What I’ve Learned From 7 Years as a Blogger – And Why It’s Just The Start.

I wanted to inspire others, to show them anyone can follow their dreams. I had no intention of making money, who did that?

What I’ve Learned From 7 Years as a Blogger – And Why It’s Just The Start.

When I first started out as a blogger, back in 2011 (OMG 7 YEARS!It’s actually longer as I had a very small blog page before that too.) I just wanted to share my journey.

The journey across new countries as I started travelling and back packing. The academic journey through my literature degree and other studies.
The uphill blooming hard but totally rewarding journey of a single parent overcoming the usual home maker hurdles.

I wanted to inspire others, to show them anyone can follow their dreams. I had no intention of making money, who did that?



7 Years Ago = My first blog post:

Hello, I’m just starting on my new blog site. I’m hoping to get to grips with it all soon, but hey forgive me if I take a few days to get used to this page.
My writing group will soon have a new group blog too, so I’ll let you have the link shortly.
I look forward to you checking out my twitter, facebook and this blog as you go along with your daily routines…maybe it’ll add a little something cultural, optimistic or thought provoking…let me know!

Ha! No images, no chat, no SEO (what the heck was SEO?) no affiliates, just a few random words, but they were genuine.

I wanted to prove something.

CAW Angkor Wat

I wanted to prove to people that I could work full-time, run a home, be a single parent (which involved getting up at 5am to get to the pool, and not arriving home until 7pm) I was a volunteer mentor for teenagers, a YHA volunteer, I was undertaking a BA in Literature through home study, and buying and redeveloping my very own dream home along the way.

Why?

Well what better way to inspire people (and my daughter) to step up and work hard for their dreams, than to show them by example.

Wow, has my life changed in that 7 years! Those years since my first tentative steps into the online world.

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What is a media kit? (Why does a blogger, or writer, need a media kit?)

If you want to build credibility and real connection in the online space build your network of those people who think like you do, are interested in the same things you are, those who aspire to the same lifestyle as you do.

Pinterest What is a media kit

When I first started out as a blogger, back in 2011 (OMG 7 YEARS!) I just wanted to share my journey.

I wanted to take on the internet, embrace social media and chat with friends.

I wanted to show that just because I was old enough to be the mum of most bloggers out there, at that time, I was able to participate.

I had something to say.

I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! Little did I know how much I needed to learn! At first it was just a few lines, no ads, no. Links. I’d never heard of an affiliate let alone though I’d know how to do online marketing or auto schedule through third party apps. I don’t know if I even knew what apps were back then. Things change quickly in this online space.

After a couple of years I heard about blogging as a career, not just for the Kardashians but actually as a job where people would pay you.

Knickers Ebook cover

The myth is that all bloggers earn millions!

Er NO! They don’t. Well OK so maybe the Kardashians do, but even they don’t earn it just from social media or blogging alone.

Most online workers have multiple streams of income.

They have different work streams, they’ll do promotions, content writing, marketing and a list of other work that would make a good old fashioned CV grow into a small paperback!

That’s why you need a media kit.

It’s basically a CV on one page. It’s a quick reference point for you to supplement your business card and shows people who you are and what you do. Importantly it also shows why people should work with you in your media space, in other words on your blog or You Tube channel and the like.

It says what you offer to them, what you do and who will hear about it.



My social media stats (the number of people who officially follow me on the likes of Twitter and Facebook) are quite humble compared to some, but hard earned.

I’ve not gone down the ‘buying 1000 followers for just $50’ or chasing numbers. I’ve looked for and ‘friended’ people I truly connect with. I’ve checked links and tried to make sure the people in my list are ones I would probably get on with in person. People with similar views or interests. I think I’ve just about managed to stick with the plan and my own business ethics by not carelessly or slavishly obsess over that number at the top of my profile.

Now this isn’t a post about gaining followers, you’ll find loads of those online, however be aware the word is changing.

It’s no longer a mad rush for more and more friends and follows.

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How Your ‘5 a Day’ Can Help a Blogger (They’re not all millionaires, despite the rumours!)

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

The headlines about bloggers making millions with no effort are usually fake news, or a sales pitch by someone building their own online business.

Good luck to them, some bloggers do make a great living, they work hard so deserve it.

HOWEVER most bloggers don’t make enough to live on, and never will.

Many bloggers don’t do the work to earn a fortune, most genuinely want to serve, support and help you, their audience.

Blogs exist across the globe for every topic you can imagine.

Self-help, educational study and mutual support groups, hobby groups and that isn’t even mentioning the travel, health, beauty and fashion blogs that you may be familiar with.

You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.

When you read something online that you find informative, helpful or of value why not support the person who delivered it to you.


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Book Review of the Invaluable Non-Fiction – The Art of Social Media, Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

There’s a brilliant helpful ‘schedule’ of what to do when you ‘Peg’ a blog post – invaluable!

