…it’s a bloggy world: share

One of the main things that I have learned about blogging is that it is absolutely necessary to share what you know.

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When I first started writing I felt very proprietary about my techniques, methods, and ideas. This kind of attitude will only go so far in the blogging world. Readers are reading to gain information. They want to learn and try what you are showing & teaching for themselves. This is why they are not taking a class, but reading your blog! You must teach to acquire readers.

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You will find out quickly whether or not a blog is successful if the writer teaches. If a blog shows off his/her doghouse or cow pasture or shoe shop or bbq pit (you get the idea) in every post then a reader may tire of the site and not want to read and/or not want to share it with friends. There must be something in it for the reader.

I think a blogger can certainly show what they are working on to inspire others to do something similar in their own lives and show that it is achievable.

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There’s a bit of “If I can do it, so can you” attitude.

There are also blogs where the reader may never be able to do what the blogger is doing, say, build a cottage in the mountains, but it is still appealing and enjoyable to witness and read about.

Then there is the type of blog that educates. I think these are the blogs that become the ones that are most talked about and end up with the most readers. I have noticed my readership climb and climb the more I offer techniques & concrete ideas.

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Yes, this does mean that you are showing more of your cards to your readers. You are letting people you do not know into your space and into your world. Yes, this can be uncomfortable at moments. It can also be a way to grow your business and readership, however.

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If you show your carpet and talk about how much you love it, your readers want to know how much it was and where they can have one just like it. You must get used to sharing information & having your readers engaged enough that they want more.

Certainly, if there are things that you’d rather not talk about you don’t have to. I never reveal the name of my mover or prices that I give to clients. These are things that may hurt me and my business. Otherwise, I try to be open and share honestly so that I can have the blessed position of teacher and writer.

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There is a freedom in being open and willing to share what you know. You will find that you are not losing anything by doing so. Just as we are all snowflakes everything we product is unique and different from our readers and neighbors.

…it’s a bloggy world series

I have a confession. If you’ve been reading Blue Egg Brown Nest for a while you know that I am working on being honest & true to my feelings. If not, then how can anyone really get to know us? And those that judge or guilt or shame what our truth is, well, they don’t understand what it is for one to have good boundaries and our own identities. I am aiming for freedom this year!

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Now, what was I saying? Oh, my truth is that I heart my blog more than I heart decorating, creating and painting. I was a painfully shy child that never spoke up or had a voice that could express what I wanted or felt or NEEDED. Yes, it was very sad and I’ve been in therapy all of my adult life trying to feel better about it. There you go. BUT, I have always been good at writing. Writing is a safe place to be. You can think about what you want to say, you can walk away and come back, you can delete or ignore. You have options that you may not feel when you are face to face with someone. Now, I know that there is a whole fear out there about us loosing our social skills due to Facebook, text, email, etc. I’m not really talking about that. I’m talking about a safe place to get it all out. Like in a journal or a letter or….a BLOG!

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I never read a blog before starting my own. No kidding. I started one because I had a garage stuffed with furniture that I was getting ready to Chalk Paint and I wanted to talk about it.

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Now it has become the most amazing  tool in my life. It belongs to me and I get to sit and write and “talk” and share and what is even cooler is that I get to hear from people all over the entire WORLD that want to read what I say. They can relate and empathize and get inspired by little, old me. The only saddness I feel is that I wish we could all gather together in one space and hug each other and talk about our struggles to be creative in this world. In Heaven we will do this:)

If you are creative and want others to know, then start a blog. If you are struggling with pain in your life, then start a blog. If you are funny, insightful, have a different perspective on something, then write about it. You may not have a ton of readers or gain a huge following OR you may. Glennon Melton from Momestary is a great expample of a mom with a rocky past that started a blog. She just started writing about her own truth and a ka-zillion people now read what she has to say. That’s awesome, but it’s not all of it. I think we all have a need to download what is going on in our head before it explodes out of us and a blog is a great way to hit a button and send it out into the internet universe and free ourselves from it.

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So, this week I am going to do a little series on blogging. I hear that I have inspired many of you to start one and I want to share with you the ups & downs that I’ve learned throughout the years.

Here’s a little guideline that may help you get started:

1. Know your craft/project/service that you will be writing about. You don’t have to know everything about it, that will be part of the fun. Your journey will unravel in your posts and throughout your process.

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2. Start your blog. WordPress seems to be the most popular at the moment. You will be able to start it yourself.

3. If you want your own domain name then you will need to register it and buy it. Before you choose a name be sure you do your research. There are so many darn names out there and yours may be taken or there may be something so close to the one you want and people may accidently mistake your page for something else and vise versa. Make the name personal.

4. Things going well? Are you gaining traffic and want to look a bit more professional? Now is the time to hire a web designer. Ask around or do a search. Some designers will want to approve you because they take on your job. For an intial overhaul of your site expect to pay $500 plus.

5. Want to sell from your site? If you are selling small items that you can ship you can look into an online payment plan. You will need help to do this. If pieces are more one-off and you want to stay small then have people email you with inquiries as I do. This is a less commercial approach and allows you to have more control.

I will be sharing a few other insights this that I’ve learned from this very powerful process. Hope you enjoy.

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