Guest Post: Two Years, Seven (Plus) Blogs, and Voice

Guest Post by Felicia of TMU

Blogger Felicia of Thoughtful Minds United. Photo via Felicia.

It is nice to have Felicia of Thoughts Mind United over for a guest post today. She is a talented blogger and has crafted a wonderful post here about her blogging journey. I hope you enjoy the read!

Take it away, Felicia (curtain goes up on Parfait stage):

Two Years, Seven (Plus) Blogs, and A Voice

Blogging can be hard. You know that by now.

It can be a confusing, isolating, and embarrassing activity seeing as some people are quick to write you off when you tell them exactly what you do.

Two Years

I have had the opportunity to meet many different bloggers in over two years, and this place has taught me a lot about people. Likewise, I have been given the opportunity to explore someone else’s head and feelings and what I find amazes me.

It is amazing how much people will post to total strangers worldwide but will not tell one single person face to face.

It amazes me how some will show more support in the blog world than “in real life” but what also amazes me is the lack of support within this very realm.

Let me explain.

Guest Post by Felicia of TMU

Please explain! Blogging tips with Felicia of Thoughtful Minds Unlimited. Photo via Poetic Parfait.

I have seen some pretty awesome bloggers with almost no views; I mean people who have been doing it for years. Yet, they have not been founded.

I have seen people cry out for help with a return of none. And while I believe that part of the blame is on the blogger for not reaching out to others so that we know that they exist, I think the other half is that there is something in us that does not want to make the extra effort.

Most of us blog with WordPress, which makes our experience unique. You see, WordPress has a built-in community and all we have to do is run with it. So why have very few of us rallied together to support the next blogger?

Why is it that we are so insistent upon just posting our own problems but not figuring how our experience and our trials can help the next person who can barely function because they are so broken?

It’s not that I am any better, it took almost two years for me to figure this out.

Seven Blogs

I would create blog after blog only to get a handful of likes and maybe a few comments. I left WordPress for Blogger and Weebly but found that road harder so I came back to WordPress. I had Writer’s World, Spotlight, Food Made Simply, Connect and Post, and several other blogs. Even Thoughtful Minds United was another unfocused and self-serving blog for me.

Yet, it was revealed to me try and form a community out of everyday people; a community where some are experts and others are not. A community with a purpose and a mission.

Blogger Felicia on finding your writing voice

Felicia offers blogging tips on finding your voice. Photo by Jem Yoshioka (CC-BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr.

A Voice

No, I am not trying to be overly humble but am simply trying to say, take time out of your day to show the amount of support that you want shown to yourself. Share your experience, not just on your blog but in someone else’s comment section because it will often come back to you.

No, you may not become a blogging millionaire but you will uncover some great friendships, great conversations, and the awesome feeling of getting to help someone else.

So, if you are unsure on just how to do this, here are some ways to meet other bloggers:

  • You can go to WordPress.com (and make sure you are logged in) and begin looking up posts by tag (on the left side).
  • You can go on your favorite blogger’s blog and view their most recent commenter’s blog.
  • You can make a “promote yourself” blog post or mingle within someone else’s

If you want to find ways to support other bloggers, here is a start:

  • Answer a question that’s asked on another person’s blog post
  • Find a way to acknowledge a blogger- by re-blog, linking them in a post, etc…
  • Offer to review a book of theirs
  • Comment on their post

There are many more ways to show support to our fellow bloggers, but these are just a few. How are you going to start showing support to your fellow blogger? Use your experience, your blog, and your voice.

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My name is Felicia and I am the founder and current administrator  Thoughtful Minds United. I have been blogging for over two  years using platforms such as Weebly, Dreamweaver, WordPress, and beyond. With that  being said, I have made countless mistakes but have also learned many lessons along the  way that I will share with you in order to make your success journey a little bit easier. You can find us on Twitter, as well!

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I hope you learned valuable blogging tips from Felicia here in this guest post! Enjoy your day, my friends ♥

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92 thoughts on “Guest Post: Two Years, Seven (Plus) Blogs, and Voice

  1. Debbie

    Thanks for the tips, Christy and Felicia — they’re good ones! I, too, find it sad when certain bloggers don’t get many comments, but I’ve found there are reasons: some posts are too long, some aren’t very well written, some writers don’t encourage interactions, and some posts are just so controversial that people might not want to admit their true feelings. Regardless, I’ve found the blogging community wonderfully supportive and encouraging!

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  2. virtualnadine

    Excellent post and as someone who recently re-started my blog after dropping off for almost a year because of some of the reasons you stated, I really appreciate this. I made a promise to myself that anytime I read someone’s blog post, I would always take the time to leave a comment. I was doing good with this for a while and then started falling off. Your post has reminded me that the easiest, most effective way to show support for a fellow blogger is to just leave a comment. It shows that you appreciate not only what that person wrote, but the time and effort it took to put their work out there. Thank you!

