Therapy Thursday: So You Want to Blog

So I get a lot of questions from you girls about blogging etc, so today I'm going to try to answer them. 
FYI: My blog was having big problems this morning and published this three times before I was done editing it.


1) How did you start blogging? 
I started blogging almost five years ago. July 8 will be my 5 year anniversary and also my birthday. I plan to have a nice bash for that so if you can go, let me know. We'll have great gift bags, drinks, hair done, nails, and girl talk, at maybe a spa in Manhattan. I'm already working on it. I started blogging for a few reasons 1) I was addicted to blogs, specifically shake your beauty and afrobella, and would crave for them every day 2) I loved blogs with personal stories 3) I loved writing 4) I noticed there weren't too many Latina blogs. 5) Mr. Milly and I had a huge fight on my bday five years ago, and I needed something to keep my mind busy, so BeautyLogic was born.

2) How do I interview fun people  if I don't live in NYC? 
You can interview people no matter where you live. Most of my interviews have been done by phone or email. My first big interviews were Mally Roncal and June Ambrose. I contacted Mally through her PR, and funny enough, I contacted June through Myspace and she got right back to me. Don't ever be afraid to email or ask someone to cover them. Remember that the worst thing they can say is NO, which I've heard many times.

3) How do I build traffic?
A lot of ways. Leave comments on big blogs. That's important. 2) Don't be like me, create a facebook immediately after starting your blog. Believe it or not getting traffic wasn't the most important thing to me  so I never thought to create a page, but then everyone kept asking me about my facebook, so I finally created one the end of last year. The power of Facebook is amazing. 3) Create a twitter right away. Twitter is so important 4) Befriend other bloggers. Instead of looking as bloggers as competition, look at them as your allies and make friends with as many of them as possible and then join sharing sites like Triberr so you can share their content and they can share yours. 5) Photography-up until last year, my camera sucked, what a mistake. If you're going to blog, get a good camera, good camera's don't have to be expensive and learn how to use it.  6) Try to blog everyday. (I need to take my own advice.)

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4) What happens if my traffic isn't what I want it to be? Keep working on it. Use those tips above, and keep doing it. You will get there eventually. It takes time. But don't get discouraged!

5) But Milly, there are too many blogs, how can I make mine stand out? 
Stop worrying about other people. We discussed that before here. Put your own personal spin on your blog. Write with your personality in every post. Don't be boring. I always try to throw in either a funny line, or some random fact about myself in each post because I feel like people may want to know more about the writer.  The master of this is makeupandbeautyblog. I study her blog everyday. I also write my blog as if I'm talking to you. I can use big words, but because of my news background, I was taught to make my writing conversational, and that's how I do it. S

6)What happens if I don't get comments?
When I first started blogging and had like 50 hits a day, I used to get a lot of comments. Now my blog traffic is much more than that, and comments are very limited, but I do get a lot of emails from you girls (which I find really interesting). I once had a woman contact me who was going through a divorce and she had no one to talk to.  Ask your readers a question at the end of your post. But don't go crazy if you don't get comments. I know a lot of huge blogs that don't get too many comments.


7) Worst Mistake you ever made blogging?
Waiting way too long to start a facebook. What a dumb move. Don't make the same mistake.

8) What blogging platform do you rec?
Everyone and their mama uses Wordpress. But I'm a creature of habit and have been on blogger since I started. I don't imagine moving anytime soon. Setting up a blogger account is pretty easy.



9) What has blogging done for your life?
Blogging has given me so many opportunities that I would never have had. Also, I love talking beauty, giving life advice, and talking to random people so my blog is almost like a therapy for me. If you have a passion for something, blog about it. You never know who is reading. And if ever you do become a big blogger, if you get an email from someone who is seeking blog advice, don't dismiss it. Help them. Remember by helping others you are helping yourself.

Hope this helps.

If you have any suggestions, please let us know: 



Hugs,


Milly


Oh something really cool that came from blogging, was having my mentor Loren Ridinger interview me for her own blog: Here's my interview, check it out here.

24 comments:

Monica said...

I just recently started blogging and I love helpful posts like this. I've been collecting a ton of blogging tips and things from all over the place...I like hearing everyone's thoughts and ideas on what a "good" blog is. So thanks for this post.

