I’ve managed to “encourage” a very good friend of mine to go into this mummy blogging world. Kriscia from Alrighty Then, Mama has been blogging for a couple of years now (I didn’t push her, I “encouraged” her – I swear) but only came out into the public arena very recently.
For some time now, I’ve spoken to her about my own experiences after coming out in public about my blog after blogging silently for over eight years. She was a bit apprehensive at first, and rightly so. This blogging world, especially the mummy blogging world, can be very tricky to manoeuvre, especially after all the media attention it has been getting.
So, before she came on to this I gave her some of my own thoughts based on my own experiences with the hope that she would have an easier time than I did.
- Stay in your corner aka nurture the audience you already have – the ones you’ve had before you came out in public. I’ve told her not to worry about getting more and more people to look at her blog. She already has her own community. Just stick with that. The greedier you get for an audience, the more headache blogging will give you. Traffic isn’t everything.
- Don’t get involved with mummy blogging politics and bitching. I deliberately didn’t tell her who the big bloggers are and which groups are clicky and which bloggers hate each other. She doesn’t need to know that. She doesn’t need to care about that.
- Treat brands and PRs professionally and with respect. If you agree on a deadline/payment, don’t make excuses. Keep your end of the bargain and don’t be whiny.
- Only follow the bloggers you only really like. There’s no point following the ones you don’t like because it’ll just add to your daily chore. If you don’t like them, following them will feel like a chore. Believe me!
- You don’t need to have a Twitter account or a Facebook page. My friend only had a Facebook account but she was asked if she had a Twitter account so she asked me about it. I said you can make one but you don’t have to be active if you don’t want to. It’s not really that necessary especially if your community is not on Twitter.
Finally, just be yourself. Continue writing what you’ve been writing for the last couple of years. Be a hermit if you are a hermit. It’s just blogging. It’s supposed to be fun. Once it starts to feel like work stress, then you’re not doing it right.