My Experience Blogging so far!

This is a post I wrote several years ago when I was just starting blogging and I was lucky enough to find kind and awesome people who gave me light and love to keep going and grow!!!

I’ve been thinking for weeks about my experience blogging so far in this Blogland. I’ve been blogging for over 8 years now; I know, I know! I’m not a baby blogger anymore but I feel like I’m still a baby in this business!

But I think things have flown in a very slow but positive way. So I wanted to share it with you because maybe someone has the same feelings and I could even help in some way. I also wanted to thank the people that have helped me so much. 

My Experience of Blogging so far!

As I’ve mentioned before, I got here having no idea of what it meant to have a blog and all the potential it had. I thought that a blog was like having a website, just upload information and that is it.

Wow, what a mess I got into… Actually, it is my beautiful mess now =D.

Ok, I’m going, to be honest, it hasn’t been easy… AT ALL. 

I’ve been making crafts, feeding my blog and learning how to make it work (BTW isn’t it a lot of information to digest?) at the same time and on the go with so many things going on in my personal life.

Everything has been step by step, following my instincts and making so many discoveries every day that are such a big deal for me and perhaps something basic for many of you.

Once I launched my blog, I started visiting other related blogs to see how they used to do it. The first thing that came to my eyes was that they were simple and personal, no formalisms, just like they were talking to me as a well-known friend.

For me that was awesome!. I loved the way they show their photos with so many details and good taste.

Not long after that, I saw how open they were about their knowledge, they share everything they know, what made them successful and what made them fail.

They share what they make and what they see that make them happy. They even share their feelings and personal stuff. The incredible part was that PEOPLE DO CARE about that stuff! I told myself: “This is absolutely my world”.

Throughout my searches for blogs, it crossed my eyes an excellent blog that today is my creative business guide :D. It had a big impact on how I see my blog and my business today.

It is www.creativeincomeblog.com. It is a great guide for us creative bloggers because it really gives us a focus. Our world is kind different from other blog niches or so I think at least. Reading posts about SEO I found one that was about Courtney Tuttle from www.theblogbuilders.com (no longer in business) who was offering a great SEO for creative bloggers e-book for free.

Not only did I download it, I read it in a sigh. It was easy, straight to the point and crystal clear about how to get traffic and have success in blogging. EXCELLENT book!

I don’t remember how, but I end up watching videos from Lisa Irby, she is the founder of www.2createawebsite.com, another excellent and successful blogger with tons of tips, advice and training.

I asked her for her opinion about my blog and she took the time to do it and gave me a couple of tips, so great. Somehow I found Sue Neal from www.writeclever.com (no longer in biz either) who also took the time to listen and give me some light about blogging, she was lovely and kind and her blog is really great, I really appreciate her.

Through her comment list from one of her posts I read Adrienne Smith from www.adriennesmith.net (sadly changed her biz course), who I got the chance to meet!. She is an amazing blogger and person. I’ve learned so much about blogging and also about life with her and she makes you feel almost like family :D, So cool.

All these people have given me the confidence that being myself, writing in my own voice, doing what I like to do and following some guides I can go beyond expectations.

I stil don’t consider myself an expert blogger yet, not even close, but I truly believe that if you really want to do something you are going to find the strength, the right motivation, the tools and the help from amazing people to achieve it.

Not long after that, I met Melissa from www.redflycreations.com, who one day saw a comment I left on some post saying that I was from Brazil and she’s Brazilian as well, she contacted me and invited to join her “Link Party”.

What the heck is that? I thought!

And she was kind enough to explain and teach me how it works and how it would help me get more exposure!

She’s definitely a wonderful person and a blogger.

After that, one day I read Dana from www.ThisSillyGirlslife.com on twitter saying that she was going to the movie to watch “The Host” and I couldn’t help replying LOL. I loved that book and was eager to watch the movie. From that day on we became great friends {beyond blogland}, she has made a huge difference in my blogging world. She pointed me to the right ways to get more traffic, she helped me to start my own Link Party and Blog Hop, she always gives me heads up of what’s going on. 

She definitely made my path a lot easier and fun! Dana let me know about many groups and communities on Facebook and Google+ that allow you to make new connections that of course I joined and through them I had the chance to meet a lot of more awesome bloggers such as Megin from www.vgm206.com, Rebecca from www.livingbettertogether.com, Stephanie from www.simplydreamandcreate.com, Tara from www.suburble.com, Amy from www.tripworthtaking.blogspot.com, among many other that are super worth following and reading!On my adventures linking up on different link parties,

I had the opportunity to connect with Jenny from www.thenymelrosefamily.com, a super sweet and lovely bloggy mommy. I also had the chance to connect and make a really lovely friendship with Lauren from www.thinkingcloset.com, a wonderful and inspiring blogger and friend, the kind of person that always make you smile and see the positive side of everything, she is always cheerful and happy {have no idea how she does that LOL}. I enjoy so much reading her. I Also connected with Sinea from www.ducksnarow.com, Amy from www.sewsnbows.com, Brianna from www.craftandrepeat.com, Jessica from www.thethriftinessmiss.com, Shatzi from www.loveandlaundry.com, Ellie from www.creativegeekery.blogspot.com among many other AMAZING Bloggers that have been kind, loving, supportive and great commenters.

My path has been slow but steady. I kind of like that even though I get anxious sometimes because I’m struggling to make more relationships and get more traffic.

It’s SO HARD, isn’t it?.

I suppose most of you remember how it’s like to be a newbie. Sometimes you write a comment on a specific blog post you REALLY liked and nothing happens, no answer.

At times that frustrated me and I wanted to stop commenting to those bloggers, (thankfully many people do reply in my niche and are very kind to me) but I think if I’m stubborn enough and at some point they might notice I exist hahaha!

But I’m not the kind of person that goes around begging for followers, I never ask to follow/like me back, if they want to they will whether I ask them to or not. I prefer having a few that really like what I do and share than tons that don’t even bother to see what I’ve posted.

So I’m enjoying the sweetness of every step forward, of being noticed, every new visitor, every time the traffic rises even if it goes back to normal later (secret, every time this happens I make my happy dance, it’s so cool).

Today my blog has grown, has changed, but what keeps the same is the love and caring.

So… I can say “So far SO GOOD =D” I don’t complain at all, of course, it would be good to grow a little bit faster but I feel like this way the satisfaction is going to be greater!

Many crafty bloggers have welcomed me in their social world and in some ways they don’t make it easy. Which I think is a good think it makes me fight for it.

This world is awesome! I love to share, I love to make new friends, I love to see and learn new things, I love to craft, I love to write… everything I love (apart from my family and friends) is right here, so here is where I want to be =D.

A HUGE THANKS to all of you that have given me a piece of yourself, to all of you that have given me a little space in your bloggy heart, to all of you that take the time to read what I have to say and for teaching me what I need to know to have a better blog! You all ROCK!!!So now it’s your turn my lovely reader!… How has it been for you the experience of blogging?

Till Next time!

 Camila
Camila
My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!