1. Jump in! I was sort of embarrassed by how unexciting and unenticing my blog was at the very start, so I didn't tell people about it and didn't link up with many others. I wish I had because I would've learned so much more quickly. The more blogs you visit, the more bloggers you meet, the more clarity you're likely to find about what you want from your own blog and the faster your blogging (and sewing!) skills will grow.
(a little shameless self-promotion while on the topic of linking up ; )
Looking for a way to carve out some "me" time to sew and to stay connected with other sewists?
Join me in March for the
30//30 Sewing Challenge!
2. Link up! There are a million and one connections to be made with other bloggers, some of which might not interest you, but some of which will spur you on to greatness. Joining in quilt alongs (like The Library Project QAL), sew alongs, bees (here's a nice overview if you're unfamiliar with how they work), challenges (Pantone Quilt Challenge, anyone?), link ups (a handy list organized by day of the week), and new blog hops will motivate you to sew more (which is THE silver lining to blogging in my book ; ) and will create content for your posts while simultaneously helping to get your blog out there and read by new eyes.
Plus sometimes you'll get helpful advice even when you're not searching for it because other sewing and quilting bloggers are incredibly friendly! A few months ago Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts tracked down my site and email address just to let me know that I was a no reply commenter; I had no idea, but thanks to her very helpful gesture, I'm now connecting with her and many other bloggers that I had been unsuccessfully trying to chat with for months. A Stash Bee hive mate of mine, Daisy of Ants to Sugar, recently helped me figure out an app so I could enter a linky contest. Considering it meant more competition to her own entries, it was an awfully nice and unexpected gesture!
4. Lastly, (yes, yes, so cliché but so true)
have fun! I felt pressured when I started blogging to sound a certain way or to post so often or to look like so-and-so's blog, but it's not fun conforming to other people's molds. You'll find your voice (something I didn't "get" till I stopped revising to death, started writing like I speak and realized it finally sounded right). You'll find your rhythm; for me, it's committing to twice a week - enough to stay in touch without falling asleep making breakfast for my kids because I was up late catching up on content. And you'll find your look, but don't worry if it's not glossy magazine cover on day one - get it looking alright and start blogging! You'll evolve as you go.