**Disclaimer: Please read the following post with humor in mind. While some of it is 100% true; this is not meant to make you give up if you are attempting a blog and it is not an indication that I have given up.
Well, an interesting thing happened this week. After working on creating this blog for almost 11 weeks – almost three months – I had to finally admit it. This is anything but easy. If you have seen the many posts out there that say you can start a blog and make money with it in ____________(insert small amount of time here); you are not alone.
Now, I’m not about to say that these people are lying. Maybe it all did come together for them fairly easily and quickly. But, for the rest of us there is one certainty. It’s going to be a lot of learning and a lot of good, hard work.
Building the site and writing the posts? Easy peasy. But learning how to get followers and then how to get money…holy moly.
What is Google analytics?! I couldn’t even SPELL that on Monday! Google Adsense? How are a bunch of Instagram followers going to help me? What is Canva? I actually just learned this today. How do you like the graphics on this post? Nice, eh?! I just opened it and started “playing”. That’s the only way to learn, I suppose.
What’s a custom 404 page? Why do I want one? Need one? What are breadcrumbs? What’s pagination? (Sounds like a band.) Discus? Commentluv?
What are social bookmarking sites? Do I need those? Why? What are digg, stumbleupon, del.icio.us? Do I need media management tools? Hootsuite and Buffer? Are they free? What are they for? Who are they for?
Should I do a newsletter? Isn’t the blog kinda the same thing? Why do I need a newsletter to send to people who are reading the blog?
There’s something called “blogging networks”….yeah, networks of blogging, I guess. No idea. There’s blogengage, blokube, bizsugar, inbound. I haven’t had time to go check them out. Not sure what the idea is at all. One more bullet on the points of no return.
And then, all of the advice says I have to have a “niche”…I can’t have a few things – like stamping, cooking, books, travel, etc….Nope. You have to pick ONE thing and that has to be your specialty.
Well, guess what?! Nobody lives their life doing just one thing. I have lots to share and I hope that people will follow me because they never know what to expect. I’m like a box of freaking chocolate.
One thing that completely stresses me out is that I’m supposed to have pictures to go with everything. I guess I’ll have to take one of me crying for this post. And then I have to post it on Facebook and Pinterest and Instagram – but I still don’t know where all the people who see me crying go to drop off their money!! Seriously, though; there are some sites that offer free pics (ahem, not THAT kind of free pics!). One is Canva and another is Pixabay. But if you search “free pictures”, you’ll get tons of sites that will want you to pay!! How does free = pay? What the heck?!
By now I’m thinking, this is like the slowest “Get rich quick” scheme I’ve ever done! Just kidding.
So friends, I hope you don’t get discouraged. It’s not that this stuff can’t be learned; but I think “hitting the bigtime” is more about having all of the pieces fall together at just the right time and I think a little luck goes into it as well.
For me, it’s been a case of: “What can I learn today?” And I like that – to a degree. I read a book about teaching young students a while ago and the writer said that, in order for students to remain challenged and engaged, the “puzzle”, i.e. the work or the task, had to be “solvable”. In other words, if the children were not ready, then the lesson would not sink in and they would become frustrated and give up. It’s the same with anything in life…video games, learning to drive, learning a foreign language and, yes, blogging.
Thankfully, there are tons of “mentors” out there that will help you. You just have to find them. I think I have found a couple – maybe as many as a few. I look forward to continuing to nurture these new relationships and to learn from what they can tell me.
Till next time…..stay hopeful!