Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My ONE Tip for New Bloggers

Wife Mommy Me has been around for a little over 3 years. In all that time, the one thing I've learned about growing your blog, reaching more readers and expanding my social media presence is one thing... 


Like any passion you may have, blogging takes time to groom and grow and became a solid piece of the world wide web. Now please, don't think for one second that I consider myself or my blog an "it" blog. But I must be doing something right because as of today, I have a fairly large (to me) readership.


It's taken 3 years... 3 LONG years of networking, writing, sharing, thinking, planning and pouring my heart out to get the numbers I have today. But along the way, I know that without patience, I would have given up on blogging a long time if the numbers where all that matter. 

The driving force behind Wife Mommy Me has always been and will continue to be to document our family's journey with our loved ones and friends, to share the day to day as a mother, wife and person. But I would be telling a bold face lie if I said the numbers didn't matter. Some.

Connecting with other bloggers on a personal level is so rewarding. Hosting a fun giveaway is always a great way to gain exposure and boost your audience while sharing a product/service you love. Supporting and cheering on fellow bloggers allows them to feel just as valid and important as you do as a blogger when someone offers you that same encouragement. 

So new blogger, share what you are passionate about through your words. Add your touch to the world of social media. Don't change who you are in hopes of seeing a jump in number. Trust me, fellow bloggers can see straight through the bullshit. Blog when you have something to share, not just so you can click publish. And lastly, don"t give up. Because with a whole lotta faith and patience, you can make your blog shine.


31 comments:

  1. Patience is such a good bit of advice for so many things :) I agree so much on what you said about writing what you're passionate about and when you have something to share - not just to blog. I've fallen into that trap and then didn't feel like myself. It's easier to just be yourself --- haha true for blog life and real life :)

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    1. I'm sure there are folks that wonder over this way that could care less about what Connor and I did last week at the library but it's important to me to document our every day lives.

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  2. Great post! My main goal is to have fun with my blog and see what happens, but I agree, the numbers matter. I think the number of followers confirms that I'm doing something right (or not).

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    1. Exactly! That's why I stay true to myself but still be relevant to those who read my blog.

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  3. I feel like you wrote this for me.....

    And I wanna whine and say "but it's just so hard" Did you hear my nasaly drama there. HA! Now you can slap me around and tell me to stop it. And I will.

    Thanks for this. It is encouraging and a good reminder, things just take time.

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    1. It is hard but you have a great blog, Beth. Especially with your DIY projects.

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  4. Ahh, Patience. Blogging has made me have a whole lot of patience. haha I do love it, but it is a lot of work for sure!

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    1. I wish I could get instant results but that's not going to happen so I understand that with time and patience, I'll get to where I wanna be one day.

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  5. Very good post!!! I've been doing this thing call blogging for 5 years in Jan. and I'm not near where I want to be but it is slowly growing and I'm loving it! :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Faith. I've been blogging for me and me alone and it's been the best experience.

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  6. Love this post! It's so true. This is the one thing that holds true for all bloggers - you need patience and a whole lot of it!

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    1. Patience and faith in yourself will take you a long way in regards to becoming a blogger.

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  7. (tried to comment, but not sure if it stuck!) This post is so true for all bloggers. Patience is SO necessary to keep blogging.

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  8. Amen! Patience and persistence! It can feel like two steps forward and one step back, or it can feel like you're talking to just yourself somedays, but that's okay!

    Great post, Stephanie!

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    1. I've learned to love the journey even when I feel like I've taken nothing but steps back.

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  9. Great tips Stephanie! I always have to remember to be patient, I just love reading new comments and gaining new readers, it's so lovely to know there are people out there who enjoy what we do isn't it? You're doing great lady, I love your blog :)

    Fiona @ www.dollydowsie.com

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    1. Of course I want followers and readers but I don't want to be anyone but me here and it's nice to know that folks relate.

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  10. Thank you, a timely reminder! It's so nice to hear common sense from someone a bit ahead of me in these things.

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    1. It's a learning process and one day you'll be giving out the advice.

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  11. Thank you. This was refreshing to read as I am in a bit of a blogging funk at the moment :)

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    1. It happens to me all the time but I just step back and take a break if need be and then start where I left off.

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  12. Very good advice!!! When I started my blog I didn't even know about the blogging community!

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    1. Exactly! I'm self taught and the journey has been one full of fun and memories and making connections.

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  13. Great post! And great advice! I blog first and foremost for me and my family. I want to be able to remember the days that we had together. Sure sometimes its geared towards others who might be reading, but I don't change who I am to write a specific way to get people to read. If you don't like my style, move on. But if you do like it, I'm happy to have you! Thanks for this post!

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    1. You are right, move on! No one is begging you to stay around! ;)

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  14. This really gives me a ton of encouragement!
    Thank you!
    Rachel
    www.dysfunctionallynormal.com

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  15. Very true. There are some days when it seems stuck, but I've learned these things called patience and persistence through my karate practice, where nothing is instant gratification and you just have to keep going and hoping that one day you'll see the progress.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. I just push forward when I'm in a funk and it always helps to know that I don't have to blog, I choose to!

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  16. But being patient is so hard!!! Especially since I just relaunched and went from having a nice little band of followers to not having any anymore!

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    1. It is hard but what you have going now is spectacular. Keep working at it, Brittany!

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