Hey, hello, I am a blogger. I think I can officially say this since I now host my own website and have enrolled in at least one E-course on blog growth. (I know, I know. It’s madness.) The first thing I find when looking to grow my blog is like a million similar posts telling me to use Pinterest. Check. Join group boards. Check. Stay active on social media. Check. But you know what nobody talks about?
Most blogs on Pinterest are exactly the same.
Check this out. I searched “blog” in Pinterest.
Of course there are exceptions, but see how so many of them are the same cutesy, feminine, millenial pink, flowery, polished, curated imagery? It’s cute, right? But like… That is nothing like my image. Muted colors look terrible on me, (just ask my Grandma, God rest her soul) I am really not great at flowers (just ask my mother in law, who is a green-thumbed goddess). I don’t have a Macbook (just ask my checking account) and my tabletop is definitely not white marble (just ask my toddler, who is determined to keep a permanent layer of syrup all over everything). In fact, right now, this is what my work space looks like:
To be fair, I am packing up my classroom. It’s the last week of school, my grades are pretty much done, and the kiddos are enjoying a movie. So my desk is often a bit cleaner than this but not much. And my space at home looks much the same. I think the problem with so much of the content we consume is that it’s just not realistic. Maybe you’re the perfect mommy blogger whose child is always wearing designer jeans and eating organic fruit peels. If you are, fantastic! You win! your life is amazing and I’m a little jealous. I for one, am lucky if my kid is even wearing pants and we are a strictly minion-shaped, extra sugary fruit snack household.
This is not meant to be a slamfest for people who have their life together and create beautifully curated content. On the contrary, if that’s your personality, live it. Live it hard. Live your best life booboo. That’s just not what’s gonna work for me and I want to make sure I’m always being authentic in everything I do.
Related: I’m positive I’m negative.
Another thing I found was in trying to find my “tribe”, it was difficult to find exactly the right niche. I’m a mom, but mommy blogs generally don’t appeal to me. I’m a Christian, but Christian blogs can be a real drag sometimes (I still love good Christian content, but be honest, you know what I’m saying). I’m a blogger, but I’m not interested in being a social media influencer or a fashion and beauty guru. I tend towards humor, but I’m not a comedian. So what am I? What tribe is mine? I’m not totally sure, but I think I’ve created a platform to build a brand new kind of tribe. A new community of people who love to laugh and care about being genuine.
I want my tribe to share as many memes and jokes as we share personal heart-breaks and prayer needs. I want my tribe to focus on the whole person – the whole, raw, complex, imperfect, work-in-progress person. I don’t want to be singularly focused any more than a person’s life experience is singularly focused. A huge part of Christianity is figuring out how to consolidate all the parts of us that make us unique and figure out how those unique qualities can be used to glorify God.
So, as promised in my click-baity title, here are 5 ways to blah blah blah.
- Be real.
- Be authentic.
- Be yourself.
- Be genuine.
- Be honest.
I know, I know. There’s more cheese in that sentiment than a 10-piece mozzarella stick combo from the carnival. But it’s legit. So, if you’re interested in finding a group of like-minded individuals, join my Facebook group. You won’t regret it.
I’d really love to get your input on the kids of content you’d like to see. I’d also love to connect with you, and more than just in an I-need-to-promote-my-blog kind of way. I want you to be a part of this new tribe we’re building. Come on, it’ll be fun 🙂
That is all.