Clearly I am not a professional blogger. If you have followed me since I started or even a few months ago, you will probably have noticed that I will go on blogging binges, then just stop. And then I binge. And then I stop. I am proud of myself, however, because I’ve continued to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the past two months! That’s a record for me!! But why did I even begin blogging??
Because everyone was doing it. I know that’s not the best answer, but it’s the truth. When I first started photography, I researched photographers. I found ones that I loved and some that didn’t do much for me. The ones I loved had a couple of things in common: a. lovely photos and b. they blogged! I loved reading their blogs, especially the ones who were consistent. I was diving into their lives and I felt like I knew them and I began to look forward to their newest blog posts. So naturally, I wanted to blog. I wanted readers to feel like they knew the photographer, whether they were going to hire me or not. And I’ll still never forget how I felt when a guest at a wedding (one of my firsts) came up to me and said she felt like she already knew me because she read my blog and knew all about my lovely man friend and my little puppy. I had already met my goal with blogging – to help others get to know me, not just as a photographer.
If you’ve been thinking of starting a blog to go with your photography, kudos to you! I have a bunch of advice, but I’ll just give you this tidbit for now: don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. That’s just a recipe for sadness and frustration (trust me – I’m still working on this one). You’ll never be just like another blogger or another photographer. Accept it and embrace it. For example, when I get frustrated about my blogging, wishing I was like Suzie Q who is amazing at blogging and has a huge following, I start to second guess myself. If Suzie Q has a blogging calendar and schedule then I have to have a blogging calendar and schedule. If Suzie Q has her blog posts up at 7am everyday then I have to have my blog posts up at 7am everyday. If Suzie Q signs her blog posts with a cute signature then I have to sign my blog posts with a cute signature. FALSE. Some things may work well for Suzie Q but they don’t work well for me. I’ve tried to have a blogging calendar to be more organized. And it fails me every time. I’m a whip-it-up-as-I-go type of blogger (I had no idea I was going to write about blogging until about 45 minutes ago) and that works just fine for me. And the only time I have blog posts up at 7am is if my blogging inspiration comes to me the night before, otherwise you will find me snuggled under my covers at 7am. Last Friday I had the blog ready to go on Thursday night and had it scheduled to be live on Friday at 7am. Today, it’s late and won’t be posted until 3pm-ish. This may not work for every blogger and some bloggers might even say that it will be the death of my blog – but I’m doing what I like and what works for me.
So, if you’re a new photographer and thinking about giving blogging a try, go for it! Or if you’ve already been a photographer for awhile, give it a try! Write about why you started, what your goals are for blogging, your family, etc. Let people see who you are, not just as a photographer. :) Happy Monday, friends!! :) xoxo