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.
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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