What I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

Some people start blogging because they have an opinion or mindset they feel they HAVE to share with the world. Others start because they see an opportunity to make a side income, or even a full-time job out of it.

No matter the reason, blogging itself has become a mainstream tool of expression, and the accessibility to resources like open-source platforms (Wordpress for example), and social media have made it easier than ever to go from idea to action as a blogger. So why is it so many people start big, but then disappear?

While I can't speak for all bloggers, I will share what almost knocked me out of the blogosphere in the beginning, and I hope it helps some of you avoid the same pitfalls. The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book "Banjos & Blogs", expected to be released in the Fall of 2018:

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The Tickler File and Airtable

For today's Web Wednesday I'd like to start by sharing a little of my background. While I've been a wearer of many hats, my first career chapter was in the hotel business. I worked my way up from a front desk clerk all the way to regional management level of a business-class franchise, and nearly every position in-between over the course of nine years and one bad vocational school decision. In that time I learned a lot about presentation, customer service, resource allocation, and more than anything, indirect sales.

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Business Website Basics In Plain English

It's late on a Tuesday night and I get a frantic message from an acquaintance I haven't talked to in a lonnnnnng time. What do they need? Well, to "pick my brain for a sec" of course! Normally I don't mind this since I get really bored out here in the woods and could use the refresher on website basics myself, so I dive in and take a look at their site. More often than not, the problems I find are almost always the same. Somewhere between idea and execution, whoever built the website either failed to or didn't know how to include the basic data that search engines need in order to match their site with potential customers. Since my answers are almost always the same, I took one of my more recent "skim-overs" changed a few identifying details, and figured I'd share it with you... our club members.

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Using Video To Bridge The Digital Gap

In this day and age, it's so easy to lose touch of the humanity behind all these keyboard warriors and armchair detectives. Messages get mixed and intentions get misunderstood. Sometimes our typing fingers get worn out before our ideas can get expressed. Either way, there's not enough text in a qwerty keyboard to bring back the human touch when communicating big ideas over long distances the way that face to face communication can.

Yesterday I started my day with the intentional goal of testing out more "warm" means of keeping in touch with my online friends and colleagues and the results were so amazing that I'm going to share them with you, my fellow club members, as just a sampling of the ways that video technology can help you make social media.. well.. more social.

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Reaching Goals 140 Characters At A Time

As we settle into fall, I assume most people are cozying up their homes, and starting to think about holiday plans. Me, however, I'm working on how to maintain my business network and social connections once the roads start icing up and the calendar gets packed. Then along comes Twitter to save the day!

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The YouTube Digital Revolution

In my kids' younger days I used to get so frustrated that they would spend hours on end just watching YouTube. I'll admit now that they were so far ahead of the game in visual media than I ever was, but back then I just couldn't understand how what I thought was just a bunch of music videos and gamer live plays could hold their attention so raptly. Now as an official member of the cable-cord-cutting digital revolution I'm tempted to take back every negative thing I have ever said about the time they spent on the platform, as YouTube is now a major part of my everyday life.

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Using IFTTT To Increase Online Productivity

We all have the same 24 hours in the day, and yet some of us sit back in awe and wonder at the incredible feats of productivity our colleagues accomplish. For those of us in the digital marketing space, running multiple social accounts, building email newsletters, consuming content like potato chips and turning it into educational casserole topping... it's a full time job. I'm here to tell you that you have a virtual personal assistant right at your fingertips and you didn't even know it!

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Brand Building on a Budget

When I look at the list of businesses, foundations, and passion projects in the links list on our site I am absolutely amazed at all of the wonderful things our tribe of Legendary Women accomplish on an everyday basis. But there are some of you who aren't on the list yet. Some who have legendary ideas but just don't know where to begin.

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