When Laura and I first decided to start a blog, all we wanted to do was create something that would allow us to hyper-document this incredible journey we are on for our own amusement and future reminiscing. It has turned into something way more than that.
Almost three months after launching our blog we are overwhelmed and encouraged by family, new/old friends and complete strangers who interact with us each day. All 12 of you. It certainly gives us a sense of being home, away from home.
By no means are we experts on blogging, nor do we have some crazy large number of followers on our blog, but our viewership has grown steadily on a weekly basis since we started doing this just three months ago. Here are a few things we’ve done to this point.
1. Be ourselves. The minute we stop being ourselves is when it doesn’t become fun for us anymore. We enjoy doing this very much, but we will not continue blogging if we feel that we are forcing it. People will either like us for who we are, or they won’t. We are fine with that.
2. Be consistent. We post AT LEAST one post per day, and occasionally take a day of rest from the blog on Sunday. When people know that you have a routine and consistently post, they will check it out more often.
3. Be vulnerable. There is something to say about being real. Whether we post about an issue we encounter that is not really fun to deal with, or how eating Indian food treats my bowels (creepy word, I know), we are trying to be authentic, not create a fairy tale.
4. Be simple. We like to keep it simple. We don’t like 50,000 things all over our blog. With us both being creative professionals we love simplicity in design and interaction. We had a friend and colleague of mine, Grant Hill, create the logo and design for the blog and social media platforms. In our opinion, it helps take the professionalism up a notch. Maybe at some point we will redesign the blog, but for now it works for us.
5. Be social. If you haven’t noticed, we like to connect our blog to as many social platforms as we can. We love continuing the conversation about our blog or posts through Twitter, our Facebook page, Flickr, Laura’s Pinterest, Foursquare or our Youtube account. The reason is so that we can meet our viewers in the space that is most relevant and enjoyable to them. The most recent connecting tool we’ve stumbled upon is Bloglovin. It is still a very new social tool, but helps connect you with all the blogs you love in one place. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
We really wanted to share this with all of you in hopes of encouraging you to start your own blog or something similar to document your own story, whatever it may be. We think all people have something interesting to say in their own unique way. We love hearing other people’s stories even more than telling our own.
Thanks for reading our blog. It means more to us than you know.
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