For those who don’t already know, last weekend was the first official #ECMeetup hosted and organized by Ella and Luchae. The meetup was a wild success and there isn’t a single thing that I can fault – other than choosing a pretty crappy day to be ill, with what seemed to be food poisoning. Alas, the ladies were kind enough to invite me as a guest speaker which meant putting my big girl panties on, act like my stomach wasn’t being my worst enemy but more so, put my thoughts into words and convince people that I know something about blogging.
To be very honest, three years ago, the world of blogging was VERY foreign to me. I had no idea where to begin, how to get readers or what to talk about, but since my rebranding, I feel that for the first time, I am starting to find my voice, niche, brand and space. Blogging truly is a passion of mine, not just because I get to share the little pieces of my life with you, but I love the high of the hustle, the thrill of figuring something out for myself and just how much there is to learn and know about blogging as a whole. When you decide to blog, you’re not just committing to writing a post, you take on the role of many which include, researcher, writer, photographer, social media manager, publicist, marketer, designer and much more, you’ve got to keep learning and evolving in each role which can be overwhelming at first, but it is such a fulfilling space to be in.
I understand that there was A LOT to take in on the day of the #ECMeetup, so I thought I would put together a post on everything I spoke (or rather, rambled on) about. I hope that I gave you something to think about or at least inspired you to take the plunge and start working on that first post.
I am going to focus on 4 sections of blogging that I tend to get asked about the most. These sections will be broken down to branding, building an audience, valuing yourself and what everyone really wants to know something about: monetizing your blog. I feel that each section sort of flows into the next and you can’t do the one without the other.