June 12 2016
Blogging

Blogging, Month 2, Notes to Self

blogging tipsRevelations of a technologically illiterate, tiny green shoot of a blogger…

-Content must remain Number One focus for some time to come.

CrowdFire has been helpful for building Twitter following.

-Following people who re-tweet or like stories that are in my wheelhouse is another good and easy way to find like minds on Twitter.

Pinterest is still kind of a disaster.

-Try not to be the last person in the universe to see why following your favorite bloggers with an RSS reader is a great time saving idea.  The more people I follow, the harder it is to find them on Twitter.

-Don’t be one of those people whose automated social media updates are telling me about Cyber Monday and “winter tips” in June.

-Need to figure out a way to minimize the time I spend on social media for the blog – hard one, for now.

-Blogging community is super nice, super supportive and downright awesome.

-Thank the Blogging Gods for having Rock Star Finance pick up one of your posts, allowing you to find your Very First Readers and stay encouraged.  (Already thanked Rock Star Finance.)

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  • I’ve been thinking about using crowdfire. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use it so I figure I’ll pull the trigger and sign up.

    Pinterest is an enigma to me as well. It is very graphic focused so I have used Canva and Adobe Spark for this to create visually appealing images.

    • I have only been using the free version of CrowdFire – once I hit my limit I just stop for the day – it is enough I think. The only thing I really like about it is it shows where people are. I’m really trying to build a conversation especially with people in my area and in other big cities. I feel like my perspective is most applicable to normal people who are struggling to survive in very expensive areas. I’ve been using Canva and I really enjoy it – I am a frustrated graphic designer working in PR (I’m using it for work now as well- such a great discovery!). But so many bloggers say all their traffic comes from Pinterest and that is the disconnect for me. Building an audience there is not intuitive for me. And I think I just don’t have enough pins. Oh well – one thing at a time!

  • Awesome notes, thank you for sharing! I saw you mention Canva in the comment above – I agree, I really like using it (especially as a graphic designer newbie).

  • Hello! I need to find a way to minimize social media time too! I’ll have to check out CrowdFire and using an RSS Reader. I still haven’t quite figured out Twitter. So much to learn! 🙂

    • Hi Kelsey – I really like your site! Thank you for checking me out. Twitter is pretty straightforward. But now that I am following so many people, I can’t use it the way I did before blogging. The RSS is important, because I do have a dozen or so bloggers that I really want to stay up to date on, but I just can’t find them on Twitter anymore.

  • Hello Brooklyn Bread,
    It is so refreshing to read another female personal finance blogger who is as you say, “… technologically illiterate, tiny green shoot of a blogger…” That’s about how I feel too. Thank you for your honesty. I am a new follower here, as well as on Twitter.

    I don’t understand “RSS reader” and Pinterest.

    By the way I learned about you from J. Money’s latest blog article.

    Much success to you.

    • Aw, those are kind words, Karlene. Thank you so very much. Yes, I am trying to figure it all out and I definitely have not! But I am really enjoying the outlet and the writing and just trying to focus on that, because lord knows I don’t need any more “work” to take up my time and zap my energy! I will definitely check out your site and feel free to email me if there is any way at all that I could be of help! -Linda

    1. Karlene 10:02pm 31 August - 2016 - Reply

      Hello Brooklyn Bread,
      It is so refreshing to read another female personal finance blogger who is as you say, “… technologically illiterate, tiny green shoot of a blogger…” That’s about how I feel too. Thank you for your honesty. I am a new follower here, as well as on Twitter.

      I don’t understand “RSS reader” and Pinterest.

      By the way I learned about you from J. Money’s latest blog article.

      Much success to you.

      • Brooklyn Bread 07:15am 01 September - 2016 - Reply

        Aw, those are kind words, Karlene. Thank you so very much. Yes, I am trying to figure it all out and I definitely have not! But I am really enjoying the outlet and the writing and just trying to focus on that, because lord knows I don’t need any more “work” to take up my time and zap my energy! I will definitely check out your site and feel free to email me if there is any way at all that I could be of help! -Linda

    2. Kelsey @ Tealmama 01:41pm 14 June - 2016 - Reply

      Hello! I need to find a way to minimize social media time too! I’ll have to check out CrowdFire and using an RSS Reader. I still haven’t quite figured out Twitter. So much to learn! 🙂

      • Brooklyn Bread 01:49pm 14 June - 2016 - Reply

        Hi Kelsey – I really like your site! Thank you for checking me out. Twitter is pretty straightforward. But now that I am following so many people, I can’t use it the way I did before blogging. The RSS is important, because I do have a dozen or so bloggers that I really want to stay up to date on, but I just can’t find them on Twitter anymore.

    3. Camille 08:11pm 13 June - 2016 - Reply

      Awesome notes, thank you for sharing! I saw you mention Canva in the comment above – I agree, I really like using it (especially as a graphic designer newbie).

    4. Level Up Money 12:20pm 12 June - 2016 - Reply

      I’ve been thinking about using crowdfire. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use it so I figure I’ll pull the trigger and sign up.

      Pinterest is an enigma to me as well. It is very graphic focused so I have used Canva and Adobe Spark for this to create visually appealing images.

      • Brooklyn Bread 12:44pm 12 June - 2016 - Reply

        I have only been using the free version of CrowdFire – once I hit my limit I just stop for the day – it is enough I think. The only thing I really like about it is it shows where people are. I’m really trying to build a conversation especially with people in my area and in other big cities. I feel like my perspective is most applicable to normal people who are struggling to survive in very expensive areas. I’ve been using Canva and I really enjoy it – I am a frustrated graphic designer working in PR (I’m using it for work now as well- such a great discovery!). But so many bloggers say all their traffic comes from Pinterest and that is the disconnect for me. Building an audience there is not intuitive for me. And I think I just don’t have enough pins. Oh well – one thing at a time!

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