When I started this blog I was almost certain it would fizzle out in a matter of weeks. But here I am, just a little past four years, and I can not imagine my life without this wonderful place. So much has transpired since the day I sat at Coffee Cartel in the Central West End of St. Louis and started writing.
In the beginning it was just an exercise and now it has become my life (or at least a very big part of it.) There are a million different reasons why you might blog... but a few key things that can help you along the way.
There's an ongoing debate in the blogging community about how real is too real. Some bloggers choose to share very little if anything about their personal lives. While others maybe share a little bit too much. And some of us just proceed with caution and only share certain things. Being real with your readers can be a really beautiful thing that will attract people to your blog but it can also do some damage. You need to decide for yourself what kind of blog you want to have. Share only what you're comfortable with putting out there into the world for all to see and be prepared for any backlash or negativity that might come your way. It is what it is and you have to have somewhat of a thick skin.
It kind of kills me sometimes to think about all the time I wasted (especially early on) comparing myself to other more popular bloggers. Be uniquely you and only blog about things you love and at the end of the day, even if your stats don't measure up to that other blog, you will at least have the satisfaction of knowing that you didn't waiver from your own creative instincts. Ultimately, people will love you for it.
This is a really tough one, trust me I know. The wide majority of bloggers play the waiting game for at least a year before seeing significant growth on their blog. There is no tried-and-true formula for creating a blog with massive overnight success. The quality of your content or originality of your brand does not necessarily have anything to do with the speed at which the traffic to your blog grows. As with any dream or passionate pursuit, you must persevere.
I hope these tips were helpful for you! It's a topic that I could blog about for weeks and still not cover everything, so if you have any questions or need help with something leave me a comment and I'll get back to you pronto.