You want to know something? I never meant to start a blog or online design business 6 years ago. I was interning at Better Homes & Gardens eating way too many test kitchen baked goods when I met a fellow intern who had a college dorm decor blog. We bonded over our love for crafts and $2 taco nights and it wasn’t long before she talked me into starting a blog of my own.
I had no idea what to name it, so I thought about what 50% of my friends described me as (a Grandma) and named it 20 Going on 80. I mean, wasn’t knitting and baking what every college kid was doing? Don’t answer that.
That site was all about what *I* liked. Crafts, design, outfit ideas, decor, baking – basically whatever popped into my head. As I got deeper into blog-land, I started seeing what other people were doing and I wanted to do that. I mean, I could so why wouldn’t I? So I did. And before I knew it, my site was a hodge-podge of outfit collages (I’m more of a sweatpants type of gal), home decor projects (I don’t really like painting) with some recipes and printables mixed in.
The moral of the story is that for the first 4 years of blogging my blog was simply a hobby, yet I would get frustrated with why my blog was 4 years old and still not any where near the size of others. And then it hit me. I was blogging 100% for myself, yet wondering why it wasn’t growing very fast.
I was throwing spaghetti at the wall just hoping for a post that would stick…one that would go viral. And the worst part? When one did go viral, I would throw even more out there hoping those would somehow stick. But they rarely did.
It was then (about 4 years into blogging) when I realized that if I wanted this to grow, I had to stop posting whatever I impulsively wanted to make that day. I realized that I could no longer spend so much time hoping things would do well – I had to be strategic with what I posted. (The carefree, spontaneous side of me hated that because heck, this was supposed to be fun. This was supposed to be for ME.)
But what I realized was that I could still do the recipes or DIY projects that popped into my head, but I just had to be more intentional with filtering out some of the “okays” for more of the “home-runs”. I had to spend a little more time planning, but blogging became more enjoyable because I had a game-plan and I knew what niche I wanted to fit into. I got intentional with my content instead of just hoping the posts would stick. I started thinking about my readers and the types of brands I wanted to attract, and I started creating content that would resonate with them.
That light bulb moment took me years of “mindless blogging” to realize. I didn’t even realize at the time that I was making a huge mistake, but by not defining my content, I was basically just an energizer bunny that was slowly running out of battery. So now I preach brand definition to every business-minded blogger I know.
Don’t wait until you’ve already thrown 5 pots of spaghetti at the wall to get serious about your content. (That was me.)
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