Six Top Tips To Being A Successful Blogger

I’m not here today!  I’m over at Featureworld in an article I was asked to write on Top tips on how I managed to be a successful mummy blogger: http://sellyourstoryuk.com/2011/10/26/success-blogging/

Now I admit to coughing on my cup of tea when Alison asked me to write this post!  I was a bit kind of ‘who me?’.  But then as a few people have asked me for similar things, since I won theMADs award, I started to wonder ‘does winning an award make you into a success?’.  Maybe not.  But the two years of hard graft, 3-5 blog posts per week, gradual learning of the techie stuff, 3000 views per month are in their own way a success; after all I did keep going, even if there are people with more success.  Earl Nightingale said that success is ‘having a goal and systematically working towards it’, which I definitely have.  So I’ve decided to go along with this ‘successful blogger’ idea and see if it rubs off onto my new book (out in less than a fortnight OMG!).

Let’s hope next year I can write an article on ‘How to stay being a successful blogger’  and how to write a successful book!

If you fancy writing a book of your own, make sure you stay posted and don’t miss the next couple of weeks of posts, as at some point I’m going to write a blog about the whole process.  I also admit to having been a bit quiet over the past couple of months, and not always managing to do as many posts per week: it’s a mixture of school holidays, husband with shingles for 5 weeks, half term, and trying to hit my book publishing deadline.  But ‘I’ll be back’ in full force over the next few weeks!

Let me know what you think of the tips I wrote for Featureworld.  I tried to make them unique and really useful.

So often our advice is for us, not for them

I had a giggle at myself the other day, when I realized that there is a particular subject that I’ve been often offering unsolicited advice about in the last few months and really it was for me. This happens a lot, don’t you find?

It especially happens to us coach/therapist types, because it does make sense to help people experiencing what you went before originally. But it can even happen about newer stuff: its always worth me taking note if I have a pile of people through the door, all with the same issue, because it probably means I need to take a bit of my own advice.  Of course I’ve been on maternity leave, so it’s been more subtle this time.

It happens because of a concept called ‘reflection’ which means you see in others what you see (sometimes subconsciously) in yourself. So if you think someone needs improving, it’s probably you that does! The nice side to this is to remember that when you see something fabulous in someone else it’s also in you. I’m bound to blog about this more sometime, so don’t worry if it doesn’t totally make sense now.

So my thing? I’d been giving people basic advice on getting found by google etc, because if clients or customers can’t find you, then they don’t think you are serious about getting business. So when I mentioned to my lovely mummy blogger mates muddling along and zooarcheologist that I wondered whether people actually wanted blogs like mine (service ones with tips etc) because my blog stats are lower than normal ‘mummy blogs’, guess what their answer was: ‘you’re really difficult to find’!

Bless them, they knew the answer, because they had bothered to notice, and I was really touched. The problem is that my main Mummy Whisperer site and my site for the other side of my work pop up first rather than my blog.  Plus, I haven’t been able to blog so much with the arrival of Little Dimples, and being unwell.

So this week I’m going to work on getting found and take some of my own advice. If you’ve got any tips for me, this is the week to let me know, even constructive criticisms! Ooh and if you like my blog, you’re welcome to let other people know and help me out a little.

I hope that anyone I’ve tried to help over the past few months, knew I was trying to be helpful, rather than irritating!