Friday, January 17, 2014

What Have We Learned? Blogging Edition.

Today is Friday, January 17th, and I'm not sure we will EVER make it out of January. I think this evil month knew there was a three day weekend coming up, so it dumped all it could on me for the past two weeks, just to make that last holiday between now and Memorial Day seem so far away. I'm relieved that the end is almost in sight...and by "end" I mean I get one extra day this weekend to potentially do nothing and continue to stare at holiday decorations that still won't take themselves down.

Anyway, I've been feeling a lot of emotions this past week (what else is new?), and that has left me exhausted, so I'm ready for some relaxation, sleeping, reading, and maybe a little bit of time to work on my novel (oh, and don't forget eating, but isn't that always implied?).In the meantime, I'm going to share with you one single thing I've learned  this week:

I know NOTHING about blogging.

That's right. I said it. What, did you think I was an expert? Well, I'm sorry, but you've been bamboozled (can we just all start using this word more often?). Now that I've shared with you the one thing I've learned, let me enlighten you on all the things I have not learned during my two years of blogging. 

I get the concept of SEO, but I don't understand what I'm supposed to do with it. It has something to with pictures and keywords, that much I've gathered, but other than that, I'm totally clueless.

- Blogging Networks
You know, like Blogher. Basically, I'm just bitter because I got my first rejection from Blogher yesterday, and I don't take rejection kindly. 

I really want to be a part of something so I can get some more exposure and meet new bloggers, but I just don't even know where to start. 

- Reposting on Instagram
There was some contest recently that involved reposting a picture on instagram. I could not figure out how to do it myself, so I turned to my trusty friend, The Google. I then discovered that I could either take a screenshot or download an additional app, all of which seemed like a lot of work to me. 

- Photoshop
Show of hands--how many of you all actually use Photoshop? If so, how long did it take you to get all the nuts and bolts figured out? I would very much like to use Photoshop, but I do believe it costs quite a bit of money, then it's going to cause quite a bit of time to learn how to use the darn thing. Looks like I'll be sticking to PicMonkey for now.

- Accepting Sponsors
I've realized that sponsoring others is really the best way to grow your blog and connect with lots of other awesome ladies (and awesome gentleman..I'm lookin' at you, Florken). However, I do not understand when I should start accepting sponsors. When I've reach a million bajillion followers? When Blogher has finally deemed my blog worthy of being shared? When I have some coming-of-age adventure in a place like The Forbidden Forest, where I fight a giant or something? I just don't know.

I think that will do it for now! Are you like me and feel like you're totally in the dark about how to run a blog? My motto in life has been similar to this quote by Tina Fey, "say yes and you'll figure it out afterwards," and as you can see, I'm still trying to figure it out. 

linking up with Leslie for Confessional Friday!

All Love,

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