Blogkeeping // The Most Important Thing

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To be totally honest, if your post title includes the words “Wedding Wednesday,” I’m usually out. But for some reason (probably because I love her blog), I read Joelle’s Wedding Wednesday post on the first thing you need to do when planning a wedding. And that is prioritize. You know what? I don’t think planning for your blog is that different from planning a wedding (or, really, anything in life).

I had just been sorting through the responses to my Blogkeeping survey from last month when I came across the post, and it just clicked. The simple answer to your blogging struggles? Prioritize. Yes, there are a million different things you can do for your blog, and that’s one of the things that makes blogging so great. But it’s also what makes it so overwhelming. So take a moment, and realize that you can’t do everything, and that’s ok. Do the things that are important to you.

How do you know what’s important? Write a mission statement for your blog, and set a few goals. It doesn’t have to be perfect — just take a minute to write down why you want to blog and what you want to get out of it at this moment, and go from there. You can, and probably will, change it later. And guess what? The blogging world is made for change, and even embraces it. There is so much going on out there that even a significant mistake will be quickly forgotten, and perhaps even go completely unnoticed.

I’m excited to explore the topics you mentioned in the survey in the weeks to come (and if you didn’t get to participate, feel free to send a question on my contact page!), but with Alt Summit next week, and recaps the following week, it will be a couple of weeks before the next Blogkeeping post. So I wanted to leave you with a few of my favorite blogging resources!

What are your favorite blogging resources?

18 Comments

  1. haha – I’m warning you right now, stay away from my blog on Wednesdays! at least for the next few months 🙂

    thanks for these links, though! I loved vmac’s mini alt recap, and can’t wait to read the others.

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      At least you are planning a real wedding — I get annoyed with the ones that aren’t planning/sharing their wedding or have nothing to do with the wedding industry. But, I totally get it — for some people it’s a passion. For me, all I care about is being barefoot on a beach. But I do sometimes find really great color inspiration from wedding photos.

      Posted 1.16.13
  2. I’m going to be the odd one out here and say I did not like Blog, Inc. I thought it total crap for anyone who really wants blog for profit, as it’s marketed. It’s more for beginners who know absolutely nothing about blogging and should be marketed thus. I get way more out of Problogger’s blog than I did that book. Based on what I got out of Blog, Inc, I’m not convinced I should even bother with Creative, Inc.

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      Fair point — it definitely is geared more towards beginners. But, even with all the great resources out there for free on the internet, I think it helps to have a book with all the basics there at your fingertips. Sometimes I find a lot of inspiration just going back to the basics.

      Creative, Inc. is very similar — it covers all the basics of running a freelance business. So if you already read a lot of blogs that discuss those topics, I wouldn’t recommend it.

      And glad you mentioned Problogger — another great resource!

      Posted 1.16.13
  3. rita wrote:

    i started reading blogging your way to the front row a few weeks ago and this is a great reminder to pick it back up! thanks!

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      I think you’ll like it! Some things are fashion-blogger specific, but I think most of it can be adapted for any type of blog.

      Posted 1.16.13
  4. Great post, Lisa! Good reminders that you can’t do it all and that the blog world is made for/embraces change. Thanks for the resources!

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      Thanks Joanna! I have to remind myself a lot that I can’t do everything, and that’s ok.

      Posted 1.16.13
  5. Allyssa wrote:

    Yes! There are a million articles and books out there telling bloggers what they should be doing, but in the end everyone’s blog is different. Ultimately your priorities are what you should be focusing on. I love the idea of writing a mission statement. I definitely need to do that!

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      Exactly. If you’re doing something you don’t enjoy, it won’t be nearly as effective, even if people say you need to be doing it.

      Posted 1.16.13
  6. Prioritize. Such good advise. My goal is to get my blogging life organized with an editorial cal.
    Hope to meet at ALT Summit.

    See you in the snow-
    xoxo

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      Can’t believe it’s coming up so quickly! Hope to meet you there!

      Posted 1.16.13
  7. So glad I found your site. It’s gorgeous and love the tips in this post. Prioritizing is the key to sanity!

    Posted 1.16.13
    • Lisa wrote:

      Thank you so much, happy you stopped by! I can get so overwhelmed by my to-do list sometimes that I forget to prioritize, so this was a good reminder for me as well.

      Posted 1.16.13
  8. Love this list… and thank you so much for linking to S&S!! xx

    Posted 1.17.13
  9. Geez SO many good links! Thanks for the great resources. Just found your blog and am lovin’ it so far! xo

    Posted 1.26.13

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