Blogging (B)


A2Z-BADGE [2016]

I started blogging a few years ago.  However, I only started Double the Monkey Business in January this year.  This is the first time I have blogged and actually tried to promote it.

Since I started promoting my blog, it has been a steep learning process.  So what have I found out since this all began?

  1. You never have enough time to promote as much as you want to.  Blogging is not full time for me.  I have a part time job, two kids, a hubby.  I have other stuff that sometimes takes over.  Yet I love blogging.  I love it so much that I spend every free minute trying to make it the best it can be.  That includes promoting whenever I can: when I am waiting for an appointment, waiting for the kettle to boil, in the toilet… ehh, anyway…
  2. Link ups are for everyone.  When I first started I could see bloggers that I follow talk about linking up.  I wanted to join in.  I thought I needed to be passed a golden ticket to join in.  I was lucky enough to be invited as it turns out, but I realise now you can just link up.  Providing you share the love and follow the rules you can join any one you want.  So if you are standing on the side lines looking in, like I was, then put your shyness aside, grab a cup of tea and go for it!  If you are not sure how to do it, then check out the lovely Becky at Cuddle Fairy’s link up guide.  This easy-to-use guide got me started and I have never looked back
  3. Bloggers are friendly and supportive.  They are all in the same boat as you, writing for the love of it and wanting people to enjoy their posts.  I have felt so welcomed into the blogging community, I feel like I have been apart of it for years.
  4. Social Media rules okay!  Social media is your best friend, whether you like it or not.  At the start of the year I really only used Facebook, with a neglected twitter and Instagram account.  I am now on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Stumble Upon and Google Plus – every day!  They all make a difference and help to drive traffic to your blog.  They also help you engage with other people.  What ever you do, make sure you do engage by the way, if you are on twitter start conversations.  If you are on Facebook groups, don’t just drop links to your latest blog post.  Speak to people..
  5. Comment, comment, comment.  This is the best way to get to know people.  Comment on other blogs.  I spend more time commenting than I do writing blog posts.
  6. Don’t let Crowd Fire get you down. Oh this is so tough, I have crowd fire to catch those sneaky tweeps who follow you, wait until you follow back, then unfollow you.  This tends to be people trying to sell things. Its hard not to take it personally when you see people unfollow you.  Try to ignore it.
  7. Find a tribe.  So I read a post when I first started where someone spoke about finding their blogging tribe.  I found it interesting but thought nothing more about it.  I dont need a tribe.. I thought.  As the weeks rolled into months, I found myself finding a tribe. Not because I went to seek them out, it just kind of happened.  They are group of like-minded bloggers that were always on hand for advice.  Always supporting each other.  I guess it is just like when you realise you have a group of friends, it just happens.  The only difference is, that I have never met these ladies.  I guess that is what blogging conferences are for.
  8. Finding a niche.  I have heard a lot about finding your niche.  Sticking to something that is just one topic.  I have to say since I started to stray away from parenting only topics, mainly thanks to the blogging challenges, I have noticed a lot more traffic to my blog.  It does make me wonder how rigidly you need to stick to this.  I guess time will tell.
  9. Don’t be afraid to listen to your stats and change your tactic.  When I started blogging I had an idea to do a weekly instagram round up. I was really loving my new Instagram account.  In reality though, these posts have always had the least traffic.  So I have changed it to a monthly only affair.  Trial and error, that is what it is all about my friends.  Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to change your tactics.
  10. The more you write the more ideas will come your way.  It has not been the first time I have sat wondering what I am going to write.  Even when I have been given the topic, like for the blogging challenge.  Interestingly, the more you write, the easier it seems to come.  That said, I do constantly worry about running out of ideas!
  11. Don’t be afraid to have a day off.  I think this advice is to myself if I am honest.  I constantly worry that if I have a day off people will forget about me.  Last week I had a stomach bug, I had a mandatory day off.  Nothing happened, my readers still came back the next day.  Nothing changed.  So now I have decided Sundays are my day off, I am not even going to look at wordpress on this day, or Facebook, or Twitter.  Honest!
  12. Blogging should be enjoyable.  I know that some people are hoping to make money out of blogging, hats off to you.  Ultimately, for me, I blog because I enjoy doing it. I enjoy being part of the blogging community and hearing everyones comments.  I LOVE it.  If I stop enjoying it, I will stop doing it.

How long have you been blogging? Tell me what have you found out along the way?  Have you got any advice for people just starting out?


