My Experience Blogging so far!

This is a post I wrote several months ago hen 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 9 months now; I know, I know! 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 Blogging so far!

My Experience 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. No later I saw how open they were about their knowledge, they share everything they know, what made them succeed 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 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. EXCELENT 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, advises 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 who also took the time to listen and give me some light about blogging, she is 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, 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’m not 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 Meslissa 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 yousmile 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?

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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!

36 Comments at My Experience Blogging so far!

  1. Camila

    Hi Cami! I found you through Amy’s Work it Wednesday and clicked through to this previous post…I’m about 9 months in to blogging myself right now. You are right- so much to learn and always more you can do! My full-time job gets in the way sometimes:) I starting blogging for the connection. I am in a place in my life where I am looking to connect with more people like me! Thank you for all the tips. It is very motivational to hear your story! I hope someday to have enough followers that I’ll be able to share mine:)

    1. Camila

      Hi Katie,

      We never stop learning here! When we finally learn something some policy change or some new channel come to live, so we are constantly learning. What we can do is making awesome friends and connections. I’m glad you found this post helpful. If you ever need anything or have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!!!
      HUGS

  2. Camila

    Camila,
    Great post! I enjoy your site a lot! Random fact, Melissa from Red Fly is Julia’s cousin! (Julia and I blog at All Things with Purpose) It’s a small world :) Keep up the great work!!

    1. Camila

      OMG what a coincidence! It’s a small world indeed!. I love Melissa and I miss her so much, hope she and her family are ok. I know she was going through a really tough moment. I enjoy your blog as well, Lots of awesome inspiration!! =D. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      XOXO

  3. Camila

    I love hearing other people’s blogging stories! I have had an active blog for years but would post maybe one thing every six months. So when I found a book by Abby over at Just a Girl and Her Blog and checked it out I knew I had found just the right thing at just the right time. I jumped back into blogging with both feet, made the switch from blogspot to WordPress and have never looked back!

    34 followers in 2 months doesn’t seem like a lot to some people but it blows my mind! Keep up the good bloggy work girlfriend!

    ~Meaghan from DIYfaerie

    1. Camila

      Hi Meaghan, Every little follower is a big deal to celebrate! I feel so excited with each new follower that you wouldn’t believe it LOL. I’m glad you found helpful my experience and I’m glad that Abby brought you back! =D She’s amazing, I love her!
      XOXO

  4. Camila

    I agree with your sentiments. I can be quite difficult at times to get & retain followers! At least I’ve found that…lots of work, but if you love it (I know I do) then you keep going :)
    Thanks for linking up at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays! Hope you come again soon (Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com)

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much for your sweet words. I agree 100% if you love it enough then ever step of the way is worth it! Happy to have you visiting!
      HUGS

  5. Camila

    Camila, what a great way to talk about blogging and honor so many of your fellow bloggers. I love it. There were so many new ones to me here, that I am bookmarking to come back! What a great adventure you have had so far, in such a short while! Beautiful!

    1. Camila

      Thanks Elizabeth, appreciate your kind words. I feel it’s important to give recognition to those people kind enough to share their knowledge and help you grow. I wouldn’t be able to to it without them. That’s the whole point of blogging we need each other to grow and be successful =D. Glad you like my post!
      HUGS

  6. Camila

    Some wonderful insight Cami!… and just what I needed right now! I’m totally in your same boat! One thing I’ve really come to love since starting my blog is how supportive and giving the blogging community is! This post has been extremely helpful and inspiring to me so thank you! You have a wonderful blog here! Slow and steady is the pace :)

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Sara and I’m glad you felt related to my experience. Slow and steady is the best indeed. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving some love!
      XOXO

  7. Camila

    What a wonderful wealth of information in this post. It answers a lot of my questions, and I am pinning it, to refer to all of the great links as I get time! I started my blog about the time you wrote this. It is slowly growing, and I love it more every day. I feel like I am doing a lot of things right – but there are a multitude of issues on which I am clueless! I appreciate this post!
    I am also now following your blogging pinterest boards. I’m glad I found this post on the #WonderfulWednesdayBlogHop!

    1. Camila

      I’m happy to help in any way! I’m sure many of these people will help you a lot too and if you need any help or information don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and read my post!
      HUGS

  8. Camila

    I’ve been blogging for about two years and I feel like i am finally getting somewhere. Yet, I don’t do it for the readers or followers. I am doing it to branch out and meet people. I have met amazing people too. Awesome thoughts. Keep up all that hard work, I am sure that it will be worth it.

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much. It definitely takes time but blogging is so worth it. I’ve mande incredibly awesome friends too! Thanks for taking the time to read my experience!
      XOXO

  9. Camila

    Fabulous post Camila! You have a wonderful blog and I’ve enjoyed it so much. I don’t comment like I should and I’m sorry for that. Our little blog is growing too and it just gets crazy sometimes. lol Have a great week!
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze