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Blog tips 101: P!nky Persistence

Pinky has some awesome blogging tips & an even more awesome blog. So glad she could share these with you guys today. Enjoy!

I am headed out to Mexico today!!!! Ill be posting on Instagram- @candace.shiflet & on my snapchat tons-  kahandace . Be sure to follow along :)
xo

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Hey, gorgeous girls! How are you doing today? My name is Pinky and I blog over at pinkpersistence. If you head my way, you'll find me talking about life, fitness, sports, food [I love food] and pretty much everything in between. What started out as a journal has become a full blown hobby and a space where I get to create, while also nurturing friendships and bonds that I've formed through the years.


I was thrilled when Candace reached out to me about her blogging series. I've had my blog a lil over five years and I still find it crazy that I've stuck with something for so long. I by no means am an expert, but would like to think have learned a few things along this journey. So, today I thought I'd share ten things I wish I new before I started my blog.


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1] BE YOU:
 Pretty obvious, but it's incredible how many bloggers stress about being like every other blogger out there. People are smart and we can see through fake. Be you and you'll find your following. Don't compare yourself to other blogs, either. I hate to break it to you, but there is always a blog that's bigger, better, prettier, has more comments and gets more recognition so don't try to be better than anyone else. Spend your time creating the BEST BLOG you can and that will be enough.

2] People like pretty:
 Yes, it's superficial, but it's the truth. If you can't create your own pretty design, pay the amount you want for a blog design you like. I'm not saying you HAVE to look like everyone else, [idontandthatsokay], but a pretty design attracts the eye to a blog. There are a ton of great [and cheap] designers out there so do your research and find a great match for your perfect blog.

3] Don't stress the comments and the page vies.
 In the beginning it's frustrating to see just page views and no comments, but that doesn't mean people aren't reading. Comments usually happen after relationships are formed, so keep blogging even if the comments aren't as many as you expect. But, if you want to create relationships you need to comment, comment, comment. Back in the day I was too scared to comment on anyone's blog so I was just a lurker. However, I finally put on my big girl blogger pants and left a comment and then, gasp got a response. It was a whole new world of connecting to someone and I was so THRILLED when I received my first comment.

4] You don't have to be friends with everyone:
And you don't have to like every blog that everyone else likes. Everyone is different and we aren't always each others cup of tea. If you don't like a blog, don't read it and don't take offense if people choose not to read your blog. 

5] Blogging can be like high school:
There are cliques, there are 'the cool kids', there are the 'you can't sit with us' groups, but hey, that's life. Don't let someone not getting back to you or not reading your blog keep you from doing what you want. Others don't determine your 'worth', keep doing you and you'll find your group.

6] Real friendships can form 'online':
I didn't understand the friendships I saw that formed online, until I was in a real friendship. It's hard to explain to my IRL friends, but talking to someone every day, on a blog can bring you super close, super quick. I still am in awe of the relationships I've formed because of this blog, and can't imagine my life without my amazing blog/real friends  [ BOFF, Jessica, Carolyn, Erin, Janna]

7] Big or small blog, drama and negative commenters still find you:
There are opinions everywhere and people get REALLY BIG behind a computer screen. You might never get a bad comment online, but you'll find out someone is talking about you on their blog. It sucks, but it's life and you can't control other people. You can be the ripest peach on the tree, but there will still be someone that hates peaches, don't let the haters get to you.

8] People that don't blog, don't get it and that's okay:
They won't ever get it. They won't believe that you have a best friend you met online, they won't understand the excitement of having more than 10 comments and they don't have to get it. You get it, you love blogging so keep on, keeping on in blogland.

9] Figure out your schedule:
You can choose to blog everyday, once a week or anywhere in between but try to keep it consistent. I try to post every week day and have consistently [for the most part] for the past few years. Every now and then when I'm on vacation I'll take a big chunk of time off, but usually it's just a day here or there. Remember though, that readers get used to schedules so don't try to post more than you are comfortable with in the beginning. Blogging is a hobby, but it takes work so make sure you manage your expectations with your effort.

10] You don't have to perfect, so don't fake it:  
There are some people that only want to share the good on their blog and while that's there prerogative, I can't relate to that so I just move along. Some of the best posts I've read are the realest posts I've ever read. It doesn't have to be a monthly occurrence, but show us the mess in the laundry room, or confess the stupid mistake you made at the grocery store. No one's perfect and it's fun to read blogs by real people.

Thanks again, Candace for allowing me to be part of this series, I'm truly honored. Hopefully y'all reading found something useful and if you have any questions feel free to email me [ pinkpersistenceatgmaildotcom]. Hope you have a fabulous rest of your day!

8 comments

  1. Ah! I hope you have fun in Mexico! Is it too late for me to join? ;)
    I think #4 is a great tip. Sometimes I feel sad when someone unfollows me or doesn't visit my blog back or something, but really it's okay to not be friends with everyone. Some people just aren't a good fit!
    And #9 is huge. I think people try to schedule way too much and get burnt out. Figure out what works best and just do that! Have fun! :)

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  2. Great tips, Pinky! I used to try to blog everyday (back before I epically failed and didn't post for like a year) and I got too overwhelmed--it became a chore for me and I started to resent it. You definitely have to figure out what works best for you!
    Have fun in Mexico, Candace!

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  3. Yes!! All really great tips and things I needed to remind myself. Thanks Pinky! Have a blast in Mexico Candace! Can't wait to see pictures. :)

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  4. You're totally right. Nonbloggers totally don't get it. It's fun to try to explain though, haha! Enjoy Mexico!

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  5. Amen to all of this, Pinky! Love this post! The best blogs are for sure the real blogs - 100%!!! And all of your other tips are totally on point. And hi back, sweet girl:) So glad for your friendship!

    Have fun in Mexico, Candace!

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  6. LOVE these comments!!! So very true and you're so right, people who don't blog, don't get it :-)

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  7. Love Pinky! I've been following along with her blog for awhile!! Such great tips!

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  8. These are great tips! I was writing one myself, but then I saw this and your previous post thought some of my points matched too closely. Definitely made some friends of blogging! And my husband also doesn't understand why I blog, but understands it's important to me.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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