Have you ever sat down and looked at a blank piece of paper?
Sometimes that blank piece of paper is staring back at you, tempting you to write down your thoughts, but all you can do is think.
You slowly begin to imagine all your ideas floating around in your head, and then it hits you.
Why not combine everything you love into one huge opportunity!
And then you realize that’s what you’ve been trying to do the whole time.
Why I Started My Blog
This blog/website has been my creative outlet. A corner on the web where I express myself freely.
It’s taken some time for me to realize selling myself short isn’t going to benefit me or my family. Selling myself short as in, charging little to nothing to help promote campaigns for companies.
I remember when I first launched MomViews and the amount of time I dedicated to those segments:
– Drafting up questions based on select mom bloggers or moms in general.
– Strategically picking out a quote to share across social media.
– Creating shorten links to share across all social channels.
And then I changed my focus.
I began to focus on affiliate programs for my blog. Promoting them, helping brands and the influencer programs I would use to connect with those companies.
And then it really hit me.
Creating My Own Brand
I’ve always believed everyone has a voice, and it’s important to share your story.
I turned to clothing items like t-shirts for parents. It was easy to design and ship out.
The only issue was I had invested close to $200 in this “brand” only to see approximately $50 in return. I did partner with bloggers to promote the items, but I fell short.
That’s when I realized something. I already had a brand: myself. And the best story I could tell was my own.
Shortly after finding my voice, I was able to share my experience with others and develop meaningful connections.
Once my focus became more personal, I started to get more offers. Offers that make sense for my blog, and I’ve even shared a few opportunities with bloggers I know who would benefit from the connection.
To all those bloggers out there who feel the need to share everything that is pitched to your inbox or doesn’t know what to do with their blog anymore, I’ll tell them these three things:
1. Don’t give up yet.
2. Remember why you started.
3. Find the your voice.
And just to throw it in there, next week is Week 2 of #BloggersonAnchor. I’d love for you to join all the awesome bloggers who are sharing their stories.
Stop by the FB group to catch up on the first couple of posts:
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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