Blogging with Confidence

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Each time I sit down at the computer with intention of writing my output increases. I managed 1,924 words last week, again over two days, 1,100 of them in one sitting. I continue to surprise myself. 

Writing Bubble

Only two days writing for the novel is a little frustrating, I'd like to do more. So many things take up my time... You know what, I won't keep repeating myself. I have limited time, we all suffer the same. So why don't I stop saying it!

*Shakes head*

Anyway...

I've taken on a project, or should I say I've taken on a student? I don't know. You see I've been talking to a friend about blogging for months. She's listened to me ramble on about limited time, natter about social media and most of all she's heard how supportive the blogging community is. I told her it might be a good idea to start blogging, she's been going through some stuff and needs an outlet. She took the plunge and yesterday I spent the morning helping her set up an account. 

I never realised how much work bloggers do! I spent time writing notes so I would remember everything and my notebook is almost full. Writing a post is the easy bit, there's so much more to blogging.

I spend about 30 minutes writing a post, sometimes longer but never more than an hour. That's the unedited version. I then spend ages going over the post, re-writing bits, deleting bits, editing. When I'm happy with the writing I move on to images and recently I've learned I need to optimise my images for the internet. Choosing an image, saving in an appropriate format, adding it into my post and optimising the title or description adds another 15 minutes. And the post isn't even published yet.

Over the past year I have blogged more than ever before and as a result have learned a lot. My knowledge of social media, online communities and publishing online is ever increasing, as is my confidence. There is always something new to learn, issues with code or broken links and I jump right in and fix them. 

Morgan's Milieu | Blogging With Confidence: Laptop, notebook and camera


Like I said I hadn't thought about it until recently but I'm awesome! That might sound big-headed but when I think back to when my boys were babies I was 'just' a mum. Being a mum is a tough job but I always wanted more, I wanted to feel like I was contributing something other than housework.

I'm building a readership of Morgan's Milieu and my stats are growing daily. An editorial calendar is proving useful at the moment because I can't contain all my ideas. Growing my little corner of the internet is taking a long time, but I like it. I love it when there's a little bump in my stats but I'm thrilled when people come back time and time again to comment on my posts. 

Blogging has become a bigger part of me than I ever thought it would. I see lots of other bloggers getting all kinds of opportunities, and even jobs, out of their blogging and that excites me too. Possibilities are endless and I think I may have infected my friend with my enthusiasm. We shall see. 


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12 comments:

  1. It's a lot of work isn't it? And I'm impressed you have an editorial calendar, I think that's very important and can help you through weeks when you're not feeling as inspired as usual. I think blogging really helps your writing and I can imagine showing someone else how to do it improves your own skill too.

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    1. Oh boy is it! Yes you're probably right about showing someone else improving your own skills. We haven't got far yet but I keep writing notes on various subjects and it's making me consider my own routines and tasks. The editorial calendar is definitely helpful when you're not inspired and I seem to be filling mine up quite quickly at the moment. :)

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  2. It is a lot of work. I was having this conversation with a friend the other day. It's like anything though-you get out of it what you put in. I

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    1. You certainly do. It's incredibly hard to juggle parenthood with blogging but as long as it's something you love you find the time. :)

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  3. Brilliant post lovely :-) It's true, a lot of very hard work goes into blogging! It's so worth it though- I get so much joy from my little blog XX

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    1. Thanks Alexandra. I too get a lot of joy from my blog and it encourages me to keep going with my novel too!

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  4. Go you. You ARE awesome. Putting yourself out there in such a public way, deserves to be rewarded with interaction and readership. You work hard on your blog and it's obviously reaping the rewards.

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    1. Thank you so much Nicola. Realising how hard I work has been an eye-opener to be honest, I thought I was just 'messing' with the blog but I do actually take it quite seriously these days. I've learned so much and implemented tactics along the way. Not only that but it all helps with the novel too - so that's a bonus!

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  5. I always notice how much work you put into your blog not just with writing but with optimised images (I've noticed your pintrest logo things when you hover over images - no idea how you do that) and little things that suggest posts I might like! Blogging is a lot of work and a real skill I think - you really are awesome to do it so well! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

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    1. Thanks Maddy! Those little pinterest logos are generated by a piece of code, it makes it easier for people to pin your images. And the suggestions box is located on the AddThis website (a sharing website thingy). It's all stuff that other people have created but I use it to improve my own blog. And it's all free to use too! I have done loads of research to find the things I wanted and learned how to improve various things. It has taken a long time but I'm generally happy with the blog these days. I don't have that voice in the back of my mind telling me to change it again. Blogging has become my job (not that I make any money from it yet) and it's a job I love. I'm not sure I could do anything else now! Thank you so much for your lovely comments Maddy. xx

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  6. This is such a lovely positive post! I feel like I have so much more to learn about how to optimise my blog. But, you know, time... I'm sure I'll get there eventually. X

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    1. Thanks Sophie. It does take a long time to learn and there's always something new that comes along. I'm not sure you could ever know everything. But yes, you'll get there eventually, keep going. xx

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