There are so many reasons that someone starts to blog. They feel like they have something to share, they want to make money, they have a hobby they love or they want to share their life as a parent with the world. There are other reasons of course, but these seem to be the main reasons. I have been a blogger for about 7 years now and things have changed a lot. I have learned a lot in the process and though I’m not a successful rich blogger by any means I have learned so much as a women blogger.
Here are 5 things I have learned as a Women Blogger
1. Most companies assume that if you are a women and blogging, that you are a mother. Most PR people do not read your blog or your about page, they just contact you. If it’s a child related item I make sure to point out that I am not a mom, but I am close to my nieces and nephews. Normally they pass me up, but some do give me a chance to do the review. If you are not a mom be prepared for this. It sucks and they shouldn’t do this for some items, but until companies are informed about who bloggers really are and the different types of people who blog, I think this is something that will continue for a long time.
2. I have nothing against mom bloggers, I am in fact friends with a few, but if your not a mom your social networks can be limited, men who are bloggers also have this problem. Many networks expect you to be a mom and only want to include moms. Finding the ones that are non-mom friendly is a great way to network, something you need to do as a blogger.
Here are a few places I am a member and welcomed, even though I am not a mom.
- Blog Friendly PR (I am most active on this site)
- Mom Blogger Club. (I’m not personally very active, but it’s a very welcoming group)
- Review Wire Media. (this is a link to their Facebook group. It’s a great group to be a part of.
- Hollybee Tells Hops and Blog Promotion (this is my own Facebook group. It is open to anyone and I’m just starting to get some great promotion threads up and getting things going)
3. You have to write and write and write. I know so many people see blogs out there that post a ton of things every day, these blogs are normally deal/discount blogs and that works great for them. They write a lot of content, but it’s broken up into small post. If your not part of that group it’s usually better to have longer, more informative post on your blog, so yes you are still writing and writing and writing, but your posting less. I have found that using small post is not something that works with my blogs. Test what works best for your readers and fix things from there, but remember, in most cases to be a blogger, you have to write.
4. Having a blog on a free site like blogger.com is great, but what is perfect is having your own self hosted blog. It looks better and if your goal is to make money with your blog having it on your own hosting is the only way to go. Many Mom bloggers fall into this trap, and it can effect their goals depending on what they want out of their blog. If your happy just writing and don’t want t be a professional or do a lot of product reviews, then being on a free site is just fine.
5. This lesson is the most important, if you are starting a blog to make money, you may as well close up shop now. That is the worst reason to start a blog. A blog needs to have passion behind it, not a want to make money. I have started a few blogs with this intent, mostly in the “How to make money blogging” area and non of them exist any more! I got tired of trying to break into those high paying blogging areas. I found just having my own personal blog where I occasionally shared blogging tips has worked better for me. Now if your passion is teaching people, it might work, but if you have never blogged, don’t bother no one wants to listen to tips on blogging from someone with no experience.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. This is all my personal experience and I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions or your own experiences as a blogger. Just leave a comment below!
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