Can you feel it? The excitement?!
Drumroll please… light the fireworks…. This post marks 100 TOTS posts!!
To celebrate I thought I would share what I have learned about blogging since we started.
- Write down post ideas as soon as you get them. That amazing post idea that you think of in the middle of the night, while changing the baby’s diaper, or at the store will not just stick around in your head until you are ready to write it. Keep a notebook with you at all times and write it down. NOW. When it is 8 pm and you have to write a post for tomorrow but you have an awful flu, you won’t have to worry about thinking of a great idea; just grab your notepad and go.
- Only commit to as many posts as you can handle. We have a new post everyday on TOTS. When we first started I was on maternity leave and it was completely attainable to write 3-4 posts a week (we have amazing contributors that help with the rest). Now that I am back to work full time I am finding it super hard to keep up. When you start a blog, think 6 months into the future and commit only to as many posts as you can handle.
- Choose a theme. I LOVE having a theme for TOTS! We write posts that will help business moms. Having a broad theme makes it easy to think of posts and write on a variety of topics without seeming too scatterbrained.
- Don’t expect to make money. When Catherine and I started TOTS, we hoped to help small business moms like us and make a little bit of side money. Check one for helping people. We receive great feedback from our readers, but we do not make any money. The few dollars we have made have gone towards hosting costs, domains etc. Bottom line: if you are going to blog, do it because you love it, not because you think you will make millions (or even hundreds).
- Be organized. I will be the first one to admit that being organized and working ahead is not my strong suit. However, being organized takes so much stress off of you. Having a few posts ‘in the works’ or completed early will allow all of those last-minute life happenings to pop up without completely stressing you out.
Those are the top 5 things I have learned about blogging in 100 posts.
What have you learned by blogging?