Boston Parent Bloggers Tip of the Week – Legwork

One of my favorite things about Boston Parent Bloggers and about blogging in general is the chance to help other people start seeing their visions come to life through blogging. Whether it’s just a place to express yourself, promotion for another business, a chance to meet new people, or the beginning of your social media empire, blogging is fun. When you’re just getting started, there are so many questions you may have, and it’s great to have someone who can lend a hand, mentor you, and keep you from making some big mistakes. I truly enjoy that and I’m happy to help out. That said, you have to be willing to do some of the work on your own.

  • If you’ve researched blogging platforms and want to know which one I use and why, please ask. But don’t ask me to choose a platform for you, or outline all of the pros and cons of each.
  • If you want help installing a plugin on your blog, or have a problem with a particular setting, ask. But don’t ask me, “How do I get started?”
  • If you’re attending a conference for the first time and I’ve already been, I can certainly provide some tips for getting the most out of things, but you should also read the conference website and seek out other blogs that have information on how to prepare and what to do.
Google (or Bing or even Yahoo) is your friend. Do your homework. And this is not only because I’m a busy person and I expect that you’ll honor how valuable my time is, but because your blog is your business. If you aren’t motivated enough to go out there and look around, if you aren’t so excited and curious that you want to learn as much as you can, you are not going to succeed. The bloggers you see making an income from their work (not through their blogs, but through work that comes from their blogs) didn’t learn to do so from a book or from someone holding their hand through every step. They got there through trial and error and a passion so great that nothing could stand in their way. So, do as much as you can on your own. But do know that if you get stuck, there is most likely someone else out there who is happy to help you get past your hurdle.

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  • I LOVE this post. I’m going to bookmark it and when people say “Hey, I want to start blogging. Can I take you out for a cup of coffee?” I will send them here.

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