Blogging and writing are not the same thing.
Don’t get me wrong. Bloggers are phenomenal writers. Thought provoking, hilarious, controversial writers.
Blogging is writing. And then some.
When I first started my blog, I would write a post and hit publish. The end.
I thought I was blogging. I wasn’t.
As the months went on, I decided I needed to dip my toe into this world known as the Blogosphere. It was terrifying. I felt like the new kid at the world’s largest school.
I started a blog Facebook page. I shared my posts there but didn’t really interact on other pages.
I got a Twitter account and started following other bloggers. I noticed them re-tweeting and replying to each other. Occasionally I’d get brave enough to press that little star to favorite another blogger’s tweet. But I was still too intimidated to try to start a conversation.
I discovered many great blogs that I started reading. But I didn’t dare comment. They’d just think I was being fake to promote my own blog, right?
It wasn’t until I joined some Blogging groups that I realized the big scary bloggers weren’t so scary after all. In fact they were quite wonderful. And supportive. And were just as terrified of the Blogosphere.
It isn’t the blog-eat-blog world I thought it was.
These groups quite literally have changed my blogging experience. I now know what the “and then some” part of blogging is. Community.
It is wonderful to have a place to go when having an “exactly WHY did I decide to start a blog?” day for a virtual hug. A place to share information about the latest and greatest social media outlet. A place for cheers when a post gets picked up by HuffPo or Scary Mommy. A place to make friends.
I’m so excited that in a few weeks I will be taking my blogging connections to the next level. I will be meeting some of my wonderful blogging friends IN PERSON at the Femworking Blogger and Small Business Conference, where Jill Smokler (a.k.a Scary Mommy herself) will be the keynote speaker. I can’t wait for the opportunity to strengthen my current blogging relationships – as well as make new ones – while discussing new tips and tricks to grow my blog.
Femworking is getting ready to select the final speaker for the conference. It would be such an honor to be on the blogger panel. If you think I would be a good choice, please let Femworking know on Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #Femcon13.
For new bloggers out there, my advice is this: Don’t blog alone! Reach out to established bloggers. Find the groups and conferences that are right for you and dive right in!
Don’t miss out on the “and then some.”
(It’s not too late to register for the Femworking conference! Would love to see you there!)