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Hey…..psssttt…..you over there. I have a confession to make. I want you to know that I’m barely computer literate. Shhhh…..What’s worse? I only pretend to know what people are doing on Twitter, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing on Google +. Not only that, but I actually send some of my blog posts to my mom so she can check the punctuation. My mother has some amazing grammar skillz and is good at pointing out when I am violating any rules. Thanks, mom! She also sews buttons back on all my clothes….but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post altogether.
Anyways, back to the point of this post. It’s that I suck at this stuff. So you’re probably wondering how I am managing to write a successful blog and make money doing it. And you’re probably wondering how I got hired to write for a bigger blog like Get Rich Slowly. Truthfully, sometimes I even wonder the same thing myself. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s rocket science or some secret formula. The answer is simple. I’ve been successful because I keep trying. I never give up.
When we first started our blog, the only person that read it was my mom…..and she LOVED it. She thought it was amazing. Or at least she said she did. Anyway, that gave me hope that more people might read it one day. And now that they do, I thought I should share a handful of things that I’ve learned since I started.
Holly’s Quick Blogging Tips
Be yourself…even if you are an asshole. Believe it or not, there is a niche for that! You might just become someone’s very favorite HATEREAD.
Take every opportunity that you can get. Even boring ones. They may lead to other opportunities that you actually want.
Make friends with other bloggers. Even if you don’t like them…or they make you log in to WordPress or complete a captcha to comment on their site. ***If you do either of those things and I still comment on your blog, that means that I think you are worth the extra effort!
Grow a thick skin. People won’t always like what you have to say…and that’s fine. But if you’re going to say something shitty to me on my blog, at least make it funny. Then I can laugh at you.
Plan on putting a lot of time into your blog. It definitely takes a lot of time to start getting any traction. Get up early or stay up late. Do whatever it takes. The more you put in, the more you get out.
Don’t leave crabby comments on other people’s blogs. I’ll admit this is an area where I struggle. I just *try* to revert back to what my mom always taught me…”If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Don’t be anonymous. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being anonymous (we were semi-anonymous for months), but you are probably missing out on opportunities. Slap your picture and name on your blog, and wear your nerdiness like a badge of honor. It’s not as painful as you think! And from my experience, most people in “real life” aren’t all that interested.
What blogging tips am I missing? Do you agree with the things that I’ve learned?
Since we’ve been sick/extremely busy at work/slacking on the VIP Club Roundups, here are a few of my favorite posts from other bloggers over the last several weeks:
- Kim at Eyes on the dollar wrote about how much time she would spend trying to save $2.50.
- Krantcents wrote about how to raise successful children.
- John at Frugal Rules asked “Do businesses care about their employees anymore?”
- Grayson at Debt Roundup writes about sending his new baby off to daycare. I remember that feeling!
- Our friend Kathleen writes about how we define success on the internet.
- Mish from Mish Lovin Life writes an inspiring guest post about quitting her job to travel the world over at Making Sense of Cents.
We hope everybody had a great weekend! We hope to see you right back here tomorrow for some more of the awesome sauce!