How Fitbloggin Made Me a Better Blogger
My evolution as a Blogger from the beginning to Present
I started my blog in 2007. Like my Geocities pages of old, I wrote about what I knew. Trail running. I had no idea of what I was doing in both running and writing blog posts. There was a typo in the header post of my first entry. I’ve kept it that way for posterity!
Joing Blogland April 23, 2006
Well, well, well, I have finally joined blogland. But first I have to go for a run before I can work on this anymore.
I just wrote. No SEO, no alternative text in photos.
I just wrote. Edit? Second draft? Nope, I just wrote and posted.
I wrote for years. Now and then I would wonder why I didn’t get many comments. Yet runners would comment, in person to me that they liked my blog. How many followers did I have? I have no idea. I had no idea there were blogging statistics.
Social media came around. I joined-meaning Facebook and Twitter, but didn’t think to add my blog to the social media, ever. Promote a blog post on either? Why would I do that?
I listened to a podcast called Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone. I believe that’s where I found the Fitbloggin website. What, a conference about blogging and fitness? Wow, what a cool/great idea! Baltimore! That’s not far!! Ohhh.. It’s sold out.
There were recaps and live blogging from the conference. I got some good ideas and didn’t understand others. I wished I had attended the conference!
I followed some of the bloggers from the conference. I noticed other bloggers getting “free stuff”. I wondered how they were getting stuff from sponsors. How did I get these sponsors to knock on my blogging door? Perhaps this is what I needed. If this did cause a rise in followers on my page, and even encouraged some to buy the sponsored products directly form me, I would have to start looking into some online accounting services. Whilst querying how I could get these sponsored posts in the first place, I noticed how nicely designed most blogs and websites where.
I noticed everyone was ending their blog posts with a question. Hmm. What was that all about?
In 2011, I changed my name to a custom URL, but still on blogger, to Ultratrailgoddesss.com. I wrote on. I didn’t edit, or post to my *social*. I don’t know whether I gained or lost readers, because I didn’t track any analytics. I posted pictures right off the internet *gulp* because I didn’t know any better!
I kept writing. I still didn’t know why I wasn’t getting any more comments or followers. Twitter moved too quickly for me to do anything there, when I popped in once or twice a week. I didn’t *get* Instagram at all.
The Savannah Fitbloggin conference fit right into my off weekend in 2014. A little overwhelmed, I felt like everyone was light years ahead of me AND I had been blogging for years and years! But it gave me great ideas and action plans. I had four pages of notes.
Back from the conference, rejuvenated, a few months later, even though I had just bought new business cards, I felt like I was in the need for a change, a rebrand, a fresh start. Maybe I need to try WordPress?
WordPress scared me. I took the plunge and started the new URL and blog-because, with it being brand new, if I broke it, it wasn’t breaking much! I’d heard it was pretty straight forward to set up and use, and there was loads of help available online like this advice on how to choose the best wp hosting, so what could go wrong?
I felt like a total newby on WordPress. This didn’t bother me because I love learning. I felt like I was being refreshed as a new blogger. I began reading blog posts about WP and tips and tricks for a *new blogger* and listening to podcasts about blogging. I even started looking into SEO tips, sharpening my approach at getting my pages read and noticed.
I discovered FB Groups, which, get this! where other people will promote your post. I found Blogher and other networks. I began reading about how other bloggers got traffic to their posts. I finally understood the saying “ I could write and write and write, but if I don’t promote it, “nobody will come’. “
I finally understood that it’s a good practice to ‘edit’ a post. Not to just write, wily nily and throw the first draft up. That I could re read and delete many “probably” and “so” from my writing.
Fitbloggin 2016 is just around the corner in Indianapolis, July 21-24. This year, they have set up a referral program. Since I am already registered, if you register and use the word REFERRAL in the coupon code, and my name in the “other comments” YOU and I get 75 dollars off! The conference is only $295 to begin with (a good price when you look at costs from other blogging conferences.)
Look for me at the Indy Fitbloggin conference with a new URL, a media kit, and a fresh look on blogging and social media!
What’s your blogging history? Are you ready to make a change? Do you need to make a change? Are you going to join me at Fitbloggin 16 in Indy?