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Blogging tips for beginners or newbie bloggers. When you might want to start a blog anonymously, or start a blog from home to make money. Tips and tricks for new bloggers who want to be entrepreneurs working from home.

How I Learned to Blog Anonymously, and Why I Stopped

 What I Learned From One Year of Anonymous Blogging

It’s been one year since I started this journey of blogging anonymously.

When I researched and purchased my domain name, set up a pretty basic and free WordPress theme. Signed up for a few free online courses. And dove headfirst into the glamorous world of beginner blogging.

Along the way, I’ve learned a few things.

Things like:

Your website doesn’t need to be that fancy, since most people will be reading your blog over mobile anyway.

Pinterest is a quick way to start getting traffic, but it isn’t the end-all-be-all of blogging strategy. And it shouldn’t be your only means of gaining traffic.

Also, a lot of people will try to sell you stuff. The magic elixir to blogging success. The way to increase blog traffic by 5000%. The secret sauce to making an affiliate sale within 5 hours so you can haul in $80,000 of profits in your first 30 days. Ha.

But a lot of them are really good at it because I’ve fallen for so many of these sales pitches over the past 12 months.

Also, I happen to be an extremely optimistic and trusting person, giving most people the benefit of the doubt. So I’m sure that played into the equation as well.

And, oh yeah, the MOST important thing I’ve learned as an anonymous blogger —

Blogging is HARD work.
There is A LOT to learn.
And it can be overwhelming.

So why would anyone want to begin blogging in the first place?

And why in the world would you even think about blogging anonymously?

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How to Use Pinterest to Boost Blog Traffic

How to Increase Your Blog Reach with Pinterest

Getting Started with PinterestHow to Use Pinterest to Bring Traffic to Your Blog - Part One of How I’m Increasing My Pinterest Reach to almost 100k Impressions in 3 Months. What strategies to use when pinning to group boards, how to use pinning schedulers, and how to gain traffic with manual pinning.

In my last Blogging Update, I posted about dipping your toes into the Pinterest waters, and trying the various tools that can supposedly drive more traffic to your blog.

I’ve been experimenting with some of these, and wanted to share what I’m learning so far.

This post contains affiliate links as well as my honest opinions (which I’m sure may fluctuate over time.) Feel free to peruse my findings, poke at any of the flaws, and come to your own conclusions.

Also note that I am a part-time blogger, therefore these results may be dampened a bit. If you have the capability to pursue this full-time, I really believe your success will be even greater. I hope to do this full-time some day. But for now, I’m taking advantage of whatever process enhancements I can find.

This post will examine how I’m faring so far in the wide world of Pinterest.

No time to read right now? Pin For Later!

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What I Learned My Second Month of Blogging

Last month I shared my very first post on what I learned in this amazing world of blogging.

It was such an eye opener, and I eluded to the fact that my comments wouldn’t even scratch the surface.

Well, I’m here to tell you, as of my second month blogging, that is still the case!

There is soooo much to learn, on many days I’ve just felt lost, floating around in a canoe that has no oars.

But you know what?

I’ve also learned so many little pieces of information. And when putting it all together, it somehow begins making sense.

(although sometimes it feels like just the teeniest of bits)

So, without further ado, here is What I’ve Learned my Second Month Blogging –

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What I Learned My First Month of Blogging

So it’s actually been about a month and a half …

In hindsight, I should’ve started this list waaay sooner.

There are tons of things I’ve learned through trial and error, which seemed totally monumental at the time. But once you get over that so-called mountain, all of the angst and frustration disappears and you move on to the next thing.

Regardless, here is what I’ve learned during my first month blogging — which, let me tell you, doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.

Although I do feel it’s important to document some of the basics (which I’m sure will seem extremely obvious to most seasoned bloggers.)

But some of these were “ah-ha” moments for me, that I really wish I’d known when first starting out.

And for any other newbies out there, I’m sharing some of these tips that I’ve discovered. Maybe it will help you out, or maybe you already know this stuff.

(Don’t even get me started on what I found out about Pinterest today — meaning, what I’ve been doing just wrong for the past few weeks … We’ll save that gem for another post, possibly Month Two.)

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Why You Might Choose to Start a Blog Anonymously

Starting a blog is a scary thing.

You’re putting yourself out there for the whole world to see.  All eyes are on you.

Will anyone read it? Will anyone take you seriously?

And if they do take you seriously, will they hate everything you’ve written?

There are so many great bloggers out there … how can you possibly compete with their awesome-ness?

What if one of them reads your stuff and calls you a fraud — or what if NO ONE reads your stuff??? Aaaaccckkkk!!!!!!

You open yourself up to such intense criticism, who knows if you will ever recover.

 

Starting a Blog - Why I choose to blog anonymously

 

Just kidding. That’s not the way it is.

That’s just what your mind tells you, at first.

In all reality, you will stress out way more than is necessary, worrying about how people will react to what you’ve written.

In the beginning, unless you send your posts directly to friends and family members who will share their fully-biased support, it’s highly unlikely that you will gain random, out-of-the-blue readership.

(There — feel better now??)

In my case, I honestly don’t know what’s worse — having friends & family pick apart all of my posts — wondering if I’m referring to them — asking why I’m not writing more about them specifically ….

Or not having an audience at all.

Like, literally hearing crickets. (Well, I guess not literally crickets, unless I’m sitting out in my back yard …)


 

Having a Captive Audience

So if you’re starting a blog, why wouldn’t you want your friends and family to be the very first to experience your well-thought-out nuggets of wisdom?

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