When I started this blog, I had a pretty comical breakdown of the activities I was doing that I considered to be “blogging”. Now that I feel a little more knowledgeable about what it takes to build and grow a blog, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane with this breakdown of activities of beginning bloggers by amount of time spent on each category:
Some people will idle in this beginner stage for months (hint: me!) and others may move on quickly as eager learners who want to maximize their time spent blogging. I can’t say I’m an advanced blogger yet. I’ve been trying to be a more efficient blogger (not happening, I’m writing this at 3:34 am) as well as take on some of the other activities that come with blogging which aren’t writing posts, but are just as essential. It’s not an exhaustive list, but if you want to follow in the footsteps of some of the personal finance blogging greats, take a look at the activities of the advanced personal finance blogger here:
Some of these ideas can have huge returns for a blog, like joining a network. You get access to a wide variety of bloggers who want to help each other out and you get access to a lot of information you may otherwise never heard of. The advanced blogs are all about providing value to readers and being available (to readers, advertisers, etc). Bloggers are a relatively new breed in our world and that’s exciting! We get to set the rules, we get to decide what’s important and we can recognize that done right, blogs, new media and online properties have the ability to provide exponential income growth. So if you are a new blogger like me, don’t worry. Don’t play yourself down too much. Everyone started exactly where you did. I bet even J.D. Roth when he started his blog at one point was like, “Wait, how do I make an RSS Feed?”
Just keep writing. Take a look at the advanced activities above and start doing a few of them every day. Crystal has some good posts on her blogging business as well, here and here (she and her husband both quit their day jobs to blog full-time, and this post was partly inspired by these insightful posts). And remember:
“Ask for help. Not because you’re weak. But because you want to stay strong.” -Les Brown
Here’s where American Debt Project is on all this:
- I just hit the under 200,000 Alexa ranking mark with the Yakezie challenge!
- More importantly, you guys are leaving me some awesome comments which lets me know I’m doing something right.
- Discovering other great blogs that I like to comment on like Minting Nickels, Your Finances Simplified, Punch Debt in the Face and Add Vodka.
- American Debt Project was also featured on another Yakezie Carnival, this time at Little House in the Valley.
- Bought my ticket and flight for FinCon12 and plan to work on my blog a lot before September so that it moves from the Beginner to Advanced category. Yeah!
I gotta know: Did you like my pretty infographics? Are you a beginning blogger, advanced blogger or somewhere in between? And if you don’t blog, was this interesting at all?