Book Review of the Invaluable Non-Fiction – The Art of Social Media, Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

I’ve learnt loads about stuff I thought I knew about and loads about stuff I had no idea about!

Title: The Art of Social Media

Author: Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Copyright: Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick 2014

Ebook 

Blurb Extract:

By now it’s clear that whether you’re promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what will determine your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you.

But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, facebooking, tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with his Canva colleague Peg Fitzpatrick to offer The Art of Social Media – the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money…



Subject:

I invested my pennies in this one when I started to take my blogging seriously. It is worth it’s weight in gold.

Yes, you can find experts all over the internet with their own tips and tricks to mastering the beast that can be Social Media, however this book tells you why things happen. It explains why you should do things, when and how to make it easy.

It’s a bit geeky but never confusing, and has loads of links. For this reason I think the ebook is a better option if you work out and about a lot.

There’s a brilliant helpful ‘schedule’ of what to do when you ‘Peg’ a blog post – invaluable!

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FAQ: What is a Blogger? Not a logger, a BLOGGER!

The blogger can then relax in the knowledge that tomorrow they will be writing again but they will not be alone.

FAQ- What is a Blogger- Not a logger, BLOGGER!FAQ: What is a Blogger? Not a logger, a BLOGGER!

Almost everytime I slighty self-consciously tell people I’m a writer and a blogger, my voice sort of tales off. It’s hard to acquire a confidence about a career that I adore, without sounding pretentious. However I’m always surprised by the reaction. Usually it goes along two lines, either

“Oh wow, I want to do that, brilliant, what do you blog about? Are you earning loads of money?”

OR

“Oh, I’ve heard of that but I’ve no idea what it is”

First of all, I explain I’m writing two novels, as the writer part of my job title seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Then I humbly apologise and say no I’m not earning a fortune, but maybe one day if my lotto numbers come up.

Darren Rowse of Problogger set us bloggers a challenge to post an answer to a FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) so to those who don’t know what this new phenomena is, I will explain, sort of.

FAQ: What is a Blogger?

Dictionary Definition

Blogger: someone who writes a blog

So that’s the shortest post I’ve written in a while.

“WAIT!” I hear you cry. “What’s a blog?”

Blog: a regular record of your thoughts, opinions or experiences that you put on the internet for people to read

How easy is that? If only! I love the blogging world, but that doesn’t quite cover it.

So, here is my own very short definition of what a blogger is…

A writer, entrepreneur, marketer, social media guru, promoter, gossip, expert, novice, photographer, designer, chatterbox, social animal, hermit, computer geek, nerd, keyboard addict, keyboard phobic, passionate advocate of chosen causes, teacher, student, lecturer, reader, historian, trend setter, opinionated egotist, copyrighter, sun-starved, typist, coffee addict, tea drinker, snacker, editor, proof reader, critic, product tester, technician, accountant, quick learner, adaptable, optimistic, pessimistic, paranoid, approachable, socially skilled, unsociable, political, apolitical, highly developed awareness of software updates and issues arising, font expert, spell check guru, bullet pointer, philanthropist, organiser, scheduler, diarist, theorist, deadline meeting, follower, hashtagger, liker, un-liker, procrastinator, experienced, inexperienced, website designer, sharer, content producer, socialite, friend, call to actioner, archivist, credit sharing, selfish, engaging, interviewer, interviewee, guest speaker, guest writer, podcaster, collaborator, consultant, webinar fan, enthusiast who posts their work on the internet in the desperate hope that it will help someone who may, just may, come back to see their work again.

In my best David Attenborough voice…the blogger does its work each day, or night, in the hope that they will attract a ‘reader’ who chooses to chat on social media and press the ever desired @ or # in the right places. The blogger works this hard so the ‘reader’ or ‘follower’ will subscribe. If successful, they will be given the reader’s tag, link and their highly treasured email address. They will know they have found a mate, in the blogging world these mates are known as ‘subscribers’ The blogger can then relax in the knowledge that tomorrow they will be writing again but they will not be alone.

I’m bound to have missed a vital aspect to the job so please tell me your individual skill acquired whilst blogging, clean answers only please…the internet is scary enough.

Have cutlery will travel…

How cool is that…now share with someone who loves geeky things!

Here’s my travel speaker, often used in the garden or out and about.
Best Travel Speaker ever!Yes just put your mobile (cell) phone in your mug, instant speaker hurrah!

Try it, go on (OK, calm, remember to drink your coffee first!)

How cool is that…now share with someone who loves geeky things!

Also here’s my new cutlery, at least I can eat on Sporks & Chopsticksmy trip. Seriously I’ve been told you get more food bug problems from the cutlery than the food!
I love bamboo however one day I’m going to invest in travel chopsticks!

Maybe this set…how cool is this, just what you need in your backpack! You just know you need this in your life AND it’s pink!

I am getting giddy now, just a short while until my next back pack adventure…packing lists at the ready.

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