ABOUT BLOGGER GENERATIONS
After reading posts by a range of bloggers with titles along the line of ‘Things I’ve Learned About Blogging’, I found that – as you would expect – each post’s content differed most according to the blog’s age. This inspired me to find a way to compare how one’s perception and knowledge of working in such a new and exciting industry can alter so quickly.
I thought it would be interesting to interview bloggers across the board and collate their answers to create a post which can inspire and teach us about working as a blogger (full time, part time, or as a hobby), the industry and its recent development.
Hence I started this series, Blogger Generations. Consisting of six posts, each includes an interview with a blogger/bloggers who have more experience in the industry than the previous interviewee.
CONTENT I write about a variety of things; however, the most prevalent are the posts on new music, new albums, upcoming artists, and artist interviews. In addition, I also write about how Indie artists can acquire copyrights for their work, register with performance rights organizations, and more.
BLOGGING FULL TIME? For the most part. I am also a radio personality for Platinum Radio, which is an internet radio station via the TuneIn radio app. If anyone wants to tune into the station, they just have to download the app & search for “Platinum Radio”. My show airs every M-F 8a-12p est & is called “Rise and Shine with Rae”. A lot of the music I play has came from my blog, from interviews I’ve done, and other stories I’ve posted. I currently have a weekly show line up & every Tuesday is “TUA Tuesday“, basically where I talk about my latest blog posts, any deals or events on the blog, and more.
FAVOURITE PART It’s so self-expressive. You really get to be yourself when you’re writing, especially if you’re writing about something you love. Which I write about music & everything surrounding it, so it makes it easier to post content.
LEAST FAVOURITE PART Writer’s block. I will tell myself ‘Okay, I’m going to start this new post on ____ today & I need to have it done by ____’ and will sit down to write up the post & despite my previous research or knowledge, I will still end up getting stuck at some point. The only post I’ve ever written from beginning to end without stopping due to writer’s block was the post on Halsey’s new song “Alone”. Also, the fact that no one really reads anymore irks me.
WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN Nobody told me about SEO. I had to learn on my own. Nobody told me about static themes, how to update my HTML, how to format my layout. I remember bringing up the topic of blogging with a friend of mine about 3 1/2 years ago & she asked me “do people even read anymore?” Which brings me back to the previous question you asked, no one tells you how HARD it will be to acquire the support & engagement it takes to keep you wanting to blog everyday. People think it’s easy. It’s really not.
GOALS I am trying to expand my portfolio & hopefully get my blog featured in Triple 7 Magazine by the end of 2018, which is a hip-hop/R&B related magazine that I’ve been following for a few years. I also am reaching out to other companies that offer blog placement to see how I can get my blog in their list of blogs they place their artists on, which would increase my exposure, both for the blog itself & me as a writer.
ADVICE There are a few things I’d tell someone who wanted to start blogging: write about what you love because content will come easily. Also, get a mentor because in this digital age, mistakes can cost you. And lastly, just stay focused and never give up. It takes time to build and acquire readers, followers, real supporters. For every post, there’s a reader.
Please take the time to check out the blogs of the talented and lovely creators featured in Blogger Generations – as you can see, each one really does have something different to offer.
Feel free to comment with anything you’ve learned about the blogging industry since starting out!
Check out my previous Blogger Generations post here!