Khadine (Cosmetic Passion) said...

Nice tips! I want to know why you stress starting a facebook page?? I know the answer may be obvious, but it's not to me! Lol..I've been toying with the idea but haven't found a compelling reason. Let me know please! :)

p.s. Your birthday thingy sounds like fun, you can count me in! :)

G. said...

Great, thanks for all that advice!

FaceFab said...

Fantastic post!
You've inspired me to get back to it. I've been on the slack side of things since experiencing a huge loss in my life late last year. Needless to say, the drive to write had left me & I love what I do in addition to writing.
I can't thank you enough for this entry & am so glad I stumbled across it to read.
I have no idea of my traffic & am a little old school. A comment is always great way to thank someone for taking the time out to share.
Many Thanks....
=)

Harshleen@BeautyTidbits said...

Great post! It was fun to read about the story behind your blog. I am going to check out Triberr...thanks!

Ms. G said...

Great post and interview Milly! I love your blog.

beautylogicblog said...

@monica hey Monica, what's your blog title. Would love to check it out.

beautylogicblog said...

@khadine if you want traffic, then facebook will help you tremendously. People share those posts like crazy. So excited to have you for my blogger event.

beautylogicblog said...

@G No problem G. Hope you found it useful.

beautylogicblog said...

@facefab I"m so happy to help. Thank you for reading.

beautylogicblog said...

@harshleen So glad I could help. thanks.

beautylogicblog said...

@ms. G that means a lot to me. Thank you

Mandii said...

Aww Milly! This is so motivating! I've followed your blog religiously for the past two years and I say you are awesome with the advice! You keep me motivated with my blog and to keep at it! Plus, I'm so there for the blogversary!

sataa said...

Great post.
Milly I got an email in my inbox today from someone named "Jessica turner" she said that they have multiple investors interested in purchasing your blog and then she gives the link to your blog and asks us to present an offer.I know this is spam but I just want to let you know that someone is using your blog's name for this nasty purpose.

beautylogicblog said...

@mandii yay thanks Mandii glad it could help you.

beautylogicblog said...

@sataa thanks so much for telling me. Can you forward me the email to beautylogicblog@yahoo.com

B said...

Great minds think a like because I did a similar post like this a few days ago. I totally agree with starting a FB page. Remember hermama, Facebook pages weren't around when we first started blogging, so don't beat yourself over it too badly. You're on there now and that's all that matters. And trust me - the idea of leaving Blogger for WP made me cry but WP is ten times better than Blogger. For readers and for bloggers. You HAVE to do it. Great list!

P.S.
Clumps will be 5 in June. Weeeee! We're big time! I want to do a blogaversary party here in Orlando.

beautylogicblog said...

@B love you. Yes everyone tells me to switch to WP, but blogger is my babe. lol, I remember when you started. Feels like we're old school! Love you more hermana!

Hafsa said...

Such inspiration from this post! You're very right about Facebook, the majority of my traffic comes from Facebook which has helped my blog tremendously, I am having a bit of trouble with Twitter but it's coming about gradually which is good.

I'm bookmarking this for future reference x

BonafideLatina~ said...

Awww great tips Milly! I have been following you for 4 years and you've stayed consistent the whole way which is very refreshing! :)

beautylogicblog said...

@hafsa glad I can help Hafsa.

beautylogicblog said...

@bonafidelatina thanks hon. I really appreciate you.

*ms.angela89* said...

I dont think you should ever stop blogging. I like your funny stories and what you have to share with your viewers. :) I'm not a blogging person, but I always love reading other people's post so thats what makes blogging fun for me. :D

JennySue said...

Wow, what great blogging advice!! I've been blogging for 3 years now, and it's kind of like therapy for me??! Ha! I've found I've gotten more traffic in the past year bc I've been a lot more honest with my readers and myself, and not trying to be some fancy pants beauty blogger- I incorporate my "mom" status as a mommy with a makeup problem, and it's working just right for me!

I do have a FB fan page, you'd be proud:)

Sorry it took me so long to find your wonderful site, can't wait to keep up with you from now on!

http://www.jennysuemakeup.com

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