I wish I had a blog mentor.
Someone who can tell me if I’m making the right decisions in regards to my almost-complete blog redesign. Someone who can tell me what blog resources I’m missing out on.
Someone who can tell me which of my content sucks ass and which one shines.
Blogging seems easy enough that you wouldn’t need someone to hold your hand, but I so desperately want to be coddled.
There are three types of bloggers in this world- A.) people who use their blog as a means of expression with little to no concern of traffic B.) people who blog every day and care about their traffic C.) people who end up viewing their blog as a small business- whether it be for monetary value or brand value.
I fall into category B. I never wanted to be that person that closely watched their analytics each day. It’s added a thin but nonetheless real level of anxiety to my life. My blog started out like category A for a very long time. My blog got about ten hits a day and they were all from one friend (who still reads my blog to this day- Thanks Chris!). I was lucky to start developing more traffic over time after a string of specific events: First, I joined 20-Something Bloggers. If you haven’t done this already, do it. I can’t say enough great things about the community here. Even though I don’t have time to actively post on it anymore, I think it’s a fantastic tool for any young blogger. Secondly, I was named one of Blogger’s Blog of Note. This probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t online met the talented writer Hannah Miet through 20-Something Bloggers, who had been given the honor a few weeks before and who was a supporter of my blog. Thirdly, I became more active in social media, particularly Twitter. Austin, which is an extremely supportive city when it comes to it’s creative folks, was also named the number 8 Most Socially Networked City in the country. My blog would not be where it is today without the support of Austinites and their love for social media. Fourthly, I was named Austin’s Blogger of the Year at the Austin Blogger Awards, which again, wouldn’t have happened without number 3. And last but not least, I started to freelance write more often which gave me more exposure, which again, would could not have happened without social media. None of these events above would have happened without the push of the prior event and all of them have given me the confidence in knowing that somewhere, someone seems to like what I have to say.
All of these events above snowballed into an idea that maybe one day I could fall into category C. Instead of writing a book or a screenplay, maybe my blog could be the physical piece of writing I had hoped to achieve.
This where I’m at a complete loss.
Viewing a blog as a small business is difficult. To me it screams, “Sell Out!”. I also am terrible business person. I don’t have the skills to view my blog as anything other than a place where I write. This is why I need mentor. Someone who has already done this and who knows what they’re doing. Do they even exist?
I guess this is one of those things where you have to figure it out as you go along. So as my blog redesign launches in early September, please bear with this clueless blogger…