Blogging Tips From Brittany At 17 Hour Days

This week, I would like to welcome Brittany from 17 Hour days who shares with us her blogging tips. Brittany is a relatively new blogger but has managed to coordinate a very healthy blog following through her passion and openness with her niche. Brittany has also mastered the nature of engaging well on social media having set up her own community of bloggers who regularly shares ideas and tips.

Brittany 17 Hour Days1. Tell us about yourself and your blog

My name is Brittany. I am a stay at home mom to two very energetic little boys and the wife of an amazing husband.

I blog at 17 Hour Days, where I write about finding God in the everyday life of a stay at home mom.

My hope with my blog is to encourage other people, especially busy moms of little ones, to examine what they believe and to grow closer to God through reading my encouraging, authentic and inspiring posts.

 

2. What made you get started in blogging?

I actually started blogging on a whim because a friend had a blog and I thought it sounded like fun and that I would be good at it. My blog has already morphed into way more than I thought it would ever be!

3. How much time do you dedicate each day/week to your blogging?   How do you keep track of what your doing?

It’s hard to say. I’m not great at focusing on what I’m supposed to be getting accomplished.  I often find myself working during the time I should be blogging, or doing small blogging tasks when I should be working. Ideally, I would work for an hour or two a night with occasional check-ins during the day. I haven’t been keeping track. Maybe that’s my problem!

4. If you could have told yourself ONE thing when you started blogging, what would it be?

I would have warned myself how time-consuming blogging can be. I didn’t realize just how much work goes on behind the scenes both before and after you write a post. It’s so easy to get pulled in to where you always feel like you have to do more, more, more. It can be all-consuming if you let it.

5. Do you make money from your blog?  If so, what has been your most successful way of making money?

I don’t. It was important to me not to monetize from the beginning because I didn’t want it to be about the money. I really wanted to focus on building strong relationships and gaining my readers’ trust, especially as a Christian blogger. I have started monetizing my site, but that process is only in the very beginning stages.

6. As well as blogging, do you have another full/part time job or parenting responsibilities?  How do you juggle these demands?

Like I said before, I am a full time stay at home mom to two very energetic little boys. I also volunteer at church and do freelance writing part-time. I juggle these demands by blocking out specific times to work on specific tasks–such as working during nap time and blogging after bed time–but like I said before, I don’t always stick to it!

I also make lots of to-do lists and prioritize my tasks so I can make sure that the most important things get done every day. If other things get done too, that’s great, but I always make sure the essential things get done.

7. What would you say is your favourite social media platform and why?

I know a lot of bloggers hate Facebook right now, but I LOVE it! I feel like I am able to really connect with my readers and be a part of their lives in a way that I simply can’t do on other social media platforms. I am far too wordy for Twitter’s 140-character limit, and Pinterest doesn’t really facilitate a conversation at all. I love the friends and family feel of Facebook.

8. What has been the biggest hurdle that you have come across in your blogging career to date?  How did you overcome this?

Probably finding the time and motivation. There have been times when I wondered if blogging was worth the time it takes away from other things that I could be doing, like working or spending time with my family. At times like these, I think it’s important to scale back and just do what is manageable instead of rushing into everything headfirst because that is what you are “supposed” to do. And I love my blog, so that helps too!

9. How do you drive traffic to your blog and grow your readership?

I have received a large portion of my traffic from participating in several groups on Facebook. Some allow me to make real connections and relationships, others allow me to share some of my posts, and others have blog hops that bring plenty of new readers. Almost all of my core readership can be traced back to Facebook.

10.  What is the most important piece of advice you could give to a new blogger?

Establish your purpose and your target audience in the very beginning (and your purpose should NOT be just to make money!). If you write just to write with no goal and no reader in mind, you’re probably not going to make it very far. Who do you want to help, and how do you want to help them? Then, let those answers drive every single thing that you do.

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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

9 Responses to “Blogging Tips From Brittany At 17 Hour Days”

written by Brittany On 13 June 2014 Reply

Thanks so much for featuring me Catherine! I appreciate it!

written by Catherine Holt On 13 June 2014 Reply

Your welcome Brittany. It is great to hear some blogging tips from another mum who’s trying to blog with little one’s running around their feet :-)

written by Ryan Biddulph On 13 June 2014 Reply

Love that Brittany started blogging on a whim Catherine ;) Thanks for sharing!

written by Catherine Holt On 13 June 2014 Reply

I know, great isn’t it Ryan :-) The beautiful world of blogging is open to everyone who is willing to give it the time and attention it deserves :-)

written by Brittany On 13 June 2014 Reply

Ryan: I know, sometimes I feel strange to admit it. Everyone else is being so intentional, and I’m over here thinking “Hmm… that sounds fun!” But it’s the truth! lol But there’s no reason we can’t be both fun and intentional, right?

written by Simon On 14 June 2014 Reply

So good to see the I’m not alone in the challenges and enjoyment that come from Blogging. Well done Brittany, and great initiative Catherine.

written by Catherine Holt On 16 June 2014 Reply

I think all Bloggers have their challenges Simon, but it is important to be able to recognize them and then manage them. If you enjoy blogging, then those challenges can be overcome. If you see it as a chore, then it is going to be far more difficult!

written by YourFriend On 29 July 2014 Reply

You are very right.Your target should not be earning money. Because soon you will lose all the interest and motivation.

While Blogging is all about staying interested, motivated and devoted.

written by Catherine Holt On 30 July 2014 Reply

Whilst it is lovely to be able to earn money whilts blogging, if this is the main motivation, it will make the journey quite difficult. You need to enjoy what you are doing in order to keep the pace up. Blogging is not like a 9-5 job, it is something that you need to constantly work at. Blogging is not an easy way to make money, and whilst you certainly can make a living from it, it is not something that is going to be an instant reaward. This can be very disheartening if your sole motivation for blogging is to earn an income.

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