When I was just a blogging virgin.

I started my blog in July 2010 and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t put very much thought into it and didn’t know what kind of direction I wanted to go in.

For the first 4 months or so, I see glimpses of myself in the posts I wrote back then but not the real me. I tried so hard to be the cutesy mom blogger who loves every single second of motherhood but it’s obvious even back then that I just wasn’t that way.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned as of now; when it comes to having a blog, stay true to yourself and write whatever you want. If you have a blog that family and/or friends know about and you find you really have to censor yourself, start another one and don’t tell anyone else about it.

At the very beginning of blogging, I could care less if anyone read it. Then I was hoping people would read it and I was hoping for more blog hits. Then I went back to not wanting anyone to read it, back to wanting more blog hits, rinse & repeat.

I’ve learned blog hits don’t mean dick. It’s about you enjoying your blog.

When people relate to a post and leave sincere comments, even if it’s just a few, it means more than several comments from people who didn’t even seem to read the post or they say something like “I started following you, will you check out my site and follow me.”

Stab, stab, stab.

So kiddies, what did we learn?

If you’re thinking about starting a blog or just started, don’t tell family and friends about your blog if you really want to write what you want to (unless, obviously, you can trust them), don’t worry about blog hits, have fun, be patient, and don’t worry about being popular or the next big thing.

Also, make sure to put plenty of Ryan Gosling photos on your blog. There can never be too many.

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14 Responses to When I was just a blogging virgin.

  1. Michelle March 26, 2012 at 19:25 #

    Elle, great post! Thanks for the advice. I have only been blogging for 2months so I appreciate any helpful advice from you veterans. 😉
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    • Elle March 29, 2012 at 16:27 #

      Are you calling me an old fart? Lol! 😉

  2. WeezaFish March 27, 2012 at 01:37 #

    So, is your name really Elle? And is this your real blog, or your ‘other’ blog? 🙂 I trust my family, maybe curb my swearing a bit but it’s basically me in my blog. My family know me well! I love your blog, and I only started reading it fairly recently. Makes me wanna go back to your archives though, check out this cutesy mom blogger …
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    • Elle March 29, 2012 at 16:29 #

      I’ll pay you with cake if you don’t go back and read the archives. 😀

  3. Monica DeLaCruz March 27, 2012 at 07:57 #

    thank you, thank you, thank you. i needed this post and i needed it today. i love to write and i don’t care about hits or who reads it, but what happens to me is i read other people’s blogs when i happen to be in a funky mood and i think, “oh my gawd. my blog SUCKS. these people are so much better than me. why do i even write? i’m going to stop. this is just ridiculous. i am going to leave it to the people who are fabulous at everything they do.” i get down about it and stop writing. then i get motivated again, write, am happy, can comment on other people’s blogs genuinely and not get down about how much better they are than me. and so it goes: “rinse, repeat, ad nauseum.” your post has gotten me up out of my funk! ;o) and, BTW, photos of johnny depp don’t hurt either. ;o)

    • WeezaFish March 28, 2012 at 00:04 #

      Blog to your hearts content Monica. With as many pics of Johnny Depp as you can handle. I can handle quite a few myself 🙂
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      • WeezaFish March 28, 2012 at 00:08 #

        And where’s your blog Monica, I can’t get to it?
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        • Monica DeLaCruz March 29, 2012 at 10:37 #

          haha! just checked out your blog, too, ms. weezafish. i like it! we same to have to the a lot of our blogroll in common (so, that means you have superb taste ;o). my blog: http://monica-adayinthelife.blogspot.com/. i’ll try to include some gratuitous johnny depp photos in upcoming posts. ;o)

    • Elle March 29, 2012 at 08:49 #

      Listen to Weezafish, more Johnny Depp photos!

      I used to do the same thing (and still do it, *shhhh* ;)). I’m really hard on myself when it comes to what I write and have trashed countless posts because of it. I’ve read your blog and love it so I don’t think you have anything to worry about. 😀

      • Monica DeLaCruz March 29, 2012 at 10:38 #

        aw! thanks, elle. that means a TON coming from you. huge virtual hugs!

  4. Allison March 27, 2012 at 18:22 #

    Love this post 🙂 I just recently discovered your blog as well, but I’m not gonna lie, I’ve spent hours reading all your older posts. FANTASTIC. Now I check in every day. I am a mom as well and a BRAND NEW blogger. Thanks for the advice!

    • Elle March 29, 2012 at 16:23 #

      Thank *you*! 🙂

  5. Loann May 3, 2012 at 12:43 #

    Hello,

    Just happened upon your blog today. It’s crazy funny. I love that you don’t try to pretty things up when writing about what happened to you. Also, it’s so refreshing to see a blog with which the auhtor is comfortable using curse words! It lends a lot more reality and impact to the event. My next project is reading some of your older posts. Thanks for the many laughs! Have a great one!

    • Elle May 5, 2012 at 14:37 #

      You’re so sweet! Thank you. xx

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