindred Spirits. Blogging just seemed like a natural and easy (so I thought) way to share what I wanted to write about. No editors. No rules. Just me and my blog. I was wrong about so many things (especially the easy part). Blogging can be fun and rewarding, but it’s also work. Any job is easier if you know what to expect. If you are new to the blogging world or if you are thinking about starting a blog, here are some things I wish someone had told me when I started.

A GREAT BLOG IS MORE THAN GOOD WRITING


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This was one of my first mistakes. I thought that if I could write, I could blog. That’s sort of true and sort of not. Good writing is essential and will always be a contributing factor to a successful blog, but it’s only part of the total package. One of the best ways to understand what I’m talking about it is to look at some of the most successful blogs. Here are two of my personal favorites.

The first is 5minutesformom.com, which belongs to Julia and Susan, twin sisters from Canada, who have created a wonderful mommy blog. It’s fun, informative, a quick read, but chock full of parenting advice.

The other is The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is my hero, and I like her site so much that when it came time for NanaHood to get a facelift, her site is the one I wanted mine modeled after. I would describe her site as elegant but homey. She has tons of recipes and lots of great-looking photographs.

Take a few minutes and visit these two blogs. While you are there, you’ll see that there is a whole lot more going on than just informational articles. And while I didn’t list my own site as one of the most successful blogs, I do have to give myself, Char (my tech friend) and MWI, Inc. a pat on the back. We are working hard and slowly NanaHood is growing from good to great.

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