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  1. April 2, 2016 / 9:46 am

    No.11 stood out for me because blogging can become an obsession. Sometimes I find myself checking how many likes and views on the wordpress bar chart I have and get depressed if its at 0. It’s important to remember that you can take a day off and a 0 view day won’t kill you.

  2. April 2, 2016 / 10:30 am

    I’ve been thinking a lot of the same lately, I started my current blog in 2013 but didn’t really ‘know’ anything about blogging. In October I found out what DA was and checked mine, surprised I had more than 1 as my blog wasn’t really optimised or anything. For the last few months I’ve put so much more of me into my blog and joined in with other bloggers and I’m so much more confident in my own abilities and I love it so much more now!

  3. leannelc
    April 2, 2016 / 11:06 am

    so many great points here – especially about finding your tribe – and how important social media is for getting your blog out there and connecting with people. I’m finding that you need to be fairly discriminating when you link and add to fb threads or you wind up with a whole lot of connections that don’t fit your niche. Great post!
    Leanne @ cresting the hill

  4. randommusings29
    April 2, 2016 / 11:22 am

    I love reading other people’s perspective of blogging. I knew from the beginning I could never choose a niche. I worried about it a lot in the first few months, now I just roll with it. My niche is me! Don’t be afraid to write about whatever you want to, as long as you are writing honestly, your readers won’t leave just because you go off topic.

    • April 2, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      I think I am going to be a lot more flexible than I thought. Makes it more interesting and fun for me too 🙂 x

  5. April 2, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Yes to everything. But I’ve never heard of Crowd Fire, and it’s for the best. I imagine it could get you down to see results and then realize they were a limited time only offer.

    Farin; from The Newest Vazquez

    • April 2, 2016 / 4:22 pm

      Ha ha yes probably for the best! I just tried to leave a comment on your blog post. It didn’t show up though, can you let me know if you get it? Thanks 🙂 xxx

  6. April 2, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Thanks for you blogging perspective and tips. I actually started blogging hoping to get my mom to use her computer more to stay connected. That has definitely helped, but she still would rather I call her! Good luck with your challenge!!! @CarlaBraunWilson from

  7. April 2, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Great tips! You are further along on the blogging journey that I am and these tips couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks for sharing!

  8. April 2, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Great post some very good points, excellent advice. I’ve done a similar post after only being 5 weeks in. Social media interaction is must and also fun 🙂

    • April 3, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      I have to say I was never sold on Social Media before, I am now a huge fan! I enjoy the interaction and meeting new bloggers, it is part of the fun.

      • April 3, 2016 / 1:48 pm

        Yeah there’s some cool people for sure!!

  9. April 2, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    So true and great tips. I only have time to post 2/3 times a week at the absolute most. I think it’s important to be aware of some things (like niches and posting often!) but sticking too much to them probably isn’t helpful either. I don’t do too badly and write infrequently about lots of things!

  10. April 2, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    I have found myself agreeing with everything you have mentioned. After restarting with a new blog, I realised my last blog was too narrowly focused. Now I am working on putting a lot of things you have mentioned into practice. My wife has helped steer my focus. Her blog is daysinbed dot com.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M.

  11. April 3, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    So well said!!! Bloggers are so friendly. Having a tribe is so important too. Having that support from other people is great. Especially as blogging throws up a lot of questions. x

  12. April 3, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Commenting on other peoples blogs was the turning point for me – that’s when I felt I was starting to get to know people, rather than blogging in my own little bubble. I agree with all your points, and will pin in the hope that new bloggers come across it and it helps them, as I would have loved this a year ago when I started (not that I don’t love it now!)

  13. April 3, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    This is a great post – I agree with your points – I too have to remind myself to have a day off, though blogging is a job for me! I try to put in at least 40hours a week!! H x

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      It is so hard, especially when it is so easy to check things on your phone and on the go. I didn’t manage to take Sunday off this week, couldn’t resist, must try harder next week 🙂 x

  14. April 3, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Great tips, I definitely think it can be hard to find time to do everything as I work full time, freelance and edit a music website so it can be a lot. But when it’s something you love it works out 😀 x

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Wow that is a lot. Editing a music website sounds fab. As you say if you love it, it works out in the end X

  15. April 5, 2016 / 8:10 am

    ah such a great post.. with fantastic tips.. ive been blogging a year.. but always love reading helpful other blogs .. well done

  16. April 6, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Thanking for sharing those tips. It’s totally important to enjoy it. I’ve been blogging just under a year, though not that much! I’m impressed how much you do. Thanks for linking up with us #FabFridayPost

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