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    1. Felicia

      Thank you! What is the name of your blog?
      I agree with you. I made myself do something similar to you and it took me way back.. I saw people who were ecstatic with something as simple as a “like.” It is an awesome experience to talk with bloggers who genuinely want to support one another and engage in conversation.

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      1. virtualnadine

        You’re so welcome Felicia! You can find my blog on my website virtuallynadine.com. It brings me so much joy when someone views, likes or leaves a comment on my blog. Earlier today, I left a comment on a blog post and it started a great conversation and I’m so happy I did 🙂

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  3. Fiestaestrella

    What I love as a reader is the authenticity that comes from someone writing like this, here! Even having a super busy schedule, I still feel like I am part of a community with WordPress. We support each other in ways we don’t even realize. Even if our words and thoughts haven’t been perfectly or painstakingly crafted, or we’ve been able to catch every single blog post… 😀 I am referring to what it takes to leave a comment sometimes, a risk. A risk that we may not be well-received, or that we’ve missed something in the reading. We’ve got some great voices here, thank you for sharing yours, Felicia. Thank you, Felicia, for encouraging the sharing, and for reaching out. Feedback, and presence… is sometimes something that may be difficult to keep up with, but that shouldn’t be a reason to hesitate when one has the moment to comment, such as I just seized my moment, with your blog in mind. 😉 Christy & Felicia, great post!

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  4. mrsmariposa2014

    Thank you, Christy and Felicia! I am young yet in the blogging world- Becoming His Butterfly began in December. My desire to write has been with me since I was a child, however. My hope is to grow in a sense of community, expand my reach, and positively impact others. It has been modest in its growth, to be sure, and, naturally, I desire success, publication, the whole shebang. But, above that is the desire to just touch lives. These are good tips-refreshingly honest, in fact- to hopefully help me do that. Blessings!

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  5. colinandray

    An interesting Post, and it reinforces one very simple value – “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”.
    I have applied that as often as I can over many years and while there have been numerous disappointments, the pleasure of suddenly being on the receiving end of somebody else’s thoughtfulness is immeasurable. None of us are perfect, but we can all strive to be just a little bit better than we were yesterday. 🙂

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      It’s wonderful to have you here, Felicia!! I’m happy to see everyone is supporting you and the great advice you offer readers in your post. It’s a pleasure to have you guest post 🙂

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  6. balroop2013

    Hi Felicia,

    The love and support that I have found in blogosphere is amazingly wonderful but it doesn’t come easily dear friend and it doesn’t come overnight. Like all other endeavors of meeting success, blogging is no different. If you have a real voice and meaningful content to share, people do notice and appreciation follows.

    I met Christy a few months ago and it seems she has been by my side all the time. Her warmth reaches me through her words and as you have said, that is the major way of getting recognition. Thank you Christy for adding one more friend and Felicia, please read more about me here only in the Archives, just few weeks ago my interview was published by my dear friend Christy.
    Thanks! Stay blessed!

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    1. Felicia

      Nice to meet you!
      I agree, Balroop Singh, it is certainly not easy to be “successful” with blogging but it is possible. I’m glad that you have found friendship and comfort in Christy, she really is amazing!

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  7. Heartafire

    Thank you for the interesting and helpful article, this blogger has a fine hand on interaction with people on line and I so appreciate the suggestion and insight! Thank you Christy and Felicia!

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  8. Norah

    I think it’s just as you say Felicia – to build that community you have to reach out to others before they will reach out to you. Lovely to see you on Christy’s blog. 🙂

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  9. Ste J

    Some great advice, I try to make time to catch up with many bloggers, it is difficult to find the time but I endeavour to try and go around 80 blogs at least twice a week. Supporting others work is a key part of the blogging experience, I think you give out what you put in. Commenting rather than mass liking is certainly the way to go for meaningful friendships worldwide.

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  10. rommel

    Reciprocity …. it’s for sure a weird part of blogging, but it is the way to go. I also think that your content should not be too far out … make your content relatable …. somewhat, somehow … we are all learning something the same regardless of the experience. Nice, honest assessments.

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    1. Felicia

      It is a very weird thing. I am finding ways to make my content more relate-able to others and that was one of the lessons I learned from blogging-that my experiences are relate-able to many. But I’ll leave that for another post 😉

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  11. Editor (Retired)

    I can relate to your experience, Felicia. I started blogging in 2007. After one false start, I created Maryland On My Mind and focused on it alone for two years. “Maryland On My Mind” was sort of a local blog, but I muddled it up with long posts on non-local political issues.

    So in 2009, I started a blog that I hoped would be more disciplined and would suit my interests in politics and economics. That second blog has an identity problem and has gone through about six different names! It started as “Life After Sixty,” was once called “ConsterNation,” and is now simply “John Hayden Reports” (BJohnHayden.com). What’s in a name, anyway?

