I started this blog under advice from my father when I was laid off, it was his suggestion as a way for me to make a little money. The more and more I write, the more I find I enjoy it. I also love the fact that this has become a sort of online scrapbook, or journal that can be enjoyed by my family and friends not near me. I am free to write candidly about anything I want. I picture you, my readers, as always having a sympathetic ear in agreeance with me. And if you don't agree- TOO BAD, it's MY blog!
Well, the time has come for me to ask for help. How do I do this whole blog thing? I tried to make mine prettier, but the "cutest blog on the block" link superimposed on my page over my date. How do I get more readers? How do I get to review products, and give them to you in giveaways? What are the secrets? I search the Internet for blogs similar to mine, and only follow or comment on ones I fell a connection too, ones I like what I am reading. So often I run across blog after blog that have hundreds, if not thousands, of followers. Yet, they are nothing more than a huge page of advertisements. Is that what success amounts to in the blogging world? They no longer have to blog? Just sit back and collect the checks? Is there a way to make money, gain a large readership, and stay true to my blog? I want to continue to write, to express myself for better or worse on my blog. I also want people to read me, and of course some extra money wouldn't hurt either.
Any help, advice, or links you could give me would be appreciated. I am new to the whole blogging thing, and maybe a bit naive. I would love to learn more about improving the looks of my blog, my readership, and of course my income opportunities. If this is not too top secret, please share with me. So I ask you all- what advice would you give to a new mommy blogger?