    So I had two blogs going until the end of 2013, posting regularly — but not frequently enough — on both. When I moved in the fall of 2013, I put the first blog (about 500 posts) into inactive-achive status. I tried refocusing the second blog on local politics in my new location, but lost interest after the 2014 elections. During 2014, I also experimented with four new blog concepts. They all seemed like good ideas at the time, but none was the blog I was searching for.

    Blog Number 2, started in 2009, had more than 400 posts, many of good quality (I believed) and quite a number of followers. Continuing with that established blog seemed more promising than any of the newer concepts.

    In the fall of 2014, I started a job that sucked up most of the oxygen I’d been using for blogging. By the beginning of 2015, I stopped posting and have been on blogging sabbatical for the first four months of the year.

    I wish I could say I’ve solved the blogging riddle. For me and for many, blogging proceeds in fits and starts. It’s not a straight line. All I can say for sure is that blogging provides an opportunity to write for an audience, whether large or (mostly) small. Most of us who stick with blogging for any length of time find satisfaction in the writing, and in the interaction with the blogging community.

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    1. Felicia

      Thanks for sharing as I am glad that you can relate to my experiences! So what is your conflict? Is it with finding a blog topic that keeps your fancy or do you want more followers? Or is there something that I’m missing? 😀

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      1. Editor (Retired)

        Good question. My fundamental problem is that I haven’t been able to focus a blog on one single subject. Accepted blogger wisdom is that the best blogs focus exclusively on one subject. Readers know exactly what to expect, the blog becomes a go-to source sanctioned by search-engine algorithms, and readership grows.

        In both of my long-term blogs, I’ve skipped promiscuously from subject to subject. For example, my own life, politics, the economy, baseball, weather, local government, and so on. After trying to write single-subject blogs, I’ve finally accepted that, in the words of Frank Sinatra, I’ll do it my way.

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  12. Resa

    All great info! Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts for us. And what a perfect blog to guest it on, Christy is the example of what you speak. Have a great week!

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  13. valentinelogar

    Wonderful info and strategy, certainly many of us have found if we wish to build a readership we have to reach out and read, find others of like mind or interests to interact with. I have over the years found many friends among the blogging community and appreciate their support and friendship.

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  14. Schnauzevoll

    well, over the years ive met a lot of really nice people through blogging / blogspot back then, wordpress after a break and a lot of them became good friends. I like the fact that we can inspire each other and learn from each other. Agreeing on the ‘a lot of awesome blogs with no followers’ thing but one day, if a bloog is done by heart one will find it. and if someone really is looking for help he/she will find some people who are willing to help. some things take time… but the biggest thing i have to agree on is the isolation thing. but that has a positive thing too: seeing who your true friends are because true friends accept us with this time eating hobby / maybe job and wont think it is embarassing 🙂 great article!

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    1. Felicia

      Thanks for reading! I agree with you on most of what you said. However, my experience has shown me that sometimes you have to draw attention to yourself- and that’s not always bad. There are popular people who don’t say anything and people who say a lot of positive and helpful things with no one reading. Sometimes, you’ve gotta’ say “I’m here” 😀

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  15. Sherri

    Thank you Christy for featuring Felicia’s encouraging and inspiring post! Felicia, I am so grateful for the wonderful blogging community here and thank you for sharing your tips to help keep it happy and alive as we support one another 🙂

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  16. JL0073

    Thank you for this post. I’m new toblogging andit’s sometimes hard to find time for it. The last couple of weeks have been very hectic for me so I haven’t been as attentitive to it as I could be. It’s good to know that there is a community here that can offer advice and feedback which is what I’m really in need of for my own blog. I think the advice here is sound and that it’s always good to leave feedback for other blogs and discover new blogs within your interests range at the same time. I also think tags are important to getting people who share your interests to you blog. I wish everyone here luck and inspiration as we continue blogging. So far, my experience has been very positive.

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    1. Felicia

      It is a pleasure to help! I see that you have signed up for our email list so a post about finding time to blog should be in order soon.

      It is awesome to have a community, I agree! If you need anything feel free to email me!

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  18. D.G.Kaye

    Nice interview Christy and Felicia. Great post on blogging and sharing. I did one on same subject not too long ago. It’s good to put this out there. Many get caught up in the act of blogging and aren’t always aware about the sharing and giving back part. We all can learn from one another. Many people aren’t aware that the sharing buttons on our blogs are there to help build our audience, by sharing great posts from other bloggers. This is how we network by introducing our world to new people we find interesting. 🙂

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  19. Dave Small

    Thanks for the great post and ideas Felicia. You wrote that blogging can help you “uncover some great friendships”. If someone would have told me that before I began blogging, I would have had doubts. But it’s true — there are some wonderful people and friends in the “blogging world”. You look forward to their writing and appreciate when they hit the “like” button on your posts.

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    1. Felicia

      You’re very welcome, Dave! I, too, would have had doubts seeing as I was going through a rough time when I first started but I’m glad that I started before I knew all of that 😀

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